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DarkestPhoenix
02-09-04, 06:29 PM
I'm watching X-Files again (I quit around Season Six) and I'm just curious to see what your favorites are.

My favorite episode was "The Field Where I Died", but many people hated that one. One online site gave it an F, the only episode to get a failing grade. It had some inconsistencies, but I liked it. I also liked "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man", and the one where everyone thought Mulder killed himself, but I am curious to see your favorites.

I never saw a show so talented at giving their viewers a cliffhanger every season.

Hard to believe I started watching thanks to The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

movielib
02-09-04, 07:15 PM
I still love "Ice" from the first season.

lisadoris
02-09-04, 09:07 PM
Phoenix, I think you and I are the only two people who like "Field Where I Died." Such is life. Most of the episodes I really like were stand alones; the conspiracies just got to muddled after awhile. Some of my all-time favs include:

Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (S3): overall just a wonderful episode and it was my #1 for a really long time.
Pusher (S3)
Jose Chung's From Outer Space (S3) : just too funny for words
Home (S4): yes it was gross but some of my fav character actors made an appearance in this episode.
Musing of a Cigarette Smoking Man (S4)
Never Again (S4)
Small Potatoes (S4): I'm seeing a season 4 trend here
Bad Blood (S5): Now my all time favorite episode
The Unnatural (S6)
all things (S7)
Redrum (S8)

I don't remember S9 all that well so I can't comment until the DVD is released.

marka351
02-09-04, 09:14 PM
My favorite would have to be the one with "the fluke monster". Do not know the name of the episode

Michael Corvin
02-09-04, 09:24 PM
Ice is my all time fave.

Home is always a fan fave. A great mix of weird/gross/mood/and great use of music.

A good lighthearted one from the later seasons you probably missed is 'Je Souhaite' about the genai that grants wishes.

The Unnatural was a brilliant mix of something offbeat but ties into the grand plotline.

The Host, & Squeeze are great from year one.

And one other, from 5, I think, the name escapes me had the red headed, pizza kid attack Mulder at a motel with fake vampire teeth. It was quite a different look at the different ways Mulder & Scully think.

But basically there are too many greats to list.

dolphinboy
02-09-04, 09:25 PM
The Field where I died is one where I too, thought that was one of the worst X-Files episodes ever (sorry), although season 9 was so awful, in general, it really is in a class by itself.

A lot of great episodes have already been mentioned, but I think one of the earlier really terrific episodes that doesn't get mentioned a lot is "EVE".

Great performances by the actress who ended up as Frasier's agent and the little twin EVE girls.

A couple of others off the top of my head, "Humbug", "Post-Modern Prometheus", "Triangle"and "War of the Coprophages" were all classic episodes

Michael Corvin
02-09-04, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by marka351
My favorite would have to be the one with "the fluke monster". Do not know the name of the episode

The Host from year one.

Andalusia
02-09-04, 10:40 PM
"Home"
"Jose Chung's From Outer Space"
"Triangle"

DaveCole
02-09-04, 10:55 PM
Any episode with the Lone Gunmen was a favorite of mine.

Apocrypha
02-09-04, 11:21 PM
Most of my "personal favs" are the one offs the mythology contains some real gems as well though. In no order

Millennium (I might be alone on this one)
Field Where I Died (always been a fav)
Humbug
Kill Switch
Field Trip
Beyond The Sea

Decker
02-10-04, 02:29 AM
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose -- by a long shot.

Jackskeleton
02-10-04, 05:05 AM
"Terms Of Endearment" is on my list of favorites since bruce campbell was in it. ;)

though I really liked
"Musing of a Cigarette Smoking Man" Oh man, that is a classic.

pretty much I enjoyed the monster episodes more then the alien ones.

lisadoris
02-10-04, 07:19 AM
Originally posted by Michael Corvin
And one other, from 5, I think, the name escapes me had the red headed, pizza kid attack Mulder at a motel with fake vampire teeth. It was quite a different look at the different ways Mulder & Scully think.
That's Bad Blood

Jalizarin
02-10-04, 09:04 AM
Originally posted by Decker
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose -- by a long shot.

:thumbsup: my sentiments too. absolutely. :)

i also love the Tooms episodes.

dgmayor
02-10-04, 09:12 AM
Actually, minor correction. The Host is season 2. Second episode actually (first standalone of the season, after the second part of the season 1 ending cliffhanger)

Michael Corvin
02-10-04, 09:20 AM
Originally posted by dgmayor
Actually, minor correction. The Host is season 2. Second episode actually (first standalone of the season, after the second part of the season 1 ending cliffhanger)

Right on. My bad.

AGuyNamedMike
02-10-04, 10:02 AM
Home (We actually set up an LCD projector and viewed this during lunch here at work... Barbecued Chicken)

Small Potatoes ("Efff. Beee. Iiiii.")

I dig the Tooms eps as well.

Basically, if the ep didn't involve the alien conspiracy arc, I was happy. I was a huge Kolchak fan, and the "monster-of-the-week" X-files were just my cuppa.

SeanValen
02-10-04, 10:20 AM
Originally posted by DarkestPhoenix
I'm watching X-Files again (I quit around Season Six) and I'm just curious to see what your favorites are.

My favorite episode was "The Field Where I Died", but many people hated that one. One online site gave it an F, the only episode to get a failing grade. It had some inconsistencies, but I liked it. I also liked "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man", and the one where everyone thought Mulder killed himself, but I am curious to see your favorites.

I never saw a show so talented at giving their viewers a cliffhanger every season.

Hard to believe I started watching thanks to The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.


There are so many great episodes, X files was great in its consistency for a long time, I don't have a favorite, but would like to say I did enjoy the field where I died, so your not alone in that choice. I don't really dislike any episode, there was never really a bad episode, there were too many good ones.

SeanValen
02-10-04, 10:22 AM
Originally posted by DarkestPhoenix
I'm watching X-Files again (I quit around Season Six) and I'm just curious to see what your favorites are.

My favorite episode was "The Field Where I Died", but many people hated that one. One online site gave it an F, the only episode to get a failing grade. It had some inconsistencies, but I liked it. I also liked "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man", and the one where everyone thought Mulder killed himself, but I am curious to see your favorites.

I never saw a show so talented at giving their viewers a cliffhanger every season.

Hard to believe I started watching thanks to The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.


There are so many great episodes, X files was great in its consistency for a long time, I don't have a favorite, but would like to say I did enjoy the field where I died, so your not alone in that choice. I don't really dislike any episode, there was never really a bad episode, there were too many good ones.





I like the episode 3 in season two,vampires, the female vampire was very beautiful, and Mulder solo mission.

sherm42
02-10-04, 03:09 PM
One of my favorites that no one has mentioned is:

The Ghosts who Stole Christmas (S5 or 6?)

Both funny and scary at the same time. Great character moments.

Michael Corvin
02-10-04, 07:36 PM
I think the Ghosts who... just grates on my nerves for some reason.

As far as the last two seasons I enjoyed many of them. When the were good they were [b]GOOD[/], but when they were bad, they were just plain awful, not even mediocre. Some of the bad ones from the early seasons you could at least find something good about them but not these.

zaknafein
02-24-04, 01:53 AM
Okay, just registered, and upon searching (I know -- gasp!) for some other X-Files info, ran unto this thread.

There were some great episodes in season 6. Triangle was already mentioned. My favorite though was "Monday". I remember sitting mouth open after watching that episode. It was so well written, directed, and acted, it left me speechless.

island007
04-07-04, 04:45 PM
I just got the x-files bug. I'm in S-2 with S-3 in the mail. I like it so far; however, I has told by some the stories change later once the move to L.A. and Mulder leaves.

What season(s) does this happen in? and the quality drop much?

Pointyskull
04-07-04, 05:03 PM
Originally posted by island007
I just got the x-files bug. I'm in S-2 with S-3 in the mail. I like it so far; however, I has told by some the stories change later once the move to L.A. and Mulder leaves.

What season(s) does this happen in? and the quality drop much?

You're good for another few seasons at the very least. Lots of great stuff still to come...

In my estimation, the show lasted two or three seasons too long (and I was a die-hard X-Phile until the end). Once Mulder "left", the dynamic of having a couple of new lead characters was interesting, and there were a handful of decent eps, but it just wasn't the same.

However, the final season was largely dreadful, and as much I loved the show a lot of the time over the years, I was glad to see it go. As a capper, the series ender was a real let down.

Chris Carter had bloated and padded the main mythology arc so much that it became ridiculous to follow, let alone try to explain to someone.

But, this is all just my opinion. You may love every second of it...

Gil Jawetz
04-07-04, 05:13 PM
Humbug is my favorite, with Clyde Bruckman right up there and quite a few following after that. I even like Field Where I Died, although it's not a top tier episode.

As for where they were shot, I believe season 6 was the first shot in LA. It's not as good as previous seasons but it's no where near as bad as 8 and 9. I stopped buying them at season 5 and the movie, however.

renaldow
04-07-04, 05:34 PM
I watched the series until Robert Patrick joined, and my all time favorites have always been the 'quirky' ones that are almost self parody.

Jose Chung's From Outerspace is a classic. Not only does it feature Charles Nelson Reilly, but Jesse Ventura and Alex Trebek as real Men in Black? An alien autopsy? Cherry pie? I can watch this episode over and over again.

Postmodern Prometheus is a nother classic. The episode in it's entirety is OK, but the ending by far makes the entire episode worthwhile. You'll never be able to hear 'Walking in Memphis' again without thinking of this episode.

BlackCapTen
04-07-04, 07:20 PM
My all time fav x-files is: "Post-Modern Prometheus".

Robert
04-07-04, 09:04 PM
<b>Jose Chung's From Outer Space</b> - hysterically funny. Charles Nelson Reilly is inspired casting.
<b>Bad Blood</b> - also very funny
<b>Conduit</b> - "I want to Believe"
<b>Dreamland/Dreamland II</b> - Michael Mckean is the saving grace of this two part Season 6 episode
<b>Closure</b> - Wonderful conclusion to the saga of Mulder's sister.

TheBang
04-08-04, 08:59 PM
Don't forget <b>Small Potatoes</b>. Hilarious episode.

n0fear88
04-09-04, 07:25 AM
Home (S4)
The Unnatural (S6 - written and directed by DD)
Duane Barry and Acension (S2 - 2 parter)
Dreamland and Dreamland II (S6 - 2 parter)

i kinda enjoyed the Tooms episodes also.

i have many more faves, but these are the ones that stick out most in my mind :)

G x

dgmayor
04-09-04, 08:18 AM
Originally posted by Robert
<b>Jose Chung's From Outer Space</b> - hysterically funny. Charles Nelson Reilly is inspired casting.
<b>Bad Blood</b> - also very funny
<b>Conduit</b> - "I want to Believe"
<b>Dreamland/Dreamland II</b> - Michael Mckean is the saving grace of this two part Season 6 episode
<b>Closure</b> - Wonderful conclusion to the saga of Mulder's sister.

Was going to point out Bad Blood and Conduit were 2 different episodes, but I saw the html error when I quoted.

Michael Corvin
04-09-04, 02:42 PM
I have a question. I am working my way through season 8 and have a question about Redrum. The one with Joe Morton living life backwards.

spoiler?..

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They catch the killer before the killer gets to his wife. Thus changing history, meaning Morton was never convicted of the murder. Also, reversing time so his life reverts back to normal. So why is he in prison at the end of the episode?

Robert
04-09-04, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by dgmayor
Was going to point out Bad Blood and Conduit were 2 different episodes, but I saw the html error when I quoted.

My bad. Thanks for the correction. :blush:

dave955
04-10-04, 05:32 PM
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
Revelations
Pusher
Jose Chung's From Outer Space

Season 3 was incredible.

Season 5 and beyond, not so good.

rkndkn
04-11-04, 03:24 AM
I love "Small Potatoes".

sherm42
04-11-04, 04:29 PM
Originally posted by Michael Corvin
I have a question. I am working my way through season 8 and have a question about Redrum. The one with Joe Morton living life backwards.

spoiler?..

.
.
.

They catch the killer before the killer gets to his wife. Thus changing history, meaning Morton was never convicted of the murder. Also, reversing time so his life reverts back to normal. So why is he in prison at the end of the episode?


Because he admitted to Doggett that he illegally tampered with evidence to get a conviction of the killer's brother. Doggett did say that he would be compelled to inform the authorities. He was given a second chance to save his wife, but he had to pay a price. He went to jail in the end for what he did as a prosecutor, not for killing his wife. He was paying the price.

Rivero
04-12-04, 02:12 PM
The two high points of the X-Files, as far as the recurring government storyline goes, are the:

"Duane Barry(S.2)/ Ascension(S.2)/ One Breath(S.2)" Trilogy

and the

"Anasazi(S.2)/ The Blessing Way(S.3)/ Paper Clip(S.3)" Trilogy


The best "monster" episode is "Irresistible(S.2)"

The most emotional episode is "Memento Mori(S.4)"

The best miscellaneous episode is "Jose Chung's From Outer Space(S.3)"

The funniest episode is "Bad Blood(S.5)"

Those two trilogy arcs are so great I'd have paid to see them in theatres.

jrsl76
04-12-04, 07:29 PM
Wow, its been a long time since I talked about the X-Files. i was an avid fan from season 2 - 5, but got bored with it. However, my favorite ep was called, I believe, "War of the Coprophages," where Scully's explanations all turn out to be true. Very funny.