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

Throughout this series of articles, it has been quite easy picking the worst of what The X-Files has to offer, and season six is no different. Going through the episode list, past the many classics and the many just-good-enough episodes, there is one that takes the prize above all else: the killer dog debacle that is Alpha. And I’m not just saying that because my little dog-hating cat has a claw to my throat.

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

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The X-Files and the Monsters of That Week: The Post-Modern Prometheus

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

Part of the beauty of The X-Files Monster of the Week format is that you can usually jump into the show at any point and enjoy yourself.

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

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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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