Category Archives: Television

X-Files in High Definition Widescreen

I’m still mad at Chris Carter and Lance Henriksen for letting “Millennium” get cancelled. And at Megan Gallagher for quitting and taking the humanity out of Millennium. And ourusboros.  But whenever the snake’s eating its own tail we come full circle back to where it really began, The X Files.

I haven’t seen X-Files Re-opened, the one off reboot for millennials because I’m trying to watch the entire original series — at least until season seven — with my youngest son. And he’s digging it.

The first season I own on DVD is season three and, today, when we reached season three, I proudly popped it in. “O my God,” my son exclaimed. “That looks awful.” And indeed it did.

I tried it in my other DVD player. Same result. It looked like some millennial  fired from Trump’s show videotaped original broadcasts on a 19″ television and transferred the videotapes to DVD. I mean, pretty good graphics for circa 1994 if you’re standing outside in the rain watching a stranger’s television through his living room window.

We went back to Netflix where I expected to confirm the worse – the transfer on Netflix streaming wasn’t much better and, in order to get it on widescreen, Netflix panned and scanned.

But not today. Apparently Chris Carter decided in season one to film all of the episodes (except the pilot?) in widescreen although the series was originally broadcast in 4:3. In December 2015 when the entire series was re-released on Blu-ray each show (except the pilot?) was transferred sublimely and lovingly to high definition and an extra 30% or so of footage was added to each frame. OMG there is a Santa Claus in 2016 and it’s Chris Carter.

I’m still mad about Millennium but I’m very happy about my high definition widescreen X-Files. I can think of a worst way to watch X-Files but I can’t think of a more undignified way than a full frame 4:3 low definition transfer.

Lost: The TV Series – The Constant (S 4, E 5)

Lost: The TV Series

Season 4, Episode 5: “The Constant”

In 1991 Julie and I began dating, and our courtship involved a weekly commitment to the X-Files. X-Files reached its zenith in season three with “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” broadcast on October 13, 1995. There was–and still is–something magical and brilliant about Final Repose.

The killer asks why it is that he does what he does. And Clyde Bruckman says, “You do the things you do because you’re a homicidal maniac.”

Julie and I began watching Lost  about a month ago on Netflix, commercial free. I guess we’re a little late on the Lost bandwagon, since the series ended in 2010. It has been a fun ride so far.

Season 4, Episode 5: “The Constant”. For those of you who gave up halfway through season two, Lost is a bandwagon well worth rejoining. For those of you who road the bandwagon all the way to its final destination, I hope you remember and appreciate this episode as much as we did.