Ghouli: The X-Files Season 11 Episode 5 Recap and Review #xfghouli #thexfiles
First of all, thank you!
Thank to all the fans that demanded more X-files. Collectively we powered this phenom.
Thanks to all those involved on screen, behind the cameras, writers, producers, marketing teams etc etc etc
25 years later we may have just seen one of the best 42 minutes of X-Files ever.
It’s is hard to say that claim 100%, with so many classic favorites.
Ghouli: The X-Files Season 11 Episode 5 Recap and Review
THIS is the episode we have been waiting for since Chris Carter said Season 10 was happening. We may have just been given more answers than questions, which is refreshing.
Even knowing what we know the opening sequence may still give me nightmares. The actual real scenario is even scarier than the imagined monsters. Take away the special effects, which are William’s projections anyway, and we have two teen age girls slashing and dicing each other with knives. Horrifying! The full scene was gorier than expected.
YOU SEE WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE
Cut to Scully narrating her dream, which at first seems to be another Scully monologue, like MY STRUGGLE II and so many great episodes from the original run. As this expands to dialogue with Mulder we question the phenom until Scully sees the photo of Chimera.
James Wong says this episode was sparked by his own sleep paralysis encounter while shooting a film in Mexico. (TV Insider)
That’s an open XFiles – Mulder
Back down 95 South Again
Cut to Norfolk Va. Have these guys been following Mulder and Scully all along, or did they overhear the dream discussion and figured this is all leading to William?
Hey, that’s Louis Ferreira! This guy has been popping up on every Vancouver show, but most notably a reoccurring character on Travelers. A few weeks ago Louis had a decent arc on CW Arrow as a mafia boss, uncle to The Huntress.
The Chimera looks like a spot I would never let kids play, but would have definitely been there to explore in my teens.
As the girls regain consciousness, we learn their only connection is a mutual boyfriend. Jackson/ William is a player…. this did not sit with some fans… more on this later…
At the Van De Kamp house, Mulder and Scully arrive to gun shots from the house. Adoptive parents rarely get the appreciation they deserve.
Immediately, Scully’s look upon discovering “Jackson” tells all. She is beyond suspecting this is William; She knows.
And The Emmy Goes Too…
Gillian’s work here, and throughout this episode is beyond amazing. The range of intensity from the waking paralysis to the morgue monologue, to the final glimmer of hope, is deserving of awards.
As much as Karin Konoval as Judy and Chucky is an acting class in physical character development, Gillian’s performance should be studied for emotional performance range on camera. Any more would be too much. Any less would have felt empty and routine. As far as I am concerned, perfect.
Please go and RT me on this to get the momentum building…
David’s work is great on another level. He gets one line to truly reveal Mulder’s state of mind as he confronts the DoD agents. The warning he is not to be messed with says it all. Mulder has to focus on being there for Scully – and later William. He lacks the luxury of self reflection and emotion. Nor has he time for regrets. The situation requires he play the hero, the rock.
Another James Wong insight, from the Mulder Skinner exchange, is Mulder’s line, Thanks but you’re too late.
This was written as a scolding of Skinner, but David’s performance, under breath while walking away, turns Mulder’s comment on himself.
The question is will Mulder have time to ever show a break down. Curious about the next 5 hours left in Season 11. Thank goodness next week is all about Skinner. We could not go into regular MOTW mode easily.
Speaking of Skinner, Mitch plays a very seminal moment masterfully.
Skinner has been walking the line. We don’t know for sure he is siding with CSM fully but he is clearly shaken upon learning Jackson is William. Suddenly Crossroads news hits harder. Is this the moment Walter turns against CSM?
Of course who did not love CSM being back in Skinner’ s office? More WE ARE HOME moments in season 11.
WILLIAM A JERK?
With the heat William takes time and reaches out to Sarah and Brianna. Why does William even make this effort?
Does he feel guilty?
Does he feel a need to put the girls at ease?
A few questioned the actor’s performance here. I think it is brilliant. The writing and performance.
Listen to what William is saying.
It is my deduction that, one, William is being a teenager. He is discovering and experimenting with his powers, much the way a teen might experiment with drugs or sex – completely haphazardly. He is ignorant and unable to fully control, which leads to the girls near death experiences.
Two, he is only now coming to grip with his reality. This is a coming of age moment for William.
He is also learning a morality to using his powers
By the time he is explaining himself, and even a bit when running into Scully – both times – he is almost becoming priest-like. He begins to understand his purpose. His visions are starting to make sense. He is suddenly less teenager and more focused with the weight of the world, minus a few chaotic brief run for your life moments.
Now there is a stillness, akin to powerful XMen learning to harness their gift. Jedi – ish?
The self taught student is becoming the master, making the tough decision for the safety of all.
His insincere quality is a focus on the future. His words are apologizing for the past mistakes but his subtext is 100% focused on future tasks.
… for Kitten. I finally met Mitch this past year, (WE took a brief selfie in Pittsburgh, 2015) but I have been a fan for 3 decades. I may have seen Shocker in the theaters. I certainly knew it before X-Files.
I take some credit (falsely I’m sure) for this season’s immense uptake in Skinner sightings. It’s was 3 out of my 5 things X-Files had to do for Season 11.
Maybe Chris Carter watched that?
Till next time…