FOX (ended 2002)
|I never did like Monica. To me, Gish doesn't look the part. She doesn't look believable for the show at all. I thought her character premise was silly. I didn't like how she was all psychic. Mulder and Scully used their intelligence and experience to solve cases or form theories. Reyes would just get "a strange feeling" or "a vision" and we're supposed to buy that? I don't think so. Sorry to those Reyes fans but she just never grew on me.|
Well I wouldn't consider psychic visions "intelligence" but rather an "ability." But even still it's like a cop out for solving the case.
Monica: "This is an X-file I just know it."
Doggett: "Why's that?"
Monica: "I just had this feeling."
Come on now. So we're just supposed to go "ok?" I enjoyed the contrast of elements of the show. One angle deals with science and logical explanations (Scully), one deals with radical belief in the paranormal and imaginative explanations and theories (Mulder), one deals with the uncertainty of whether bureaucracy may or may not hinder their efforts (Skinner, CSM, etc.) and another angle is the perspective of the audience. Sometimes we knew more than Mulder and Scully throughout the story.
It just made more sense to watch Mulder and Scully attempt to solve an X-file while struggling with conflicting theories and methods. That was the premise of the show and Reyes' character caused it to stray from that. Even Doggett's character held true to the original premise. While he was also a skeptic like Scully, he solved cases using his experience as a policeman and raw street smarts. Reyes was the believer but in a way that just didn't seem consistent to the show. It took away the human quality of the agents and gave them inhuman abilities. She had no character development either. She had no tragedy like Mulder and Doggett.
With Reyes she just gets a feeling or a vision and she's onto something and we're just supposed to accept it. The science part was removed when Reyes was there. Even if Scully was involved it's like it didn't matter anyway. Scully became a sideshow. Even in the later episodes Mulder created accurate theories within the first five minutes of the episode and sort of diminished the element of suspense for which many episodes had potential. Even that bugged me. I'm really critical as you can see.
This is completely overdue, but yes, I agree, I have no affection for the 'Monica Reyes' character.She is a cheery oddball in a show full of serious characters.
Mulder and Scully are appropriately funny and snarky and intuitive when the situation or episode call for it. Reyes seems like she just kind of walked in and isn't in on the show and its nuances. To see someone who always seems inexplicably chipper and optimistic, sharing with the other characters her expertise on cult murders and satanism is jarring. Her acting is wooden and her inflections are bizarre- I suspect she may have gone to the Elizabeth Rohm school of acting.