The Fear of God: The X Files, part 1

13 Feb

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss the 90s cult classic The X Files.

4 Responses to “The Fear of God: The X Files, part 1”

  1. FictionIsntReal February 14, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    Kevin Simler discussed the mechanism by which advertisements actually work in “Ads Don’t Work That Way“.

    Years ago, after reading about the research on psychological “priming”, I decided to exclusively read non-fiction. But then the priming literature got wrecked by the replication crisis.

    Evolution is a sort of random-walk through the possibility space. “De-evolution” assumes some notion of direction, but when (for example) cave fish evolve away from having functional eyes, they are simply becoming more adapted to their current environment.

    I’m an atheist, but it occurs to me that the most godly people & functional society in America is that of the Amish, who resist change to a far greater extent than evangelicals. Few Christians live the ideal of being “in and not of” a godless secular world like them. Not many Christians seem willing to live that kind of life, but Jesus did say that it would be as difficult for a camel to go through the eye of a needle as for a rich man to enter heaven, and compared to everyone in Christ’s time first-worlders are all rich.

  2. Steve B. February 16, 2018 at 6:04 am #

    I’ve watched through the original run of The X-Files more than once and would call myself a fan. I agree that the myth-arc episodes of the revival seasons is so misguided and terribly executed. But I thought the show did pretty well taking the continuing story to the end of Season 9, all things considered with David Duchovny leaving over the course of season 8. I’m sure I’m in the minority there. From the beginning and even after John Doggett stepped in, the writing on the monster of the week episodes was usually very strong. Pusher and Home were two good episodes and ended up making for a great discussion, but perhaps not the two I would have shortlisted for this podcast. I would have thought one or two of the ones that specifically include faith in the plot would have made it on TFOG (maybe for a future episode?). A lot has been written about religion and faith in The X-Files, such as this webpage that lists 10 episode for such themes and topics:

    • Steve B. February 21, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

      I noticed a few recurring casting choices for The X-Files involving these episodes and episodes in the new season.

      Roger Cross (Curtis from 24) has been in 4 X-Files episodes, including Pusher, and one more that will air on 3/7/18. They’re all different characters, but all either military, police, or FBI.

      Karin Konoval, who played mother Peacock in Home, has been in 2 other episodes: Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose (3×4), and Plus One (11×3).

      • nathan March 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

        thanks for the feedback, Steve! trust me (or no one), it was a tough choice narrowing the series to 2. i anticipate #tvguideposts will get revisited at some point in the future.

        i could be wrong, but i think Karin Konoval may be re-featured in one of the few left to air. Though maybe I misread that somewhere.

        Also, I loved Doggett and yes, those MotW eps in the latter seasons could be really strong.

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