TV Club: Grimm’s waters are further muddied by the creature from the Black Lagoon

With the return of The X-Files to television, a conversation I’ve been hearing a lot recently has been the discussion of its balance between a show’s overarching mythology and its weekly format. The X-Files was, amongst other things, famous for the way it managed to build itself as a paranormal procedural and a show with a deeper underlying story about an upcoming invasion. It was an ambitious approach that distinguished the show at the start but fell apart as the mythology became more and more convoluted, spinning into total nonsense by the end. The monster-of-the-week episodes—“Home,” “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space,” and more recently “Mulder And Scully Meet The Were-Monster”—are the installments that have endured and defined the series in the decade-plus since it went off the air.

That balance between big and small stories is one that so many shows since then have tried …

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