I picked up Fear Indexing The X-Files at Printed Matters' New York City shop recently. It's less of a thesis on the 1990's television baby's (the show ran from from 1992 to 2002) fear-based ideology and more a pleasurable visual language that reminds you why the show was really good to begin with. Nora Khan and Steven Warwick really dissect the entire filmography of the 9-series long show. They touch on how the show mirrors common fears in popular culture and society like cold war spy concerns and extraterrestrials. More interesting is the writing on how the rise of the internet played a fundamental role in developing the narrative of the show. Here are some scans:
The X-Files emerged in a unique affective period, between the residue of Cold War fears and pre-9/11 millennial optimism. In its figuration of bogeyman and enemies, the series spoke to the psychological anxieties of a complex time.
The X-Files offered many potent outlets for a viewer?s sense of injustice. The agents were on a mission to expose government cover-ups and corrupt agents, to locate Mulder?s abducted sister, and to solve the unsolvable.
Scully ? when you get this message I will be too far away for you to stop me, but where I?m going I cannot allow you to follow. I won?t let you jeopardize your life and your career for reasons purely personal to me.
This book is pretty great. You can buy it on Primary Information's website here.