This is just to say that I've pretty much decided I'm not going to bother watching Season 10 of The X-Files. I was one of those fans who never wanted the revival, and never once entertained the notion that it might be anything short of awful. But for most of the lead up to the revival, I just sort of assumed I'd watch it anyway, like it was obligatory or something.
( In which I discuss the nature of canon and fannishness.Collapse )
Somewhat tangential to my feelings about the relationship between fannishness and canon, I will say that the main reason I've decided not to watch Season 10 is because I'm no longer fannish enough for my own interpretation of the story to overwrite canon. When IWTB happened, I was about as madly in love with The X-Files as it's possible for a fan to be. In that context, IWTB was a bitter pill to swallow, but my own sense of the story, my headcanon, was far stronger and more indelible in my own heart and mind than that darn movie. My headcanon was written in 8B pencil. Canon scribbled that disappointing movie over my headcanon in HB. I lamented the mess, but my headcanon was only faintly obscured by it.
Now though, it's 2016, and I've spent the last four years being fannish primarily about something else. I still love Scully and Mulder, I genuinely do, but I'm not madly in love with them anymore, and haven't been for a long while. And I'm afraid my headcanon - formerly etched in blazing 8B - has faded to a wistful 2 or 3H. In that context, it will not be able to overcome an onslaught of shitty new canon. The new canon will overpower it, and will end up being what I envision most clearly when I envision The X-Files.
I don't want that. I loved Mulder and Scully and I still love them - both as they are in my headcanon and as they were in much of the series. And I want to keep envisioning them that way, faded though they may become in my memory.
So Dealer, please deal me out. I fold. I'm taking my chips, cashing them in, and going home. I had a good run at the tables in this establishment and I wish to quit while I'm ahead. Thank you. Good night.