Unremarkable House, Duane Barry, Laughing Buddha, Alien Train

Unremarkable House, Duane Barry, Laughing Buddha, Alien Train – DAY THREE Duchovniacs Field Trip Vancouver edition…

FIRST OF ALL, GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS…

Happy 10/13 Birthday to Chris Carter & Mulder

Today was a wild goose chase on some levels with some amazing pay offs around the outskirts of Vancouver and a few downtown. Of course we mostly stayed off Twitter today to support . Not sure if it did any good because I did not even look all day.

The day started with a drive east to the unremarkable house.

An unremarkable house #thexfiles

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We tried to find a way in but NO TRESPASSING signs and some intense fencing and moist swamps warded most of us away and snapping photos from afar.

An unremarkable photo o.o #thexfiles Mulder house to the right

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The whole gang is here #duchovniacs #thexfiles #LandOfDuchovnia #locations #mulderhouse

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I mostly stayed in the car, getting out just long enough to continue this stupid series LOL

An unremarkable selfie #thexfiles

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Two of us got a little closer

But apparently the TWO occupants don’t like unannounced visitors.

After a short coffee break we were off Riverview Hospital. Which we are renaming DUCHOVNIACS HEADQUARTERS. This place is great. You really feel the presence of something dirty, or perhaps demonic. Mostly just screaming for a wrecking ball, if not for the many TV/FILM crews filming.

New #duchovniacs headquarters #thexfiles

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#riverview #thexfiles #locations #vancouver #friends ❤️💯👽

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Scully: Cut the crap, Mulder! #xfilespilot #riverviewhospital #hdgoestoherxfmecca

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NEXT STOP – Lake Okobogee – Actually spelled Okoboji AKA Buntzen Lake

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Unfortunately the lake, in fact the entire park, was closed. Single tear from two mini vans with 13ppl combined. We all shared that same tear.

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The actual lake is called Buntzen Lake which is in Port Moody, just a few kilometers off David Ave. Starting to sense a pattern.

Scully: Cut the crap, Mulder! #xfilespilot #riverviewhospital #hdgoestoherxfmecca

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Image result for x files lake okobojiPicks above are google search images as there was just too many trees in the way, plus a hill and a long walk. We only risk prosecution for unremarkable spots.

So we get back on the road and headed to Grouse Mountain, where Duane Barry brought Scully and Mulder Almost fell off the Gondola.

Mulder at the base of #grouse

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This place is a must.

Fun times #grousemountain #thexfiles #vancouver #duchovniacs

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❤️ #grousemountain aka #skylinemountain #thexfiles #vancouver

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Up top on the peak there were bears.

No Scully here. Just #bears

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Sorry, here are the real bears.

Grizzly bears say hello #bear411

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They even put on a show. Although I am upset we missed Breakfast with the Grizzlys.

We.just missed the band @colin_c_lee but enjoyed the Grinder at play #bear411

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Did I mention there was snow up there. The bears are days away form Hibernation. I’m still days away from putting on long pants.

I want to ski

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So, while freezing, I drove the crew back to check out the venue for tomorrow night.

Too soon #duchovniacs

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At least this time camping out for a great spot, we will fit right in with all the locals sleeping on the streets nearby. (No pictures of homeless here, but this area is rough, and a bit depressed).

After dinner…

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… where I got a kid’s meal boat and used as a ridiculous hat…

My meal was adult but I got the kids meal boat

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…we squeezed in a brief stop at the Laughing Statues.

We are Mulder Mulder is us #thexfiles #duchovniacs

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This is the newest X-Files must stop Vancouver spot.

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Pretty sunset too.

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And the best company…

We made him laugh

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Then it was off to the Ghost train.

Here is my view of the X-Files display.

MULDER… SCULLY… SKINNER… #thexfiles

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Unfortunately my light actually made it harder to film clearly due to extreme fog – which may or may not have been fake as we are not far form the mountains here in Stanley Park.

Spot on #impressions #thexfiles 😂#vancouver #scully #mulder #skinner 👽

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PS Reason the laugh on Skinner is due to this gem from earlier and the fact we are all very giggly tired.

 

Trust Karen and our reactions this is a must do thing in Vancouver this month. The production value was great. With 15 X-PHILES in tow, this was the week’s highlight so far.

Of course it was so cold no one saw my shirt today.

Ready for another day in Vancouver BUT is #vancouver ready for me #duchovniacs #hohw #thexfiles

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By the end of the day we were a caravan of three mini vans and SUVs with 16 PHILES / DUCHOVNIACS enjoying a very full day of THE X-FILES and VANCOUVER tourist stops. Guess what tomorrow is!

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EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD – X-FILES PICTURE BOOK

EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD – X-FILES PICTURE BOOK (MY REVIEW BELOW)

ABOUT THE X-FILES: EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD

One the most beloved TV shows of all time is now a sweet, silly, sci-fi bedtime story! In The X Files: Earth Children Are Weird, best pals Dana (Scully) and Fox (Mulder) have pitched a tent in the backyard for a sleepover. But the night is full of strange sounds, lights, and shadows. Surely there’s a rational, scientific explanation for everything . . . or is there? With beautiful illustrations of pint-sized Dana and Fox, this humorous and not-scary-at-all story will introduce the cult TV show to an entire new generation of fans.

Hardcover | $18.99
Published by Quirk Books
Aug 15, 2017 | 40 Pages | 9 x 11 | 4-8 years| ISBN 9781594749797Earth Children

EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD – X-FILES PICTURE BOOK – MY REVIEW

Clearly I am five years old because this maybe one of my favorite things from X-Files team in years. Maybe because i can almost see David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson acting this out like a sketch in my head. Maybe because in an odd way this short picture book has more mythology material than the 2008 movie and 2015 Season 10.

I question whether kids can appreciate this book as much as me, without my reference of 24 years of X-Files fandom in their past .

I am sure my 9yo niece will love this. Overhearing her mother, my sister, binge watch the show on Netflix the past few years, somehow Reilly knows about Mulder looking for his sister. Clearly she is more than just eaves dropping, right?

I do fear a number of shippers out there are having a field day with Dana hosting Fox for a sleep over – especially as we see them ascend the stairs to sleep inside, after a backyard camping date goes awry.

As kids’ books goes, I feel I have seen this story before. Scully takes on the role of Bud Abbott to Mulder’s Lou Costello.  It’s cute and effective.

If anything my biggest critique is that it’s too short. The book feels like an episode of a comic that, upon reaching the last page, one thinks, wow I spent a lot of money for a few pages and an incomplete story. I want more and would prefer the graffic novel in its entity than episodic pages – only so I can save by buying pages in bulk.

If you are a fan and have some kids, OR like me ARE a big kid, check this picture story out.

And for MSR fans….

Earth Children

Am I the only one hearing George Takei in my head right now?

X-Files Talk: Why 6-episode Season Every Two Years is Perfect!

Talking X-Files and Why I Think 6-episode Season is Perfect!

editorial by Walt Frasier follow via twitter @waltfrasier

I had a very interesting conversation yesterday. I was returning from set for a new HBO show filming on Long Island. Wrapped early, I had a private van ride back to Manhattan with another actor and a few stacks of costumes headed back to wardrobe in Brooklyn after our midtown drop-off.

The driver was a big sci-fi fan with a special place in his heart for X-Files. As a 1990’s teenager he watched The X-Files with his dad. (How many 30 something Philes can relate to that?) He does not watch a lot of TV now, nor has he been to the movies in three years. As a teamster driver for numerous film/TV sets and father of a 2 year old, he catches up via online streaming on his phone as shows hit Netflix, Amazon, HBO go etc – in between rides for actors like me.

While stuck in the Queens parking lot approaching the midtown tunnel, he promised to watch Season 10 the second it hits Netflix.

Excited he asked, “Are we getting more? ” “When?” He has not seen Season 10 and already asking…

My response was “yes, 2018, I think.”

So that started an entirely new discussion, one based more in our mutual knowledge of the industry.

This morning, cleaning out gmail, I stumbled across the article “David Duchovny knows the X-Files revival’s problem: Not enough of it” on AV Club. This convinced me to share the argument I made yesterday…

When you break it down all TV, film, youtube, podcasts, music, etc are “content”. Producing is all about creating content, and that has three major steps – pre-production (writing, fundraising, contracting/casting), production (filming/recording, editing, including post-production here) and distribution (marketing and getting content to you via TV, online, movie screen etc).

Philes all know about fundraising with the 2008 movie. We (most of us) wanted another big Alien Mythology episode.  Big Alien movies cost $100 million. Chris got $30 million.

It would appear the money is not there to do Star Trek or Star Wars every 2-3 years. That would take 100 million views. We delivered about 10 million.

X-FilesI think at this point in time a full X-Files series that includes David and Gillian is never going to happen. Both stars have other projects, kids and live outside LA/Vancouver. Neither is a hungry 20-30 something actor willing to give their lives 150% to a single project for 30 weeks/year.

I bet there have been numerous talks at FOX about how could one do X-Files without David & Gillian. Not that they want to cut out out faves, but how not to be held hostage by stars’ schedules and whims. But I think Seasons 8 & 9 of the original show, as well as the nature of the true fans, X-Files is all about Mulder & Scully, which can only be David & Gillian. No matter how hard Chris tries, his characters are far bigger than his stories. Slipping in some young hot look a likes was a total #FAIL in 2016, even as a joke. We are not CW types, right? So far FOX gets it. For now…

Chris really likes doing monster of the week.

The six episode season every two years makes complete sense.

Think about the intense online chatter throughout 2015 that built the audience for the January 2016 season. In 2002 we all needed a break – cast, crew and fans. 9 seasons of 20+ episodes is very hard to maintain. But by 2008 we were more than ready for more. By 2016 we were starving. By March 2016 we were “WTF?” “WE WANT MORE!” “WE WANT MORE!” “WE WANT MORE!”… rioting in the streets… Sorry, I got carried away there…

But am I the only one on February 22, 2016 at 9pm that screamed at the TV “FU MR. CARTER!!!” We are DEMANDING more…

If we could get another dose every two years like Trekkies and Fanboys (Star Wars – we need a new less sexist fan name), we would get our fix. We would be happy with a movie every two years to learn what happens with this conspiracy. But with a six episode arc Chris can have his monster of the week stories. TV is the writers medium. (Film is for directors. Stage for actors.) For TV the writer runs the show, while directors come and go. Chris can shape his baby, reflecting the times – politics, scandals etc.

Meanwhile we flock to see Gillian and David on stage – acting and singing. We flocked to David talking about his novels, most of us actually reading them. We are watching their other projects. They realize the bump all their work gets from the X-Files fandom being satisfied (strung along lol). A summer shooting X-Files every two years delivers a nice paycheck every actor wants without the burnout every actor hates and the platform every artist needs to promote their other work.

WIN-WIN-WIN!!! (Production – Cast – Fans)

Now to make this work, LISTEN UP CHRIS!!!

  • X-FILES is MULDER & SCULLY. They don’t have to be married or lovers (Speaking for myself you crazy shippers lol) but they need to be together. Girl power Scully and young protege red head was weird. After 23 years, when we see two young look a likes, we don’t think “HA HA”, we think “WTF CHRIS?”. Jilted lovers? Yes! That’s a fair analogy. You have our love but need to earn our trust. We’ve been hurt too many times.
  • X-FILES should be PERFECT for 6-episodes. NO EXCUSE for BABYLON. You don’t have to write 20 episodes pulling crap out of ass to get another week out. You have a team. Let that team play. Bring back Frank, Vince, Howard… At least consult Howard next time you take on terrorists. Call Vince regarding drugs. Those two guys could have solved all nonsense regarding s10e5. Take a cue from Lucas. You are the Genius. But let the minions translate your genius to fully flesh out a perfect script.
  • MORE SKINNER. For many – FOR ME – best moment in 2008 was Skinner showing up to save Mulder. It should have been Skinner at CSM’s mansion February 22, 2016. Mitch is all over the map promoting this project. We love Mitch. Skinner is in the opening credits, but I think he appeared less than Season 1 this year. WTF?
  • Take a moment and think of an END GAME. The “WE HAVE BEEN WRONG ALL ALONG” thing has been played out too often already. I know the point is we can never truly now the true nature of a conspiracy, hence the very nature of the conspiracy theory nut. But as I tell my 10 year old comedy students, don’t tell, SHOW! Action much more interesting than discussion for most. Artsy fartsy cerebral shit is a snore to 95% of the population, no matter how much B-Roll you flash over the monologue of crazy conspiracy nuts. Even “NEVER ENDING STORY” had an end. I have met you. And even in that brief moment, I have seen the wink behind the twinkle. I get it. Now its your turn to get it. (Only exception, the conversation between David and Rhys. THAT is how you do “Dinner with Andre” for the masses. Two amazing performers with amazing writing about real issues. Message heard and entertained at same time. I could sat through that grave yard scene if it lasted two hours.)
  • I for one would love to see a sequel to Founders Mutation. I loved Disney’s “Escape to Witch Mountain” and that brother/sister team was a fun throw back to that classic – not so much remake with Dwayne. Or the bigger point, there are a lot of unsolved cases out there from 202 episodes. Most did not get the happy ending Were-Lizard enjoyed. Tombs and Pusher got call backs. We barely got to know Kyle and Molly. Why reinvent the wheel?

So we will see you in 2018, and daily on twitter till then…

PS – EIGHT Episodes could be cool…

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

X-Files Podcast

My Struggle 2 Cliff Hanger

X-Files Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster Is My New Jam

X-Files Mulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster is my New Jam

X-Files Season 10 comedy episode is full of eggs and laughs

Recap and Review by Walt Frasier @waltfrasier

X-Files has been my favorite show for all of my adulthood. So when Darin Morgan inserted this many Easter Eggs – and amazingly funny moments – into one episode, I just have to say, thanks. The episode is equally a tribute to many X-Files moments of yore and wonderfully creatively written.

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The episode starts with Stoner #1 (Tyler Labine) and Stoner #2 (Nicole Parker) sniffing paint from a brown bag. I spent the next hour cackling at the gags and jokes. Stoners 1 & 2 of course have previously appeared in Quagmire and War of the Coprophages (both 1996). It is interesting to note, both episodes were directed by Kim Manners, who we will talk more about later.

Our paint bag stoners hear a noise and discover a giant lizard man wrestling with animal control agent, Pasha (Kumail Nanjiani, X-Files fan and podcaster). The lizard hisses and runs away, through our stoner couple. DUDE! A lot of dudes have been attacked and killed, with teeth marks to the throat, and one missing their clothes.

When we first see Mulder, he is using the I WANT TO BELIEVE SIGN as a pencil dart board. No more room on the ceiling?

“Mulder, what are you doing to MY poster?” Scully enters to Mulder oozing self doubt in his past beliefs.  Mulder admits he is middle aged and his new wisdom is causing second guessing.

“Mulder, have you been taking your meds?” Scully.

To be truthful, the comedy is a little forced. But I was immensely entertained, so who cares?

CUT TO Mulder and Scully in the woods looking for monsters. Mulder for once is trying to find reasoning without paranormal explanations.

“Aw Scully, I gave up profiling before I gave up monsters. You’ve seen one serial killer you’ve seen them all!” Mulder.

The were-monster is next seen attacking a truck stop transvestite hooker. As they hear a scary roar, Mulder and Scully run to the action while the animal control officer runs the other way.

The ongoing theme in this episode is Mulder’s “SMART PHONE” camera app acting up.

They chase the were-lizard into a port-o-potty where they only find what seems to be a traveling salesman (Rhys Darby). Perhaps a nod to Darin’s own time in a camp side john as the Flukeman, Host Season 2.

Darin Morgan

Mulder is very impressed with smart phone camera techniques, including video of himself scream hysterically.

“The internet is not good for you” Scully says of Mulder’s explanations.

Back at the motel, Mulder suddenly wakes by screaming manager, drunk on rubbing alcohol. “Please go away or I’ll kill ya.”

I was cracking up at the bear rug on the wall. Mulder finds the former guest room torn apart, leading to a hidden passageway, with Fox peering at Scully though a huge dead wall-mounted fox’s eyes.

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Of course this is when we see the Motel Manager checking out Mulder sleeping in his red briefs, before witnessing the were-monster’s transformation.

This is a cheeky nod to the famous Mulder speedo scene from Season 2 episode, Duane Barry.

Mulder is beside himself as he tries to convince Scully of the truth, with a few theories, and the need to check out of the motel immediately.

David Duchovny’s arguing with himself was perfectly performed with impeccable delivery of both Mulder’s reasonings and Scully’s rebuttals.

“Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder” Scully. “Your bat crap crazy”

Mulder tracks down the witch doctor / psychologist via Guy Mann’s prescriptions.

“Werewolf was my patient on Monday” Doc.

The doctor tries to give anti-psychotic drug prescription to Mulder for believing the were-lizard’s story.

After meeting Scully at the SMART PHONES IS US store, Mulder finds Guy Mann at the cemetery, where we also see a head stone tribute to late Kim Manners. This brought an emotional response from the entire fandom.

The following monologue and interchange was absolutely brilliant. Scully SexFrom Guy Man trying to get Mulder to kill him, to his origin story (a human bite turning him from a reptilian creature into a were-lizard), to lying about having sex with Scully (fell out of chair here), to being driven by the desires/fears of a middle aged man (job, burgers, morning coffee, depression, revenge, lying about sex life, etc).

Guy Mann got a dog. “…the only way to be happy as a human, was to spend all your time in the company of non humans” Guy Mann loses dog.

Guy explains his confrontation with the trans-gendered professional.

“She hit like a man” Guy

“Because she used to be a…” Mulder

“I’ll do the surgery” Guy

“They cut off your genitals” Mulder

“That’s a but too far…” Guy

“I’m just looking for some internal logic” Mulder grasps for understanding.

“Why, there is no external logic” Guy

By the end Guy is running off calling Mulder the monster.

Mulder drinks away the moment.

“Let’s Kick It In The Ass”

Kim Manner tribute

Mulder wakes to his X-Files ringtone sleeping at the base of Kim Manner’s headstone. It’s Scully at the animal control center. Scully gets attacked. Mulder runs to save her, but Scully already apprehended the killer. Mulder runs off to see Guy. Scully steals the dog.

Will the puppy survive the season?

The puppy’s name, Daggoo, is also a character from Moby Dick. “He reminds me of Queequeg” (The Pomeranian Scully adopted in “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and lost in “Quagmire” to Big Blue).

“I did not know reptile hibernated” Mulder

“That’s racist. I’m not a reptile” Guy

Mulder seems content seeing the actual transformation.

“I’m glad to have met you” Guy

“Likewise” Mulder.

Thank you to Darin Morgan and the gang for delivering what might be my new favorite episode. Brilliantly written and wonderfully performed by David, Gillian and Rhys.

In fact, going one step further, I would like to start the Award Season Buzz here. I nominate Rhys Darby (https://twitter.com/rhysiedarby) for special guest Emmy. Do I have a second?

 

 

 

 

X-Files My Struggle up to date with the science? Ununpentium Element 115

X-Files 2016 up to date with the science Ununpentium Element 115

X-Files is back and like past episodes and movies, creator Chris Carter always roots his science fiction in real science and popular conspiracy theories. After watching The X-Files “My Struggle” for a fifth time tonight, my geeky side got curious.

X-Files ARV

ARV from The X-Files: My Struggle

In a recent phone conference call, Chris Carter admitted he attended conventions and conferences filled with conspiracy theorists and that we would be amazed and surprised at the numerous Americans and the theories they hold dear.

Sounds like to many, X-Files is a documentary, not fiction.

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But some of the science is real. Well at least based in real theories at least.

Zero-point energy, also called quantum vacuum zero-point energy, is the lowest possible energy that a quantum mechanical physical system may have; it is the energy of its ground state. Source Wiki

GARNER: It runs on .. so called zero point energy.

MULDER: Free energy?

O’MALLEY (Joel McHale): Available since the 1940s

The Zero Point Energy (ZPE) is an intrinsic and unavoidable part of quantum physics. The ZPE has been studied, both theoretically and experimentally, since the discovery of quantum mechanics in the 1920s and there can be no doubt that the ZPE is a real physical effect. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

Conspiracy Theories that Tesla discovered FREE self sustaining energy over 100 years ago have floated for years. The big oil companies have buried this in favor of trillions in oil sales, as pointed out by Mulder. CLICK HERE for one fear mongering report.

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Ununpentium

SOURCE WIKI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ununpentium

MULDER: Gravity Warp Drive, but how?

GARNER: Element 115. Ununpentium. 

MULDER: Where did you get it?

Not that there really are ARVs out there, but Ununpentium Element 115 is real. In fact, just this past December 2015, it was recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). So if you go back to college and take Chemistry, your periodic tables will soon need to be updated.

ARV

UUP, you know me!!

The element was named back in 1979 by the IUPAC.

The element was first synthetically created in 2003 by American and Russian teams. 4 atoms – I know its amazing – were created and gone in 100 milliseconds.

A number of scientific teams tried to recreate the experiments from 2003. In 2015 a team from Berkeley published they had successfully produced the element.

But with a half-life of only 220 milliseconds, Alien Replica Vehicles would need a lot of UUP and some very impressive alien technology to stabilize the highly radioactive element.

WATCH THE X-FILES: MY STRUGGLE ONLINE or ON DEMAND

http://www.fox.com/watch/607308867569/7756658688

NEW EPISODES MONDAYS 8pm on FOX

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The X-Files “My Struggle” shatters all Ratings Expectations. Season 11 guaranteed!!!?

The X-Files “My Struggle” shatters all Ratings Expectations

Editorial by WALT FRASIER @waltfrasier on twitter

The X-Files buzz online has been a great indication that last night’s revival would be well watched. But I do not think anyone expected “My Struggle” to surpass the 1993 pilot in viewership, but it did.

The X-Files "My Struggle"

The X-Files “My Struggle” Mulder greets Scully

Back in 1993, the still relatively baby FOX network was ecstatic over The X-Files pilot being viewed by 12 million. (NUMBERS via WIKI here). Reviewing stats over at WIKI all of the 1 season was watched by 8-11 million viewers. Only the last 3-4 episodes of season one hit 13-14 million viewers.

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Back in 1993, there 4 major networks and a small handful of independents (precursors of CW etc) producing original content like Star Trek spin offs, Hercules and Xena. At the time we did not have hundreds of networks producing original programming. This was long before The Sopranos inspired era of cable produced dramas and horrible reality shows dominating the ratings war.

X-Files My Struggle

Lately a cable series with 1 million viewers can be considered a success. Hannibal barely got a third season. If not for critical acclaim and recognition of after market potential, the NBC summer show – and numerous similar examples – would have been tanked long ago.

The X-Files "My Struggle"

So how did we do last night?

The X-Files “My Struggle” beat everyone except for the Football game and post show.

According to numbers posted by TV BY THE NUMBERS The X-Files My Struggle posted a 13.47 million viewership. Consider all those that could not watch live last night, I predict as many as 20 million for the 7-day total, a much more important movie in the age of On-Demand and DVR viewing.

NCIS could not hit 6 million at same time. Agent Carter under 2. NFL posted 20 million for post game and 40 million for the championship game. While fans cursed their DVR issues cause by the latter we can celebrate the bumped by following the sports event.

But it is not time to sit back and celebrate.

Rather it is time for all fans to rally the troupe to keep these numbers going the next 5 Mondays.

If we continue to do our job as fans, we can demand the producers do their job and give us MORE MORE MORE – (Insert evil laugh – VAL?)

I will be doing my job – pulling my weight, DVRing Supergirl as I live tweet X-Files. FOUNDER’s MUTATION TONIGHT

These ratings will give producers leverage with ad sales, which will provide the budgets for bigger an better X-Files in the future.

Who needs #XF3 when we can have X-Files Seasons 11, 12, 13…. Chris Carter can plan a 4-5 season arc (2016 included) with a finish we can all be happy with, Breaking Bad Style.

I expect to see lots more of our iconic Mulder and Scully, and the rest of the gang.

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TABLE FROM TV by the Numbers

TV Ratings Sunday: ‘X-Files’ gets a strong start following NFC Championship

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFC Championship (FOX) (7-10 p.m.) 14.3/37 40.69
60 Minutes (CBS) 2.0/5 10.13
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.8/3 4.44
Dateline (NBC) 0.6/2 3.60
8 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 1.2/3 8.37
Movie – Bridesmaids (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.9/3 2.74
Galavant (ABC) 0.5/2 2.10
9 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) – R 0.7/2 5.22
Agent Carter (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 0.4/1 1.43
10 p.m. NFL Postgame (FOX) 7.7/22 20.64
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.8/2 5.86
10:30 p.m. The X-Files (FOX) (10:30-11 p.m. only) – P 5.1/17 13.47
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Merry X-Files: “My Struggle” My Review – Do not open till January 25th

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Merry X-Files: Do not open till January 25th. NOT SPOILER FREE

I have now seen the episode twice. That is the same number of times I have seen Star Wars Awakens, and the impression is very similar. I LOVED IT. Sure there were flaws, but it was the movie we have all been waiting for since 2002.

Oh, did I say movie?

Well On Tuesday January 12, 2016, I was privileged to watch the episode at the California Science Center IMAX theater. And the experience was completely cinematic. In fact I have been telling everyone I can, including Chris Carter himself at the after party under the space shuttle Endeavor’s tail pipe, I want to see the next 5 episodes in IMAX. Or even better? This summer’s rewatch – #thexfiles207days – ALL IMAX!!!

WARNING!!! SPOILER ALERT!!! COME BACK JANUARY 25th to read the rest…

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X-FILES “MY STRUGGLE” MY REVIEW

A review by a fan for fans by Walt Frasier
@waltfrasier @DUCHOVNIACS

No one piece of art can be all things to all people, but I truly believe this is 42-minutes of The X-Files we have been waiting for since 2002. Many might argue since 2000’s season 7 finale. Tons of nostalgia bring those fanboy and fangirl tears of joy to surface.

LAST CHANCE TO TURN AWAY… SPOILERS in 3 – 2 – 1… LEt me put in some more art so you cannot see if you do not wish to see the next statement…

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From the very first seconds of the introductory Mulder Monologue ranting about past conspiracies and the histories of the X-Files in summary form, through the BIG ENTRANCE of a pivotal character, the audience is captured. At the New York Comic Con, the crowd went wild when we hear “My name is Fox Mulder…”. At the California Science Center, I let out a solo howl. Guess all else were taking notes lost in their judgmental modes.

The first thing one notices? X-Files 2016 has a far greater production value than 1993. No more hiding in the shadows. The problem with this is we lose all the film noir. Originally Chris Carter had to hide the show in the shadows to hide cheap effects and rubber monster suits.  This gave the show a certain 1950s Black and White horror quality. Somehow a Mulder Conspiracy rant looks better as Film noir.

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But instead we get a modern cinematic experience. When I saw that Flying Saucer crash land (YOU WERE WARNED) my mind immediately goes back to 1977 Making of Star Wars specials. The recreation of Roswell is the best ever seen on screen. Even the alien was completely believable – no more need for invisible creatures, complete with Men in Black and small army of Hazmats. GAME CHANGER!

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Akin to revealing entrances of The Falcon, Han Solo, Chewbaca, Leia, Luke, C3PO, R2D2 and Darth Vader’s mask in The Force Awakens, the old gang each have their moment. We find Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) on a team of doctors fixing kids without ears, when she gets the call from Skinner. Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is in borderline hermit mode when he takes the call from Scully. One might say Chris Carter is pandering to the emotional nostalgia. I find no issue with that.

So the big question all want to know?  What’s up on the Mulder / Scully front?

We do not have all the answers, but clearly since leaving us in 2008, Scully has left Mulder. via a few quick verbal jabs by Mulder and well placed glares by Scully, the tension is set. The next 5 episodes have some explaining to do.

And in this reporter’s unbiased opinion, PLATONIC ACTIVITY DOES NOT CREATE THIS MUCH RESENTMENT!!! Just saying…

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The story is thrust forward when the agents meet Tad O’ Malley (Joel McHale from Community, The Soup), the right wing conspiracy theorist online news blogger that has found some success spreading fear. While he seeks an ally in Mulder he finds skepticism. To dramatically align Tad to Mulder, he gets his own fair share of Monologues with B-roll flashes of impending and past doom and gloom. Tad’s extreme theories are far fetched enough to make Mulder blush.

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Tad takes the agents to see supposed alien abductee, Sveta (Annet Mahendru from The Americans). Scully goes to test Sveta’s blood. Mulder goes on Tad’s field trip to see an ARV (man man ship from Alien technology). Mulder has a clandestine meeting with a Roswell doctor. You know, the X-Files usual routine.

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Like a great X-Files episode every answer reveals more unanswered questions which Mulder attempts to answer in one giant leap that would make Superman Shutter.

Most notably as we get to see Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), we see that while the actual X-Files files have been taken away, they left Mulder’s pencil collection on the ceiling.

The few plot holes I can find are from the same place we had for 9 years. In order to forward the story in a 42-minute show, Mulder leaps to conclusions. But as we learn in this episode those leaps may not have always been as right as Mulder thought.

Basically as TV’s best 42-minute popcorn movie in years. you have to suspend some belief to survive the trip. There will be plenty that will criticize the plot leaps. I recognize the “issues”. I will be discussing in length via podcast to be released January 24 after the episode. But in contrast to shows that SLOWLY / PAINFULLY show us every leap – thereby taking an entire season (or 5+ seasons) to reveal as much story – I find it a relief.

X-FILES 2016 shows more than ever before. It does more. It blows things and people up more. There is less mystery and suspense but it is still intense.  I have joked this 42-minute film is more like a George Lucas meets Michael Bay experience – More Space Ships, More Aliens, Lots of things going BOOM – than the Chris Carter of yore.

In short the die hard fans will have the nostalgia the want, the new world of potential fans will be drown in by the non stop intense action and discovery. The real test will be the nest 5 episode. And what Season 11 will bring…

THERE WILL BE A SEASON 11, RIGHT!?!?!

Watch X-Files “My Struggle” January 24th at 10pm EST after the Football games, then Monday January 25 for episode two as the shows slips into its 5 week home slot.

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THE X-FILES WATCH/SHARE THIS BEHIND-THE-SCENES, FIRST-LOOK AT THE UPCOMING, ALL-NEW EPISODES

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WATCH/SHARE THIS BEHIND-THE-SCENES, FIRST-LOOK AT THE UPCOMING, ALL-NEW EPISODES

Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny talk about the fans, Mythology and Monster of the week episode for the new and old episodes.

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THE SPOOKY EXPERIENCE

Two-Night Season Premiere of THE X-FILES:

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, 10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT,

following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME;

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 8:009:00 PM ET/PT

 

 

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X-Files trumps all other news for 2016 TV / FILM offerings

X-Files trumps all other news for 2016 TV / FILM offerings

by WALT FRASIER December 10, 2016

Every time I go online I see an article about X-Files or a generic 2016 TV preview guide with X-Files as the lead feature.

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X-Files 6-episode Season 10 starts January 24 & 25.

 

2016 is going to be a big year for both TV and FILM.

There is a lot of hype about Batman V Superman going head to head with Captain America: Civil War, and more comic book movies including Suicide Squad, Deadpool, X-Men Apocalypse, Gambit, Dr. Strange…. am I missing any? Of course there are another half dozen major remakes and sequels for traditional block buster fare – Jungle Book, Kung Fu Panda, Fast & Furious 57… This past month has been all about STAR WARS FORCE AWAKENS.

DC is adding yet another comic book TV Show, Legends of Tomorrow, to add to Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, Gotham…. am I missing any? (Teen Titans Blackbirds on TNT seems to be in limbo)

MARVEL of course is killing it on NETFLIX with Luke Cage and Iron Fist joining Dare Devil and Jessica Jones in 2016 with their own show.

But every article I can find talking about what to expect on TV in 2016 seems to be focused first on X-Files. Even those stories that mention a dozen or more projects – almost in passing – realize the importance of OUR SHOW, using the those photos and previews as the lead teaser art for their blog posts.

CHECK OUT 18 Videos from X_FILES via YOUTUBE on this FOX playlist

The online buzz around these six episodes coming January and February 2016 is fierce among fans and twitter, tumble, vine, Instagram and other social media platforms – is Facebook the new MySpace yet?

Writers and publishers see this and capitalize to get readers to their sites. Much the same way online discussions by fans are the entire reason the demand for Season Ten exists.

Even though their is an X-Files comic, this show it not like DC/Marvel properties with fans looking for a new and better version of Superman, Dead Pool or Dare Devil. These fans are here for THE Mulder and Scully – OUR Mulder and Scully. And our Skinner…

The online fandom has taken ownership of the property in many ways. The fans are the driving force, more so than the dollar signs that drive so many other sequels and reboots. X-FILES Season Ten does not exist because producers are out of ideas to make easy money from sequels and merchandising. 2016 is happening because of Economic 101 Supply/Demand.

Perhaps the $$$ is what allowed the final green light by FOX and investors, but we demanded more from Chris Carter. We have obligated the X-FILES family to deliver. So they are delivering. Six hours on TV is better than two at the theater.

And as a result, the whole media and advertising world wants their share. X-Files is everywhere and you / us – THE FANS – have brought about a future worth fighting for!

Of course the next summer’s rewatch will take a week longer to complete. #thexfiles207days ?

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