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10 September 2013 @ 04:41 pm
The Truth Is Out There. I Want To Believe. Trust No One.  
Ever been trapped somewhere that you can't get out of and everything is pounding, pounding and shaking and you can't get out? Yep, welcome to being stuck at home while the roofers are re-roofing your house. At the ass crack of dawn. Right over your bedroom. Seriously, they’ve been here all day and while I am glad they are pushing through before the rain comes tomorrow, holy shit, I just want some silence! Also, my sister is sick with some sort of virus and has stayed home the last few days, so I canceled my therapy appointment for today because I didn't want to make her have to drive me. She needs to focus on resting up so she can go back to work and also, tomorrow is my mom's birthday and she is really excited that we are taking her out to dinner, so my sister needs to rest up for that as well. But...we mustn’t despair, not today, not on Rex Manning Day. Because...

IT'S THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE X-FILES!!!
X-Files Original Opening Credits Sequence
Here, have Time Entertainment’s list of the Best 9 X-Files episodes.


I admit that while I watched The X-Files religiously in those first few years, life circumstances had me slacking off (on TV in general) during those middle years. But now I can say that I have seen every single episode of The X-Files, in order! (Oh wait, I forgot about those other two seasons, never mind, /hand wave/, saw those when they first aired). I can see so much influence from The X-Files - really my first in-depth, feet first intro to genre TV - in everything I watch, read and write these days. But mostly, this was my first real bonding experience with my sister over media. I was too young during the 21 Jump Street and Beverly Hills, 90210 days, but then The X-Files came along. When she was off at college, my sister would call me the day after a new X-Files episode aired so we could discuss it in great detail. Before Lord of the Rings brought us together, there was The X-Files.

So, what about you guys? I know a bunch of my Flisties have their roots in The X-Files. What do you remember about first watching it, getting into the fandom, having your first feels about it?
 
 
 
Shireboundshirebound on September 10th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Augh, all that noise from dawn to dusk? I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

*hugs you, and get-well hugs for Sis*
dodger_sister: grumpydodger_sister on September 12th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
Augh, all that noise from dawn to dusk? I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

*hugs you, and get-well hugs for Sis*


The first day seemed to be the loudest, but they are still here and it sounds like someone is walking around my house but it's just them on the roof and omg, I can't wait for a day when I get proper sleep again! They claim they will be finished tomorrow. /xxx my fingers/

I passed on your get well wishes to my sister, but I didn't actually hug her for you, because she is sickie gross! ;)
Shireboundshirebound on September 10th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite things that I remember about "The X-Files" was that it had the fans in mind. Sometimes it didn't say "The truth is Out There" at the end of the credits. Sometimes it said something else, and you had to be quick to catch it. Mulder was so vulnerable and damaged (and handsome), and Scully so very young. Looking back, the huge portable phones they pulled out of their trenchcoats were great. I marveled at how Scully was always running around in high heels, and how Mulder's apartment was so small, dark, and rumpled. There were episodes I loved, and episodes I hated, but every one was memorable.
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
One of my favorite things that I remember about "The X-Files" was that it had the fans in mind. Sometimes it didn't say "The truth is Out There" at the end of the credits. Sometimes it said something else, and you had to be quick to catch it.

Chris Carter really was one of the first creators/producers who wasn't just good to his fans, but who was consciously thinking of them when he was working on the show. (wasn't one of the end credit things actually 'trust everyone'? Is that right?)

Mulder was so vulnerable and damaged (and handsome), and Scully so very young.

We just rewatched the pilot on the anniversary date and it blows my mind to see Scully look so young. She was a decade older than me when the show first started and now when I watch the pilot I realize I am older than she is there (Scully being what 28, and Gillian being 25 which is now a decade younger than me at this point).

Looking back, the huge portable phones they pulled out of their trenchcoats were great. I marveled at how Scully was always running around in high heels, and how Mulder's apartment was so small, dark, and rumpled.

Remember the flashback episode to when Mulder first met The Lone Gunmen and he had that huge ridiculous cellphone he was carrying with him? lol And the spoof episode where Tea Lenoi was playing Scully in the movie and Scully has to teach her how to run in those heels? And yeah, I also thought the set decorating for Mulder's apartment was spot-on!

There were episodes I loved, and episodes I hated, but every one was memorable.

AGREED! Some of them I don't rewatch as much as others but I am so glad that I have seen each and every one of them now! Oh, X-Files, we'll always love you.

Edited at 2013-09-16 01:26 am (UTC)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 11th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
OMG, yes, roofer days are a necessary hell. I did not enjoy ours at ALL, even if they did kick ass and do it in just one day (removed two layers of shingles, put in a roof vent, made a thingie to keep water away from the chimney, and re-roofed).

The X-files were my first regular TV-with friends night ever. And the final two seasons really don't count. Swear.

The two episodes that immediately sprang to my mind as most memorable were the one with the stretchy liver eater, and (of course?) Home.
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
OMG, yes, roofer days are a necessary hell. I did not enjoy ours at ALL, even if they did kick ass and do it in just one day (removed two layers of shingles, put in a roof vent, made a thingie to keep water away from the chimney, and re-roofed).

Holy crap, one day? We kept finding things wrong with ours as they peeled shit away. We had to do our hosue, two garages, a shed, the gutters, cut back the trees, fix the siding on the 2nd garage and they found three major damaged areas underneath that ahd to be fixed as well. But...IT IS OVER NOW! THEY ARE DONE! I CAN HAZ SILENCE!

The X-files were my first regular TV-with friends night ever.

Seriously, I feel like the X-Files brought so many people together! (my first TV With Friends was Quantum Leap because various family members and friends would show up on Quantum Leap night to watch it with us, so even though I was only ten, that's where I got the idea to group-tv-watch!)

And the final two seasons really don't count. Swear.

They don't count so much so that I often get into fights with people about how many seasons there were because I legit FORGET that there were more. I am sure it stopped at 7! (even though I actually really liked Doggett).

The two episodes that immediately sprang to my mind as most memorable were the one with the stretchy liver eater, and (of course?) Home.

Wait...stretchy liver eater? You means Eugene Tooms? In that article I linked to the writer said he had a hard time picking the scariest episode because while fans will rally for Home (so scary they were never allowed to re-air it in that time slot) he was gonna have to go with Donnie Pfaster's episode. But he did pick both of Eugene Tooms' episodes for 'scariest villian'. I have to say, Eugene Tooms was the first time I thought to myself, "Maybe I shouldn't be watching this show," and then, and this always seems odd to people, the episode that gave me the most nightmares was The Flukeman ep, because that thing creeped me the fuck out. I have issues about things in the sewer!! They'll come up out of your toilet, okay!
ranuaranua on September 11th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
oh gods, roofers! I was sure they were gonna come right through and land in my kitchen! And they shook the whole house! I so feel for you babe *hugs and sends get better soon thoughts to your sister*

X-Files was my first online fandom and my introduction to slash. Ah, the good old days of the gossamer achieve. I'd religiously scan through the new updates every week looking for the Mulder/Krycek (it's still there too! http://www.gossamer.org/ ) As for feels, I have them all :D Krycek is not dead (I refuse to believe) and according to the new comic neither are the Lone Gunman.
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
oh gods, roofers! I was sure they were gonna come right through and land in my kitchen!

Right? They sounded like they were in the house! I thought the hanging lamp was going to rattle right off and break! It's all done now though - BLISSFUL SILENCE AGAIN!

X-Files was my first online fandom and my introduction to slash.

This means without The X-Files, you and I might never have met!!!! THANK YOU, CHRIS CARTER!

Ah, the good old days of the gossamer achieve. I'd religiously scan through the new updates every week looking for the Mulder/Krycek (it's still there too! http://www.gossamer.org/ )

I can't believe it's still there, OMG!! The things I discovered at that site.

As for feels, I have them all :D Krycek is not dead (I refuse to believe) and according to the new comic neither are the Lone Gunman.

KRYCEK LIVES!!!!! Really, so do The Lone Gunmen? EXCELLENT!!! Man, I fucking loved those guys. I was dedicated enough to them to even watch their spin-off show!

My sister installed the head-canon in me years ago that Krycek lives and goes on after Mulder's abduction to lead the Red Hot Alien Resistance with Skinner. Head-canon accepted?
ranuaranua on September 18th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I like that the Lone Gunmen are alive in the comic. I bawled when they died, it was so moving and such a beautiful sacrifice I almost feel like them being alive cheapens it. But! them being alive in the comic is pretty cool since it means more of their adventures :D

Also, the Cigarette Smoking Man has made an appearance in the comic, and it wasn't a flashback (wtf!!!!!!) so I'm sure it can't be long before everyone's favorite unsinkable rat is back too.
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Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: XF Mulder F-B-Irhymephile on September 11th, 2013 06:01 am (UTC)
OHMAHGAH IT'S SHOW 1.0! You know I started in XF fandom back in the day and have really never left. It will always be my favorite show EVER (SPN comes a close second) and the characters will have a special place in my heart forever. So some talking points with which to better illustrate! <-- "Bad Blood" reference

My very first fan fic was M/S and written under my real name. It's the only one under my real name (and then I learned how to make up a handle, LOL) It's still on Gossamer.
The internet handle I use now is the first one I created to write XF fic, back in 1998. I've never found a reason to change it
I wrote my first Mulder/Krycek fic under a pseudonym
I posted my first fics to alt.tx.x-files.creative, and got sucked down the hole of fan fic when I got email feedback. So exciting!
I've watched XF since the evening the pilot aired. My brother and I watched it together, and when it was over I turned to him and said, "This is my new show."
I've been to three XF cons and the NYC weekend of the eXpo on Mother's Day, 1998, during which I audio recorded Gillian Anderson's appearance and then wrote out a transcript and shared it online (gone now)
I still mod RATales, which was created in 1999 and devoted to everything Krycek and is still active
I have the original X-Files Barbies of Mulder and Scully
I once traded the Playgirl David Duchovny was in for VHS episodes of his cross-dressing appearance in Twin Peaks
Here is a photo of me from 1998 holding said Playgirl at the eXpo, where you could sit at a desk and there was a green screen behind to make it look like Mulder's office. You can't see my face all that clearly, which is why I'll share it.
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And here are photos of my collectibles room I had three apartments ago. All the stuff is now boxed up in my brother's basement. That large poster on the wall is actually the standee from the the first movie, and all the stuff on the walls are XF magazines I have collected over the years that I mylar bagged and taped to the walls.

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And here is a photo from my action figure days, where I took the Sideshow Collectibles Mulder and Krycek, dressed them up in different clothes, and bought them scale motorcycles. LOL, it looks crazy when I see it now...

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I might have even created a couple of storylines in which I went into my backyard and took photos of these action figures doing stuff and wrote stories around them *coff* It sounds insane when I type it out. Oh dear.

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So, um, yeah, slightly obsessed.
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
OHMAHGAH IT'S SHOW 1.0!

LOL You know, I put this post up and then I patiently sat back and waited for your reaction!! I knew you'd flip your lid, bb!

You know I started in XF fandom back in the day and have really never left. It will always be my favorite show EVER

It deserves to be your favorite show ever, but also I think we always hold a special place in our hearts for that first show that made us sit up and say, "This is giving me hardcore feelings about things!"

My very first fan fic was M/S and written under my real name. It's the only one under my real name (and then I learned how to make up a handle, LOL) It's still on Gossamer.

Were you in college or high school when this took place? Just curious. Someone else pointed out to me that gossamer is still there and I was bowled over. Idk that!

The internet handle I use now is the first one I created to write XF fic, back in 1998. I've never found a reason to change it

It's a great handle!! I had to tweak mine just a little because The Artful Dodger was already a livejournal name.

I posted my first fics to alt.tx.x-files.creative

OMG, the nostalgia that name just sent flaring through my body!!

I've watched XF since the evening the pilot aired. My brother and I watched it together, and when it was over I turned to him and said, "This is my new show."

LOL I can't even remember how I got started watching this show, but my sister tells about being home for Thanksgiving and they were rerunning Tooms and she watched it with my older brother and they were both like, "What the hell is this we are watching" and she continued watching it from then on. But I know I watched during the first season so my brother must have conned me into watching with him when sis went back to college. I specifically remember watching season two in my room in the dark and often being freaked out!

I have the original X-Files Barbies of Mulder and Scully

DUDE. DUDE. I have never seen those before! In fact, your entire collection of X-File stuff and the way you had it all displayed is glorious!!! I am in awe of it all!!

Here is a photo of me from 1998 holding said Playgirl at the eXpo, where you could sit at a desk and there was a green screen behind to make it look like Mulder's office.

I am so fucking jealous, OMG, it looks like you are in the office!!!!

I took the Sideshow Collectibles Mulder and Krycek, dressed them up in different clothes, and bought them scale motorcycles. LOL, it looks crazy when I see it now...

No, no, it's AWESOME!! OMG, that's the greatest thing ever!!! You are a genius!!

I might have even created a couple of storylines in which I went into my backyard and took photos of these action figures doing stuff and wrote stories around them *coff* It sounds insane when I type it out. Oh dear.

Nope. Not. Even. A Little. My sister and The BFF made a movie of a SPN fanfic using Star Wars action figures over the course of a three day weekend once, in our backyard, in 100 degree heat. Then they spent days editing it. And making a DVD. Your thing sounds perfectly normal.

THE X-FILES WILL NEVER BE CLOSED!!!!!!
Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: XF I Want to Believerhymephile on September 11th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
Also, sorry, I concur with everything on that Time list of the Best 9, with maybe the exception of the first one. "Home" was so unsettling and disturbing to me when I first watched it that I had to stop eating during that horrible murder scene of the sheriff and his wife. Yeek.

I will say that "Paper Hearts" is on my top 5, along with "One Breath," so they got these picks right.
dodger_sister: alex krycekdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
Also, sorry, I concur with everything on that Time list of the Best 9, with maybe the exception of the first one. "Home" was so unsettling and disturbing to me when I first watched it that I had to stop eating during that horrible murder scene of the sheriff and his wife. Yeek.

Hmmm, I think by the time Home came along, I was desentitized by The XFiles. Because I honestly thought Eugene Tooms was the scariest fucking thing ever, until Donnie Pfaster came along. (can't watch that actor in anything anymore without thinking he must be the bad guy). I actually agree with everything on that list except the Scully Centric ep - I'd go with Beyond The Sea, which is just a superb episode and shows us so much about Scully.

I will say that "Paper Hearts" is on my top 5, along with "One Breath," so they got these picks right.

I'm think Paper Hearts may very well be my sister's favorite of all time. My favorite - Quagmire - never makes the list but I love it to pieces!
lizibabes: Brendonlizibabes on September 11th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
I hope your sister feels better in time for your Mom's bday and ugh, I'd go crazy trapped inside with roofers working all day.

X-files!! I really like that show. I came to it a little latter because of my age, but I always enjoyed it. Well most the time. I was a bit too young when I watched one ep and it ended up scaring the crap out of me, big time. But then I got big in to horror films and gave the x-files another go.

I even remember the ep that freaked me out!
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
I hope your sister feels better in time for your Mom's bday and ugh, I'd go crazy trapped inside with roofers working all day.

Sis was a little shaky still on Mom's birthday but we managed to go out and celebrate and she worked the rest of the week and tried to take it easy this weekend a little bit. She's doing better now, thanks! And the roof is finished at last! It was just very claustrophobic knowing I was stuck here and couldn't get away from the noise!

X-files!! I really like that show. I came to it a little latter because of my age, but I always enjoyed it.

OF COURSE YOU DID! YOU LIKE ALL THE AWESOME THINGS! You know, I didn't fully appreciate the love of it until I was like 18/19, because it started when I was 15 so I was a little young even then.

Well most the time. I was a bit too young when I watched one ep and it ended up scaring the crap out of me, big time. But then I got big in to horror films and gave the x-files another go.

Do you remember which ep? The one with the cannibals? The liver eating monster? The serial killer stalking Scully? Or the monster in the sewer? (those are my top four shit-my-pants episodes).
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