For those out there who just aren’t getting the X-FILES revival, let me help you: it was the best show ever aired on television. Not network television. Any television. If you aren’t that familiar with it (or plain just don’t believe me), go to Netflix and stream these episodes, most of which don’t even involve the larger UFO-conspiracy stuff:
“Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” (Season 3)
“Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” (Season 3)
“Beyond the Sea” (Season 1)
“Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man” (Season 4)
“Elegy” (Season 4)
“The Post-Modern Prometheus” (Season 5)
“Bad Blood” (Season 5)
“Triangle” (Season 6)
“Humbug” (Season 2)
And for what it’s worth, the 6-episode “event series” is off to a great start – it lives and breathes exactly like the original run. Is it as good? Not quite. But then again, nothing is that good.
My thought about the True Detective finale: as a season ender, greatness. Moody, haunting, and thought provoking, just like we all wanted. But as a series ender — and let’s face it, this series is over, with brand new characters and storyline for next year — it didn’t quite fulfill the promise of what came before. Too many threads and allusions left unattended. I’ll take this back if they pick up the storyline next season, using different main characters to attack it from another angle, but I haven’t seen any suggestion that’s happening.
And here’s one SPOILER ALERT: that spinning blue vortex at the end could work so much better if they would just stop saying it was one of Rust’s drug flashback hallucinations. (Or so I have read in a few reviews and interviews today.) Wouldn’t it have been more interesting if they left it open to interpretation?