The X Files Global ReWatch 2015: A Catalyst for this Phile

Yesterday, July 4th, 2015, an unofficial re-watch of the entire X-Files series began with the Pilot episode. It was so much fun to participate in a live tweet along with other Philes around the world. The experience was my catalyst for this blox_files-foxg. Seriously, I haven’t slept yet. The inspiration came about after delving into some Baby Philes’/Newbies’ posts about their recent plunges into the series. Reading about their experiences was like reliving my teenage years, and in many ways, I’m jealous of their journey.  I then thought about how much fun it would be to blog as a Phile revisiting the series, and I got really excited! I feel like I’m returning to the past from the future, but I can’t change anything — I just get to relive it. And because The X-Files series was a 99% positive experience for me, reliving it will be more than a little awesome.

It’s not like I ever left — I have the entire series on DVD and Blu-Ray, and it’s cued in both Amazon and Netflix for me for days when I am in an “X-Files” kind of mood. I know it so well, and yet I still catch new things every time I watch an episode. Also, life-experiences have changed much of my perspective.

Watching Mulder and Scully as a 30 year old woman is vastly different than when I was 12-20 years old. I appreciate their relationship so much more. While I still squueee at the appropriate times, (I can’t help it — it’s an ingrained response) I react to other moments in a much more in-tune way. Case in point: I watched “Closure” last week and cried twice — David Duchovny was so good in that episode. It’s not that I wasn’t sad for the character when I first saw the episode air, it’s that I understand things better now on so many levels: what that meant for Mulder, what it means on a human level to have closure to something that has literally been your life’s mission, and Duchovny’s acting for the scene (no dialog, only his facial expression). It hit me all at once, and I had a very emotional reaction to it. That’s what I love about this show.

I’m going to try to get a re-cap in for every episode. I’ll probably have to start combining episodes once the school year starts for me again, but hopefully by then I’ll have learned more things about blogging. It’s one hell of an endeavor, but I’ll give it my best shot.

If you’re new to the series, Welcome! If you’ve been a Phile for 20 years, I feel as if we’re already friends, but it’s nice to meet you all the same. Thanks for keeping the love alive for so long! X-Philes are wonderfully passionate fans. Here’s to us!

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The X Files News is spear-heading the rewatch. You can see their calendar here: XFilesNews.com — ReWatch

Follow them on Twitter for updates and live tweets during the episodes: @XFilesNews

Also, check out the tweets from other Philes and follow them!

My Pilot Post will follow this shortly. Be gentle with me, it’s my first time. 🙂 Any tips and feedback are greatly appreciated.

Mulder and Scully are the Truth.

-River L

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