Dear Mr. Spotnitz,
I remember watching Episode 17 from Season 2 of The X-Files like it was yesterday. It was a specific instant in the time/space continuum that I understood what was the future of serialised television. That image of the Allegiance creeping out of the glowing ice will forever be engraved in my membrane.
"End Game" was able to foreshadow the cinematic quality that will become a standard today. Of course there was great TV in the years before (Twin Peaks, Twilight Zone, The Prisoner) but this was the first time that expectation met reality in its full capacity. A true tour de force from you, Rob Bowman, Chris Carter and the mesmerising cast - "End Game" was really the Starting Game for breathless long form storytelling.