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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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Same here. (My favorite comedy, Arrested Development, also got incredibly, insanely meta by the end, and I loved every minute of it.)

As to a side-by-side comparison... ack, don't put these ideas in my head! There are not enough hours in the day! As to the deconstruction I was referring to... pay attention to the scene transitions and act breaks. Ordinarily, we don't ever see Mulder or Scully on planes or in cars going back home from wherever they are (which often is an implied event between act breaks), because it's a time-suck. In "Field Trip," we don't see them traveling because it never happened. I love that.

"Field Trip" is among my favorite episodes. It's slithery, heady, Darin Morgan-clever (although not jokey), and moving in a highly mysterious way. *Mulder and Scully are sharing a brain!*

Arrested Development, better not to ask. I tried, I really did. It does seem to have a ferocious following.

Generally speaking, I'm cool with meta. As for the season 6 down side, well, using the term "down side" sort of implies we've already ageed there's an up side.

Dammit, I keep forgetting that "Field Trip" is S6.

To say that I like that one is a slight understatement, as anyone who read "HFTW/WIEAYB" can probably deduce.

It is strangely moving, isn't it? Whether it's because of the things they both have to realize after having such hallucinations, or simply because the concept of them sharing a brain is a little too cool to wrap MY brain around, I'm not sure.

Heh, as with anything, it's not for everyone, I can concede that.

Oh, I know what you mean by that. Plus, I'd say -- and this is going to come out sounding silly -- the up side to S6 having a down side is, I think, that it allowed for the following season to find better footing. Trial and error and all that.

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