Am I the only one who looooves the soft supple curves of The X-Files' Gillian Anderson?
With all of the attention paid to Chris Carter's remarkable Millennium it felt only natural to revisit his equally stunning nine season run of The X-Files. This best and worst is extracted from the SciFiNow Timewarp Collection.
1. Ice [Season One]
2. Duane Barry/ Ascension [Season Two]
3. Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose [Season Three]
4. Home [Season Four]
5. Chinga [Season Five]
6. Monday [Season Six]
7. Requiem [Season Seven]
8. Patience [Season Eight]
9. Audrey Pauley [Season Nine]
1. Space [Season One]
2. Firewalker [Season Two]
3. Grotesque [Season Three]
4. Musings Of A Cigarette Smoking Man [Season Four]
5. Mind's Eye/ Folie A Deux [Season Five]
6. Three Of A Kind [Season Six]
7. X-Cops [Season Seven]
8. Existence [Season Eight]
9. The Truth [Part I & II] [Season Nine].
Clearly, some of the major players found on Millennium make their marks here on the fronts of both direction and writing. Some familiar names include: David Nutter, Glen Morgan & James Wong [attached at the hip like a monster of the week on The X-Files], Chris Carter, Michael Watkins and Darin Morgan.
Nutter directed Ice, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose and Firewalker. He also handled four episodes of Millennium Season One [Pilot, Gehenna, 522666 and Loin Like A Hunting Flame].
Of course, where do you begin with Morgan & Wong, their imprint is all over both of these amazing series. Morgan would script Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, but would write and direct Millennium's own Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense. The deliciously clever, brilliant, ingenious, classic title [smile ;) ] Musings Of A Cigarette Smoking Man sadly makes the Worst list with a rare separation of Wong & Morgan. Morgan is credited on writing chores, while Wong handles the directing moves. Still, there's something awfully familiar about that episode title.
Sadly, Tim Minear makes the Worst list with Mind's Eye [along with his Drive series which also crashed and burned], but as everyone knows he was a major player on Firefly and his steady directorial hand and scriptwriting skills are all over that wonderful, if ephemeral series which he co-executive produced. He was also assistant director on Oliver Stone's Platoon.
Michael Watkins lands a credit directing X-Cops, but was also behind the camera for the classic Millennium entry Sacrament.
Stephen King co-wrote Chinga and given Millennium's similar foray into the cerebral and the macabre it's surprising King did not return for that series.
Vince Gilligan, who co-penned Monday, Three Of A Kind and wrote Folie A Deux, wouldn't appear on Millennium's official series, but would return to co-write The X-Files' Season Seven episode, Millennium, with the returning Lance Henriksen.
Finally, director Kim Manners is all over The X-Files, but never once appeared on Millennium.
I love this stuff!