Hello again, Faithful Readers. I went “off the grid” for the past week to deal with Real Life Issues, and I will return to blogging hopefully tonight or tomorrow.
October has always been an unusual month for me. It’s my favorite month next to June, my birthday month, and my favorite holiday – Hallowe’en/Samhein – falls at the end of this month. Unfortunately, it’s also a month that holds lots of pain for both sides of my family for various reasons.
My closest and dearest friend just lost her father yesterday morning (Monday), and I have several significant anniversaries of family members’ deaths coming up as well. Hallowe’en will be an especially difficult day for me, but I also see myself celebrating life as well as the macabre-ness of the holiday.
First catch-up posts will be recaps of the first two episodes of Season 3 of Once Upon A Time, followed by a recap of the first two seasons of OUAT, a recap re-watch from my Lost Girl Re-Watch, and my X-Files posts. So many posts to squeeze in, but I’m diligently working on them.
Back to staying awake at work and trying to stay strong – I’ve been getting a bit emotional here-and-there. This year hasn’t been the happiest one, but it’s getting much better.
Sylent Mari Speaks!: Viewer Discretion Advised for younger viewers ’cause some of the content can be quite sexy and violent, but I know of many families who watch together, but just watching out for some of my younger fans – If I have any.
Also, as advanced as we are becoming as a human race in terms of equality for all, there are some people who have their own personal beliefs about sexuality, sexual orientation, etc. With that in mind, Lost Girl gets pretty sexy in almost every episode, but not True Blood levels of hot-as-hell-sexy-times. Also, it’s a very LGBTQ-friendly show (two of the lead characters fall under the “L” and the “B”). If that bothers you…that’s your choice to skip this show, but you’ll be missing out on a really fun show.
And lastly, to be fair to all ‘shippers, there are shots of DyBo (Dyson/Bo), Doccubus (Lauren/Bo), and Valkubus (Tamsin/Bo). I’m a Doccubus fan, personally, but Valkubus runs a close-second, and I love and respect my DyBo homies. ‘Ship what you love! <3
Always a date late – sigh. But that’s okay! It’s time for a Lost Girl Re-Watch for fans of the show, and welcome new viewers to the program who will be calling this their late-entry into the series: It’s Fae-ntastic! An Introduction to Lost Girl 101. The first two episodes are up tonight, but you can marathon the episodes too. Binge-watching Lost Girl is highly recommended by me; that’s how I acquainted myself with the show when I first watched it, with plenty of beer and food as I barricaded myself in my apartment over that three-day weekend I had from work (back on April 2012(. The first two episodes are grouped together because they both work great as an introduction into the series for new fans, and a great refresher for fans who may have not seen them in a while. My re-watch recap of the first two episodes will be posted tomorrow (Thursday). In the meantime, you still have some time to watch these first two episodes if you’re -6:00 hrs GMT and beyond…
OK, OK – watch the first three episodes Thursday, ’cause it’ll be easier on me, on you lovely viewers, and then we can all rest easy. Or keep watching. This is just a suggested viewing schedule, but feel free to watch in any order. Watch them all within a few days. Take your time ’til january (U.S. fans). But this show is a hell of a lot more fun to watch with a group of friends – that’s how I watched half of Season 3. The more the merrier!
Lost Girl didn’t hit the United States until January 2012 when the first season was aired, and the second season was immediately aired following the final episode of Season 1, so that American viewers weren’t too far behind from Canada and the rest of the world. I may have had one or two friends who started watching the series when it first aired on the Syfy Channel here in the United States back in January 2012, but I decided to give it a shot after reading so much about it online, and I haven’t looked back since. I binge-watched and told my then-girlfriend to watch the show. Another marathon-viewing later, and she was hooked. We’ve both spread the word to our friends, and I just got a close friend and her wife into it before I took my Epic Canadian Lost Girl-inspired journey to Toronto and Fan Expo Canada. If they were giving prizes for recruiting fans, I should get at least have a new living-room set by now.
You’ll notice on some dates below that there are two episodes that I’ve recommended for viewing that day. These episodes are specific to the ever-encompassing mythology and overall storyline of the series, and it’s best to view them together. You’ll also notice that there are multiple episodes from Seasons 2 and 3 featured, because these episodes are important to watch back-to-back – in my opinion. As I mentioned in a previous post, Season 1 has 13 episodes, Season 2 has 22, and Season 3 drops back down to 13. Season 4 will be aired on November 10 and is called “In Memoriam,” and you will quickly learn why it’s called that after watching the last two episodes of Season 3, which I highly-recommend watching right before the premiere of Season 4 (as you can see in the schedule below).
Season 3 is not officially out on DVD yet. The drop date is November 19 for the U.S., and I believe it will be a simultaneous release with Canada. I will double-check on the Canadian and worldwide release dates, but November 19 you’ll be able to grab Season 3 on DVD and Blu-Ray. With that in mind, watching Season 3 might prove to be a bit difficult. If you have friends who have all of Season 3 recorded, plan to meet up and stay for a few nights. If they don’t have Season 3, you can check out some of the episodes on Showcase (Canada – geoblocked elsewhere), Syfy (United States – geoblocked elsewhere), and other channel websites in your own countries.
And now, for your viewing pleasure: the Lost Girl Re-Watch/First-Timers Viewing Schedule. There are some spoiler-ish images, but nothing major spoiled. Really – it’s just pictures of the beautiful, beautiful cast members. Heh.
+ + [ [ SEASON ONE: OCTOBER 2 – OCTOBER 13 ] ] + +
“It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World”
“Where There’s A Will, “There’s a Fae”
October 3 (plus the first 2 eps if you wanna watch 3 in a row)
“Oh Kappa, My Kappa”
“Food for Thought”
“The Mourning After”
+ + [ [ SEASON TWO: OCTOBER 14 – OCTOBER 31 ] ] + +
“Something Wicked This Fae Comes”
“I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won)”
“Scream a Little Dream”
“BrotherFae of the Wolves”
“It’s Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away”
“Fae Gone Wild”
“Death Didn’t Become Him”
“Can’t See the Fae-rest”
“Barometz. Trick. Pressure.”
“Table for Fae”
“The Girl Who Fae’d With Fire”
“Truth and Consequences”
“Into the Dark”
“Flesh and Blood”
+ + [ [ SEASON THREE: NOVEMBER 1 – NOVEMBER 10 ] ] + +
“Fae-de to Black”
“Faes Wide Shut”
“The Kenzi Scale”
“There’s Bo Place Like Home”
“Fae-ge Against the Machine”
“Adventures in Fae-bysitting”
“Those Who Wander”
I had to push back my time-table on the new posts that I planned to release last night for the shows mentioned above. Things were a bit too hectic for me last night, and work was insane. I did not get a chance to get any writing done today, and that makes me a sad geek.
The first posts to go out for Once Upon A Time, the recap of the first two seasons and my recap of the first Season 3 episode, will be published Tuesday. I’m also screencapping the episode, with additional witty commentary. I promise not to overload the posts with pictures of Lana Parrilla – I do quite well annoying my friends and family on Facebook already.
For the Lost Girl re-watch, I am re-doing my original episode schedule and will release an update tomorrow, with the re-watch of Season 1 starting this Wednesday. I have a few more pictures to share as well from my adventures at Fan Expo Canada at the Lost Girl panel. And I will finally explain how Lost Girl helped influence my journey up to Toronto.
The next part of my X-Files retrospective will be released by Friday, and I will be winding down my Buffy the Vampire Slayer retrospective and will have it wrapped up just in time for Halloween.
Thank you to everyone who has visited this blog over the past two years and enjoy my posts. I’ve always been a geek and a writer (a creative type in general), and I write not only for myself, but to hopefully entertain people in some way. If I ever grow up and do this professionally, that would be an added bonus, but maintaining this blog when I can helps bring some normality to my crazy-as-hell Real Life.
– Sylent Mari, aka DigimortalGoddess/Mari
Once Upon A Time Recap: “…and in the end the Evil Queen got her Happy Ending, until a Savior destroyed it…” (Part 1)
AUTHOR’S NOTE: There are spoilers for Seasons One and Two of the series; if you have not seen it, please take the time to watch both seasons and become instantly addicted. Also, some slight spoilers for Season Three, so venture carefully.
I love the fantasy genre. As a young girl growing up, I devoured everything that I could get my hands on that was fantasy-based: books, films, art, music, TV shows, etc. In recent years – well, at least the last 20 – I’ve become a huge fan of TV shows that ventured into different fantasy worlds. From the original 1980′s real-world revisionist take on the classic tale Beauty and the Beast starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman, Lucy Lawless as a warrior princess who fought warlords and gods alike (Xena, Warrior Princess), and more recent shows like Grimm and Lost Girl, I’ve been in fantasy-and-mythological geek heaven. These shows bring to life fascinating stories filled with lots of drama, adventure, suspense, comedy, and romance, and heroes/heroines ranging from humans to non-humans (Vincent from BATB is a lion-like humanoid, and Bo Dennis from LG a succubus).
“Fantasy allows us to step away from the responsibilities of the real world and spend a few hours in an imaginary one, escaping for just a little bit and taking the time to enjoy ourselves…” (quote courtesy of my mom).
One of the most popular sub-genres in the world of fantasy is the fairy-tale. We all have fairy-tales that we loved to read while growing up, and many of us have seen the Disney animated film versions of some of our favorite stories, though they are quite different than the original source material in many cases. I remember spending Saturday mornings in the mid-1980′s at a small theater on an Air Force base in Bedford, Massachusetts (Hanscom Air Force Base), watching lots of Disney films with my father including: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
Snow White is also one of the main inspirations for the modern fantasy series Once Upon A Time, a fan-favorite show featuring many of your favorite fairy-tales (and other classic stories) brought to life in our world, with a few twists to the original tales. Once Upon A Time premiered on October 23, 2011, and became an instant hit for the ABC network here in the United States. The series gave viewers the chance to explore their favorite characters’ lives in the Enchanted Forest, along with exploring the lives of some of our favorite villains like the Evil Queen from Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, and many others. We are able to see these characters residing and trying to survive in our world while they try to return back home.
The show’s popularity with fans was enough for ABC to green-light a spin-off series that will be airing October 19, and it will be running concurrently with OUAT’s third season. Once Upon A Time in Wonderland will be a 12-episode limited-run series based on Alice in Wonderland, and will be airing Thursdays nights while the original series will continue to air on Sundays in its regular time-slot. The creators of both series, Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, have hinted at crossover episodes between the two series too. Whether the spin-off will be a one-shot run or a continuous series is yet to be determined. I got the chance to see a sneak-peek 20-minute preview of OUAT: Wonderland at this year’s Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, and it looks just as awesome as OUAT. The series features Alice, of course, along with the White Rabbit, the Knave of Hearts, the Red Queen, Jafar from Aladdin (take a few minutes to process that), and the Queen of Hearts herself. The Queen of Hearts is already familiar to OUAT viewers – she makes her first appearance in the first season and her identity is revealed in the second, and she has close ties to our main series villains: Rumpelstiltskin/Mr.Gold and the Evil Queen/Regina Mills.
Once Upon A Time also has a huge and devoted fandom, and fans of the series call themselves Oncers. Using social media sites like Tumblr and Twitter, Oncers have been able to interact with fellow fans and share their fan fiction, art, and videos with one another, as well as discussing the show and its many characters and couples. There are many fan-favorite couples that fall in canon with the series, and couples that fans wish would get together (fan canon, or “fanon”). Two of the most popular couples are canon and fanon: RumBelle, featuring Rumpelstiltskin and Belle French from Beauty and the Beast, and Swan Queen, featuring Emma Swan and the Evil Queen herself, Regina Mills. If I tried to list all of the characters and the many, many different canon and fanon couples here, I’d be writing for hours. Check out Tumblr and Twitter for your favorites – that’s how I discovered that Swan Queen has such a large following. I’ve also spent many hours on Tumblr checking out Swan Queen-related stuff. Umm…before I get distracted any further…
Once Upon A Time aired its season two finale on May 12, 2013 in the United States. Our main cast of heroes and villains – Emma Swan, Snow White/Mary Margaret, Prince Charming/David Nolan, Evil Queen/Regina Mills, Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, and new addition Captain Hook/Killian Jones – find themselves heading off to Neverland to rescue Emma and Regina’s son, Henry Mills, from the clutches of annoying human villains Greg Mendel and Tamara. They are working for a mysterious “Big Bad” who turns out to be Peter Pan himself, who wants Henry for his own nefarious reasons. Will our villains and heroes (who all have a personal connection to Henry) save him before Peter Pan unleashes his plans for the boy? Season 3 starts tonight, so lots of fun and in-fighting and adventuring will be explored, I’m sure.
In the meantime, if you would like a quick refresher course on the first two seasons and what our characters have been up to since the beginning and the end of the curse, check out Part 2 of this recap. There are spoilers galore in Part 2, so if you’re trying to remain a spoiler-free Once Upon A Time viewing virgin, I suggest you buy or borrow the DVD and Blu-ray discs from your friends or catch it on Hulu Plus or Netflix. It is a fun show that has a very interesting storyline and filled with different origins to all of our favorite characters that sometimes vary drastically from the stories that we all read growing up.
The Fairy-tale Begins
Before I continue, here’s a disclaimer: this recap is neutral and gives the story the way we see it in the series. No shipper wars or bashing of characters here – I have equal love for all. I love most of the established relationships in the series, but my favorite isn’t canon: Swan Queen. I’m also an Evil Regal, but I recognize the good and evil the Queen has done before and after she gained her “Evil” title. I love my villains as much as I love my heroes. There are characters that I love and some that I dislike, and the same goes for relationships. This is a Oncer-friendly zone, and I love the fandom. If you have any favorite characters or relationships that you would like to share, or even favorite episodes, add some comments at the end of this post.
The general consensus among my fellow Oncers is that Season 1 is the best season so far of the show. The main story unfolded slowly and continued to build through the first season as our heroine, Emma Swan, fought against our main villain, the Evil Queen. Now known as the Mayor of Storybrooke, Maine, Regina Mills still rules with a beautifully-manicured fist as she watches the very people that she has cursed live their lives in blissful ignorance of their former selves. She may have had her specially-created happy ending for the first 28 years of living in our world, but all of that will change when Emma arrives in her town and starts to undo her curse, with the help of her own son, Henry Mills.
To make matters more complicated, Henry is Emma’s biological son; she put him up for adoption while sitting in prison for a crime she took the fall for. We find out the identity of Henry’s father in Season 2, but it was an open-secret that all fans knew and guessed correctly even though the creators, Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, tried in vain to hide until the big reveal. Season 2 started off very strong but seemed to lose focus towards the end of the season. The last two episodes of the season improved upon the somewhat-rushed storyline that started after Episode 16, and and the Season 2 finale was pretty awesome.
Season 3 looks like it will deliver what fans loved about the show during the first season, while trying to balance stories in three different worlds: Storybrooke, where most of our characters still reside; the Enchanted Forest, their former home where some of their friends and family remain; and Neverland, the mysterious and dangerous land that our six heroes and villains venture into to rescue Henry. Along the way we’ll see familiar faces as well as many new ones including: the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, Ariel, Prince Eric, and Peter Pan himself.
I can’t wait for the premiere tonight. I’m quickly trying to finish my recap of the first two seasons. It won’t be a very lengthy post because explaining the story that unfolded during the first two seasons would take longer than just an hour or two to read and write. It’s best to gain a general idea of what Once Upon A Time is about and enjoy it yourselves. I remember missing most of the first season because I always seemed to be busy on Sunday evenings, and even though my friends DVR’ed the episodes for me, I never got the chance to watch the show until Episode 15 in the first season, “Red-Handed” (Red Riding Hood and Granny’s origin tale).
I was not an Evil Queen/Regina Mills fan either. The woman was so conniving and bitchy and beyond evil, but hot damn was she sexy at the same time! Honestly, I can’t think of another actress who could’ve pulled off the character as well as Lana Parrilla has been able to do in the role. When you’ve got me cheering on the villain over the heroes, you must be doing a heck of an acting job. It’s also cool to see a fellow Puerto Rican on the screen. Half of the time she’s not acting; that’s how Puerto Rican women are sometimes. *wink*
Welcome to the world of Once Upon A Time, and I hope you enjoy Part 2 as I journey from Season 1 through Season 2 with a dash of Season 3 thrown in. Until then:
Before I continue, I am working on a new site logo. Hooray! Hopefully I’ll have that ready by tonight (Sunday).
Since I’m on a writing spree today, I’ll finally finish up two articles that I’ve been working on FOREVER for one of my favorite geeky sites, Nerd Like You: one about Once Upon A Time and the other about my recent adventures at Fan Expo Canada 2013 (in Toronto).
I’ve got lots of pictures and stories from that trip that I will forever cherish and can’t wait to share. I have finally come down from my super-nerdy-high that I had sustained for a month after my visit to Canada and the Expo. I got to meet an actress who has been at the top of my Celebrities I Want To Meet list for years, and she was one of the nicest celebs that I’ve ever met. Yep – as a huge fan of the Terminator franchise, including the movies, comics, games etc., I had the opportunity to meet both Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and Michael Biehn (Kyle Reese). It was a wet dream come true for this fan of the franchise who sort-of has a tattoo inspired by the franchise. I spoke to Linda for a few minutes and she was patient and took the time to talk and was just lovely.
I have a musical post coming up honoring my favorite band, Stabbing Westward, and a retrospective look back at their 1998 album, Darkest Days. Along with that post it’s time to get ready for Halloween, so I’m gonna be sharing my love for all things horror, so be prepared.
So much to write, a small window of opportunity to get it all done in… I can do it! Before Breaking Bad and Once Upon A Time later tonight.
BONUS PICTURES: Some of the swag that I bought/picked up/was gifted by amazing, generous, and wonderful fans at Fan Expo Canada.
There will be more X-Files posts arriving this week. They haven’t been abducted by aliens, destroyed by shadow governments, or eye-rolled out of existence by Scully. The truth is still out there, and I plan on digging deep into my mental archives in retrieving it. And remember: TRUST NO ONE.
The second quick update is a television viewing assignment: watch the first three episodes of Lost Girl this coming Sunday as we countdown to the show’s Season 4 premiere on Sunday, November 10th.
I wanted to do an “episode-a-day” re-watch with additional banter from me, but alas i missed the timeline on that; this past Tuesday (September 23) marked 48 days ’til Lost Girl’s Season 4 premiere on Showcase in Canada (lucky Canadian bastards – but you’re still my favorite country to visit!). Fourty-eight is also the number of episodes that have aired through the show’s three seasons: Season 1 = 13 episodes, Season 2 = 22 episodes, Season 3 = 13 episodes. So… If you lovely readers and I watch four episodes starting this Sunday, and finish before the series finale of Breaking Bad and the Season 3 premiere of Once Upon A Time, that will leave us with the Season 3 episodes “Hail, Hale” and “Those Who Wander” to watch right before Season 4. We can do it!
Gather your friends, grab munchies and beverages of preference, and find the comfiest seat and chill out and join in on all the Fae-ness as we re-watch Lost Girl from the beginning, or for the first time. With as many friends as I’ve gotten into the series, and their friends getting into it thanks to their word of mouth, almost all of Albuquerque will be as addicted to the show as the rest of us are by the end of Season 4.
So, your homework assignment is as follows for the first four episodes of Lost Girl:
- “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World”
- “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fae”
- “Oh Kappa, My Kappa”
- “Faetal Attraction”
Here’s the opening credit / show logo:
Our main cast from the show, until Rachel Skarsten joins them in Season Three as the Valkyrie Dark Fae Tamsin (see below). I’ve met all of the guys below plus Rachel and Paul Amos (Vex) but missed the other three leading ladies (just my luck) this year at Fan Expo Canada. Zoie Palmer wasn’t able to make it to the panel, but I got to see the rest live and in person. Lost Girl brought me all the way up to Canada for my exciting and insane first solo trip. That tale will be shared very, very, very soon.
From L-to-R: Rick Howland (Trick), K.C. Collins (Hale), Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson), Anna Silk (Bo), Ksenia Solo (Kenzi), and Zoie Palmer (Lauren)
BONUS PICTURE: Now with some extra “Oh My!” courtesy of special guest George Takei.
Hello Blog Visitors – here’s a quick update to the first of several new posts that I’m working on this weekend.
There is one more day until the premiere of the 3rd season of Once Upon A Time, that awesome ABC/Disney modern fantasy series about fairytale characters and their various other storybook counterparts trapped in our world, thanks to the sexiest Evil Queen on TV.
Hi, my name is Sylent Mari… and I’m a proud Evil Regal. EVIL QUEEN FTW!!! (Picture Credit: Official OUAT Facebook)
If you’re new to the series and are finally forcing yourself to sit down and watch the premiere, or are being held hostage by a Oncer into watch the show with them, I’ve got a nifty guide to the first two seasons of the series. How do you condense the complicated storyline of the first two seasons into one blog post? I have no clue, but I’m sure as hell gonna attempt to explain the series in non-Oncer terms. If you’re already familiar with the show and just as obsessed about it as me, I encourage you to continue your Tumblr and Twitter surfing unless you wanna hang out and read it if you’ve got some time to kill – I’d totally appreciate it.
I will finally get my creative mojo moving and force it to submit to my will as I recap each Season 3 episode with as much wittiness and sarcasm as possible, while also making sense of the increasingly-confusing storyline. Each recap will be posted Monday evenings, so you’ve got some spoiler-free viewing time before you make your way back here to read my spoilers-galore re-telling of that episode’s events.
Tune in tomorrow as we all gather around and visit Storybrooke, Maine and see all the wackiness that our heroine, Emma Swan, encounters as she discovers her true birth-right and tries to stop the Evil Queen/Mayor Regina Mills with witty banter and sometimes physical altercations. Oh, and here’s another image of the Evil Queen from the third season, as revealed by show composer Mark Isham on his Instagram account. Evil never looked so sexy before it pulls your still-beating heart out of your chest:
Author’s Note – 09/10/2013: This original post is being published on the date of the anniversary; additional thoughts may be included later.
Wow – it’s amazing how time flies and you realize that your favorite TV show has reached quite the milestone in its history since it first aired. Last year marked fifteen (15) years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer first hit the TV airwaves and scored a legion of still-devoted fans and became an instant cult hit. If you have been reading my blog for the past year, you’ve noticed that I’ve been sharing my favorite things about Buffy, from its main characters to its ‘Big Bads’ (major villains of each season), along with my favorite episodes and everything else I can throw my two-cents about the show. I will be ending my retrospective with a few more posts that still have to be written as time permits, now that my creative drive has returned after a hectic past five months put a stop to that. Ah, Real Life – you are both a burden and a blessing all rolled into one. Somehow my social life has also taken off, and that probably requires me to get a day planner in the future, and schedule blogging time. Damn you’s, Real Life!
As Buffy awaits my return, I’m gathering my thoughts and beginning another retrospective series. The start of this retrospective falls on the 20th anniversary of a groundbreaking, innovative, and influential genre show that has captivated audiences for years, and helped pushed fandom-love to new levels as fans gathered on the Internet to talk about their favorite show. The social media push that we see now from fans talking about their favorite series on Twitter, Tumblr, and a bunch of other sites can be traced back to 1993, when this show first aired.
The premise of the series was interesting from the beginning: two FBI agents – one a skeptic and the other a believer – investigate unexplained cases of the supernatural/paranormal/extraterrestrial, cases that have long been filed away by local law enforcement who had no clue as to how to proceed with said cases. While they investigated these bizarre cases, they frequently clashed with shadowy government figures that tried their hardest to shut them down. Along the way, our FBI agents had help from unusual and diverse sources that helped them solve their cases and unfold the conspiracy that they were in the middle of. Hiding in the darkness, and unknown to our FBI agents, was one lone sinister figure that was the puppetmaster, pulling at their strings along the way, sometimes forcing them to do his bidding. In the end our FBI agents prevailed, but not without many personal losses along the way as they uncovered “the truth.”
Yes, my fellow genre-loving geeks and nerds – 20 years ago The X-Files premiered on a Friday evening on a still-relatively new network called FOX. FOX already had several major hits under its belt back in the ’90s before The X-Files first aired: The Simpsons, COPS, and Married with Children. Looking to expand on their success with those series, FOX decided to pair up the show with a new series called The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (starring one of my favorite genre actors, Bruce Campbell). Only one of those shows ended up being victorious in the ratings game, and I’m obviously not talked about Brisco’s 20th anniversary. The X-Files had quite the hill to climb when it first aired, and it was almost canceled after a few episodes – FOX came to its senses and decided to continue the series. We can count that as one of their smartest moves before they decided to kill off every other cool genre show afterwards [insert every show that has aired on FOX since, with the exception of a few).
At its peak, the show had 20 million viewers per week between Seasons 3 through 5, as fans watched stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as they solved their unusual cases whule trying to stay alive and uncover the larger conspiracy they were in the middle of. Viewership started to slowly ease downward after the first movie based on the series and its then-ongoing alien mythology, The X-Files: Fight the Future, and when Duchovny left, more viewers fled along with him. The show was never able to regain its momentum, even after bringing in some fresh blood. Robert Patrick joined the show in Season 8 as no-nonsense Special Agent John Doggett, who was a skeptic like Scully when she first started working with Mulder. Annabeth Gish joined the show in Season 9 as Special Agent Monica Reyes, who was a believer in phenomena of the spiritual type. But in the end it was all about Mulder and Scully, and in the last scene of the series finale, we see them in a hotel room in quiet contemplation, reflecting upon everything that had happened to them in the nine years since they first met.
As I sit here writing this first part of the retrospective on The X-Files, I think back to the moment when I first saw the show and had the world suddenly come alive before my eyes. I was a pre-teen when The X-Files premiered on this day: a 12-year-old sixth grader attending a Catholic school in Dayton, Ohio. My mom had refused to let me see the show at first because she thought it was too frightening for me (I was already a horror/science fiction/fantasy buff at this point), but my dad taped the first two episodes of the series for me to watch later. My mom quit watching with us after the first two seasons, but my dad and I made it our weekly tradition to view it together – we had cool father-daughter bonding moments thanks to The X-Files. He finally quit when the Season 4 episode “Home” aired, as well as many viewers, I’m sure. I still watched it weekly, recording it when I wasn’t able to watch the live broadcast.
The first episode that I remember watching was “Squeeze,” featuring the creepy decades-old killer named Eugene Tooms (played to creepy perfection by the equally weird and creepy Doug Hutchinson). That episode was one of many that kept me hooked to the show, and there have been many memorable and sometimes “controversial” episodes of the show as well. Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan wrote one episode in particular that probably freaked out the parental watchdog groups and FOX executives. “Pusher” featured a killer that could manipulate people into doing his bidding telekinetically. In one pivotal moment from the episode, Robert Modell (the ‘pusher’) had Mulder locked in an intense round of Russian Roulette with him, while Scully pleaded with Mulder to end it. Another fan-favorite that pushed many buttons when it first aired was “Home,” of course, ’cause inbred mutant freaks killing mutant babies and having sex to the soothing sounds of Johnny Mathis makes for great family television! Or not.
The X-Files helped introduce the now-classic mythological storyline that shows feature throughout their seasons, slowly revealing the major story arc over many episodes – sometimes stretching out for years. Along with the great, expansive mythology that the X-Files introduced to the masses, it also introduced viewers to the one-off “Monster of the Week” episodes. These episodes sometimes shared in the overall mythology of the series, but mainly they were stand-alone’s that had their own conclusive storyline resulting in the capture or death of the ‘monster’ that was the focus of the episode. Lots of fans like me dig these types of episodes ’cause they are offbeat, interesting, tons of fun, and give us a break from the intense storytelling of the mythological episodes in-between. The ‘Monsters’ are gonna get their own blog post ’cause they’re so much fun.
As I look back at the show and share all the great moments and reasons why this show is so amazing and my all-time favorite, I highly recommend jumping onto Netflix or HuluPlus right now and marathoning the show from the beginning. I started my own marathon of the show last year right before Halloween, and it took me a little over two months to watch all nine seasons back-to-back. It was fun to re-discover classic episodes and catch ones I faintly recall from their original airing. I hope you enjoy following me on this epic journey as I re-visit The X-Files and geek-out all over again.
A Geekin’ We Will Go!!! Fan Expo Canada Adventures!!! I Want to Believe in “The X-Files” – 20 Years Later!!!
Hello my Faithful Readers! I may have overdosed on exclamation points with the headline, but you’ll have to excuse me. It had been a few months since I last visited this blog, and I apologize profusely for my absence. Real Life has been all consuming, and sometimes I wonder if I really am stuck in some bizarre manufactured world similar to the Matrix, except really strange things keep happening instead of a linear constructed storyline. I can’t make up half of the stuff that has happened to me. For someone who complains about leading a relatively boring existence, I sure do have lots of things that compete with that theory. I also had my external hard drive “disappear” on me, which was my sole backup featuring years of work on various multimedia ventures. That was quite the crushing blow, but I’ve since recovered and am slowly building back up to where I was. While much of my work was irreplaceable, my many writing files remained intact, as I had a back-up of that folder on two flash drives and my laptop of all those years of work I’ve pored into short stories, poems, articles, and many more.
One of major reasons for my lack of presence on this blog was months of planning for my trip to the Great White North for Fan Expo Canada, a yearly Canadaian geekfest held in beautiful Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have never been to Canada, have always wanted to visit it (high on my Bucket List), and I fulfilled that dream three weeks ago. Fan Expo Canada was also my first major convention that I’ve ever attended, and also my first major convention outside of the United States. The only other time I’ve traveled to another country was Mexico, and that’s a right-of-passage for every New Mexican resident at some point in their lives. Visiting Canada and Toronto was quite the awesome experience for me, and I plan on returning again next year and spending more time traveling to a few other Canadian cities that I failed to see, including Montreal and Ottawa. Fan Expo Canada celebrates its 20th anniversary next year as well, and a week later than usual: August 28th through August 31st.
While I wrap up an article about Fan Expo Canada that I’m finishing up for another blog, I also wanted to announce the arrival of an exciting new retrospective series that will launch this Tuesday, September 10th. It has been a whopping 20 YEARS since the arrival of one of the most influential sci-fi/thriller/horror shows of all time, the behemoth known as The X-Files. The adventures of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have been well-documented on many websites, fansites, blogs, videos, interviews, and many other forms of media throughout the years, but I also want to partake in the fandom love for the show as well. Like my ongoing Buffy the Vampire Slayer retrospective, my look-back at The X-Files will be similar in format as well. I am such a huge fan of the show, and I want to spread the X-Phile love to the masses.
There’s another series that will be airing its third season at the end of the month, and I might FINALLY put out several articles about it. ABC’s modern fantasy series Once Upon A Time returns on September 29th, with the main cast venturing off into unfamiliar territory as they search for Henry Mills, who’s been kidnapped by two of the most annoying villains on TV right now, and whisked away to Neverland. Along the way we’ll see other characters in the Enchanted Forest as well as the real-world town of Storybrooke, Maine. In other words, be prepared to see many more characters’ incomplete storylines as they “disappear” off the show, continuity errors, and writing choices that will make you cringe and throw things at the TV. But in all seriousness, the show is a pretty fantastic epic adventure that has several issues that can be easily ignored if you shut your mind down while watching the episodes. I’m excited for its return and to see what bodaciously awesome outfits the Evil Queen (played by Lana Parrilla) will have this season.
Oh! Before I forget – my online radio show pandeNERDium will be returning in about two weeks. We went on-hiatus while we moved to a new studio location, as well as a busier-than-usual summer for us. I’m very excited for its return, as my Wednesday evenings were a bit quiet instead of heading to the studio to stream the show live. Check out more details about our return, as well as awesome news stories and so much more, on our Facebook page at facebook.com/pandenerdium. Also follow us on Twitter too: @pandenerdium.
Until Tuesday, friends! The Truth Is Out There…