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well, that sucked.
I forgot how bad Season Six was in places. I'm rewatching during workouts and I just stumbled through "Ghosts Who Stole Christmas","Terms of Endearment", and "Rain King."  The latter has its moments, and I think it may the absolute pinnacle of Pointlessly!Bitchy!Scully (my wife suggests asking your doctor about Aleve, Dana.)

But altogether, it's a real trifecta of shit, redeemed pretty much only by the gift scene in "Ghosts" (and Lily Tomlin and Ed Asner.)

Sure, there are worse episodes (any episode with a Spanish name is worse--think about it), but these three stinkers in a row are a real low point.

The only thing that bugged me about the writing on the show was that they tended to make one-shot characters into these really disposable cartoons; there's little or no sympathy at all in the portrayal of anyone besides Mulder and Scully. You never get the sense that there's any backstory, that Mulder and Scully have stepped into a place and a set of lives that existed before them and will exist after they've left. I think it's really on display here, especially in the nasty cornpone sentimentality of "Rain King." If I was from Kansas (and I'm not far, actually) I'd be pissed about that one.

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Re: I beg to disagree, too

Snort! Yeah, Khyber, where's the Fic!

If y'all check my webpage you'll have your answer :) It comes in larger helpings from here on in.

Scully's freakout would totally bother me in a "normal" episode but I don't think it's so much out of character as dialed up to an unrealistic 11, which works here since the whole ep is goofy. Scully doesn't freak out when staring down mass murderers or shadowy things that may have too many legs, but I think they established early that she's got a huge case of spooky-dark-house heebie-jeebies and ran with it (and GA can do the broad comedy.) That's why I actually like it.

Re: I beg to disagree, too

I have to wait another five days? (Tries not to pout and sound whiny. Fails.)

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