Here’s the story
Of a girl named Scully
Who was on her way to being an MD
The FBI said won’t you come
The rest is history
Here’s the story
Of a boy named Mulder
Who was busy with his bat crazy theories
He was looking for ETs
They took his sister
Now they call him Spook-y
Till the one day when the redhead met our fella
And they knew that it was much more than a crush
That this kook must take her from her family
That’s the way that they became The Spooky Bunch!
The Spooky Bunch!
The Spooky Bunch!
That’s the way they became The Spooky Bunch!
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I have a completely different appreciation for “Sunshine Days” now in 2016 than I did back in 2002. Actually, this appreciation first began in 2011, so 2016 really can’t take credit for it. I didn’t know that everyone hated “Sunshine Days” the way that I used to until I started this blog. I even wondered if I would still appreciate it after yet another rewatch or if it would fall back down the esteem ladder like “El Mundo Gira” (4×11).
I do remember how I felt originally. We were one episode before the finale. Scully had just given up her precious messiah of a son the previous episode. And what is this we’re doing? Having a bounce house party? What the heck is Scully smiling about??
Time and distance may not heal all wounds, but they almost always lower expectations.
There’s no emotional resolution to “William” (9×17) in sight, but that’s not this episode’s fault. There was no mention of William in “Release” (9×16) either. Even though that was because the episodes aired out of order, the final result is the final result. With that in mind, I can convince myself that some time has passed between Scully succumbing to a case of the stupids and this episode. Anyway, I’ve no doubt 1013 was holding on to any semblance of emotional resolution until Mulder returned for the finale. Besides, the only possible acceptable resolution in my mind would be Mulder and Scully getting their baby back.
One last scary episode before the finale was what I wanted instead of “Alone” (8×19) in Season 8. But that was back when we had both Mulder and Scully. Having a traditional Monster of the Week would almost be moot now. What we’re getting instead is a personal goodbye to the audience. This episode is one giant “I got you” to the fans from Vince Gilligan.
Everyone knows that Vince Gilligan came to the writing staff of The X-Files in Season 2 as a fan. Talk about a dream job. And his affection for the show and the characters has always been clearly evident in his writing. Heck, even when he writes for his own show he throws in nods to The X-Files!
I love you, Vince.
Anywho… Fans get fans. Fans know why fans watch. They know that good entertainment, entertainment that has touched us somehow, be it TV shows, books, art, whatever, that it lives on in our imaginations long after it’s gone. Once it enters the human heart, entertainment can become something bigger than itself.
Doggett: One big question – Why The Brady Bunch? Seriously, you two are fans. Why are people still watchin’ a thirty-year-old TV show?
For Oliver/Anthony, The Brady Bunch was his Happy Place. It wasn’t so much the show itself, it was how the show made him feel. It became real to him and he could bring it back to life anytime he wanted to. Of course, it was never really The Brady Bunch as a thing unto itself, it was the experience of watching it.
More importantly, it was the experience of watching it with the person he loved. Because, as ever and as in “Je Souhaite” (7×21), Vince is back to remind us right before the finale that the most important things, while they may be beautifully represented on a TV show, are to be found in real life – in real, imperfect life and real, imperfect relationships.
Doggett: So close, Dana. I’m sorry you don’t get your proof.
Scully: Me too. Well, maybe I’ve had it these past nine years. If not proof of the paranormal, then… of more important things.
I hear you, Scully. That’s what I’ve gotten proof of. Proof that there’s such a thing as fighting the good fight. Proof that some truths are worth dying for. Proof that unconditional love is a truth that resonates in the heart of every human being.
And what’s more, this time I found that proof all over again with all of you.
This was never about The Brady Bunch. It’s about The X-Files… and the X-Philes and all the relationships that lie therein.
Far from my opinion going back to where it originally was, this time around I may have even teared up the slightest bit right there at the end. I don’t know about you, but this is what I heard:
I know it’s sad that it’s over. Just remember, once something takes hold in your heart, it never really dies. And The X-Files will never really die because you can come back here anytime you want, anytime you need to. You can think about it and it’ll be here. Don’t get stuck here, though. Don’t forget to live. There’s a real world out there waiting. And nothing replaces real love.
Doggett: Well, here’s hopin’ the TV stays off and he learns how to love the real world.
Don’t worry. Keeping up the fantasy was slowly killing Anthony. We won’t make the same mistake.
Besides, The X-Files is off the air. All is darkness and smog. The new revival, though…
And may I just say, I loved Doggett and Reyes more this episode than I have all season. Doggett was downright funny. He’s right. It’s a shame he’s losing this job just as he gets the hang of it.
They can take a show off the air, but they can’t take away my head canon.
I wonder how much they had to pay just to be able to whistle The Brady Bunch theme?
I’m sure you recognized David Faustino from Married… with Children.
Unless my memory of “The Truth” (9×19/20) fails me, this was Scully’s last autopsy.
That moment when you think a guy is urinating on the ground and he’s actually toasting his dead buddy.
Can you imagine if we Philes could actually walk into the basement office?
Did Doggett and Reyes just walk off into the hallway sunset?
Oliver didn’t murder those people, he accidentally killed them. Yes, he gets a pass.
Doggett makes logical inferences and comes to an extreme conclusion without being inconsistent as a character and turning from a complete skeptic into a total believer. Dagnabit, where has Vince been??
Scully, too, considers what Mulder’s position would have been without trying to be Mulder or turning into anything other than a curious scientist. (Seriously though. Was he on a break?)
Doggett: And there’s no end to the harm he could cause if he goes off the deep end, which isn’t too long a walk for this guy, in case you haven’t noticed.
Scully: Oh, so maybe I watched an episode or two.
Doggett: A. Eyewitness places the deceased inside this house just prior to the time of his demise. B. We found a fragment of roofing shingle at the scene of the impact. It would seem it matches the discarded piece you now hold in your hand. C. There’s a hole in the roof, recently patched, this big around. Connect A to B to C.
Reyes: Much in the fashion of, say, Daffy Duck or Wile E. Coyote, the deceased shot straight up through the roof, flew high into the air and landed on his buddy’s car? You’re serious?
Doggett: A to B to C. I gotta tell ya, I think I’m finally gettin’ the hang of this job.