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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: Paper Hearts

A dream is an answer to a question we haven’t learned how to ask.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: Tesos Dos Bichos

As I stated in my Pusher review, season three of The X-Files is where the show really hit its form, without a sustained dip in quality until season seven. This means that, contrary to last week, when picking the best monster of the week was a huge task bound to piss a lot of fans off, the pick for the worst episode of the season is remarkably easy.

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

Season three, and The X-Files is cruising.

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: 3

When it comes to the worst Monster of the Week episode of The X-Files’ second season, the choice is a remarkably easy one. Season two was a giant leap forward for the show: the mythology was established enough to start growing into some of the most exciting event television of the nineties, and the Monsters of the Week became more creative and unique. A typical weak episode of season two is one where not everything hangs together: such as Fearful Symmetry, Aubrey, and Our Town. They aren’t disasters – due to the to the chemistry of Mulder and Scully, the confidence of the writers, and in many cases, the cinematic presentation of each episode. I dare you to find a more brilliantly directed show in the nineties than The X-Files, especially in this confident second season.

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

Season two of The X-Files does what every second season of a show should do: it expands the scope of the show’s universe, explores the main characters in greater detail, and throws off the training wheels of its first year.

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

With a show as diverse in its storytelling as The X-Files, it would be a shame to only focus on its best moments. As much as I love the show, even the most die-hard of fans will admit that it’s far from perfect. For every excellent Monster of the Week, there is a dud, a flop, or one that just plain doesn’t work. Just as Beyond the Sea helped us understand what makes a truly great Monster of the Week episode, it’s only fair that we also look at another season one episode to investigate the exact opposite. 

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The X-Files and The Monsters of That Week: Beyond The Sea

So, over here in Guignol Land, I’m handing over a new series to my delicious and delightful co-writer over at No But Listen, Kevin! An X-Files fanatic, he wants to counter my attempts to make through lost with a classic series that actually still stands up, with a deep-dive into the best episodes that The X-Files has to offer. Without further ado, enjoy his first entry into this series!

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