X-Files Podcast Season 10 Recap and Episode Reviews

X-Files Podcast Season 10 Recap and Episode Reviews

Episode 1: My Struggle
Walt, Laurice and Pat are back talking about a whole bunch of stuff including the review of “My Struggle”, attending and meeting some of the cast and writers at X-files premiere party in LA and singing on stage at a David Duchovny Concert. We argue over very important issues including noromos vs shippers, reboots with new actors, the X-files theme song, scruffy Mulder’s stubble and how in the world CSM is still alive.

Episode 2: Founder’s Mutation
Walt, Laurice and Pat talk about the Founders Mutation. Is Patrick still a considered a newborn baby phile? He has made it half way through season three and is currently watching the X-files revival with us. In this podcast, we discuss the show getting back to it’s stand alone episode format. We also talk about apple in a boob, William dream sequences with Mulder and Scully and the modern day references to current events throughout the episode.

Episode 3: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster
Improv comedians Walt, Pat and Laurice discuss The X-files Revival Episode 3: Mulder and Scully Meet the Weremonster. It’s clear that Patrick is still a baby phile (aka newborn) as he did not pick up on the many easter eggs in the episode. We also talk about X-Files Valentines, jackalopes, wolpertingers, being blocked on and/or muted on Twitter, creepy hotels and XF Tumblr fan blogs in a state of panic for fear of being discovered by the stars of the show.

Episode 4: Home Again
In this episode of the Most Awesome X-Files Podcast Ever (new fake name) Walt, Laurice and Pat discuss Episode 4 of the X-files revival: Home Again. We also talk about the combination of heartbreak and horror along with whether or not this episode of The X-Files brought US “home again.”

Episode 5: Babylon
Long time X-Files fans Walt Frasier and Laurice Fattal are joined by fellow improv comedian and baby-phile new comer Pat Reidy. There’s no way to skirt around the controversy in this episode and backlash from the fan community. We talk about it! We talk about what’s considered PC today in modern tv series vs what was acceptable in the 90s. We also talk about Mulder’s magic mushroom trip along with his epic dance moves, badonkadonk, and Tom Waits.

Episode 6: 
Long time X-Files fans Walt Frasier and Laurice Fattal are joined by fellow improv comedian and baby-phile new comer Patrick Reidy. In this episode we talk about The X-files SEASON finale: My Struggle 2. This is the End! Or is it? More Tom Waits here! We also talk about fan outrage/backlash, Chris Carter hate and press reviews and our personal reviews of Season 10. Patrick is ready for six more hours of magic mushroom trips with Mulder country line dancing.

X-Files Podcast Season 10 Recap and Episode Reviews

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My Struggle 2 Cliff Hanger

X-Files Wins Monday 8pm slot and posts 3.2 for 18-49yos

X-Files Wins Monday 8pm slot and posts 3.2 for 18-49yos

X-Files Fans can rest for six days knowing they did their job to make the return of our favorite show a huge success.

You did it!!!

 

David Duchovny sums up his – and X-Files – fans to a T. You  the fans demanded more and now you are following up and delivering. Social Media has proven its power to put the power into the hands of the people.

These numbers will allow the entire team to get paid for their time and continue to deliver at this level. I think every one of the old team – James Wong, Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, Vince Gilligan – could deliver a single amazing episode each year. Think of it like the ultimate anthology series that just happens to have a thru line serial drama. Every week is a battle for the best among TV’s best writers and directors. You will get the best guest stars to join Gillian, David and Mitch and more of the classic ensemble players (I love how X-Files reuses guest actors in varied roles over the years).

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I for one was up all night. My Struggle felt like a compressed X-Files 3 movie. Founder’s Mutation brought me back to the classic episodes we fell in love with 1993-1998.

James Wong nailed the monster of the week model by having the actual monster be a man. And the William dream sequences have Fans all a glow.

And the Mulder leap seemed more organic than ever.

While down from Sunday’s 13.47 million, Monday’s 9.69 Million is still matching 1993 numbers in a time when there are 100s of options on TV.

And the big number, 3.2 share of the 18-49 demographic, will drive ad sales for Season 11. Wink wink nudge nudge.

Executive Producers from FOX

Executive Producers from FOX

I imagine these two execs from FOX will be begging for more episodes after having the best two hours of dramatic program ratings in years. With mediocre numbers for other new shows and American Idol wrapping up, X-Files is once again FOX’s best sure thing.

So Chris Carter and the gang have some work to do, no?

Table by TV BY NUMBER

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The X-Files (FOX) 3.2/10 9.69
The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.3/7 7.7
Supergirl (CBS) 1.8/5 7.97
Superstore (NBC) 1.4/4 4.89
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) 0.3/1 0.93
8:30 p.m. Telenovela (NBC) 0.9/3 3.26
9 p.m. Lucifer (FOX) – P 2.4/7 7.15
Scorpion (CBS) 1.8/5 10.58
The Biggest Loser (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 1.2/4 3.63
Jane the Virgin (The CW) 0.4/1 0.99
10 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.5/5 9.95
Bachelor Live (ABC) 1.0/3 3.99

X-Files: Founder’s Mutation Recap and Review

X-Files: Founders Mutation Recap and Review

Overview and Review by WALT FRASIER @WALTFRASIER

X-Files is really back now. My Struggle was a bridge to get the gang back together. Founder’s Mutation is business as usual. This is the X-Files we all missed. Thanks to James Wong for bringing us home. NOT “HOME” but to a place we all love and find comfort.

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ BEFORE WATCHING EPISODE!!!

So right off the bat, is this the first time we have heard Mulder – or anyone – narrate the “previously on X-Files” segments? Chris Carter often said “Previously on the X-Files” for two- and three-parters. I suppose Mulder’s recap is more for those that have not been rewatching all summer.

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Our episode begins with a seemingly distressed Dr. Sanjay (Christopher Loganheading to work at Nugenics. His coworker (Omari Newton – Continuum) notices things are a little off. “Rough Weekend?”

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Having difficulty focusing in the board room – due to a terrible ear ringing, he storms out, perhaps freaked out by the flock of birds gathering, and heads over to the computer banks to seek data for some unknown voice in his head. Unable to deal with ever intensifying sound, self lobotomy by letter opener is Dr. Sanjay’s gruesome end.

HEY THERE’s SKINNER AGAIN!!! (in the credits)

This feels like 1993 all over again.
We jump right into Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Andersonat the scene of the “Crime.”
M: “What do you see here Scully?”
Scully states the obvious. Mulder smiles and reveals a few less than obvious revelations. Scully gets the last word. “GOOGLE!”
And of course there is a local cop Security Guard (Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Gallactica). 

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WE ARE SO BACK!!!!

Glad to see comedy is still at hand. Mulder almost has a GRINDR moment in the can.
Mulder learns where the truth truly lies.
Garry Shandling almost learned which side it falls.
Every gay philes fantasy almost came true.

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SCULLY BACK STUDYING POST MORDEM

I did not realize how much I missed the autopsy scenes. While none will ever be as fun as BAD BLOOD, I loved being back in the examination room with Scully explaining the findings.

Watch out for kid crossing the road. You know this is not an accident, right. That kid must mean something.

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WHAT’S OLD IS NEW

When Mulder breaks down with his own ear problems, I am called back to season six finale into season seven premiere when Mulder seems to go crazy. Did he not experience a similar sound effect and torture? Two scenes later Mulder reveals the harsh sounds continued until focusing on the words “FIND HER”

SKINNER’S OFFICE

This is so familiar. Mulder and Scully at Skinner’s (Mitch Pileggi) desk with a DOD blowhard (Ryan Robbins – Arrow, Continuum) breathing down necks brings us right back to where we once belonged. I can only imagine Murphy running off to tattle tale to CSM.

Mulder’s office seems a lot cleaner. It actually looks like a place two agents would study filed video footage. Apparently Scully still doesn’t have a desk, or a name on the door. aAt least Gillian finally has equal pay, right?

Clearly a lot of the old files were not recovered. Someone get Mulder a new poster, pronto! . Scully realizes Mulder’s experience at Sanjay’s home was similar to the doctors final moments before suicidal act.
“Mulder, this is dangerous.”
“When has that ever stopped us before?”

Scully brings Mulder to her hospital Our Lady of Sorrows and calls upon her friend, Sister Mary (Christine Willes AKA Agent Karen E. Kosseff 1995-1997 various X-Files episodes). As the administrator goes to inquire about Dr. Augustus Goldman (Doug Savant Matt Fielding), Mulder and Scully are confronted by a scared and pregnant, Agnes (Kacey Rohl Abigail Hobbs form Hannibal).

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE, SCULLY

Mulder and Scully finally get to see Dr. Goldman and his line up of patient children suffering from a number of genetic defects or “mutations”. Goldman thinks he is doing the right thing isolating the children. Clearly Scully is at odds.

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Agnes is later discover killed by a hit and run car with the baby missing. This again brings me right back to the pilot, when a girl (presumed invalid) escapes hospital care and dies in the road. 

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Mulder ties the case into former Alien-Human hybrid cases to explain how a baby might survive the experience.

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The duo visit Goldman’s wife, Jackie (Rebecca Wisocky American Horror Story season 1 Burned Man’s wife) at St Elizabeth’s Hospital.

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Jackie shares her story of losing her underwater breathing 2yo daughter, Molly, and her unborn son in a gruesome series of events, including a self performed C-section. GROSS!

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Recognizing a janitor’s outfit, Mulder and Scully find Jackie’s son, Kyle (Jonathan Whitesell also plays Brian on “The 100” on CW), living with an “adoptive mother.

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As Mulder has another break down, Scully talks Kyle down. They arrest Kyle and bring him to meet his father.

Kyle finds his sister, Molly (Megan Peta Hill). As in a tweet I posted during the live viewing, this feels like a prequel to ESCAPE FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN. Like Mulder before, Kyle attacks his father to a more finite end. The kids get away. Mulder and Scully are left behind the tape when DOD steps in…

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

I purposefully skipped over a particular scene to discuss in tandem with the episode’s final moments.

Earlier Scully had a vision, a waking dream, of a life with William. He is about 10 at first. In a series of tableaux, Scully ages as does William, leading to an accident and William heading off in an ambulance with scrapes and possibly a few broken bones…

At the episode’s end, Mulder has a similar vision, ending in William’s alien abduction. The episode ends fading at Mulder pondering over Williams baby picture.

Two things

  1. Both Scully and Mulder are in a very similar place emotionally.
  2. Neither has the other in their respective visions of William.

Do they both imagine a world as single parents? My experience is that there are no coincidences with Chris Carter. No matter how subtle, there are underlying motives to the creators madness.

OH YEAH AND THIS HAPPENED

 


This episode feels like home. Not like HOME, but where we remember loving to be every Friday, then Sunday night for 7 years. While dealing with Mulder and Scully’s 2016 lives, Chris Carter has dialed back the Mulder / Scully clock, almost as if Seasons 8 & 9 never happened. Almost…

Stay tuned for a Duchovniacs PODCAST on the subject.

MORE FROM WIKI…

Founder’s Mutation
The X-Files (miniseries) episode
Episode no. Episode 2
Directed by James Wong
Written by James Wong
Production code 1AYW05
Original air date January 25, 2016
Running time 44 minutes
Guest actors