September 29th, 2006


Now Playing at the NetFlix Treadmill Theatre: X-Files, Season 1

I should make myself icons for exercise and television. Because I do them both so often. Wait, not really. I watch more television than I should, and I exercise less than I should, but when I do, I feel the need to validate every little step.

Not too long ago, I heard someone make the assertion that it takes 3 weeks to start a good habit, and 6 weeks for that habit to become a comfortable habit. Which seems made up and wrong, but perhaps handy in a rule of thumb motivational way. Rather than spend too much energy quibbling about it, I decided to challenge myself to get on the treadmill every day for six weeks. And not just a quick couple minutes - a serious amount of exercise. And I haven't been giving myself credit for random walking I might do elsewhere, but if I were to go hiking, I'd probably figure something out.

I'm something like 45 days into that 48 day challenge, and it is becoming easier to get myself onto the treadmill day after day, and I see a difference on the scale (not as much movement this past week as before, but it'll happen in time) and some clothes are fitting a little more comfortably, I think.

That's all rambly preamble to say that the thing that keeps my eyes occupied as my feet trundle along right now are the first couple episodes of The X-Files. As with anything like this, it's interesting to go back and see the actors feeling their way around, trying to find their characters, and the writers homing in on the feel of the show. Duchovny's Mulder feels about right, but Anderson's Scully feels strained and one-dimensional. In part, the scripts so far have her harping on "just because I can't explain it, doesn't mean I'm putting a UFO sighting in my report", but I think Anderson travelled a greater distance as an actor in her creation of Scully during the show than Duchovny did - whether that's because he started out as a more accomplished actor and nailed it from day 1, or he's lazier, and didn't push the character to be as different from his own personality.

I just watched episode 2 last night, where M&S visit the Idaho air base and see what are probably experimental aircraft of some sort. Mulder is open to the idea that "experimental" means "using technology recovered from Roswell". Along the way, they run into some drug addled youths, including Seth Green. It was odd to see him in a somewhat serious role (Ok, roughly as serious as Shaggy, but less silly than his appearances on Greg the Bunny or That 70s Show). Seth's character suggested that maybe the experimental aircraft were being developed in preparation for Desert Storm 2.