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Real Neat Blogger Award, Redux

Real Neat Blogger Award, Redux

It looks like the Real Neat Blog Award is going around the blogosphere again. Soloarayo of Ace Asunder got tagged again, and opened it up to folks who may want to participate for whatever reason, so I’m taking it and running with it in lieu of having an actual blog topic to write about today. Thanks, hun!

What is the one thing you’re most proud of?

This one is difficult to answer, because there’s a lot in my life I’m proud of accomplishing or doing. I think right now, I’m most proud of how much effort I’m trying to put into making my side business my main business. I’m sure the answer to this question would change depending on when you asked this.

What is the perfect snack for a video game binge?

Yeah, this guy right here.

Okay, this might be weird, but I really love eating toasted cinnamon swirl bread with butter. You know the Peperidge Farms kind? I don’t know why, but it’s my favorite thing to eat when I’m gaming.

Who is your favorite villain in a video game and why?

Hm, in a video game? Okay, I think I’m going to have to go with my murder husbando from Hatoful Boyfriend. I love you, Shuu Iwamine. Why is he my favorite? Well. If you know me, I love the play dating sims, specifically those geared towards the female audience (also referred to as an otome). This game was my gateway into the genre (though to be honest it is more of a visual novel wrapped up in the skin of an otome). I picked up Hatoful Boyfriend for cheap when Belghast and the gang were playing it for Aggrochat, and well, it turns out my favorite love interest was extremely… deranged, let’s say.

For what it’s worth, I unintentionally picked the murder husbando again in Code: Realize (I do my first play-throughs blind!), so I’m thinking I have a trend, here. I’m looking forward to seeing if I pick up any other murder husbandos in other otome once I get to playing some more again.

Do you think there are other life forms in space?

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Even before the US Government released UFO footage, I believed.

What is your favorite thing to do to kill time?

Favorite thing, or the one I do most often? Most often, I end up opening up Twitter and scrolling. My favorite thing would probably be reading, though.

What is the one video game world you would love to visit?

I feel like I’ve answered this one before. (Indeed I have!) But, it’s Nexus!

If you were crafting a playlist what would be the first five songs?

I listen to a lot of different types of music, but I’m very much into Symphonic Metal and 2000/2010s Romanian House as a whole, so it would probably revolve mainly around those two. Let’s see, what would my first five songs be…

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Nerding Goals May 2020

Nerding Goals May 2020

April Recap

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I set myself what I thought were some pretty reasonable goals for April. How did I do? Fair to middling.

  • Inventory Management (ESO)
  • Pick up the last items I need for learning crafting traits (ESO)
  • Figure out where I left off in questing (ESO)
  • Complete current event quest (ESO)

I didn’t even touch ESO. I realized that I had missed my opportunity to get the boxes for the month, and I was so angry with myself that I’ve done nothing but make sure the game is updated. I’m going to give myself some time to get back into it this month outside of just logging in for daily rewards, so I’m going to copy these goals into May. Except I think I’m out of luck with the anniversary event quest, so I’ll be knocking that off the list. I did figure out I was in Grahtwood, though, so that’s something!

  • Start and complete Ace Attorney (Community Game-Along/Visual Novel)
  • Complete current route in Sweet Fuse (Otome)

I started Phoenix Wright, but I haven’t finished it yet. So that’s going to continue onto my goals for this month. I didn’t even touch my Vita this month. I think I am going to need to set myself to completing one game per month if it is not on the computer to give myself more time to experience things at my own pace. Stretch goal for May, however, if I finish Phoenix in decent time is to complete the route in Sweet Fuse, but I won’t be putting it on my goals list.

  • Complete five of the six Sunstone Volumes currently available in book format (Comics)
  • Complete Song in the Silence (Reading)
  • Complete one of the two books I am reading for my business (Reading)

Reading was interesting this month. It felt good to get back to something that I’ve loved so much prior in my life. Towards the end of April I did fall off the bandwagon of reading every night, which did contribute some to only reading one Sunstone volume, so I’m going to try to get back to that. I found that on nights I read before bed, I slept better overall. I did complete Song in the Silence and I’m currently 39% though the second book in the series, The Lesser Kindred. Knowing that I’ve gobbled up a novel and a half this month (almost 600 pages!), I’m going to update my pleasure-reading goals, some for May.

I also have to note that I’m kind of excited to be reading a series that I both know, and don’t. I’ve finally hit a point in the second book where I’m not necessarily remembering everything that’s going on, which means I’m finally getting to a point in the series that I’ve never made it past before. (CW: ABUSE – My ex was jealous that my best friend (then male-identifying) purchased me the third book in the trilogy, so he’d be emotionally abusive about reading, which is one of the big reasons I, well, stopped.)

I have yet to finish either book I’m reading for business, but I’ve been trying to catch-up on some admin things with my business, and get ahead with other admin things, so I unfortunately put reading and professional development on the back burner. They’re also not necessarily books that are a good relax-before-bed option, as they’re very much geared towards, well, improving my business.

I gobbled up a bunch of Stargate, and am tip-toeing into the next season of Clone Wars, so these will continue for goals in May as well! However, I’m going to need to carefully choose my Stargate goals, as I’ve hit a point in the chronology where I do a lot of jumping between series.

May Goals

  • Inventory Management (ESO)
  • Pick up the last items I need for learning crafting traits (ESO)
  • Do a few quests in Grahtwood (ESO)
  • Finish Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (Visual Novel)
  • Play Muse Dash (Community Game-Along)
  • Complete Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 of Sunstone (Comics)
  • Complete The Lesser Kindred (Reading)
  • Start Redeeming the Lost (Reading)
  • Complete one of the two books I am reading for my business (Reading)
  • Complete Season 5 of Star Wars: Clone Wars
  • Complete Season 10 of Stargate SG-1
  • Complete Season 3 of Stargate Atlantis
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Seriously Geeky Sundays: Creativity

Seriously Geeky Sundays: Creativity

Seriously Geeky Sundays

It’s time again for Seriously Geeky Sundays, hosted by Heather of Just Geeking By! This week’s prompt is all about creativity and quirkiness in fandoms! Heather also has her May prompts already available, so be sure to check them out if you’re interested in joining. My answers for this one are surprisingly all from television series this time!

Creativity

What does creativity in fandoms/geeky interests mean to you?

I feel like my answer is a bit of a cop-out, but really anything that folks create inspired by their fandoms. That could range from blog posts, to video essays, to fanart/fanfic, etc. It’s kind of a boring answer, but it’s the truth of my thoughts.

What is the most creative story line you’ve come across?

Most creative? Hmm. I’m a bit biased, but I love the ideas brought up in Dollhouse. While I enjoy lots of Whedon-verse shows, Dollhouse is probably my absolute favorite for a plethora of reasons (followed closely by Firefly, of course). Even though it didn’t get the time on air that it deserved, and was rushed in Season 2 thanks to finding out last minute they were being axed, I love the story concepts and the characters (luckily I’m not alone).

Who is your favorite artsy/creative character?

Pff. I honestly couldn’t tell you. I’ve never identified much with the artsy characters. Or rather, I’ve never paid attention to the fact that they’re artsy or creative. I’ve paid more attention to their personalities and the like. If I had to think long and hard about it, though, the first two that come to mind are double-trouble from NCIS. Also known as Abby and Kate.

Who is your favorite quirky character?

This is a tough choice, to be honest. I wouldn’t say “favorite” overall, because that would take much more thought, but the first one that comes to mind is Nadine Hurley from Twin Peaks. I mean, she did end up making a career out of those silent drape runners!

Which fictional innovative invention do you wish existed in real life?

Teleportation of any sort. I very much dislike driving, and would love to just be somewhere instantly. That would also mean that I could visit family and friends at a whim.

What upcoming fandom are you most looking forward to?

I’m very much looking forward to the second season of What We Do in the Shadows (I know, it technically started earlier this month)! The movie is one of my top five of all time, and the first season was just as quirky, smart, and belly-laugh funny as the movie was. I’m going to have to wait until I can get a Hulu login to watch it, however, as I think my polycule cancelled their Hulu for the moment, and I typically watch it with Manthing.

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Statistical Which Character Personality Quiz

Statistical Which Character Personality Quiz

Full Results

I first saw this floating around Facebook, but didn’t pay much mind to it until I saw it floating around the blogosphere. Endalia was kind enough to link it in the Blaugust Discord, so I saved it for a rainy day. Today is that rainy day.

You can take the personality test for yourself here. You can find my full results here. I’m only going to post my top 10 from the full results, and then dive into some of my favorite fandoms!

  1. Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer): 79%
  2. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter): 75%
  3. Donna Moss (The West Wing): 75%
  4. Kaylee Frye (Firefly + Serenity): 75%
  5. Alice Cullen (Twilight): 75%
  6. Daniel Jackson (Stargate SG-1): 74%
  7. Rachel Chu (Crazy Rich Asians): 73%
  8. Abby Sciuto (NCIS): 73%
  9. Samwell Tarly (Game of Thrones): 72%
  10. Pam Beesly (The Office): 72%

I’m sad that certain fandoms aren’t in the top ten, but I’m going to see what my percentages look like as we delve into them specifically… in alphabetical order. Though, I’m confused why some fandoms show up in the big list (e.g.: NCIS, Stargate SG-1), but don’t show up in the Universe drop down.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  1. Willow Rosenberg: 79%
  2. Rupert Giles: 65%
  3. Buffy Summers: 58%
  4. Xander Harris: 55%
  5. Angel: 47%

Willow was always my favorite character in Buffy, with Cordelia as a close second, so I’m happy that she ended up being my highest in Buffy, and I suppose overall, as well. But ugh, Xander. At least it’s only 55%.

Firefly + Serenity

  1. Kaylee Frye: 75%
  2. Hoban Washburne: 71%
  3. Inara Serra: 69%
  4. Derrial Book: 67%
  5. River Tam: 59%

Kaylee and Inara were always characters I identified with the most in Firefly. I love all the characters, but I very much gravitate towards Kaylee as someone I could see myself being. So I feel it’s fairly accurate!

Harry Potter

  1. Luna Lovegood: 75%
  2. Ginny Weasley: 69%
  3. Arthur Weasley: 68%
  4. Remus Lupin: 66%
  5. Nymphadora Tonks: 66%

Okay, Luna is just so underappreciated! Everyone goes off about how she’s so odd and naive, and she’s really not. Neville and Luna were always my favorite Harry Potter characters (I mean, I appreciate the main trio, but, eh), so I’m glad I got Luna… because that means I get Mr. Sexy Herbologist.

Star Trek: Deep Space 9

  1. Jadzia Dax: 69%
  2. Julian Bashir: 69%
  3. Kasidy Yates: 69%
  4. Jake Sisko: 68%
  5. Nog: 64%

Deep Space Nine is absolutely my favorite Trek. I love many characters, but I don’t know that I could pick a favorite (okay, I lie, it’s Elim). Despite loving the series and characters (minus the rush that was Season 7), I’ve never particularly identified closely with any of them. Dax is definitely up there as a favorite, though, so I’ll take it!

Twin Peaks

  1. Dale Cooper: 71%
  2. Norma Jennings: 68%
  3. Lucy Moran: 68%
  4. Shelly Johnson: 64%
  5. Pete Martell: 60%

While I would be classified as “too young” to appreciate Twin Peaks, it has swiftly become one of my favorite fandoms. I think it’s the one thing that has remained of the fandoms my ex-husband introduced me to. It was not the first David Lynch work I’d seen, but it gave me a much better appreciation and understanding of how he works as a whole. Plus, you just can’t say no to the quirky cast, and occult undertones. I will wear with pride all of the names I was given, even if they all have their own weird flaws.

The West Wing

  1. Donna Moss: 75%
  2. Charlie Young: 71%
  3. Sam Seaborn: 69%
  4. Joey Lucas: 67%
  5. C.J. Cregg: 66%

The West Wing is probably my biggest go-to show when I’m struggling emotionally. It’s one of the few television shows I grew up watching (along with DS9) in full, and being able to binge it on Netflix multiple times the past year has been a help when I needed something to get me through the depression rut I was stuck in. It’s also one of the things Manthing and I love to watch and share. He’s told me many times that I remind him of dear Donnatella, so I wear it with pride that I got her as a top result, as well.

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Weekend Distractions

Weekend Distractions

Life Things

Things went a little sideways for me on Friday, and the mood carried into this week. It was a struggle to get the motivation to do much, but I’m finally back to some semblance of normalcy today.

I spent most of the weekend trying to distract myself. I finally put together a new bed frame I’d ordered, though it was a struggle to do it alone, especially since a piece or two got warped weirdly in transit to me. Not enough to warrant needing to get a new one, but enough to make things complicated, and make me cry in aggravation. I also spent a little bit of time futzing about, trying to konmari some more.

My apartment is in that odd state of, things are cleaner and tidier and less cluttered but everything is a mess. I figure it will stay that way for a little bit until I can get to a point where I can find somewhere to drop off all the donations of items that need to be removed from my apartment. The places I typically bring donations for the homeless are closed due to the current environment, and I’ve yet to find a drop location that isn’t Salvation Army.

Diablo-ing We Go

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter shooting ponies and bears
Killing the ponies made me a little sad.

I haven’t written about Diablo at all yet because… *gestures at everything* But Manthing was very sweet this past weekend, and put aside some extra time to help distract me with some Diablo. We’ve started playing Diablo III on date nights, and I’m very much enjoying it. We’ve encountered the Developer level and the Pony level in random Rifts, which has been fun!

We couldn’t help but laugh the entire time we were in this level.

I don’t think I would play Diablo on my own (I will probably never play through the story, sorry), but I’ve very much been enjoying it as a game to play as a duo. Gaming with someone and just talking about everything and nothing is something I’ve sorely missed. I haven’t really had that since WildStar, so it’s been a few years. As of now, we’re almost level 70, and have completed most of the second and third tiers of Season 20.

Kree!

I also spent some time finishing out season nine of Stargate SG-1 this past weekend, and diving into Stargate Atlantis season two. To be fair, I’ve actually been following a chronology list I found on the Stargate reddit, so I finished a little more than just season nine of Stargate.

Watching the two-parter “The Fourth Horseman” was a bit odd with all that is currently going on in the world. The premise of the episode is that the big baddies of the season set a plague on Earth that is like a type of flu. It felt unrealistic to me. Not in the sense that it’s obviously fiction and it’s an alien-created illness. But in the ways that they described and showed the public’s reaction to the pandemic the illness caused. It was too smart compared to what we’re going through, and due to that, it felt completely off.

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy the introduction of the Ori, after eight seasons of the Goa’uld. But the plot is growing on me. Plus, I’m very excited that Vala has joined the cast full-time, and I’ve been told that Morena Baccarin shows up in season ten as well, which I am greatly looking forward to. I have assumptions on the character she plays, but I’ve been trying not to spoil myself.

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Nerding Goals April 2020

Nerding Goals April 2020

Gaming Goals

Sometimes I wish the Augur could narrate my life.

Like many games bloggers out there, I’ve been noting my gaming goals for a while (I was surprised to see it went as far back as when I started this blog… so much has changed but some things remain, it seems). Then in August of last year I changed up the format of how I’d be doing them.

Normally I’d be keen to come up with some gaming goals. However, I’m not at a place where I’ve been doing a lot of gaming. And it’s been that way for a while. Which puts me at a loss to what I even want to tackle outside of a few select gaming things to ease me back into gaming for both fun and content creation.

April Nerding Goals

I decided to change it up—again. I’m going to start calling them Nerding Goals, and include other various geeky and nerdy pursuits, like visual and written media consumption.

Some of these goals may seem simple to you, but some link back to what Roger over at Contains Moderate Peril has deemed as “gaming amnesia“. Not just that, but depression screws with one’s memory, and I am at a disadvantage for picking up content I was in the middle of ages ago. The bright side of this being my brain is having an easier time remembering current media, so it should make things going forward a lot easier to come back to, and to complete.

Anyways, without further ado, here’s my list for April in no particular order.

  • Inventory Management (ESO)
  • Pick up the last items I need for learning crafting traits (ESO)
  • Figure out where I left off in questing (ESO)
  • Complete current event quest (ESO)
  • Start and complete Ace Attorney (Community Game-Along/Visual Novel)
  • Complete five of the six Sunstone Volumes currently available in book format (Comics)
  • Complete current route in Sweet Fuse (Otome)
  • Complete Song in the Silence (Reading)
  • Complete one of the two books I am reading for my business (Reading)
  • Complete Season 9 of Stargate SG-1
  • Complete Season 4 of Star Wars: Clone Wars
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#FitGeekFriday: Welcome to Twin Peaks

#FitGeekFriday: Welcome to Twin Peaks

Original Image from Geek Fitness

This week has been a decisively Twin Peaks heavy geek out on my end. Probably because I saw the teaser trailer (see item 2) and got all excited. I hope y’all like Twin Peaks. Or at least are intrigued by it!

Twin Peaks Meets Pole


I like watching pole videos for a lot of reasons. First, I like seeing what kind of moves and tricks are in my future. Second, everyone is just such a great performer! Third, I like getting ideas for flows and transitions for when I get my pole at home and am able to pole every day just for fun and practice. I guess YouTube saw that I had been watching Twin Peaks related content, and showed this to me as a recommended video. It’s amazing, and the way it is cut fits perfectly with the song. Worth a watch, whether you like pole or not.

Twin Peaks Teaser Trailer


This is the teaser trailer that sent me down the rabbit hole this week. Because, holy crap! I’m so excited for the new Twin Peaks series! A friend gave me their Showtime login information just so I could watch it as it goes come May.

Diane Podcast

Image from the podcast’s Facebook page

Diane is a podcast I recently discovered, actually, after they favorited one of my fangirl Twin Peaks tweets. Every episode, they discuss an episode of Twin Peaks, including trivia, continuity, allusions to literature and other media, critical analysis, etc. I love learning new things and listening to their thoughts on the episodes. They also give a quick synopsis of the episode so you can follow along even if you haven’t watched the episodes recently. There are spoilers, though, so if you’ve never watched Twin Peaks, my suggestion is to watch the episode they discuss before listening. If you have trouble with UK accents, however, this may not be your cuppa.

A Slice of Pie

Image from Etsy

If you know Twin Peaks, you know how important pie (and coffee) is in the show. And this is the perfect Twin Peaks necklace. I love kitchy jewelry. It makes me happy. I especially love kitchy jewelry that reminds me of fandoms I enjoy. For instance, one of my favorite necklaces is a bee on a honeycomb because it reminds me of The Secret World. I’d love to get this necklace one day just because.

Thank You, Angelo Badalamenti


I’ve also been spending a lot of time listening to this playlist in between podcasts when I need more of a “focus background music” type thing instead of a “I can listen to podcasts and work” type thing. The soundtrack to Twin Peaks is unique, and expresses so much about the show. It’s definitely worth a listen.

#FitGeekFriday: It Begins

#FitGeekFriday: It Begins

Original image from Geek Fitness

#FitGeekFriday is something that Professor Beej has put together, once again, to share what he’s geeking out about regarding the “…fitnessy, mindful, hodge-podge of cool stuff I’ve found.” Way back when this was a linked initiative, I participated, so I figured I’d make it a thing on the blog again and participate that way, because I always write too much to make it viable for Twitter.

Pole Goals

Eda is one of the reasons I started pole.

I’ve mentioned it before (mainly on Twitter, but here as well), but pole dancing has consumed my life. I’ll get into the details of why doing it as exercise has been good for me on so many levels in another blog post, but something that I’m geeking out about this week is the pole goals my instructor and I finally set in stone, and some are even checked off! I saw this idea in one of the pole groups I’m a part of, and I thought it was a really cool idea to try out to track my progress in pole. She has a book from when she got certified with X-Pole, and we went through it today, and I’ve completed pretty much everything in Level 1 of pole minus three spins, and all the stuff regarding climbing. For now, we’re going to be working on the spins, and building up my core and upper body strength to start on the climbs. We figure, depending on when I can get a pole at home, that I’ll be able to “test out” (there’s no official test, though some places test your abilities to move into the next level of classes) of level 1 and into level 2 around August or September.

Quest Bars

Before I go to pole classes on Monday and Friday (which are late in the day), I’ve been eating a Quest bar for a protein boost and to have a snack because I won’t be eating dinner until close to 9 PM at night (I don’t like eating a full meal before exercise). I’ve had Quest Bars before, but never really got into them because I didn’t like the exercise I was doing, and didn’t care about nutrition and, well, I wasn’t in the best place to begin with. However, recently, I’ve really gotten into them, and I’ve been warily trying out flavors based on what the grocery store has. My overall favorite so far is Cookie Dough, but the grocery hasn’t had it, so I’ve tried Cookies and Cream, Double Chocolate Chip, and S’mores which have all been pretty tasty, too.

NCIS Binge

I cried so much… (Image from CBS)

I’ve been binging NCIS on Netflix because I needed a somewhat-mindless television show that, even when it had “IN THE FEELS” episodes, ended on a somewhat happy or bittersweet note. (My anxiety and depression have been in flux, and a majority of shows just don’t feel good.) NCIS fit that bill perfectly. I’m surprised that I made it through all 13 seasons available. I usually “jump the shark” between season 3 and season 5. While I did think some of Season 11 and 12 were draggy, and the writing wasn’t the best, and it was kind of annoying, it wasn’t to the point where I didn’t want to not watch anymore.

Epsom Salts

These are my new jam. Pole is fun, but it’s a full body workout, and it’s hard. And sometimes even two days later, a part of me is still sore, depending what I did in class. I’ve been loving soaking in these because I got a milk and honey one, and they smell amazing, and I hurt way less after soaking for a half hour or so. I’ve also been using these as a self-care thing when I’m not sore, and I love it.

Monstress

Image from Hypable

While I’ve been soaking in the tub, I’ve been enjoying catching up on my comic books. I’ve recently started Monstress, which my brother got me this past Christmas. I’m two chapters into the first volume, and I’ve found it enjoyable so far. I’m looking forward to finishing it, and putting together a more comprehensive blog post on my thoughts for the volume.

Thoughts on The X-Files – Season 1, Episodes 7-12

Thoughts on The X-Files – Season 1, Episodes 7-12

I enjoyed writing up my reactions to the first six episodes, and definitely plan on continuing. In this bit, I’m going to delve into episodes 7-12 of Season 1. This batch of episodes is also a mixed bag, but had some stellar episodes as well. In fact, it ended up in a better position than the previous six episodes.

*I have color coded the episodes using green (I enjoyed it), yellow (I could take it or leave it), and red (I didn’t enjoy it (or possibly didn’t watch it—check the summary)).

Episode 7: Ghost in the Machine

An episode focusing around Artificial Intelligence. Think anything by Asimov, and it’s pretty much this episode. The episode overall was… uneventful. Forgettable, even. I know I watched it. I vaguely recall the ending. It didn’t leave a mark, but it obviously wasn’t terrible, either. An improvement over the prior two episodes, however.

Episode 8: Ice

This is a great episode based off of a novella and movie. Scully, Mulder, and a team of scientists end up in Alaska to figure out why another team of scientists all killed each other. Gripping episode with great story and character development.

Episode 9: Space

This episode is one of my least favorites. While going back through the list of episodes from Season 1 to complete the post, I saw it on the list and went, “UGH! That one was so dumb!!!“. I mean, everyone has their own opinion about episodes, but this one was another that I seriously considered why I even watched it.

Episode 10: Fallen Angel

This is an episode focusing on the main story, and one that has a character that comes back later on in another season. The episode is pretty good, and delves more into Mulder’s backstory. I really enjoyed it, though some of it moved a little bit on the slow side and I wanted it to just get to the point.

Episode 11: Eve

Another great one. Two fathers on the opposite side of the country are murdered at the same time in the same way. It’s a “creepy kid” episode with some neat lore and mythology. I really enjoyed it, plus Harriet Harris was in it, and she’s one of my favorite TV actresses.

Episode 12: Fire

Another monster-of-the-week episode, but it’s a great story, plus young-and-sexy Mark Sheppard is in it. I mean, HELLO! Of course it’s a good episode. Kidding aside, it really is a great story and well acted. I enjoyed it a great deal.

Thoughts on The X-Files – Season 1, Episodes 1-6

Thoughts on The X-Files – Season 1, Episodes 1-6

I’ve been delving into X-Files for the first time in my life (yes, really) the past few months. For a while I’ve been wanting to do some sort of review or thoughts piece, but I could never figure out how to do it, until an idea struck me just yesterday.

One of my friends is also watching X-Files for the first time, though is a few seasons behind me, and is running into the same issues I did with certain episodes. Having pushed my way into Season 8, I really do feel that skipping some episodes in Seasons 6 and 7 are almost necessary.

So I’m going to work through the episodes as a series of posts, with just a quick blurb on my thoughts—did I like it, did I dislike it, did I skip it, etc. I think it’ll be fun to do, too! I’ll try my best to stay away from spoilers, but I can’t guarantee. Without further ado, let’s take a look at Season 1!

*I have color coded the episodes using green (I enjoyed it), yellow (I could take it or leave it), and red (I didn’t enjoy it (or possibly didn’t watch it—check the summary).

Episode 1: Pilot

The episode that started it all! Of course I watched it. Scully is hired as a part of the X-Files to debunk Mulder’s work, and for this case, they investigate abductions of some students. At the time, I enjoyed the episode, and having seen Season 7 at this point, I was excited to see a few of the characters back in a particular episode.

Episode 2: Deep Throat

This episode introduced one of my favorite characters in the first season!  The episode seemed a little hokey at some points, and it was difficult to put aside the fact that some of the special effects didn’t particularly translate that well with age. A bunch did, however, which was wonderful to see. Overall, I really enjoyed the episode, especially the ending with Deep Throat.

Episode 3: Squeeze

This episode is a fantastic episode. But for me, it’s a “take it or leave it episode”, because it is just too creepy for me! This is one of the few episodes that has stuck with me and still scares me. All Chaide has to say to me is “Tooms” and I start freaking out. If you enjoy scary episodes that raise your blood pressure and anxiety levels, then this is definitely the one for you. So creepy…

Episode 4: Conduit

I found the episode overall on the boring side, but I watched it because the backstory of Mulder and Samantha was intriguing, and obviously something that I felt would be a storyline carried through a few seasons (it ended up being seven of them before we finally get some finality!). Something to watch for the lore, but something that’s a bit painful to get through with some of the acting and plot.

Episode 5: The Jersey Devil

This episode was largely a monster-of-the-week episode and was boring overall. They attempt to develop the partnership between Scully and Mulder, though somewhat ineffectually. The story was lacking, and it’s not an episode that comes to mind immediately—I had to look up the summary, and then re-read it to even remember if I watched the episode. I watched it, but wouldn’t do so again.

Episode 6: Shadows

Another monster-of-the-week episode, it deals with ghosts and paranormal phenomena. I can’t say much more about it other than that without spoiling a large portion of the plot, but another episode I asked myself “Why did I watch this?”.