1. Scully is my hero.
Scully is the leading lady I have been searching for all of my life. She is tough, smart, dedicated to her job (and good at it), fierce, kind, and loyal. She is a pioneer for both women in science and the FBI, both male dominate fields, and she doesn't take crap from anyone. Her relationship and chemistry with Mulder makes the show, and the two of them have become my favorite T.V. characters ever. I would follow Scully anywhere. Side not: Gillian Anderson ages so beautifully over the nine seasons.
Despite Scully's strong, leading role, there is no denying the differences in her character and Mulder's because of gender. You see this in the lack of romance or love-life for her character, as opposed to Mulder's flirtations and flings, and it is symbolically represented by her lack of desk and office.
2. This show is so funny and self-aware.
The satire episodes are some of my favorites. I love that this show totally creeped me out and made me crack up, sometimes all within the same episode! Most of the episodes in my favorite episodes list below are the self-aware, satirical ones! I don't think this show would be as brilliant as it is without these episodes.
3. Mulder is beautiful.
Enough said there.
4. The themes reach far beyond government conspiracies.
I love that this show tackles government conspiracies in a way that only a 90s show can, but it also deals with so much more. I loved that Scully's skepticism with the supernatural was mirrored with her skepticism and acceptance of her religious faith. I loved how the show reversed Mulder and Scully within the roles of believer and skeptic, and Mulder's journey for the truth and what the concept of truth really means.
A Sampling of my favorite episodes:
Season 1 Episode 1: The Pilot (one of the best episodes of T.V. I have ever watched)
Season 3 Episode 4: Clyde Bruckman
Season 3 Episode 13: Syzygy (Sure. Fine. Whatever.)
Season 3 Episode 20: Jose Chung From Outer Space
Season 5 Episode 12: Bad Blood
Season 6 Episodes 4 and 5: Dreamland Part 1 and 2
Season 6 Episode 6: How the Ghost Stole Christmas
Season 6 Episode 15 Arcadia
Season 7 Episode 13: X-Cops
I already have a huge craving to rewatch the first seven seasons of this show, and I'm so sad that I have watched them all! I'm cheering myself up by reminding myself I have season X to watch yet, and soon there will also be a season 11. I have lower expectations for the reboot but I still think I will enjoy it. Have you watched the reboot yet? What did you think?
I can officially say this is my all-time favorite T.V. show and I'm so glad I finally made the commitment to watch it. It's so worth the time investment! I will now be forever trying to fill the X-Files sized hole in my T.V. watching soul.