So my mom wants to start watching The X-Files. She’s not into any kind of Sci-Fi or fantasy or whatever normally, so I don’t know that it will work anyway, but I’d like to try since DH and I love it (and our daughter’s middle name is Gillian!).
What episodes do you think are a good intro to the series, especially for someone who doesn’t normally watch or read anything in this genre?
We watched Arcadia, which she liked, and are now watching The Ghosts Who Stole Christmas (same season so I have that DVD at her house still). I love so many episdoes, but it’s harder to think about it for someone new to the series.
My two favorites are the one where Scully’s ex-partner is possessed by a killer and kidnaps her, and the one where the genie in the rug at the U-Store-It keeps granting wishes which have unintended consequences. Don’t know the episode names, though. Sorry.
The very first episode would be a good introduction to the whole series, though. Really set the tone.
Maybe watch the X-Files movie. I knew very little of Xfiles at the time and just really didn’t like the couple of episodes I did see. After the movie I had to start watching the series just to find out what the backstory was. The movie wasn’t that hard to follow if you weren’t a fan.
These favorites are Lazarus, from season one, and Je Souhaite, from season seven. Both very good.
It would be easier to recommend episodes if we knew what the OP’s mother liked about Arcadia. There aren’t any other eps with Mulder and Scully undercover, so I hope it isn’t that.
Was it the “respectable” suburban setting? Try the small-town-gone-bad episodes like Home, or Die Hand die Verletzt (brilliant teaser, if not a great episode), or Red Museum, or even Wetwired or War of the Coprophages. Or Small Potatoes.
The apparently mystical monster? Lots of eps have those, starting arguably with The Jersey Devil and continuing after Duchovny left the show, if you want to go that far. Shapes, Je Souhaite, Teso dos Bichos and Fresh Bones come to mind. Kaddish, in which a “monster” is summoned to punish wrongdoers, is an interesting contrast to Arcadia, in which a monster is summoned to punish “wrongdoers”.
Absent specific preferences, a newcomer can certainly do worse than start from the beginning and go on until whenever it stops being good for you. Those who stop after four seasons, as Alessan seems to suggest, will miss Bad Blood (season five), which no one should do.