Recently it has become all the rage to bring back old television shows. I guess its always been going on, just usually they were completely new shows with similar ideas. Like all the different batman or superman shows and movies, each created with their own levels of success. But now they've started to bring back the same exact show, with the same writers, directors and actors as they had before.
And I couldn't be happier. I love television series. I love sticking with the same characters and seeing how they evolve. I get so attached to them I don't want to say good bye. And especially with shows that didn't get a fair shake the first time around, its great to see them get a second chance.
The most recent show to be revitalized has been the X-files. I'm not embarrassed to admit I'm a huge sci-fi nerd. I even blame my writing ambitions on it my love for these creative fantastic stories, even though I don't write sci-fi. I still believe watching old sci-fi shows with my dad is where the idea to tell my own stories comes from. And I loved the X-files when they first came out. So you can imagine how excited I was when they announced it was coming back.
With the new episodes streaming, and excitement in the air, I decided to start watching the old episodes that I'd originally loved so much. Its been years since I've seen them. More than ten for sure, and maybe even longer, so for most episodes I remember only rough storylines and glimmers of ideas. Its almost like starting from scratch, for the first time.
After I got over the now ancient looking graphics, their brick sized cellphones and VHS tapes, I was amazed to find out how much I'd either forgotten or never picked up on the first time around. Given that I was in elementary school when the original pilot aired, its probably not a huge surprise that I missed a few things here and there, especially when it came to the racier aspects of the show (am I the only one that missed how much porn Mulder watches?).
But the whole exercise got me to thinking. If I missed these kind of subtle clues and hints from a show I loved, what else have I missed. What stories have I ignored? What plot turns or character details have escaped my notice from my own works?
After watching these old episodes I've become inspired to take a look at all my old works, see what sparks a new prospective. If watching an old TV show can seems so different to me, now that I'm a few years older and wiser, what can I discover about my own work with a little bit of time and space as well.
I'll keep you posted on my progress. Who knows, it just might lead to a whole new discovery for my writing. My own stories. It might just be my own X-files in the making. Only time will tell what impact I can make, on my writing and my life, by revisiting the past.