Date: Fri Sep 10 1993 10:51:00 To: All Subj: The X-Files SKEPTIC - Attached is a review of

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Date: Fri Sep 10 1993 10:51:00 From: Anson Kennedy To: All Subj: The X-Files SKEPTIC ------------------------------- Attached is a review of FOX-TV's new series THE X-FILES which is premiering tonight. JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION ON LINE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1993 PAGE 44 FOX OPENS `X-FILES' -- SERIES CHARTS ALIEN COURSE By Drew Jubera TV CRITIC ``The X-Files'' is the best harebrained TV to come around in a while. For those who've been beamed up by aliens, it satisfies every paranormal buff's most cherished notion: that the government knows all about your big trip and has squirreled away the evidence. For the rest of us, ``X-Files'' crosses genres until it creates one of its own, a daffy mix-and- match high concept straight out of ``The Player.'' It couples the reality-based storylines of ``Cops'' with the belief-suspending elements of ``Unsolved Mysteries'' and ends up, as anything that's coy and off-beat inevitably does these days, resembling ``Twin Peaks.'' The title refers to documented accounts of unexplainable phenomena supposedly locked away in a Pentagon basement. It is these documents upon which the show's hourlong stories are ``inspired,'' TV shorthand that means it'll cheat the truth every chance it gets. ``X-Files'' cheats like a pro. At each story's center are two FBI agents. Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is a highly respected but barely suffered J. Edgar who's holed away in a windowless office papered with what he calls ``the FBI's most unwanted'': photos of flying saucers and their enigmatic footprints. His unwavering cool is saved from becoming outright annoyance by a cynical self-knowledge that he's the FBI's resident pariah, a condition that has taught him to manipulate the bureau's bureaucracy well enough to avoid being completely written off. Dispatched to Oregon in the first episode to reinvestigate the mysterious deaths of four high school students (obviously the work of spacemen), Mulder cracks to his new partner, ``When local attorneys failed to turn up any evidence, our boys came out here, spent a week, enjoyed the local salmon, which with a little lemon twist is to die for, if you'll pardon the expression, called back in without an explanation and buried [it] in the X-files.'' The partner is agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), a bright, by-the-book literalist who's assigned to Mulder's side by exasperated FBI brass to debunk the nutty things he comes across. But it isn't long before Scully starts seeing things Mulder's way. The two play off each other wonderfully in this twist on good-cop/bad-cop reverie, and Scully winds up getting the same sidelong looks from her superiors that Mulder has endured for years. ``X-Files'' is spooky and funny, and full of enough U-turns and red herrings to qualify as a classy pulp mystery. It's dumb, too -- why is anything that can't be explained always attributed to martians? -- and that's finally the quality you'll either embrace or dismiss. ... END ...


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