What she means:
In Hollywood A.D. movie Mulder and Scully reference the bee incident and real Mulder and Scully look at each other horrified. How did anyone else know about the bee? Were they interviewed for the movie and one of them told? Did they interview neighbors and one saw? Or have Mulder and Scully talked about it and it came up when they were being followed around? How did they know?!
For the past almost seven months (I started on December 31),
I’ve been watching The X-Files for
the first time, at an average of one episode a day. And of course I’ve been loving it, and of
course it quickly became my new obsession.
Today I finished, which is bittersweet, and I decided to make a list of
my personal top ten and bottom ten episodes.
Top Ten, in chronological order (this was VERY HARD):
1. “Squeeze”—For me, the scariest episode.
Tense and exciting all the way through.
2. “Beyond the Sea”—I obviously liked many of the previous episodes, but this
one took the show to another level. It’s
moving and character-revealing, and Gillian is so great.
3. “Duane Barry/Ascension/One Breath”—Chunking these together since they’re
really a three-parter with “3” stuck awkwardly in the middle. Definitely my favorite mythology episodes:
they’re super tense, the plot actually makes decent sense, there’s great acting
from everyone, and I love Tram Operator Threatening Mulder.
4. “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”—This one is basically perfect. If I tried to quote favorite parts I’d have
to quote the whole thing.
5. “Pusher”—A perfect balance of things that make this show great. It has what I call the Three T’s—terror,
tension, and incredible tenderness between Mulder and Scully.
6. “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space”—Laugh-out-loud
funny and clever. The Alex Trebek cameo
is my fave.
7. “Never Again”—All sorts of weird and uncomfortable and wonderful. A really interesting look at Scully that
feels different but never feels wrong.
8. “Triangle”—If I had to pick just one, this would probably be it. It’s a well-done story, it’s visually
interesting, and it contains the only kiss I didn’t know about in advance; I
screamed aloud when it happened and went around smiling all day.
9. “The Goldberg Variation”—I generally wouldn’t describe the non-MSR portions
of the show as “darling and sweet.” This
episode is an exception, and I love that the monster of the week is not a
monster at all (and the MSR is also darling and sweet, for the record).
10. “Hollywood A.D.”—This one’s so funny; I like the self-referential humor,
and Scully running back and forth in the background kills me. The chemistry is also perfect here.
Honorable mention to Fight the Future,
which is not an episode, but is the greatest romantic film of our age.
Bottom Ten, in chronological order (this was not so hard,
although it’s heavily revival-weighted): 1. “3”—This was the first episode I really
disliked. There’s no Scully, and I don’t
like seeing Mulder kissing other people. 2. “War of the Coprophages”—I know there are objectively much worse episodes
than this one, but it is FULL OF COCKROACHES; I find it viscerally
disgusting. Once you’ve had to kill the
monster of the week in your own bathtub there’s no pleasure in watching it on
television. 3. “Kill Switch”—Nothing that I’ve ever seen from William Gibson makes me think
that he has any idea how to write women who aren’t some weird male fantasy. I find his Scully pretty out of character. 4. “First Person Shooter”—See above. I
hate the police station scene. 5. “Jump the Shark”—This one’s really incoherent; I assume you have to have
seen the spin-off to make sense of it because it doesn’t stand on its own very
well. I also just find Fletcher really
annoying. 6. “William”—This episode makes no sense on either a character level or on a
level of how things work in the world (how can you do an adoption in one
week?). It’s horribly mean and unfair. 7. “My Struggle”—At first I thought this one wasn’t so bad, but when the plot
kicked in I changed my mind. It’s
unclear and nonsensical. 8. “Founder’s Mutation”—When you finish an episode and one of the few positive
remarks you have to make is “Scully’s scrubs were a nice color,” it’s not a
good sign. I don’t like how this one
handles its subject matter. 9. “Babylon”—Some episodes of television offend you morally, some annoy the
hell out of you, and some fill you with intense secondhand embarrassment. “Babylon” does all three. 10. “My Struggle II”—There’s really nothing to like about this one. The story is again nonsensical, and why would they waste one of six episodes on a
story where Mulder and Scully barely interact at all?