Sometimes, in the middle of mint-new shows, it’s nice to catch up on old favourites. And if you haven’t seen them, this is the time to do so. I’m talking in particular about The X Files (FX) and The Practice (Fox Crime). The former, which has already been shown in India before (well, it premiered in the Nineties, so of course it has), is — for the benefit of those who haven’t seen it — a sort of crime-science fiction-horror-paranormal thriller series starring two FBI agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Mulder is the believer and Scully the sceptic; and their relationship dynamic is very much part of the show’s charm. The X Files hasn’t dated; it’s still as suspenseful and gripping as it was when it started.
The Practice, a legal drama (which also premiered in the Nineties and has been telecast here), stars Dylan McDermott as an attorney, Bobby Donnell, who sets up a law firm. The gorgeous Bobby is often led more by his conscience than legal niceties, and the inevitable conflict that this creates forms the kernel of some great episodes. There is a cast of engaging characters who grow on you as the series unfolds. Both X Files and The Practice are totally worth your time.
Meanwhile, Lost continues on Zee Café, and while I’m still watching it with interest, there is a nagging sense of disbelief and mild annoyance. Think about it: here’s a group of people whose plane has crashlanded on a remote tropical island.
Increasingly, it’s become clear that (a) they’re not going to be rescued anytime soon and (b) that the island has lurking dangers, not the least of which is a mysterious, deadly monster/creature.
Yet all the people on the island wander about looking quite nicely shampooed, mositurised, well fed, and attired in coordinated clothes. At times, you half expect waiters with trays of pina coladas to show up on the beach — with the plane wreckage acting as a prop. Fear, discomfort, terror — the emotions you would expect the stranded folks to be consumed by are muted and flare up only occasionally.
Also, the back stories of all the characters take up so much time that you often lose any sense of dread or suspense while watching. But I’m plodding on, hoping the show will pick up some real steam — real soon.