Season 2 does really ramp up the creepitude, which I appreciate, but I wish they’d do it without being extra up-front with the aliens.
Early on, the not-quite-ness of alien reveals was awesome. There was that one end of that one season one episode where Mulder’s gone scurrying into the depths of a restricted access building and he and us are so sure he’s about to see one clearly…and then he encounters Deep Throat, and is told it’s too late, the creature is dead, and Mulder turns to look through the glass into a hospital-esque room, and our eyes automatically orient on the cot in the middle and it’s just…empty, and impeccably made. The rise and drop-off of expectation was palpable and perfectly executed. And then there was the season two premiere, where we get the flashback to his sister’s abduction, and child-Mulder looks up at the open doorway and sees this humanoid creature too brightly backlit to be clearly seen but with utterly inhuman proportions, and it was intense and horrifying and well-fucking-done. Just that vague outline of an alien was, after all that almost-but-not-quite season one buildup, awesome.
And I was hoping they’d keep stretching it, only giving us scraps here and there, but now we’re on episode five of the second season and this dude’s PTSD flashbacks feature the bug-eyed little fucks clear as day, and…okay. I mean, sure, I guess.