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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: Plus One

When watching the vastly improved second season of The X-Files revival, it is clear to see the one thing holding it back: Chris Carter. I’ve been criticising the showrunner of one of my favourite works of fiction ever for a long time now; although this is the blog in which Louise continually smashed Steven Moffat when he was running Doctor Who into oblivion, I’m coming for that dunking-on-showrunners crown. Looking at these two revival seasons of the show, not to mention the last proper series and the lousy movie in between – all of the crap stuff was written solely by Carter. The My Struggle episodes are a special kind of awful that only Carter could create, and the same can be said for his one Monster of the Week episode this season, and my last worst-of for this series: Plus One.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat

From a strictly monster-of-the-week perspective, season eleven of The X-Files is miraculous.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: Babylon

I’m not sure how successful I’ve been at conveying just how much I love The X-Files.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

The central question of any revival series of a popular TV show is “what is the fucking point?”

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: The Entire Rest of Season Nine

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: John Doe

The ninth season of The X-Files is not just the show’s worst season, by a country mile – it is also one of the worst seasons of television I’ve ever watched. And I’ve watched some stinkers.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: Badlaa

Season eight of The X-Files may be the strangest of its entire run.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: Via Negativa

The X-Files was an entirely different beast in its eighth year.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: First Person Shooter

To paraphrase Jane Austen (this is off to a good start), it is a truth universally known that, when genre shows create stories based around technology, these episodes will start to look dated immediately.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: Hungry

Season seven of The X-Files is the last of the original run to feature both Mulder and Scully as the main protagonists. A combination of David Duchovny’s fatigue with the role of Mulder, and the fact that he was suing the network for unpaid royalties, meant that he would spend season eight in the margins of the show before leaving for good at the beginning of season nine, only to appear for the last episode. It’s fitting, then, that for my favourite season seven monster of the week I chose an episode in which Mulder and Scully barely appear at all. After the break of season six’s Triangle, I’m back to being Vince Gilligan’s hype man: let’s talk about Hungry.

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