What do you guys think of The X-Files? I've been going through the first season lately having never watched anything other than the pilot episode a while ago. I've found it kind of underwhelming so far. There are a few things in particular that bother me. One is the fact that it doesn't even seem to trying to hide the that it was shot in the Pacific Northwest while still trying to pass it off as other locations. I know it's not big of a deal and that other shows do that too, but it still irritates me. The least they could have done is to at least hide the big mountains if they're trying to portray a Midwestern state, for example. A bigger problem for me is that the writers don't always seem that familiar with the subject matter they're supposed to be dealing with. A glaring example of that for me is the episode with the Jersey Devil. The Jersey Devil is supposed to be a flying monster similar to a bipedal horse or deer that lives in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. But Scully made a remark about it being like an "East Coast bigfoot" or something to that effect, which Mulder never corrected her for. The episode then goes even further and ends up portraying Jersey Devils as being a surviving population of cave men, one of which wanders into Atlantic City. There's some corny dialogue, but it's the basic premise of the episode that's the more noticeable problem for me. I blame Chris Carter, since he's the one who came up with the idea and wrote the episode. I imagine that he's at least familiar with what the creature's actually supposed to be like but chose to ignore it anyway. On another episode, a UFOlogist character asks Mulder if he's a member of CSICOP and makes a comment about it being a new organization. In reality, CSICOP was around since the '70s. You'd think given his background that he'd know better.
I don't think it's a bad show or anything from what I've seen, but as someone with an interest in the subject matter these aspects detract from it. I guess my expectations might have been a bit too high though.