#8 The X Files, Season 6 Episode 2, "Drive"
Like I said in my last post, Season 6 is where X Files started getting really bloody. In the previous episode it was chests being ripped out, now it's exploding heads. But in so many ways, I'd say this is the best season yet! Right from the get-go, we're treated to some of the best Mulder Monotone and Scully Withering Glare (opening scene: man answers door and asks if they're Jehovah's Witnesses. Scully raises eyebrow and responds, "No, sir. Federal Bureau of Investigation". Mulder, from behind his black Ray-Bans, adds, "But we do have a complimentary copy of The Watchtower for you if you're interested." Scully looks at both of them like they're something she needs to scrape off her shoe.) I am such a geek. I was thrilled to see a couple of my favorite regulars from The West Wing. The local Sheriff was the head of President Bartlett's Secret Service Detail (typecasting much?) and the coroner (Mindy Seeger, with a New Yawk accent in middle America) was one of the White House Press Room reporters, and gets to say fun stuff like, "It's almost like a little bomb went off in her ear. Eeeeeeeew.Rating: 4.5 of 5
#9 The X Files Season 6 Ep. 3 "Triangle"
It all starts out with the credits, with "The Truth is Out There" in German. Hands down, one of the best episodes of this show! Mulder is floating in the ocean and gets pulled out to find himself on a WW2 -era British luxury liner. They're convinced he must be a "Jerry" and throw him in the brig. He's hilariously confused. ("NO, wait, guys! The world's at peace! It's 1998! a little trouble in our White House but that'll blow over!" A couple cute wiseracks about The Spice Girls, too.) I was pleased to see not one but two actors from Pirates of the Carribean here. Greg Ellis, the yummy Lieutenant Groves, and Isaac C. Singleton, the big black gentleman whom I've always envied 'cause he gets to slap Kiera Knightley.) Skinner and Cancer Man both speak German here...I get the feeling that Cancer Man is actually speaking it competently.....and Mulder looks totally hot in uniform. Awesome Lone Gunmen bit about the Bermuda Triangle. These guys are so MARRIED!! Finishing each other's sentences and all.
This is also where Skinner starts to get openly sympathetic and Scully stops being "A good Soldier" and starts telling off her superiors. ("Skinner: "Use your head, Scully. It just might save your a**." Scully: "Save your own a**, sir. You'll save your head along with it." Snort, snort, chuckle, chuckle! In the previous seasons no way would she have used such Language! She even calls the smarmy Agent Spender a "rat bastard." Which he is, of course, but she never would have told him so before. ) This episode gets a 5 out of 5 for the big smacky kiss followed by the quick right hook to the jaw. And the great Wizard of Oz ending when Mulder wakes up...."and you were there, and you, and you...." Priceless!