Monday, 28 February 2011

You can't do that on television...oh wait. You just did.

I was always a big X Files fan. I loved the mystery, the conspiracies, the characters and their relationships. A year or so back, I got it into again for some reason. Not sure why. Maybe because my wife fancies Skinner. Or maybe I saw a repeat. Who knows? Anyway, I bought the first series on dvd and enjoyed it as much as I did when it was on the tellybox. Since then (and when I've had a few spare quid), I've bought another series and am now up to series four. A few nights ago, I watched the episode Home which I'd forgotten about...until thirty seconds into it and all the horror and need to have a good wash came back. Details of Home can be found here if you haven't seen it -

Did you read that? No? Well, OK. I'll break it down for you. This episode features:

1. Incest.
2. A baby being buried alive.
3. Shots of the baby's body.
4. A brief scene of the baby's autopsy.
5. And the ugliest family since Texas Chainsaw. Or The Hills Have Eyes.

Can you imagine the first four of those issues coming up in a mainstream TV show now? Maybe hinted at (although I doubt number 2 would be allowed) but not as in your face as they are in this episode. And that's the issue. We need more TV like this; we need more stuff that treats adults like adults. Balls to reality TV singing contests which give us terrible cover versions of great songs by people who are famous for the length of time it takes to record two albums - if they're lucky. We need more good, scripted, acted, directed TV that pushes peoples' buttons in a good or bad way. OK, I could probably live without multi-amputees living on a plank under a shelf, but you get my drift.


  1. Indeed. Which is why I love Dexter. I miss the levels of inventiveness that the X Files had, though. Lost is no contender [sigh]

  2. Horror doesn't scare me. "Home" is the exception that proves the rule.

    Saw it once, when it originally aired. That was plenty.

  3. So, you don't want to borrow it, then? :)

  4. :)

    Actually, the parts you listed above, while nasty, weren't what got to me in the episode.

    I grew up in a small town where you don't lock your car and you don't lock your doors because you don't have to. That scene where the small town cop debates locking his door... and doesn't... and pays for it... well, like I said I haven't seen that episode since it originally aired. (don't tell me how long ago that was)

    Might not be what the writers expected to be the scariest thing in the episode. I guess you never know.

  5. A very effective scene particularly the contrast with Mulder in his motel room and the broken door lock.

    And Home first aired about 15 years ago. Yes, I feel old, too.