*OK, the asterisk "footnote" in the middle of a blog post is an homage to baseball writer and blogger Joe Posnanski. He does it all the time on his site. So much so that he has even named it a Posterisk. Yeah. Anyway, I really dig the geek-pandering that is going on with the guest stars on this show. Besides The X-Files, we have also had actors from Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Smallville, Lost and those Stargate shows. Now it's something I look for every week.
"Kill Switch" was one of my favorite episodes from The X-Files, by the way. Besides starring the lovely Kristen Lehman and an appearance by the Lone Gunmen, it was written by cyber-punk legend William Gibson. It had to do with some technology developed to shut down an Artificial Intelligence that could shoot frickin' laser beams from the frickin' sky. So much fun!
OK...she doesn't look so hot here, but believe me...
I always loved those smartly-written filler episodes of The X-Files. Nothing to do with the long-term story arc of chasing down Mulder's little green men. And it wasn't even quite like the "monster of the week" episodes that, honestly, made up the bulk of the show. They kind of felt like those one-shot issues of the comic-books I used to love back in the early 1990's. Something that Garth Ennis or Neil Gaiman or Jamie Delano would write in between the longer story arcs on their respective titles.
But whatever kind of episode it was, filler, "monster of the week" or long-term story, The X-Files was just about as entertaining as it got in the 90's. It was an era-defining show. The Lost of the previous decade, one could say.
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