Friday, December 2, 2016

Today in TV History: ‘The X-Files’ Brought Frankenstein, Jerry Springer, and Cher Together At Last

Today in TV History: ‘The X-Files’ Brought Frankenstein, Jerry Springer, and Cher Together At Last

The X-Files could have easily gotten away with being one kind of show. It might have been a more straightforward procedural, following Mulder and Scully from case to freaky case. Or it could have eschewed the procedural altogether and followed the alien conspiracy right down the rabbit hole. The true beauty of The X-Files was in the ways in which it would hopscotch its way around genres and styles — not in every episode, but in occasional episodes, which make it even more special.

This is all best exemplified in the Season 5 episode “The Post-Modern Prometheus,” a one-off episode shot in black-and-white that plays very intentionally like a storybook interlude.