Negative Space: Truth and Shadows in The X-Files

Twin streams of light cross in a shadowed hallway, illuminating little. Smoke unfurls from a Marlboro cigarette, and hands seek each other out in a dim hospital room. The iconography of The X-Files is minimal to the extreme and steeped in ambiguity: empty spaces, creeping shadows, and answers hidden beyond the next corner, always out …

American Horror Story: Apocalypse -“The Morning After” (S8E2)

American Horror Story: Apocalypse is back for its second episode, directed by 25YL favourite Jennifer Lynch, who wastes no time in diving into the scares. Emily (Ash Santos) is getting undressed in her room within Outpost Three; her lights go out and upon lighting a candle her wardrobe door creeps open. When she checks she's …

American Horror Story: Apocalypse – “The End” (S8E1)

Every season on American Horror Story, we see a particularly American brand of nightmares, and the stories we’ve built around them in our popular culture, brought to new life in their most sick and twisted Grand Guignol forms. We’ve seen haunted houses, asylums, hotels, witchcraft, freak shows, lost colonies, and cults. Season 8 will offer …

American Horror Story: Murder House, Coven, And How It’s All Connected To Apocalypse

On September 12, American Horror Story returns for its 8th season, Apocalypse, which will be a direct crossover of two of the previous seasons, Murder House (Season 1) and Coven (Season 3). Before it begins, let's take a look at how these two seasons connect, not just to each other but to all the other …

Nothing Important Happened Last Night : The X-Files Season 11 Finale “My Struggle IV”

Well, this is it. The finale. Was it a finale to end all finales? No. Was it a season finale or a series finale? One can only hope it was the latter, but well, the answer is uncertain. I spent most of the season being unreasonably nervous for the Season 11 Finale “My Struggle IV”, …

World With(out) End, Amen: The X-Files Season 11, “Nothing Lasts Forever”

This penultimate episode of The X-Files (hopefully that means the series and not just the season, with Gillian’s certain departure one week away), aptly titled “Nothing Lasts Forever” deals with several themes, big and small. Endings, families and love, faith, age, and in a very meta way, television show revival all featured in last night’s …

A Crucible of Hate: The X-Files Season 11 “Familiar”

Yesterday’s episode of The X-Files was chock full of ammunition: gun violence, police violence, child death and molestation, zealotry, mob justice and good old fashioned witchery among the major themes, “Familiar” is a modern day Salem Witch trials, complete with the infamous spontaneous human combustion that Scully has always liked to so decry. “Familiar” continues …

Do Drones Dream of Electric Sheep? And Other Stories: The X-Files Season 11 “Rm9sbG93ZXJz”

I’ll start off this new article with a disclaimer: I am absolutely terrified of sentient technology. I can't even stand to watch iRobot. It was physically nerve wracking for me to watch last night’s episode. As is turning out to be par for the course, “Rm9sbG93ZXJz” deals heavily with the current social problems facing the …