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Why X-Cops is the most daring episode of the series

X-Files was a daring show for many reasons, including its willingness to sometimes surprise its audience with unique, unpredictable episodes. For example, “The Postmodern Prometheus” is a Frankenstein Adaptation that imitates the style of classic black-and-white horror films and puts the music of celebrities in the limelight Cher. “Home” is a disturbing, gory horror episode with a strong personality Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibrations. “Triangle” is a time travel episode full of sophisticated camera work and long shots à la Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rope. The series’ final season even includes an episode with the unpronounceable title “Rm9sbG93ZXJz” (which means “Followers” in Base64 code), which features almost no dialogue and a fleet of creepy drones.

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Again and again, That X files Creator Chris Carter and his talented writing team (including breaking Bad Creator and “X-Cops” writer Vince Gilligan) defied convention and delivered groundbreaking experimental television. One episode stands above the others, however, as the most radical departure from the show’s usual style and sensibilities.

Season 7’s “X-Cops” is a sort of crossover episode in which FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully pursue a supposed monster through the streets of Los Angeles while being pursued by them themselves police officers TV show camera crew. The episode plays out as if it were actually an episode of police officerseven using the signature title credits and “Bad Boys” theme song in the intro.


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However, for a scripted TV series to mimic the style of reality TV, it requires a dramatic overhaul of both the production and post-production processes X-Files Team was up for the challenge. Vince Gilligan drove with the LA County Sheriff’s Department to prepare for the writing of the episode. Director Michael Watkins called in a few favors in order to use actual deputies as extras. All scenes were shot by a on videotape (instead of film). police officers Cameraman with a real news camera. A police officers The editor was also brought in to create the signature blur over an actor’s face portraying an unedited viewer.

Watkins noted that the episode was “a big change from our usual looks” and “required a lot of guts”. In fact, suddenly adopting a new style for a single episode could have been a disaster. From a production point of view, the episode would have done a poor job of imitating the style of police officers, it would have been impossible for the audience to buy the faux crossover concept. On the other hand, the sequence had imitated itself police officers too well, it might confuse the audience and make them confused which show they’re watching. The network had a legitimate fear that viewers would think X-Files had been anticipated police officers and thus change the channel. In some cases this has actually happened. supporting cast Curtis C Jackson (who plays Edy in the episode) his friends, who tuned in to see his performance, said they thought they were mistakenly watching police officers and turned off their televisions.


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The episode’s premise also presents the series’ writers with a unique challenge that could change viewers’ perspectives on the two main characters: How would Mulder and Scully react to the presence of a camera crew, and what do their reactions say about them as characters? For Mulder, a camera is an opportunity to prove to the world that supernatural beings do exist. To Scully, a camera is just a giant spotlight that embarrasses and irritates her. It’s only when she’s in her element and conducting an autopsy that she warms slightly to the presence of a camera. This seems to indicate that even after all these years, Scully is still a doctor at heart. Their interest in the paranormal is mostly just a means to an end to unravel some bizarre and puzzling scientific mysteries.



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How Mulder and Scully react to this police officers In a way, cameras communicate directly with the viewers X-Files. It’s a fourth-wall-breaking, postmodern moment where Mulder and Scully tell us how they want us to think of them. Mulder wants us to see him as a crusader. Scully wants us to go and have her examine some abnormal bodies. It would have been easy if that kind of tongue-in-cheek, self-referential aspect of “X-Cops” came off as unintentionally funny and terrifying. But Vince Gilligan and co manage to make the episode both intentionally hilarious and insightful.

Given the logistical and creative challenges inherent in the premise of “X-Cops,” the X files Team knocked it out of the park. They provided an insight into the psychology of their main characters, seamlessly blending the style of a narrative show with that of a reality TV show. It’s a really daring experiment and a remarkable achievement.


It’s no coincidence that “X-Cops” aired during Season 7, the last really great season of X-Files. The creative and logistical risks in “X-Cops” would be unacceptable, or even conceivable, for a show struggling to be renewed, increase its ratings, or achieve critical success. This is an episode where the creative team, sensing the show’s heyday was coming to an end, basically said fuck it and rolled the dice. The crew’s willingness to push the limits of their abilities to the limit makes “X-Cops” the most daring episode yet That X files Story.


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