X-Files redux

Okay maybe it’s not exactly X-Files (don’t want hate email) but this show’s got great potential.

To me, it has all the intriguing elements of a suspense show about the unknown. Kind of like the show that started all for me back in the mid-70s, with Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Now that my friends, was a show to watch. Darren McGavin was awesome! He was this quirky reporter who explored the “unnatural or unexplained” and no one believed him. Yes, I know, he was that wonderful affable Dad in the Christmas story too but he excelled as the reporter on The Night Stalker.

At the beginning of most of the shows, Carl Kolchak would narrarate the impending, grizzly death of a character at the hands of some unspeakable evil. Even to this day, as I power off my Mac, walk around the house, shutting off the lights and check to make sure the doors are locked before I head to bed…I can hear Kolchak in my head, narrating a series of morbid occurrences on his hand-held recorder about my impending demise. Creepy.

The show only ran for twenty episodes but it had a lasting impact on me. And I was glad to have the X-files fill the TV gap for me. I loved to watch “Spooky Mulder” and Scully track down UFOs and strange occurrences. It made for some great Friday night viewing.

But then another show came around just last year that reminded me so much of the X-Files and The Night Stalker. It’s called FRINGE. And it has a lot of those wonderful, spooky elments that attracted me to the X-files and The Night Stalker.

For those of you wondering – straight from the a site I check regularly:

Premise: FBI agent Olivia Dunham and Peter Bishop are faced with a rapidly spreading unexplained phenomenon of the threatening kind. In an attempt to stop the spread, they enlist the assistance of Bishop’s estranged father, the institutionalized scientist Dr. Walter Bishop.

I’ve been watching this show in it’s sophomore season and I’m not disappointed. It’s got more intrigue, more fascination and special new characters.

Leonard Nimory for one.

I love this show. It makes me want to watch it with the same giddy enthusiausm that I had with X-Files and The Night Stalker. Always something new that I hadn’t planned on…


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