Isn’t oil usually black?
Fun fact: Michael Buble is one of the sailors in the submarine flashback.
Holy crap! That fact is such fun that I can’t even wrap my head around it.
I KNEW IT! I was watching this episode not too long ago and had to pause it just to be sure.
I LURV THIS EPISODE
Lots of oil isn’t black. There’s vegetable oil, the oil in your skin, Oil of Olay, etc. The clean oil that goes into your car is light brown. The black stuff is either filthy or the crude that comes bubblin’ up when your shootin’ at some food. It gets all the movie and TV roles, though, ’cause it’s “been around”.
WWII…. Ships in Pearl Harbor are still leaking oil. You can see it spread when it hits the surface.
Out of all the creepy weird-ass things in the X-Files, it’s the oil that freaks you out? Not the cockroaches, or the evil creepy children, or the flukeman, or the gargoyle’s in Mulder’s mind, or even Eugene liver-eatin’ Victor bile-nestin’ Tooms… but some oil.
Ugh, kill that apostrophe. “gargoyles”
I also react to the black oil with horror and revulsion, though in more of a “come on, not THIS again?” kind of a way. (It appeared in what felt like about every other episode for a while.)
For me it’s the “anyone could be infected with it” paranoia and the general fear of some horrible alien thing seeping into your body and controlling you. That episode with the rage worms on the arctic base or wherever gets to me just the same because eeuuugh worms under the skin driving me mad agghhh. All that other stuff is weird and creepy and gross but not in the same terribly invasive way.
If you really want some paranoia due to invasive monster parasites, you want to watch John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s probably the best story ever done along that theme.
Conversely, if you are legitimately distressed by paranoia due to invasive monster parasites, you will want to avoid John Carpenter’s The Thing like the plague (of mind-control worms in the arctic).
Yah, the black oil creeps me the hell out. I think it has more to do with the way it seeps into every orifice in your body. Think about that for a few. You think those dudes in later eps who have their eyes and mouths sewn shut so they don’t get taken over by the oil only have their eyes and mouth sewn shut? YIKES!
How you know you’re old: Gillian Anderson’s daughter is old enough to have a a kid of her own. Aw crap.
… Welp, time to crawl into the old folk’s home down the street, I guess. I still remember news of her being born on the old AOL X-Philes community. (Anybody else here get started in the fandom there?)
Auugh! *instantly turns into mummy dust*
I play The Secret World. Thats a MMORPG that is sort of all about Black Oil except for the lack of alien connection.
I laughed SO HARD with this comic, between Mulder’s “usual division of labor” and the PRICELESS “you’re looking well…”. The latter was a riot!!! Now I can’t shake the words “slash fic” off my mind, though.