The X- Files

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Chris Carter’s quirky FBI pro­ce­dural soon be­came a bona fide phe­nom­e­non, bounc­ing from “mon­ster of the week” ( usu­ally with mem­o­rable gore) to “para­noid con­spir­acy thriller” with glee­ful aban­don. Mul­der’s wry, open- minded Fed and his scep­ti­cal, ra­tio­nal part­ner Scully be­came pop cul­ture archetypes – Welsh pop­sters Cata­to­nia even took their names into the top 5 in 1997. Sure, all that bees and black oil busi­ness even­tu­ally be­came a drag but at its best The X- Files de­fined a deeply ’ 90s strain of jit­tery tele­fan­tasy.

Do that for too long and your shins kill.

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