THREE YEARS OLD TODAY

Three years ago today I launched this blog, inspired by a dozen internet friends coming together for food, drinks and Duchovny.

Consider what we have been celebrating since.

Since that fateful night on May 12, when we helped launched HELL OR HIGHWATER, David’s first album, we have followed his career closely through two seasons of two TV shows – Aquarius and The X-Files, Two Albums – EVERY THIRD THOUGHT released this year, and Three Novels – HOLY COW, BUCK FUCKING DENT, and MISS SUBWAYS.

That would be a fulfilling career of work for many artists.

Since then there has been maybe 100 plus events where we have gotten to hang out and meet new friends on three continents. Live Concerts, Book Signings, and Comic Cons have inspired intercontinental travel for dozens of friends, and 100s more we do not closely associate, which I hope will change.

The road has not been without a few bumps – literally if you were trying to sleep in the RV while I drove across Europe. Like a big dysfunctional family this fandom has its ups and downs. The school yard has had its bullies. But we are a family that pulls through at the end of the day.

Now we anxiously await BUCK FUCKING DENT the movie, hoping for X-Files Season 12 news, new concerts dates (rumors flying about some upcoming USA dates) and so much more.

Maybe not the largest fandom in the world, we are certainly dedicated, and name another fandom that has SO MUCH fresh content to absorb.

THREE YEARS?

We are just getting started!!!

But it all started with Charnette asking for FREEBIRD and me requesting NWA… BOTH of us are still waiting for these covers LOL

YUP We were sitting right in front of Pat, and later Gillian May 12, 2015.

Buck Dent Move: Who would you cast?

Buck Dent Move: Who would you cast? I have gotten thru the book a second time now (Plus many sections 4-5 times via audible, falling asleep on planes to concerts – David’s voice is very relaxing lol) and keep seeing certain faces with the upcoming movie in mind. In no way do I hope to influence David and his team, but I thought it would be fun to share what is in my head and see who you see in these roles. Nor do I have any inside knowledge. This is all for fun online discussion. AND I want to put my picks out there and see how close I am. I don’t want to say I THOUGHT OF THAT after the fact. LOL

Buck Dent Move: Who would you cast?

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SHALL WE PLAY A GAME….

The one face I keep seeing is Billy Crystal as Marty.

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As a kid I loved his old characters, like the over the hill Catskills comic. His relationship to Robin Williams, in my head, makes him perfect, in kind with House of D. I love Billy Crystal in road trips scenes/movies and buddy/team comedies. And there is something funny to me about making the number one Yankees fan of all celebs a Red Sox fan. Maybe I just want to hear Billy say “BUCKY FUCKING DENT” (Insert picture here of BC wearing 61* hat – can’t find it – oh well).

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But way beyond that his current look fits the character enough, his comic timing can sharply deliver Marty’s tongue, and I love it when comic actors like Billy take on funny roles with a serious/tragic side. This could be an Oscar for the right performance. This could be Billy’s Dead Poet (Robin Williams) or more like his Nothing in Common (Jackie Gleason-with Tom Hanks). I can imagine BALLING seeing Ted driving home with a passed away Billy Crystal slumped at the rest stop as he calls Marianna for help – worst and yet possibly most effective way to try to get another date by the way.

Bucky Dent Movie

In many ways a name like Billy would be enough to get the picture made, like Robin Williams in House of D. While Tea may still work under her going rate for David, not sure she would work as Marianna (LOVE here on the Miss Subways Audible). Too bad I love her work. Putting in some faces like Frank Langella in smaller roles (Cheaper if you can film all their scenes in a day or two) and calling favors from friends (like Orlando Jones as Superfly) can help get a movie done. And then you can’t cast a virtual unknown kid – the cheapest labor in Hollywood – as your star.

MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR ANTON – what an amazing body of work from a soul taken far too soon.

AND NOW FOR ROBIN – one of my greatest heroes as a comic and actor. This one still stings

OK enough tears… eye moist as I type… this was supposed to be a game…

But perhaps I sell this project short. House of D – to investors of David’s first big show on his own as writer/director/producer – could easily be seen as a vanity project. Anything but this, House of D is now one of my fave movies of all time. Like so many other thing’s, being a David’s fan is the reason I know it exists, but I stay for the project itself and amazing work from the entire cast.

Bucky Fucking Dent, simply being a Baseball themed movie, will have huge appeal. The back drop of one of sport’s greatest rivalries of all time will draw crowds. This project has a proven source material – a critically acclaimed novel. It appears at least that David’s novels far surpass his music in their reach beyond his core fans from X-Files and Californication.

By all this I mean, raising money for this project maybe a bit easier, which means attracting some bigger names for other roles.

Possibly the hardest thing in casting a project is your leads. For roles like Ted and Marianna, you are talking actors that are probably in the top of their careers. But these roles are not just any roles. They require talent. Finding talent with names to sell a project can get costly.

At this stage in development you have to juggle –
How much will this scrip bring in ticket sales?
Will this actor sell enough more tickets to justify their asking price?

And in 2018 the biggest question, believe it or not – how much can I get in foreign distribution with this casting? (Seriously, a lot of upfront money comes form pre-selling foreign distribution.). There are lists out there of talent, based on what they can expect to make and bring into a production based on their name alone being attached to the project. These numbers are used to raise money for the project.

As a non studio film, access to big name talent is tough. Many names are already contracted and busy.

Conversely, there are 1000s of amazing actors you have never heard that would kill in this movie, but would they sell tickets. Who cares how good a movie is if no one ever sees it, right. (Assuming IFC festival runs not the end goal)

I digress….

What about Danny McBride as Ted?

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Now hear is the thing… I am not a huge fan. I have not watched any of his TV shows. I do not love stoner movies. I have liked the better offerings of the genre (is it really a genre – am I sounding too much like a David novel – am I being WAY to pretentious by saying so – why is it I hear David’s audible voice reading as I type – I’m such a weirdo).

But, again, I keep going there in my head. Unlike a lot of those guys in that “genre” I think Danny has a decent serious side to work the character’s demanding moments (Think Tropic Thunder, basically playing the straight man) and funny enough for the comic elements (Every other movie/show on resume).  In every comedy, there is a sense of tragedy I think Danny plays better than other contemporaries. He can bring the depth and heart this story needs.

Looks wise he seems right off the page of David’s words describing Ted. Not too fat, not too thin, a bit scruffy around the edges. You could picture Danny in that beat up Carola and matching walk up apartment.

I think Danny and Billy could become one of the greatest match ups of all time. Two guys you would almost never imagine in a movie together but once together you think, why did it take so long to put these guys on a road trip together. Between the two, financing could be great as the team raises cash for production. And each has their own built in following to sell a lot of theater tickets.

Moving on, I keep fighting dream casting instincts with movie financing/production instincts. Also the go to Latina actresses in my head do not necessarily fit 100% to the book, as I interpret. As I read/listen I see a face that does not match the easy choices AND a few that would be perfect might be too in between age wise for Marianna or Maria.

The two in my head I do not think would work for Maria – Rita Moreno maybe too old, Rosie Perez too young. Rosie I think could be perfect for either role with just 10 years added/subtracted.

Maybe Rosario Dawson can pull off a Latina NYC Nurse? Or just do yet one more pop in as the same Marvel Comics Netflix character. Cross over appeal? Her ability to commit to Ted is complicated… because she is stitching up powered people trying not to be super “heroes”. The other man is actually… OK never mind.

MAYBE Jennifer Lopez. She has been doing a lot of TV and trying to wash away the Idol stink a bit.

Maybe Jessica Alba? Might be just the kind of role for the actress to get some serious acting nods, with so many wannabe blockbuster mediocre franchise flicks on the resume.

Roselyn Sanchez? Might be busy filming Grand Hotel this summer.

Here is a long shot… “Daniella Alonso was born in New York City, to a large family of Puerto Rican, Peruvian, and Japanese descent…” IMDB. Perusing IMDB this description stuck out more than the picture/name based on Ted’s initial response to Marianna’s looks.

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For Marianna, how about Adriana Barraza.   

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I found this name thinking like  casting director, not so much casting stars I know in my head. The picture above is with Jennifer Anniston in the movie Cake. But if you check out here IMBD, she has worked mostly in Spanish Speaking film/TV and has served on many projects  – including Spanglish – as an acting coach. Something about this works for me.

Truth and NOTHING but the truth

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Miss Subways is now out and David is popping up all over to sign books.
This summer David is filming BUCKY F*CKING DENT the movie.

No new concerts scheduled but we are told more are coming soon.

We have some insights to other new projects but have been asked to keep those under wrap for now. AND unlike many folks on tumblr we respect the artists and their teams.

To that effect, I would like to recommit that we will NEVER post info about an artist’s private life, including lies about celebs, and especially lies about their family and friends. Paparazzi, ripped content from other fans/sites without acknowledgements, 20-25yo recycled photos we have all seen 1000s of times in our feeds, and certainly we will NEVER attack a fan for being themselves and simply trying to have fun.

I call on ALL to block those that do the above. This fandom has been rocked by bullies and garbage for far too long. ONLY way to shut it down is if we ALL shut it down. No reason to follow a feed because you fear they might be disparaging our fave celebs or other fans. You give them a voice. Attention is what they crave. ANY attention you give them feeds their ego, and in some case – pockets via google ads etc.

Supporting sites that do more to destroy than truly inform makes you part of the problem. It is time for us all to simply walk away from the garbage. They never leave the house so you are not losing a friend.

Lets keep the conversation to what happens on stage and screen, and other public events.

Try to minimize spoilers.

Say NO to ALL attacks on other fans. THIS makes no sense to me.

Say NO to stalking – going to public events is NOT stalking. Going to the film set or their house is. Don’t be creepy!!!

Respect an artist wishes. If they say no photos. STOP TAKING PHOTOS.

Everything off stage and screen IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS!

If you are simply looking for gossip and to find justification for your sick fantasies and lies, please go elsewhere – mainly tumblr garbage – it’s out there but never the truth.

We are not here for personal attention. We are not here for profit. We are not here to bully.

We are here to discuss our fave show and other projects from our fave celeb and others in the family.

We are here to share experiences with friends from around the world,met through this fandom. THIS site does more to bring amazing people together than prop up the celeb that brought us together.

EVERYTHING ELSE IS GARBAGE!

You do not have to be our friend or follower, but…
I see no reason to be our “enemy”
I see no reason to be a bully
I see no reason to spread lies
No reason to make others cry
If you feel the need to be or support the garbage on tumblr, I recommend you seek therapy for your anger and sadness. I assume you r the victim of abuse at some point. Your behavior is learned from other garbage. Stop the cycle.

Miss Subways out TODAY! Summer Reading List All Set?

Summer Reading List All Set? Miss Subways out TODAY!

UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS & OTHER APPEARANCES

May 1 – Miss Subways Book Signing in NYC
More Info: https://mstores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061912453-0

May 2 – Miss Subways Book Signing & Discussion – Boston
More info http://www.harvard.com/event/david_duchovny/

May 4 – Miss Subways Book Signing at Barnes & Noble The Grove, LA
More Info https://mstores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061927734-0

May 7 – Miss Subways Book Discussion, San Francisco
More info https://www.booksinc.net/event/david-duchovny-books-inc-opera-plaza

July 6-8 – Montreal ComicCon More Info

 AVAILABLE TODAY ON AMAZONMiss Subways Emer is just a woman living in New York City who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she’s on? Taking inspiration from the myth of Emer and Cuchulain and featuring an all-star cast of mythical figures from all over the world, David Duchovny’s darkly funny fantasy novel Miss Subways is one woman’s trippy, mystical journey down parallel tracks of time and love. On the way, Emer will battle natural and supernatural forces to find her true voice, power, and destiny. A fairy tale of love lost and regained, Miss Subways is also a love letter to the city that enchants us all: New York.

 “Miss Subways” is a quirky, wholly original — and at times baffling — novel that tackles an Irish myth and gives it a contemporary spin, mixing it with legends and stories from other worlds. NYDAILYNEWS “Miss Subways” reads like a hybrid of the TV show “Twin Peaks” and the 1998 film “Sliding Doors” merged with a love letter to New York City. A wild and unpredictable journey from Duchovny’s bold imagination awaits readers.

ALSO CHECK OUT….

BUCKY F*CKING DENT via AMAZON

Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American Novel, and spends the waning days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent.

When Ted hears the news that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, he immediately moves back into his childhood home, where a whirlwind of revelations ensues. The browbeating absentee father of Ted’s youth tries to make up for lost time, but his health dips drastically whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. And so, with help from Mariana―the Nuyorican grief counselor with whom Ted promptly falls in love―and a crew of neighborhood old-timers, Ted orchestrates the illusion of a Boston winning streak, enabling Marty and the Red Sox to reverse the Curse of the Bambino and cruise their way to World Series victory. Well, sort of.

David Duchovny’s richly drawn Bucky F*cking Dent explores the bonds between fathers and sons and the age-old rivalry between Yankee fans and the Fenway faithful, and grapples with our urgent need to persevere―and risk everything―in the name of love. Culminating in that fateful moment in October of ’78 when the mighty Bucky Dent hit his way into baseball history with the unlikeliest of home runs, this tender, insightful, and hilarious novel demonstrates how life truly belongs to the losers, and that the long shots are the ones worth betting on.

Bucky F*cking Dent is a singular tale that brims with the mirth, poignancy, and profound solitude of modern life.

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HOLY COW via AMAZON

A rollicking, globe-trotting adventure with a twist: a four-legged heroine you won’t soon forge

Elsie Bovary is a cow, and a pretty happy one at that–her long, lazy days are spent eating, napping, and chatting with her best friend, Mallory. One night, Elsie and Mallory sneak out of their pasture; but while Mallory is interested in flirting with the neighboring bulls, Elsie finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God–and what the Box God reveals about something called an “industrial meat farm” shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core.

There’s only one solution: escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Jerry–excuse me, Shalom–a cranky, Torah-reading pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave (in his own mind, at least) turkey who can’t fly, but who can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport.

Elsie is our wisecracking, pop-culture-reference-dropping, slyly witty narrator; Tom–who does eventually learn to fly (sort of)–dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom, rejected by his adopted people in Jerusalem, ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians. In Holy Cow, David Duchovny’s charismatic creatures point the way toward a mutual understanding and acceptance that the world desperately needs.

David Duchovny April 14, 2018 plays Broadway…

David Duchovny plays Broadway Comedy Club, Times Square NYC

@waltfrasier @lauricef

Thank you to all that came and joined us for the event yesterday at the Broadway Comedy Club as well as this weekend’s activities. David and the Band were amazing, as were the crew that helped us set up and 50 fans that came from around the world. We missed many friends that could not make it to town. We love you all!!!

The weekend started Thursday night when an impromptu wine and pizza party started at our place. Just a few that were staying with us from out of town and some locals. After some drinks, we played the new X-Files Conspiracy Theory game.

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This game is Cards Against Humanity meets X-Files meets Improvisation. I got the very first CONSPIRACY CARD that read “A distress call from a ship that was last seen March 15, 1937 was recently broadcast from the POLE OF INACCESSIBILITY” So that set the tone for many inappropriate X-Files fan fiction.

On Friday we had a more formal get together. While some were still traveling a few went out to the Mets Game and others came to our house in New Jersey.

David Duchovny plays Broadway Comedy Club, Times Square NYC

The band and crew started setting up as early as 10am. The stage at the Broadway Comedy Club was a perfect size – 25′ wide by 8′ deep – for an intimate event. David came in around noon to sound check and make final preparations.

At 1pm the doors opened and we started the party.

David took stage at 2pm with Colin, Pat, Mitch and Davis. They played a lot of Hell or High Water songs as Davis, the drummer played the tours in 2015, and some of 2016. Sebastian, who plays on the EVERY THIRD THOUGHT (and most know form the past major tours of Europe, US and New Zealand/Australia) album was previously engaged over seas.

This was a private party so we only took personal photos (no videos) during the first song. In the next few days we will have some professional photos for attendees to share.

One of the highlights of the show were some fun crowd interactions. David LOVED the fact that so many people at this show knew the words to his songs. After Passenger, he asked the crowd to sing the chorus without the band. We delivered. 50+ people singing with some decent harmonies sounded AMAZING. We wish we had that on video/audio.

We also got the world premier of song David and the guys wrote THIS week. Not going to say more about this at this time – out of respect for their writing process – but it was a very special moment. We tried to coax EL KABONG out of them to now avail.
The show wrapped with EVERYONE on their feet singing along to HELL OR HIGHWATER.
After the show we had a brief Meet & Greet where all got to pose for a photo and get something signed. Those will be made avail to attendees ASAP.

After the concert we moved down the block to our fave karaoke joint.

Of course there was that time Chris and I got together LOL

The party continued down the block at Alfie’s.

I want ALL to know how much I appreciate you and your friendship. I was overwhelmed with thanks and love that night. Combined with being ready to drop of exhaustion, I was quite emotional. THIS was a very special event because of you. David and his team shared their appreciation as well.

I have one request for all in attendance – be respectful of ALL in attendance. This was a perfect event and does not need any gossip or nonsense.

STAY POSITIVE and SPREAD THE LOVE

David Duchovny rocks out on Harry Connick Jr CBS talk show February 28, 2018 #everythirdthought

It is January 24, 2018. I’m sitting in my home office in New Jersey

If you are reading this it is now February 27 or later and we are in Sydney Australia on a ferry around the harbor or at the Zoo watching kangaroos and koala bears. Actually it’s February 28th (stupid date line, sorry not you, NBC show) here so I am probably driving to New Castle AU for the sixth of seven concerts. Tomorrow we fly to Brisbane.

The word is mum, although pics have been leaked before this. We were asked to take down our photos by the producers for now. We just got back from a taping of the Harry Connick Jr. talk show on CBS.

If you have seen the show airing it is now February 28, 2018 in America or later. We are now in Brisbane.

What did you think? We had a blast.

But as usual, we Duchovniacs can not just go to events without being part of the story ourselves, usually not on purpose.

So we get to the CBS studio doors of the Harry Connick Jr. Show (and quite a few others) on Manhattan’s west side.

We tell the guy at the door we are here for HARRY to see David Duchovny.

He points us to the security counter. We wait a few minutes. A PA form the show escorts us up in the elevator.

HI GUYS

We walk right past the band and many of David’s team. According to a few quick convos over heard in passing, sounds like they had just finished their sound check.

HAVE FUN, I THINK SHE WANTS US TO FOLLOW….

We shake a few hands, then walk down the hall. The PA gestures and invites us to hang out in a room about 3 doors down.

Inside is a wonderful spread of bites – MUCH nicer than I am used to as a bit actor in greenrooms at GMA and the Letterman show.

David’s producers and PR rep is inside. We say our hellos. About a minute goes by when one of the producers notices we are staying. Wait you guys are supposed to be with the audience.

Turns out we were in David’s private green room. This explains the nicer spread.

The producer’s personally escort us to studio level 2-3 floors down – to be honest I am completely lost at this point. These studio buildings are so big, if you don’t pay attention as you are escorted around you have no idea where you are.

We pass David in the hall. “Did you see the band?” We shakes hands. .

Hope I didn’t have a cold, cause if I did EVERY one has it by now.

We are now on studio level. 30 minutes before the rest of the audience will be ushered up and we join up with the rest of those form David’s party – mostly friends and family of the band.

I took these photos and tweet ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS TIME”. We removed at the request of the producers as the exact air date was so far out in the future etc.

The interview was fun. I will post the video once it is online but Harry is great and the two really had a perfect conversation.

The highlight I think is when Harry jokes about David correcting HC about music. Reminds me of an exchange I had with the band at the NYC listening party and David joked that Pat corrected me.

SOMEONE (not us, but we know a guy lol) took this candid moment between segments right before the band plays.

The band plays on.

Half Life seems to be the new got to single for showcasing the new album. Most will understand why. Rumors out their that this song may be radio bound. It may be on by the time this post is made public.

SEE YOU DOWN UNDER AUSSIES AND KIWIS

(If we haven’t already by now lol)

Half Life Lyric Video

AUCKLAND My New Fave Show – Kiwis turn out in spirit for David Duchovny #EveryThirdThought

AUCKLAND My New Fave Show – Kiwis turn out in spirit for David Duchovny #EveryThirdThought

If this is how David, Colin, Pat, Mitch, Keenan (Not Tom) and Seb set the tone for this tour, we are all in for many treats.

The VIPs entered the venue with their spiffy VIP badges tagged with both New Zealand Shows – which included all in our crew but me.

I went to pay the meter and hopefully find some free internet when a wonderfully nice lady popped out of her camper van RV. She had recognized my DUCHOVNIACS VIP pass (created for fun by one of our own @TKKarma).

“You must be headed to the show”  

At first she didn’t recognize the image of 10 year old David on my tee, but after a brief conversation I was invited in for wine and cheese. Inside she and her husband – hilarious with perfect impressions of Brooklyn and Red Necks – regaled of floating around the world on their boat. I was impressed. Soon later their two friends from Auckland joined in on the fun. e joked about being lured into strangers lair. I joked the wine and cheese in the van was like candy and ice cream for adults. We were meant for each other.

We all walked over to the venue and entered as General Admission guests. I quickly found fellow Duchovniacs and enjoyed the opening solo act guitar singer, who was also named David. He was great and a big Duchovny fan in his own right.

Then it was time for David and the band. Now that we have two albums plus bonus tracks, which tracks does one select for the live show? Everyone in the group had a different favorite and yet another regret for songs we did not hear live. Yet! 

Either way I think we all agreed this was one of the best shows David and the guys have ever staged. Every tune hit, David’s voice was impeccable and the band was beyond having a blast.

We have already heard a number of the new songs live over the past years. Every Third Thought, Half Life and Stranger in the Sacred Heart.  All these tracks have been infused by collaboration with every band mates input from the recording sessions.

Maybe I Can’t, which I thought was a bit weak in Vancouver, was phenomenal.  It fell right into place to let us catch our breath from bouncing and head bobbing. What a beautiful execution.

Quite notable were the singles from Hell or Highwater. Of course I’ve heard these songs live now more than a couple dozen times. But just as the new album reflects on the band’s deeper collaboration with David, many of these tunes had a bit of an over haul for the better.

Let it Rain was faster than I can ever remember at previous shows. Passenger had an interesting new guitar flair from Pat. Hell or Highwater itself was as good or better as expected.

Expecting the new songs to be more featured, I was surprised they followed EVERY THIRD THOUGHT (Opening Song) with 3000, and then ended with Positively Madison Ave. However, no regrets, especially as Pat virtually steals the show taking us home with that extended guitar solo. Always a show man – I already put the guy on a pedestal few could live up to – Pat surpassed and had more than a few kiwi jaws dropping. As I tweeted he may have damaged the guitar playing so intensely.

THIS SHOW LEFT US WANTING MORE!!!!

One of the weaker moments (relatively) was When the Whistle Blows. Still amazing, but the live mix was a bit lacking in David’s voice. The bluesy, grizzly low growl vocal utilized by David in this rocker requires a bit more microphone, as the lower range of any voice does not project as well naturally. But the band was still on fire – aka “lit AF.” I was also near the front where David’s monitors are so it’s possible the fans further back heard a better mix. Those of us that know the album rank “Whistle” as one of the best new songs. I’m probably being a bit picky here but it is worth noting, as I have so little to pick apart from this show as an amateur “critic”.

Of course I fear writing this next section (Only because it is not about a song David wrote)

Perhaps the true highlight of the evening, as the band comes back for a mini encore set, the guys play a rock band equivalent of the orchestra warming up. It is a cluster of tone, with cymbal rolls and subtle riffs. Mitch has set down the base for a guitar as he starts that simple chord pattern, akin to Tom Petty’s free falling. We are transported as Pat lays down some dissonant riffs, that simultaneously seem out of place and perfect. Musically there is a story of love and conflict. Then David sings, perhaps the best we have heard him ever. Sebastian later lays in some light percussion. By the end the band is rocking out.

As at the listening party, as I reheard via digital download of the album and as I am even now writing this little passage, I am moved to moist eyes listening / thinking to this amazing song.

This is how I experience Spiral.

A few were disappointed we did not get Marble Sun. My biggest regret was not hearing Last First Time live, yet.

There are so many gems that have not been played live yet, and old faves missed. We now are just starting to feel the angst of a Beatles or Stones fan that wishes for their lesser known favorite to appear on a set list.

Funny moment was when David and the band shared verses in The Weight (Cover for song by The Band). David put the microphone in the face of a young lady with no clue about the lyrics. I love their cover but have never understood the craze folks get for this song. I don’t know the words well either. But this is the MOST IMPORTANT SONG OF ALL TIME it seems for some.

Colin wowed all with his cover of Don’t Dream it’s Over by Crowded House. David said this song was too high for him but the band wanted to make sure they do a local band hit. David danced and entertained the crowd while the band played.

Like Europe, internet woes are keeping us from uploading faster. But we are trying. MUCH MORE to come… Also follow us to see some cool photos and videos of our amazing adventures in NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA.

 

Ghouli: The X-Files Season 11 Episode 5 Recap and Review #xfghouli #thexfiles

Ghouli: The X-Files Season 11 Episode 5 Recap and Review #xfghouli #thexfiles

First of all, thank you!

Walt Frasier

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.

GHOULI NIGHTMARES

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.

Super Psyched

… 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…

 

 

 

DUCHOVNIACS EXCLUSIVE: David Duchovny interview with Walt & Laurice – New Album, Novel, #theXFiles MSR insights

Thank you to David Duchovny and all his team – we love you Brad & Kerry – for making this happen. Beyond flattered we had the time of our lives speaking with David about EVERY THIRD THOUGHT album and upcoming tour in Australia and New Zealand.

I was floored when David brought up me wearing the milk carton T-Shirt and preparing to stage dive into my arms…

THIS description of Miss Subways has me more eager than ever to read a Novel by David Duchovny. This sounds fascinating. So much more than I expected.

And finally, David’s insight into the discussion between David and Chris Carter working out the end of #XFplusone was a truly unexpected delight.