I never watched an episode of The X-Files when it originally aired. I did watch every last episode of the short-lived Alien Nation, which only recently I realized was entitled such because aliens who had landed on Earth were being alienated by humans as they all tried to co-exist. So I had my fill of sci-fi tv. Also recently, I started to get back to my geeky roots, embarking into the land of sci-fi and fantasy poetry. The X-Files had been lingering in my Netflix queue for a long time. The time was perfect for me to start watching. Then Netflix stopped streaming it, so I’m now watching on DVD.
Side note: the music for the show either is exactly or sounds exactly like a track from one of the Pure Moods CDs from the 90s.
To get a feel for what’s to come (or what already was what’s to come), this’ll be a fuller recap.
Season 1, Episode 1 has no special title. It’s simply The Pilot, which lacks any kind of intrigue. It’s quickly followed by the opening message that the following story is based on actual events. I don’t know if you’re allowed to have that on a tv show if it’s not true, so let’s say it is, and that’s a freaky way to start a show considering the next thing that happens is a girl runs through the woods in a nightgown, a light, some wind, and a male figure appear, and then, she’s dead.
Continue reading The Truth Is In Here: The X-Files Revisited – Season 1: Pilot
There’s an art to any story. For me personally, I have an issue with loving new science fiction movies. Specifically modern day science fiction movies.
Why? Well, we’ve been kind of spoiled. In terms of popular science fiction, we’ve peaked really quickly. When Star Wars debuted in the 80’s it kind of setup a template, a marker if you will as to what a good science fiction movie should look like.
This isn’t a diss against Star Wars. As you’ll see in December we will be all about the new Star Wars movie Rogue One. But let’s be real for a second. Star Wars created a format for any future science fiction film. We got a bad guy, good guy and space in-between.
And then we move into the modern day version of a science fiction with movies like Independence Day. I can’t speak for every movie goer but after the first Independence Day came out it seemed like Hollywood was hell bent on sticking to the humans vs. aliens format.
It becomes problematic when you start seeing the same storylines over and over again. Hollywood then sees that people like it and they seem the same concepts on repeat.
This is literally what makes Arrival an amazing film. It defies all the common expectations. It distinctly doesn’t allow itself to devolve into a cliche, which any moviegoer can appreciate.
Continue reading Tea & Review: Arrival – A Perfect Modern Sci-fi