|Amal Nahurriyeh (amalnahurriyeh) wrote in philedom,|
@ 2010-05-05 01:08 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||seasons, squee!fest, three weeks for dreamwidth|
(screencaps from fredfarm.)
1. Season six doesn't take itself too seriously.
This is the season with:
Bermuda Triangle Time-Travel
A High School Reunion Romance
Deadly Mushrooms That Get You High
Baseball Playing Aliens
Scully Getting High And Flirting With Everybody
It's funny. It knows it's funny. And that's how I like my X-Files.
2. Mulder and Scully are both absurdly, otherworldly hot in season six.
Trufax: I can actually feel my Kinsey Score decreasing every time I watch The Unnatural.
And then it goes right back up again.
3. Season six has some of the best one shot characters.
Maurice and Lyda.
Holman and Sheila.
Season six is the sweet spot for guest stars: after they moved to LA, meaning they could get names I'd they wanted, but before the stunt casting of season 7.
4. Season Six has the best bad guys on the show.
That would be Diana Fowley and Jeffery Spender. Now, don't get me wrong--my heart belongs to CSM. But Diana and Jeffery collectively embody so much of what is compelling about the mytharc. The thing about them is that it's never clear in their actions what is personal jealousy, what is professional territoriality, and what is nefariousness. Why did Diana come back from Europe? Why does she want back on the X Files? Is she arriving as the agent of the Consortium, trying to get her old job back--or just restaking a claim on her ex-boyfriend? What's the line for Jeffery Spender between seeking the professional approval he thinks he deserves, and the fatherly approval he craves? Even when Diana is revealed as the season's big bad in Two Fathers--and what a good reveal it is--we still don't know why. And when Jeffery Spender takes a bullet to the face for the cause, we aren't sure if he's doing it for his own sense of honor and morality, or for his brother's. (And when Diana does the same half a season later, you have the same questions.)
The thing that makes the Consortium so damn evil is the personalness of the violations it visits upon you. For Mulder, it's an attack on his family; for Scully, it's repeated violation of her bodily integrity. When scully Says all she has left is personal interest, she's not just talking about herself; all there is in taking down the Consortium is personal interests, personal vengeances. CSM is too distant to be a real embodiment of the sort of close range evil that epitomizes these conspiracies. But Diana and Jeffery are right there, the footsoldiers of the bad guys, literally sitting at Mulder's desk and undoing the work Mulder and Scully have been doing all along.
5. Season six is absurdly shippy. Like, it's actually absurd.
I do not gaze at Agent Scully, he says, lying like a lying thing.
Agent Scully is already in love...with these new shoes! Yes, that's what he must have meant, Mulder! And now, I must flee the vicinity for no apparent reason.
Is catfight!Scully going to have to put on her claws? Because I am more than able to, Mulder.
Even more than the fact that the moral of the season is that Mulder and Scully really should be doing it if they aren't already, there's the fact of the rhythm they're in together. Although they're consistently at odds in the mytharc episodes, during the rest of the season they're working together like a well-oiled machine, even when they're on shit duty or separated. They're in sync, fully, for the first time in the series, and that's when the magic happens. The handhold at the end of Field Trip says it all--even without looking, they know where they are.
IN CONCLUSION: SEASON SIX IS AMAZING, AND EVERYONE SHOULD LOVE IT.