While I do have many fond memories of staying up late and watching The X-Files in my younger days, I gotta be honest, I really don't have all that much memory of what went on in the many episodes I saw back then. I remember loving it and anticipating watching the next one, but I can't really recall much aside from select scenes and getting perhaps the first hard on of my life from Gillian Anderson. That being said, there are two episodes that have stuck with me all these years; Home, which I blogged about back in 2008, and Sunshine Days, which I was just reunited with tonight.
Several years back I remember flipping on the show with my brother one night and watching Sunshine Days and being totally blown away by how creepy and totally original the concept of the episode was, an episode that has remained in a prominent sector of my brain all these years. After my friend informed me that the entire X-Files series was available for instant streaming on Netflix, I just knew I had revisit the episode, which is exactly what I did tonight. It's admittedly a tad cornier than the super creepy image of it i've had in my mind all these years, but it's still a pretty kickass episode with an incredibly off the wall concept that I totally love.
The basic rundown of the episode (the 2nd to last one of the whole series, in fact) is as follows; two younger kids (one of them being Bud Bundy from Married With Children) investigate a house which one of them claims is the house that The Brady Bunch was filmed in. They enter the unlocked house and discover that everything inside is exactly as it was in the TV show. Bud Bundy gets spooked and leaves while his friend stays, sees visions of a couple of the Brady kids, and then ends up getting killed offscreen, his body flung all the way over to the car that Bud is sitting in. Scully and the gang (sans Mulder, who departed from the show at this point) investigate the crime and the house, which now looks nothing like the Brady house, and figure out that the owner (Zep from Saw) has all kinds of telekenetic abilities which allow him to not only change his home scenery the way he sees fit, whenever he sees fit, but also levitate people and uncontrollably toss them through the roof of his house when they bother him - thus, the kid being flung many feet onto the hood of the car. After talking with him, they find out that he's just a really lonely guy who loves The Brady Bunch and uses his powers to bring them and their house into his home, thereby providing him the companionship that his lack of a family has always denied him.
A creepy, emotional and at times endearingly corny episode that serves as a social commentary on our obsession with television, Sunshine Days is just another in a long list of great episodes from a great show, one that will always stand out for me due to its totally brilliant setup; come on, a recluse with telekenetic abilities who uses those abilities to not only turn his home into the Brady Bunch house but also manifest the characters from the show as his housemates so that he's never alone ... that's just too cool! Anyone else a big fan of this episode?
Again I must say, all nine seasons of X-Files are currently available to watch instantly on Netflix. Being that i've been meaning for a long time to rewatch the whole series and that I don't own any of the seasons on DVD, this is going to be a great opportunity for me to discover and rediscover some true gems.
... and to reignite an old flame.