The X-Files: Do We Still Want to Believe? – The Atlantic

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In that sense, I appreciated the jarring variation of The X-Files’s revival. It kept me guessing. It surprised me, and sometimes frustrated me, and occasionally delighted me. It read to me a little like televisional jazz.

Which is … not to say that I was a fan of it. I felt, on the whole, the same as you guys: This season left me, too, gah-ing. My main GOL (gah-ing-out-loud? is that a thing?) in last night’s episode came, just in case you guys were wondering, when it was revealed that the great global scandal that would wipe out the human race and destroy life as we know it was justified, in the minds of the scandal-doers, by … climate change. Which: ugh, no, GOL. Nevermind that this general plot line was already better employed by the comic and 2015 movie Kingsman, only with natty Englishmen and a charmingly villainous Samuel L. Jackson; worse was that the whole thing seemed to reveal a desperation to make a show like this, with its patchwork quilt of decades-old conspiracy theories, still relevant in 2016. The whole thing seemed to belie a kind of generational anxiety, like a dad trying to talk to his kids about Kanye. Which: admirable! Kind of cool! But also: GAH.  

So to answer your original question, David: I probably will watch the show’s re-revival, with trepidation and stupid hope. And I thiiiiiiink I’ll be happy, all things considered, that there will be one to watch in the first place. Despite it all. The flip side of all the Peak TV stuff is that, as you said, viewers can be selective—not just about the episodes of a show they watch, but about how they think of a show as, you know, A Show. There’s a nice Create Your Own Economy aspect to the whole thing, is I guess what I’m saying: If you’re an “aliens and conspiracies” person, you can watch just those episodes, and ignore the others. If you’re a “monster of the week” person, you can focus on those episodes. We can all, basically, choose our own personal X-Files canons. And if there are more episodes for us to choose among … hey, I guess, all the better?

The X-Files: Do We Still Want to Believe? – The Atlantic