Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I ran across the pilot episode of The X Files on BBC America the other day, and of course, recorded it. It was a TV show we watched fervently and yet I always had some ambivalence about it. It rested so heavily on its arc of alien invasion, which made it appear ridiculous from time to time. Duchovny's acting always seemed a bit lacking as well.
This led to a discussion of stories with arcs and what was the first one. We came up with THE FUGITIVE, which always had the FBI chase as the connecting tissue but also had individual story lines unrelated to this.
What other early TV shows had an arc. Also did THE X FILES work for you. We were amazed at how they plunged right into the alien invasion theme in the first episode. And also how smoothly that episode rolled out.