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  • nahborghi
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    I know we’re in the middle of the Emmy madness, but I’ve been rewatching the show for the first time since I binge-watched it back in 2011. It’s one of my favorite shows of all time, and while the final seasons did screw up a little, it remains a great show.

    Anyway, I was wondering, was the show ever a dark horse to win big? Appart from Writing, Guest and Gillian Anderson’s wins, the show never made a splash with voters, being nominated a lot through years 2-5 though. I think season 5 was the best season of the show. Was the genre bias a big player then? I see in the previous submission topic that the episodes are not completed, with question marks.. the tape system was the same back then?

    Also, what are your 10 favorite episodes? 

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    Halo_Insider
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    Hooray! Glad someone made a thread for this. After hearing about Kumail Nanjiani’s “X-Files Files” Podcast, I thought it would be a great time to start watching it. Midway through Season 1, I’d say my favorite episode so far is “Ice”. 

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    nahborghi
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    Ice seems to be a favorite amoung a lot of people. I like it a lot, but it’s nowhere near the top 3 of the season for me. My top 10 of the series is:

    1. Memento Mori
    2. Pusher
    3. Beyond the Sea
    4. Bad Blood
    5. Redux I/II
    6. Triangle
    7. Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose 
    8. The Blessing Way/ Paper Clip
    9. Irresistible
    10. Requiem

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    BTN
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    Because of ER and NYPD Blue it wasn’t ever a main contender for the win. When Law and Order won it still was over favorites ER and NYPD Blue and in 1998 when The practice won it was still ER and NYPD Blue!

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    adamunc
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    I think it was mainly the genre show element, sort of like Game of Thrones faces now. It had passionate fans, which was enough to secure nominations, but when it came to ranking in the final voting, the shows with broader appeal won. For every big fan who voted it first, there were probably a couple who didn’t like the genre and voted it last.

    My particular favorites:

    “Home” (still, to me, the creepiest damn thing ever to make it onto network TV)
    “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”
    “Beyond the Sea”
    “War of the Coprophages”
    “Memento Mori”
    “One Breath”
    “D.P.O.”
    “Leonard Betts”
    “Small Potatoes”
    “All Souls”            

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    espnfan
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    I know we’re in the middle of the Emmy madness, but I’ve been rewatching the show for the first time since I binge-watched it back in 2011. It’s one of my favorite shows of all time, and while the final seasons did screw up a little, it remains a great show.

    Anyway, I was wondering, was the show ever a dark horse to win big? Appart from Writing, Guest and Gillian Anderson’s wins, the show never made a splash with voters, being nominated a lot through years 2-5 though. I think season 5 was the best season of the show. Was the genre bias a big player then? I see in the previous submission topic that the episodes are not completed, with question marks.. the tape system was the same back then?

    Also, what are your 10 favorite episodes? 

    The X-Files is my favorite show of all time and I will always love it, but man did they end poorly.  I love how you worded it above so kindly, but their last season was outright terrible.  Actually from season 7 on the show went downhill. 

    I do not think any show that was at one time so great has ended so poorly.  I consider the X-Files one of the greatest dramas of all time but man did the show fall apart towards the end.  It’s almost like the writers had no idea how they wanted to conclude the overall mythology they started in season one and just ended up creating some random bull shit instead. 

    At times starting in season 7 you can almost tell that David Duchovny was tired and did not want to be a part of the show anymore.  I love Robert Patrick and thought he did a nice job in season 8, but the season as a whole was forgetable.  Along with the actors, you can tell the cast, crew, and writers were tired and ready to move on. 

    I hate saying this, but I almost wish they had wrapped the show up after six or seven seasons.  The last two seasons were unneccesary and added nothing to the legacy of the show. 

    I love the X-Files and the show actually holds up really well to this day.  But man were those last couple of seasons uninspired to downright awful.  I cannot help but be dissapointed thinking about those final seasons and how they damage the overall legacy of the show. 

    It’s cool to see there are other fans of the shows here.  I will get back with a list of my favorites, many of which have been covered above.

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