Best Sci-Fi TV Mockumentaries
(Season 7, episode 12)
Premise: Mulder and Scully get caught up in the taping of the then hugely-popular reality TV show COPS while on an investigation about a monster terrorising an LA suburb. Their entire investigation gets put before the cameras, with Scully horrified at the intrusion while Mulder, typically, gets giddy at the prospect of proving to a national TV audience of millions that the truth really is out there.
Best in-joke: Getting a terrified woman to describe the suspected werewolf prowling the neighbourhood to a police sketch artist, Mulder is slightly perplexed when it turns out she’s describing… Freddy Krueger!
Scully: “Mulder, this could ruin your career.”
Mulder: “What career? Scully I appreciate it that you don’t want me looking foolish, I do. I appreciate that.
Scully: “I don’t want me looking foolish, Mulder.”
Verdict: Whether you see this as a brilliantly post-modern merging of fact and fiction or shameless cross-promotion of two of the Fox Network’s biggest TV shows, there’s lots of nods to the real COPS show in this episode – from the hand-held video shooting style to the credits (and famed “Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you” theme) replacing the usual spooky Mark Snow theme. And who better to pair our favourite FBI agents with – all that running through shadows with only a rubbish torch for illumination is very dramatic for reality telly.
Tags: Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Featured, Ghostwatch, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Supernatural, The War Game, The X-Files, Threads