The Best X-Files. A huge debate for fans, but even tougher for those who aren’t. You’ve been trying to convince one of your close friends, or significant other/others (no judging here!) to give The X-Files a try. It’s not working. You’re too close to the problem. Showing them revelations about the CSM, or Samantha, or Scully’s abduction segment isn’t having the effect you intended.
The problem is that you were stunned and awed by those events after watching years’ worth of episodes. Then you try to sum up that feeling with a sentence like, “Well Mulder’s sister was kidnapped when he was a boy.” You need to start with self-contained episodes that don’t require previous viewer knowledge. Episodes where the viewer can intuit some of the relationships between the characters from their reactions, instead of drawing on show history.
Another problem that long time X-Files viewers have is their resentment of David Duchovny’s reduced involvement starting with season eight. They’ve not made room for how good some of the Doggett episodes are.
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