Aquarius Rewatch starting March 5 S1E1 tonight at 8pm EST #aquariusrewatch

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Wondering what to do with your life now that X-Files Season 10 is over?

Waiting for the next David Duchovny live event at 92Y (NYC), Hell or Highwater Eurotrip or Philly Wizard Con? (We’ll be at all of the above YEAH!)

Sick of 24/7 Politics?

If you answered yes or no to all or any of the above…

Join us tonight at 8pm for an Aquarius Rewatch or “WATCH” if you are summer of love virgins. Let’s rewatch the episodes getting ready for Season 2. Follow us on twitter @duchovniacs #aquariusrewatch

We will be watching our uncensored DVDs for the first time. You can also get the early episodes on Amazon Video. The last 5 episodes are available for free on HULU.
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WATCH ON AMAZON VIDEO “Everybody’s Been Burned”

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AQUARIUS REWATCH SCHEDULE

SATURDAY MARCH 5, 2016 at 8pm

Season 1, Episode 1 Everybody’s Been Burned

WATCH ON AMAZON VIDEO “Everybody’s Been Burned”Sixteen-year-old Emma Karn sneaks out of her Beverly Hills house to attend a party with her pseudo-boyfriend Rick Zondervan. There, they are separated by a group of girls, as instructed by another party-goer, Charles Manson, who tells Emma alone that she can survive in the world without her boyfriend or father. The next day, Emma’s mother Grace calls her former boyfriend LAPD Hollywood division detective Sam Hodiak: Emma used to sneak out with Rick, who claims she then left with someone else. At Manson’s commune, he plays music for his followers, and Katie tells Emma that he wants to become more famous than The Beatles. At a diner on the Sunset Strip, undercover Detective Brian Shafe meets Mike Vickery. A drug deal is made, and Brian tells Mike that he is after the diner owner, Art Gladner. Outside the police are getting rough with a hippie group out past the 10 p.m. curfew. Brian intervenes and gets arrested. Back at the station, Sam recruits Brian to help find Emma. Rick gives them the first name of the guy Emma left with, Charlie. Brian enlists Detective Charmain Tully, who could pass as a young female hippie, to help him infiltrate the Manson Family, but they first need biker Roy Kovic to lead them to Charlie. Manson’s history is revealed: he had been working as pimp and one of his prostitutes (Caroline Beecher) disappeared; he then was in jail for drug possession on a reduced sentence and Emma’s father Ken was Charlie’s lawyer. Charlie demands Ken introduce him to an executive in the music business, attempts to rape him, and cuts him with a razor.

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SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2016 at 8pm

WATCH ON AMAZON VIDEO “The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game”Sam questions Ken about his connection to Charlie, and Grace points him to Manson’s file. Ken admits to having been Charlie’s lawyer and that Emma is with Manson. Brian learns that Rick is telling everyone he is a cop; he asks for Sam’s help to shut him up. Before they can, they receive a call about a white woman, Joyce Nankin, being killed at her home in a now-black neighborhood in South Central. Their investigation focuses on Bunchy Carter, leader of the Nation of Islam, who accuses the police not having solved any of the 27 black murders in the neighborhood. Bunchy is arrested for interference, but it was really to dupe Joyce’s husband into confessing to her murder. Sam and Brian get Rick to confess he told Art that Brian was a cop. They offer Art a deal for reporting his partners but he refuses, and Sam writes the word “snitch” on Art’s forehead. To test Emma’s loyalty, Charlie asks her to shoplift. When she gets caught, Charlie murders the owner. Sam’s soldier son Walt shows up at his house, claiming a “new policy” as to why he is not fighting in the Vietnam War, while in reality Walt’s mother Opal had arranged a letter about a sick parent. Charlie demands a thousand dollars (and another thousand upon Emma’s release) from Ken for a music demo tape. When Ken visits Charlie to hand over the money, Charlie kisses Ken, asking him if he remembers what it was like to be free. Emma nearly interrupts them, and Ken is terrified of being caught.

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“Aquarius” stars Claire Holt and David Duchovny in a still from Episode 9 of the NBC series

SATURDAY MARCH 19, 2016 at 8pm

Season 1 Episode 3 Never Say Never to Always
WATCH ON AMAZON VIDEO “Never Say Never to Always”Later that night, Sam enters his ex-wife Opal’s house to find out about Walt and is caught by Sam’s former partner Ed who is now Opal’s lover (thereby cheating on his wife Jean). Opal reveals Sam’s past domestic abuse. Meanwhile at Manson’s commune, Ken had sex with Charlie, picking up their previous relationship. Ken is confused and afraid and is seen leaving in his car by a shocked Emma. The next day, Art is found stabbed inside his locked diner and Ed arrests Mike as suspect. Roy finally leads Brian and Charmain to the Manson Family commune ‘Spiral Staircase’ near Topanga where both are introduced to Charlie. Brian informs Sam about Emma’s location, but when Sam and Grace get there, Charlie and a group of girls including Emma (who he calls ‘Cherry’) had left to record his demo. Military police are looking for Walt. Later that night, Charlie, whom Roy had warned earlier about Sam’s search of the commune, takes Emma and Sadie to the recording engineer Rue Fisher’s house to barter him with “sharing” the girls; then Charlie calls to intimidate the Karns with a recording featuring Emma.

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS? Looks like David is directing an episode this season.

 

NYCC Screening: X-Files Episode 10-01 Duchovniacs Recap/Review SPOILER ALERT

X-FILES BIGGER BADDER & UNCUT 2016 by Walt Frasier October 15, 2015

First off – OUR NYCC Escapades!

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WHAT EVER YOU DO – DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE…

So I am guessing I am one of about 5000 that have seen the premier episode that will be seen on FOX in January 2016. Maybe more as I have heard rumors that the truth is out there online somewhere.

If you have NOT seen episode CLOSE THIS WINDOW NOW!!!

Overall, I cannot dismiss the fact I was giddy with happy tears the entire 90 minutes of watching new episode and listening to panel with Chris Carter, David Duchovny and Mitch Pileggi. Perhaps I was out of control emotionally due to extreme exhaustion after waiting in lines for 8 hours to get a front row seat only to get a 4th row seat… I digress. Except for a brief awkward moment when Deadpool asked a question about Supernatural (Mitch fans, right?) it was pure ecstasy!

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!!

So this entire episode felt like one big hug, saying we thank you and miss you too. Scully, Mulder, Skinner and even… well you know, right… they all had a specific entrance. Every major character had a welcome back moment, and each moment had thunderous applause. We ate it up like candy.

VINI VIDI VICI! This episode took no prisoners!!!

There is a noticeable style shift. At times this episode seemed like a 45-minute teaser trailer. The episode flies by at break neck speed. The old dark imagery – mainly due to hiding low budget effects – has been replaced by “let’s show everything.”

BIGGEST SPOILER WARNING YET – PLEASE TURN AWAY…

NOW!!!

SERIOUSLY!!!

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!!

While discussing the episode over burgers and milkshakes I joked with my crew – Chris Carter basically took all of our critism of the 2008 movie and said – in a fit of rage  –

“FINE, you want to see aliens? (SMACK IN FACE) HERE is a mothra ducking alien!!!”

“You want to see UFOS? (SMACK IN FACE)  HERE is a Gosh Darn UFO!”

“You want action? Let’s blow it all up!!!” (GAUNTLET THROWN)

(Insert maniacal hysterical insane laughter here- Chris Carter as Dr. Evil LOL)

My guess is 18-35 year old demographic will love the big action fast paced feel. Fans of the old show’s tone my think Chris Carter has been replaced by George Lucas or Michael Bay at the helm.

And to quickly address the elephant in the room, I love the new direction of Mulder/Scully. We don’t know if they were ever married at this time. Not even sure we should take David Duchovny’s use of the term at face value.

When we last saw Mulder and Scully they were together.

Since then it appears Mulder’s inability to deal with the world outside the FBI has lead to a dark place. Scully left him. Now he is even more depressed. What is clear?

They are currently apart.

There is a lot of resentment from both sides.

They both still love each other.

Chances are working together on 4 monster of the week episodes will have tons of tension.

But this is far different from the old days when so many were consumed by “Are they together? Are they apart? Where would they be if not for that damn bee?” So many lost way too much sleep on such questions.

Going forward I think Chris Carter is more successful when he collaborates. That’s why we get Glen Morgan, James Wong and Darin Morgan in the next 4 episodes.

I am haunted by the final moments of the episode. I fear we will have to wait till mid March to see the outcome of the long ominous gaze by… well, you will just have to watch in January. Those that have seen it know exactly what I am talking about.

I have an alternate review planned for January 25 that will go into far more detail…

See everyone in DC 10/26!!!

 

 

2 X-Philes and a Newborn: Død Kalm, Humbug, The Calusari

LONG TIME X-Files fans, Walt Frasier and Laurice Fattal are joined by improv comedian and newborn baby x-phile Patrick Reidy. Together Walt, Laurice and Pat discuss The X-files series and its impact on 1990s memory lane. In this episode we talk about Død Kalm, Humbug and The Calusari

 

The X-Files episode “Død Kalm
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Mulder is ravaged by unnatural aging. Many critics wrote negatively of the make-up effects.
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 19
Directed by Rob Bowman
Teleplay by Howard Gordon
Alex Gansa
Story by Howard Gordon
Production code 2X19
Original air date March 10, 1995
Running time 45 minutes

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In the Norwegian Sea, chaos erupts on board the USS Ardent, an American destroyer escort. Due to mysterious yet unspecified events, half of the Ardent’s crew board lifeboats and abandon ship against their Captain’s orders. Eighteen hours later, they are spotted by a Canadian fishing vessel; however, in that short span of time, the young crew members have undergone rapid aging.

Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) visit the ship’s sole surviving crew member, Lt. Harper, who has been quarantined at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Scully finds that Harper, despite being in his twenties, has aged to the point of being unrecognizable. Mulder explains that the Ardent vanished at the 65th parallel, a location with a history of ship disappearances. Mulder believes that a “wrinkle in time” exists there, and that the Ardent was the subject of government experimentation related to the Philadelphia Experiment from World War II.

In Norway, Mulder and Scully get Henry Trondheim (John Savage), a naval trawler captain, to take them to the Ardent’s last known location. After crashing into the bow of the Ardent, Mulder, Scully, and Trondheim find signs of advanced corrosion, even though the Ardent is only a few years old. Below decks, the party finds the mummified remains of several crew members. They also find the wizened commanding officer of the Ardent, Captain Barclay, who claims that “time got lost” after his ship encountered a “glowing light” in the ocean. Trondheim’s boat is stolen and his first mate is murdered.

Trondheim is later attacked by a Norwegian pirate whaler named Olafsson, who has not aged despite being on the ship for the past two days. Mulder, Scully, and Trondheim eventually begin to age unnaturally. Scully develops a theory that the Ardent is sailing near a metallic object beneath the ocean, and that it has caused free radicals to rapidly oxidize their bodies and age them. When Mulder notices that the ship’s sewage pipe is the only one not corroded through, the agents realize that something from the ocean contaminated the Ardent’s potable water and led to the aging; Olafsson’s men remained unaffected due to their consumption of recycled water from the sewage system. Desperate to survive, Trondheim kills Olafsson after he reveals the secret, and sets out to keep the water for himself.

Scully learns from blood tests that the contaminated water causes rapid cellular damage and dramatically increases sodium chloride in the body. She tries to ration the drinkable water amongst the three, but discovers Trondheim attempting to hoard what little that remains. Trondheim locks Scully out of the sewage hold, forcing her to use minuscule supplies to keep Mulder alive. The corrosion eventually eats through the ship’s hull, flooding the hold and drowning Trondheim, who cannot seem to lock the door. The agents both lose consciousness shortly before Navy rescuers arrive at their former ship. Scully comes to at the hospital, where she is told that her written observations on the case helped naval doctors reverse their aging and save Mulder from near-certain death. Scully says that she wants to return to the Ardent for more research, but the doctor tells her that the ship sank shortly after their rescue due to the flooding.

Guest actors
  • John Savage as Henry Trondheim
  • Mar Anderson as Halverson
  • Vladimir Kulich as Olafsson
  • David Cubitt as Captain Barclay, US Navy
  • Dmitri Chepovetsky as Lieutenant Richard Harper, US Navy
  • Claire Riley as Dr. Laskos
  • Stephen Dimopoulos as Ionesco
  • John McConnach as Sailor
  • Bob Metcalfe as Nurse
The X-Files episode “Humbug
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The Conundrum consumes a raw fish.
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 20
Directed by Kim Manners
Written by Darin Morgan
Production code 2X20
Original air date March 31, 1995
Running time 45 minutes

In the town of Gibsonton, Florida one night, two brothers are playing in their home outdoor swimming pool. A mysterious figure approaches them from the woods surrounding their home and jumps into the pool without them noticing. As the brothers play, they notice something is wrong and before they leave the pool, the figure emerges from the water. It’s revealed to be the boys’ father, “Alligator Man”, who scares his sons for fun.

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After some laughs in the pool, the “Alligator Man” tells his children to go back into the house as it’s late and time for them to go to bed. The boys leave the pool and their father stays behind to swim. An unknown mysterious figure approaches the pool from the woods. It attacks and kills “Alligator Man” in his pool.

Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) travel to Gibsonton to investigate a 28-year series of attacks by an unknown assailant in a community of former circus sideshow performers. They attend the funeral of the “Alligator Man” (who suffered from Ichthyosis). Among the people they meet afterwards are “self-made freaks” human blockhead Dr. Blockhead (Jim Rose) (who interrupted the funeral by hammering a railroad spike into his own chest) and his “geek” sidekick The Conundrum (The Enigma), who will eat anything, but says nothing. The agents also meet former performer Jim Jim, the Dogface Boy, who later became the local sheriff after his face went through hair loss.

Mulder and Scully stay at the Gulf Breeze trailer court, whose name is a reference to the 1987 Gulf Breeze UFO incident, also mentioned in season 1 episode, “Fallen Angel”.[1] Here, they meet the distrustful manager Mr. Nutt (Michael J. Anderson), and Lanny (Vincent Schiavelli), an alcoholic with an underdeveloped conjoined twin named Leonard. The agents hear a story about the legendary Fiji mermaid, a common sideshow act in the 19th century that generally turned out to be a monkey with a fish tail attached—the “humbug” referred to by the episode’s title.[2] Despite Scully’s usual skepticism, Mulder is intrigued because of what look like simian tracks left by the mystery attacker.

One night, Mr. Nutt is fatally attacked by a creature. The agents eventually discover that the attacker is Lanny’s twin, Leonard, who is able to detach himself from Lanny’s body. According to Lanny, Leonard attacks people and attempts to burrow into them because he is looking for a new brother to replace Lanny, who is dying from liver failure due to years of alcohol abuse. Lanny voluntarily locks himself in the local jail in an effort to keep Leonard from escaping, but dies during the night, and Leonard is able to slip through the bars on the cell window and flee. Mulder and Scully try to capture Leonard, who goes inside a funhouse, but he manages to get away. Upon leaving the funhouse, they find The Conundrum lying on the ground, rubbing his stomach, apparently having been attacked by Leonard. As Dr. Blockhead prepares to leave town with The Conundrum the following morning, he comments to Scully that with modern science eradicating genetic anomalies, it will be up to self-made freaks like him to remind people that “nature abhors normality.” The Conundrum looks unwell and Mulder asks what the matter is. The Conundrum — in his only line of the episode — replies, “probably something I ate.”[3] As Dr. Blockhead drives away with The Conundrum, Mulder and Scully turn to each other with confused and somewhat shocked expressions.

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The Calusari
The X-Files episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 21
Directed by Mike Vejar
Written by Sara Charno
Production code 2X21
Original air date April 14, 1995
Running time 44 minutes

In Murray, Virginia, the Holvey family visits a local amusement park. When the youngest child, Teddy, lets his balloon fly away, his father, Steve, gives him the balloon that belongs to his older brother, Charlie (Joel Palmer). When the boys’ mother, Maggie (Helene Clarkson), is in the bathroom, the strap in Teddy’s stroller comes undone. Teddy follows the balloon floating under its own power out of the restroom and onto the tracks of the park’s tour train, leading to his death. Charlie is the only member of the Holvey family not to grieve Teddy’s death at the scene.

Three months later, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) shows Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) a photo taken moments before Teddy’s death, showing that the balloon moved horizontally against the wind. Chuck Burks (Bill Dow), a digital photo expert, uses software to uncover evidence of electromagnetic disturbances in the shape of a child, holding the balloon. During a visit by the agents, the Holveys adamantly dispute Mulder’s theory that Teddy was led onto the tracks. Scully sees Golda (Lilyan Chauvin), Maggie’s elderly Romanian mother, drawing a swastika on Charlie’s hand. Scully theorizes that the Holvey children may be victims of Munchausen by proxy, perpetrated by their grandmother. At a meeting with Steve Holvey, he explains that Golda was against his marriage to Maggie, and that strange things began to happen when Teddy was born and Golda came to live with the family. Steve hints that Golda might be hurting Charlie, leading Scully to suggest that they visit a social worker named Karen Kosseff (Christine Willes). While preparing to take Charlie to a session with Kosseff, Steve is strangled when his tie is caught in the seemingly-malfunctioning garage door. Charlie, having been mysteriously locked in the car, starts crying over his father’s death.

Investigating Steve’s death, the police find evidence of the ritualistic sacrifices in Golda’s room. Mulder finds a film of fine dust in the garage, which Chuck identifies it as vibhuti, a residual sign of spiritual energy. Golda and three elderly Căluşari mystics conduct a ritual in her room. Meanwhile, during Charlie’s appointment with Kosseff, the child goes into convulsions. Kosseff and Maggie see smoke coming from under Golda’s door, coming across their ritual. Maggie is horrified, and forces the old men to leave the house. However, Golda grabs Charlie and pulls him into her room in an attempt to complete the ritual. However, Charlie quickly gains the upper hand and brings a pair of dead chickens back to life and makes them kill her.

When Kosseff asks Charlie about the incident, he insists that he was not in his grandmother’s room, and that it was a boy named Michael. Maggie is terrified at the claim, explaining to the agents that Michael was Charlie’s stillborn twin, about whom she and Steve agreed to never tell Charlie. Maggie also explains that Golda had told the parents that a ritual should be performed to separate the spirits of the twins, but Steve refused. Charlie has another seizure and is hospitalized. Michael knocks out the nurse and afterward convinces Maggie, by pretending to be Charlie, to take him home. Scully sees them leaving, and checks on Charlie. They find the nurse and Charlie still in the hospital room. Mulder, now convinced that Michael’s spirit is behind the killings, sends Scully to the Holvey residence to stop him.

Maggie tries to complete her mother’s ritual, but Michael tries to intervene. Back at the hospital, Mulder joins the Căluşari as they perform an exorcism on Charlie. As Mulder helps with the ritual, Scully arrives at the Holvey house, and finds Maggie being attacked by Michael. Scully is tossed across the room by an unseen force. Just as Michael is about to stab Scully, the exorcism ends, and Michael’s spirit disappears, sparing both Scully and Maggie’s lives.[1] Maggie returns to the hospital and is reunited with Charlie. Before the agents leave, the head elder of the Căluşari says it’s over for the time being and cautiously forewarns Mulder that “it knows you.”

Guest actors
  • Joel Palmer as Charlie/Michael Holvey
  • Lilyan Chauvin as Golda
  • Helene Clarkson as Maggie Holvey
  • Ric Reid as Steve Holvey
  • Oliver and Jeremy Isaac Wildsmith as Teddy Holvey
  • Christine Willes as Karen Kosseff
  • Bill Dow as Charles Burk
  • Kay E. Kuter as Head Calusari
  • Jacqueline Dandeneau as Nurse Castor
  • Bill Croft as Calusari No. 2
  • Campbell Lane as Calusari No. 3
  • George Josef as Calusari No. 4

 

David Duchovny and Mitch Pileggi Q&A at Wizard Con

With a great panelist and amazing fans, the moderator had it easy!!!!

Thanks for posting these, Gina
https://www.youtube.com/user/dmbgal07

 

 

 

NEW X-FILES PODCAST: 2 X-Philes and a Newborn: Irresistible, Die Hand Die Verletzt, Fresh Bones

 

Episode info from WIKI CLICK HERE for MORE

Irresistible

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In Minneapolis, a funeral is held for a young girl. The ceremony is observed by Donnie Pfaster, the eerie assistant director for the funeral home. Later that night, as the girl’s body is being stored for burial the following day, Pfaster’s boss finds him cutting off the corpse’s hair. Pfaster is promptly fired.

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Some time later, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are summoned to Minneapolis by Moe Bocks, an FBI field agent who is investigating the exhumation and desecration of a body in a local cemetery. Mulder discounts Bocks’ theory that this act is a variation of extraterrestrial cattle mutilation, and suggests they search for a human culprit. Scully is disturbed at the sight of the disheveled corpse. Two more bodies are found exhumed, with their hair cut and fingernails removed. Mulder develops a psychological profile of the criminal, believing him to be an escalating “death fetishist” who may resort to murder to satisfy his desires. Scully keeps her discomfort with the case to herself, and writes up a field report on necrophilia.

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Pfaster, who was behind the exhumations, proves Mulder’s prediction correct when he brings a prostitute to his apartment. When the prostitute discovers a collection of funerary wreaths in Pfaster’s bedroom, he kills her and removes her fingers. Later, Pfaster—having been hired as a frozen food delivery man—meets an appointment at a house, where he steals cut hair from the bathroom. Pfaster attends a night class at a community college, where a female classmate defends herself after he makes threatening advances. He is arrested and is placed in a jail cell across from a suspect being interrogated by Mulder, Scully, and Bocks. Pfaster learns Scully’s name from the suspect after they leave. He is later released.

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Scully is deeply troubled by Pfaster’s crimes, and has unsettling hallucinations about the case. In Washington, she has a counseling session with a social worker, during which she shares her anxiety about the investigation. After the session, Scully learns that someone from Minnesota had called for her. When she contacts Mulder, she learns that neither he nor Bocks made the call. Tracing a fingerprint to Pfaster from his arrest, Bocks and Mulder raid his apartment, finding one of the prostitute’s fingers in his refrigerator. Meanwhile, after Scully arrives in Minneapolis, Pfaster forces her car off the road. He kidnaps Scully and takes her to his late mother’s abandoned house, where she is tied and gagged in a closet.

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Mulder and Bocks discover that Pfaster’s mother had owned a car which matches paint found on Scully’s, tracking down her former residence. Meanwhile, Scully escapes from Pfaster as he prepares a bath for her, resulting in a pursuit through the house. Scully and Pfaster have a struggle that sends them falling down a staircase onto the foyer, where a task force led by Mulder and Bocks breaks in moments later and apprehends Pfaster. Scully initially insists that she is okay, but then breaks down and cries in Mulder’s arms. In a voice-over narration, Mulder traces Pfaster’s pathology to his childhood, when he was raised in a family of four older sisters. Mulder also reflects on Pfaster’s nature and the nature of evil in general.

 

Episode no. Season 2 Episode 13
Directed by David Nutter
Written by Chris Carter
Production code 2X13
Original air date January 13, 1995
Running time 45 minutes
Guest actors

 

 

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In fictional Milford Haven, New Hampshire, a group of high school faculty members meet to discuss various social events. The adults initially appear to be socially conservative, debating whether students should perform the musicals Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar. However, when the group ends the meeting in a prayer, they recite a Satanic chant.

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Later, a group of students go out into the woods at night to play with black magic. The experiment causes unexplainable things to happen, causing all but one of the teenagers to flee. The one teen’s mutilated body is discovered the next day, leading Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) to investigate. Locals—including the faculty members—claim that the children have unleashed a demonic force with their rituals; the theory which is given validity by strange occurrences, such as frogs falling from the sky and water in the drinking fountain draining counter-clockwise, contrary to the Coriolis effect. Unknown to the agents, substitute teacher Mrs. Paddock (Susan Blommaert) is behind the murder, keeping the eyes and heart of the victim in her desk. One of the faculty members, Jim Ausbury (Dan Butler) suspects one of his colleagues killed the boy, but the others believe it was an outside force. Ausbury’s stepdaughter, Shannon (Heather McComb), suffers a breakdown during science class while dissecting a hog fetus.

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Meeting with Mulder and Scully, she tells them that Ausbury raped and impregnated her as part of a Satanic ritual, sacrificing their babies. When the agents confront Ausbury with the accusations, he angrily denies them. Shannon stays after school to make up her assignment of dissecting the pig. Mrs. Paddock takes her bracelet and uses it as part of a spell that causes Shannon to slit her wrists. When Ausbury learns that the other faculty members plan to use Shannon as a scapegoat, he admits the sect’s existence to Mulder. He confirms Shannon’s memory of the rituals, but exposure to sensational media coverage led her to “remember” the sexual abuse. Meanwhile, Scully researches Mrs. Paddock and finds that no one knows anything about her or her background. During a sudden power outage, Mrs. Paddock steals Scully’s pen and uses it to impersonate her in a call to Mulder, pretending to be in trouble. Mulder handcuffs Ausbury in the basement to prevent his possible escape, then leaves to search for Scully. Soon after, a giant snake appears and devours Ausbury.

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Mulder arrives at the school, where Scully claims that she never called him. They find Mrs. Paddock seemingly attacked by the remaining faculty members, and go to search for them. The faculty members capture the two agents, convinced that they need to perform a sacrifice to regain favor with the Devil and make up for their diluted faith before it is too late. As they are about to kill Mulder and Scully, Mrs. Paddock causes them to instead kill themselves, confirming that their attempt was indeed too late. The agents escape their bonds and find Mrs. Paddock missing, with only a parting message on the chalkboard stating, “Goodbye. It’s been nice working with you.”

Episode no. Season 2
Episode 14
Directed by Kim Manners
Written by Glen Morgan
James Wong
Production code 2X14
Original air date January 27, 1995
Running time 45 minutes
Guest actors
  • Susan Blommaert as Phyllis H. Paddock
  • Dan Butler as Jim Ausbury
  • Heather McComb as Shannon Ausbury
  • P. Lynn Johnson as Deborah Brown
  • Shawn Johnston as Pete Calcagni
  • Travis MacDonald as Dave Duran
  • Michelle Goodger as Barbara Ausbury
  • Larry Musser as Sheriff John Oakes
  • Franky Czinege as Jerry Thomas
  • Laura Harris as Andrea
  • Doug Abrahams as Paul Vitaris

 

Fresh Bones

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In Folkstone, North Carolina, Jack McAlpin, an agitated Marine Corps private, drives his car into a tree after several hallucinatory episodes and is apparently killed. On the tree is a veve, a drawn voodoo religious symbol.

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McAlpin is the second purported suicide among troops stationed at an INS compound processing refugees from Haiti. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully visit the compound to investigate McAlpin’s death. There, a young boy named Chester Bonaparte sells a good luck charm to Mulder. After meeting with Colonel Wharton, head of the compound, Mulder meets with an imprisoned refugee, Pierre Bauvais, and an associate of McAlpin’s, Harry Dunham. When Scully attempts to perform an autopsy on McAlpin’s body, she finds a dog carcass in its place at the morgue.

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While driving down the road, Mulder and Scully discover a still-living McAlpin, who doesn’t remember what has happened to him. Tetrodotoxin, a chemical Mulder believes is part of Haitian zombification rituals, is found in McAlpin’s blood. The agents go to the local graveyard to investigate the corpse of the other dead soldier, but find the grave robbed. They also find Chester, who collects frogs at the cemetery and sells them to Bauvais. Dunham approaches Mulder, telling him that Wharton has begun abusing the refugees as a means of retaliation against Bauvais; Wharton denies the accusations, but later has Bauvais beaten to death.

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Scully cuts her hand on the thorn of a twig left in her car. When she drives off, a veve is seen on the ground under her car. Mulder has a meeting with X, who tells him that he and Scully will soon be called back to Washington and that the camp will be restricted to military personnel only. Mulder believes Wharton is persecuting the refugees after the suicide of some of his men during a previous trip to Haiti. Scully finds Dunham dead in a bathtub, and Mulder catches McAlpin with a knife nearby. Although he has no recollection of the event, McAlpin confesses to the murder under the influence of Wharton, who tells the agents that Bauvais committed suicide and that their investigation is over.

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McAlpin’s wife provides the agents with a photo of Wharton with Bauvais in Haiti, causing the agents to go through his office. They find that both Dunham and McAlpin had filed complaints against Wharton over his treatment of the detainees. The agents head to the cemetery, where Wharton is performing a voodoo rite over Bauvais’ coffin. When Mulder confronts him, Wharton harms him through sympathetic magic. Meanwhile, in a hallucinatory episode, a man emerges from the small cut in Scully’s hand and strangles her, but the illusion disappears when she grabs the charm Chester sold them. Bauvais appears and stops Wharton by blowing zombie powder in his face. Scully arrives to assist Mulder and pronounces Wharton dead.

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The next day the agents say goodbye to McAlpin, who reveals that Chester was a boy who had died in a riot six weeks earlier. The episode ends with Wharton being unwittingly buried alive by the graveyard watchman.

 

Episode no. Season 2
Episode 15
Directed by Rob Bowman
Written by Howard Gordon
Production code 2X15
Original air date February 3, 1995
Running time 45 minutes
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X-Files Podcast Season 2 discussing Red Museum, Excelsis Dei and Aubrey

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SEASON 2 EPISODE 10 Red Museum
Originally aired December 9, 1994
Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Win Phelps

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WIKI -Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are called in to investigate a number of kidnappings in Delta Glen, Wisconsin where local teenagers are recovered half-naked and drugged with either the phrase “He is one” or “She is one” written on their backs. Meeting with Sheriff Mazeroski, the agents initially suspect a nearby cult, the Church of the Red Museum, which was founded by vegetarian Richard Odin. Mulder, Scully and Mazeroski attend a ceremony of the Red Museum, causing Mulder to believe that they are walk-ins, people whose souls have been taken over by someone else. One of the kidnap victims claims to have felt an animal spirit enter him.

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The girlfriend of Mazeroski’s son, Rick, is the latest to be found, and her blood is found to contain an unknown alkaloid substance and high levels of scopolamine, a controlled substance. This appears to link her to Odin, a former doctor. Meanwhile, the agents meet an old man who points to a pair of men injecting growth serum into cattle, which he believes is at the cause of the trouble. That night, local doctor Jerrold Larson is killed in a plane crash. An investigation of the site turns up shipping orders that trace back to the kidnapped teens. One of the men injecting the cows is murdered by the Crew Cut Man. The other, a peeping tom named Gerd Thomas, is revealed to be the kidnapper after the agents find a hidden supply of videotapes in the home of one of the victims. Thomas claims that Larson had been turning the children into “monsters” with the drugs he had been injecting in them, which he claims to be unknown.

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Meanwhile, Rick is murdered by the Crew Cut Man. Having passed by him on the road, Scully recognizes him as the assassin who killed Deep Throat. Her toxicology results on the victims show what she thinks is the mysterious substance known as “Purity Control”. Mulder theorizes that Larson had been injecting the children with alien DNA, and convinces Mazeroski to round up all of the children who had been receiving treatment from Larson and hide them with the Church of the Red Museum. Mulder tracks the Crew Cut Man down at a beef processing plant that he is about to destroy. While Mulder wants him alive, Mazeroski kills him as revenge for Rick’s murder.

Scully reports that the Crew Cut Man had no records on file with the FBI or other agencies. The material injected into the cows and children is found to be an unknown substance. All the children who were inoculated came down with a flu-like illness while those in the Church of the Red Museum did not, causing her to think they were a control group. Scully declares the case open and unsolved.

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SEASON 2 EPISODE 11 Excelsis Dei
Originally aired December 16, 1994
Written by Paul Brown
Directed byStephen Surjik

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WIKI – Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are called to the Excelsis Dei private nursing home in Worcester, Massachusetts in order to investigate a nurse’s claim that she was raped by an invisible entity. Severely bruised, Michelle Charters (Teryl Rothery) claims that she knows who was responsible and names the attacker as Hal Arden, an elderly resident of Excelsis Dei. When questioned, Arden admits that he made sexual overtures to her, but claims that it was harmless and that he is too elderly to have done anything.

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As Mulder and Scully investigate, they discover a Malaysian orderly is illicitly giving the patients an herbal drug made of mushrooms he cultures in the building’s basement. The drug cures their Alzheimer’s, but also allows them to see the spirits of people who have died in the nursing home and channel them into existence. In this state, the spirits assault and murder the orderlies that have looked down on them and treated them poorly while they were patients. When a patient overdoses on the drug, the spirits once again attack Charters, trapping her and Mulder in the bathroom, which begins flooding.

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As Scully and the home’s head doctor manage to stop the patient’s seizures, the spirits disappear and the bathroom door gives way, freeing Mulder and Charters. The government of Massachusetts takes over the facility, and the orderly supplying the medicine is turned over to immigration services. The remaining original patients, no longer having access to the drug, revert to their previous state of dementia.

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SEASON 2 EPISODE 12
Originally aired January 6, 1995
Written by Sara B. Charno
Directed by Rob Bowman

WIKI – In the town of Aubrey, Missouri, local detective B.J. Morrow tells Lt. Brian Tillman (Terry O’Quinn) that she has gotten pregnant from their affair. He requests she meet him at a motel later that night. While waiting for him, B.J. has a vision that leads her to a field where she digs up the skeletal remains of an FBI agent.

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Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) head to Aubrey, where the remains are identified as belonging to Agent Sam Chaney, who disappeared in the area with his partner, Tim Ledbetter, in 1942. The agents find discrepancies in B.J.’s story, but Tillman comes to her defense. Mulder tells Scully of the case Chaney and Ledbetter were investigating, which involved the rapes and murders of three women with the word “Sister” slashed on their chest. Discovering similar cuts on Chaney’s chest during the autopsy, B.J. instinctively realizes that the cuts spell the word “Brother.” B.J. admits her affair and pregnancy to Scully.

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Tillman reveals that a new murder has occurred where a woman had the word “Sister” slashed on her chest. B.J. claims to have seen the victim in her dreams, which involve a man with a rash on his face and a monument that Mulder recognizes as the Trylon and Perisphere from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Searching old mugshot photos, B.J. recognizes the man from her dream as Harry Cokely, who was arrested for raping a woman named Linda Thibedeaux and slashing “Sister” on her chest. Scully believes that B.J. unconsciously recalled the case since her father was a cop and may have discussed it. The agents visit the now-elderly Cokely, who now lives alone after being released from prison. Cokely insists he was at home when the latest murder occurred.

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B.J. awakens from a nightmare covered in blood, finding the word “Sister” slashed into her chest. She also sees a young Cokely in the mirror. She heads to a basement and tears away the floorboards, revealing a body within that is found to be Ledbetter’s. Cokely is arrested, but denies attacking B.J. Scully tells Mulder that blood on the latest victim matches Cokely’s. The agents visit Thibedeaux, who describes her encounter with Cokely in the 1940s. Mulder notices a photo of her at the 1939 World’s Fair featuring the Trylon and Perisphere. When pressed, she reveals that the rape resulted in a child, which she put up for adoption. The FBI tracks down the child, who turns out to have been B.J.’s father, causing Mulder to surmise that B.J. is the killer and may be operating on genetic memories.

As the agents are on their way to intercept her, BJ attacks Thibedeaux, but stops when she sees the “Sister” scars on her chest. The agents find Thibedeaux after BJ has left, and head to Cokely’s house, believing him to be her next target. BJ, who has already arrived, cuts Cokely’s respirator and attacks him with a razor. When the agents arrive BJ attacks Mulder but when Cokely dies she stops. BJ is placed in Shamrock Women’s Prison Psychiatric Ward where she is put on suicide watch after attempting to self-abort.

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2 Philes and a Newborn X-Files Season 2 rewatch Little Green men, Host, Blood

And now on to X-Files Season Two. We finally meet X and get work from Darin Morgan (as the Fluke man as well as contributing top the story creation of Blood). Walter Skinner and CSM start to take a much bigger role as do the Lone Gunmen.

AND NOW 2 Philes and a Newborn Season 2.1
Walt, Laurice and Pat discuss Little Green Men, Host, Blood as well as other news and trivia including more Chicago Hell or Highwater adventures.

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Season 2 Episode 25 Little Green Men
Originally Aired September 16, 1994
Written By Glen Morgan, James Wong
Directed by David Nutter

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WIKI – In the episode’s prologue, Fox Mulder narrates a history of NASA’s Voyager program and the now-defunct High Resolution Microwave Survey, which sought to contact extraterrestrial life in outer space. At the Survey’s abandoned observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the equipment inside suddenly activates, indicating a response from an alien intelligence.

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Since the closure of the X-Files, the FBI has reassigned Mulder to a low-level wiretap while his former partner, Dana Scully, has returned to teaching at the FBI Academy. The two have a discreet meeting at the parking lot of the Watergate Hotel, where Mulder admits that he has been doubting his belief in the paranormal since Deep Throat’s assassination. Mulder flashes back to the night when his sister, Samantha, was abducted.

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Mulder is summoned to a meeting with Richard Matheson, a U.S. senator who is a patron for his work. Matheson directs Mulder to Arecibo, assuring the agent that he will try to hold off a Blue Beret UFO retrieval team said to be headed there in twenty-four hours. Mulder arrives at the Survey station, where he finds a frightened Puerto Rican man, Jorge, who draws a picture of an alien that he claims to have seen. Meanwhile, Scully, unaware of Mulder’s whereabouts, tries to find him. Reviewing a list of flights from Washington, Scully tracks Mulder down to Puerto Rico.

Mulder discovers a signal, possibly originating from an extraterrestrial intelligence. During a storm, Jorge gets scared and runs outside. Mulder finds him dead of fright. When Scully goes to an airport to fly to Puerto Rico, she realizes she’s being tracked by a couple, but manages to escape from them. Meanwhile, as Mulder investigates Jorge’s corpse, the room shakes. The door opens and the shadowy figure of an alien appears. Scully wakes Mulder up the next morning, finding him excited about the readouts and tapes of the signals—the proof of aliens he has sought for so long. However, the Blue Beret team arrives, forcing them to flee with only a tape reel.

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Upon his return to Washington, Mulder is admonished by Assistant Director Walter Skinner and the Smoking Man for his actions. Mulder claims he still had enough evidence with the days missed to prosecute the subject of his assigned wiretap, and that his own phone calls were being monitored. Skinner demands that the Smoking Man leave the room, and decides to not discipline Mulder. Investigating the tape reel, Mulder finds it blank due to a power surge during the storm.

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Season 2 Episode 26 The Host
Originally Aired September 23, 1994
Written By Chris Carter
Directed by Daniel Sackheim

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WIKI On a Russian freighter off the coast of New Jersey, a crewman trying to fix the ship’s toilets is pulled into the septic system. His half-eaten body appears in the sewers of Newark days later. Fox Mulder is assigned the case and visits with a Detective Norman in Newark, being shown the still-unidentified body. Mulder angrily confronts Assistant Director Walter Skinner, feeling he has been given the seeming “wild goose chase” as a form of punishment.

That night, Mulder talks to Dana Scully, telling her that he’s thinking of leaving the FBI. He shoots down Scully’s idea that he request a transfer to Quantico, believing the FBI doesn’t want them working together. Scully performs the autopsy on the crewman’s body, finding a Russian language tattoo on his arm and a flukeworm inside his back.

In Newark, a city worker named Craig is pulled underwater in the sewers but is rescued by his co-worker. He believes he was attacked by a python. He decides to visit a doctor (with Mulder observing) and complains of a weird taste in his mouth. An abnormal four pointed wound appears on his back during a medical examination in Sayreville, New Jersey. Scully shows Mulder the flukeworm she found, whose mouth, though much smaller, matches the wound on the city worker’s back. Mulder receives a call from a mysterious man telling him he has a friend at the FBI. That night, the city worker coughs up a flukeworm in his shower and dies. Mulder visits a sewage processing plant and finds a large humanoid with a fluke-like mouth.

At Quantico, someone slips a newspaper article under Scully’s door enabling her to identify the original body as a crew member on a Russian ship. Mulder and Scully meet at the processing plant and they look at the strange, fluke-like man. Skinner wants to prosecute the creature and subject it to a psychiatric evaluation, which Mulder thinks would be difficult. Skinner tells Mulder of Craig’s death and admits that this would have been an X-File had they still been open.

That night workers put the flukeman into a U.S. Marshal’s van, but it kills the driver and escapes to a local campsite. The flukeman hides in a portable toilet and is pulled into a truck the next day when the toilet is drained. Mulder receives another phone call from the mysterious caller. When he questions Scully about it, she denies any involvement. The flukeman is brought back to the processing plant. Scully believes that the flukeworm she found in the body is a larva, attempting to reproduce. One of the men at the processing plant is pulled underwater by the flukeman while investigating a storm drain overflow. Mulder heads in and saves him, apparently killing the flukeman by closing a sewer grate on it, slicing it in half. Scully concludes her investigation, thinking that the creature was brought to the U.S. by a Russian freighter that was hauling salvage from Chernobyl, and that the creature was created in a ‘soup’ of radioactive sewage. Elsewhere, the flukeman’s remains open its eyes.

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Season 2 Episode 27 Blood
Originally Aired September 30, 1994
Story By Darin Morgan
Teleplay by Morgan & Wong
Directed by David Nutter

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WIKI In Franklin, Pennsylvania, postal worker Edward Funsch (William Sanderson) is informed that he will be fired at the end of the week due to budget cuts. Afterwards, Funsch sees the words “Kill ‘Em All” on his machine’s digital display. At Franklin’s civic center, a middle-aged man in a crowded elevator sees “No Air” displayed on the elevator’s LED display, and is the only one who can see the message. Sweating and obviously claustrophobic, he again glances at the LED display. This time it flashes the words “Can’t Breathe” and then “Kill ‘Em All.”

Agent Fox Mulder arrives at the civic center after what looks like a massacre; bodies lie on the sidewalk and in the foyer. Sheriff Spencer (John Cygan) explains that the suspect murdered four people from the elevator with his bare hands. His rampage ended when he was shot by a security guard. Spencer notes that seven other individuals have murdered twenty-two people in Franklin in the past six months. Mulder discovers that the LED display in the elevator has been damaged, and that the dead suspect has a green residue on his fingertips.

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At the FBI Academy, Dana Scully reads Mulder’s initial report. The only connection between the murders that he can see is that the suspects all destroyed an electronic device during the killings. Meanwhile, Bonnie McRoberts, another Franklin resident, drops by a repair shop to pick up her car, where a message on an engine diagnostic display warns her that the mechanic is going to rape her. She impulsively kills him with an oil can spout. When Mulder and Spencer question her the next morning, her kitchen microwave instructs her to kill them. When she grabs a knife and attacks Mulder, she is shot and killed by Spencer.

Scully performs an autopsy on McRoberts’ body and discovers signs of phobia including high levels of adrenaline and the same substance found on the elevator killer. She hypothesizes that the substance, when combined with other neurochemicals, produces an LSD-like reaction. While Mulder and Scully build a case, Funsch becomes more psychotic, continuing to see violent messages on electronic gadgets. Blood is associated in some way with each incident; a volunteer asks Ed to donate blood at a department store and seconds later he sees violent images, including a video of the 1993 Waco siege burning, flash across a sales display of TV sets, followed by a message to get a gun from the sporting goods department.

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Late at night, while investigating an orchard, Mulder is sprayed by a crop-dusting helicopter and ends up in the hospital. There, Mulder sees the message “Do It Now” on a TV and realizes that when people exposed to the pesticide, which contains a chemical called LSDM designed to provoke fear in insects, see these subliminal messages, their phobias are exacerbated enough to cause them to kill. Eventually, after being confronted, the city councilman agrees to stop the spraying and blood test the community under the guise of a cholesterol study. Mulder and Scully, reading that Funsch has not been tested yet, arrive at his house to find it strewn with smashed electronic devices. Mulder deduces that blood is Ed’s phobia and that he has seen the subliminal messages, and an empty rifle case signals that Funsch is going to act on his paranoia. Funsch positions himself at the top of a clock tower overlooking a blood drive and begins shooting randomly. Mulder climbs up to Funsch and overpowers him; Funsch is taken away on a stretcher. Mulder makes a call to Scully and sees the message “All done. Bye Bye!” on his cell phone display. Scully calls out to Mulder but he is speechless.

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ALL DONE

BYE BYE

 

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INDEPENDENT: The X-Files creator Chris Carter on government conspiracies and paranormal experiences

Have not done this in a while – post articles form the internet… BUT this is the first in a while of substance and not just paprazzi or tabloid crap… Great article to follow and worth the read. Go to the website for more photos…

The X-Files creator Chris Carter on government conspiracies and paranormal experiences

via INDEPENDENT.co.uk

FROM Sunday 26 July 2015

It’s a broiling hot July morning in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, is patiently giving me an interview in the basement cafe at the Théâtre du Passage, the home of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival. By rights, he shouldn’t be here at all. The Californian is midway through shooting a new six-part season of the show that originally ran from 1993 to 2002. He has left Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) back in Vancouver, where the team has recently finished the second episode, to come to Switzerland. He promised that he would attend the festival and is not the type to break his promise.

Carter confides that he has had only four hours’ sleep and that he is continuing to tweak scripts and to respond to notes from his colleagues in Vancouver, even as he attends to his duties at the festival. “We’ve just got our sea legs as it were,” Carter says of the resumption of The X-Files after such a long lay-off. The series has been customized for the Obama era and will feature plenty of references to Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

The original series thrived on conspiracy theories and shadowy behaviour from the US security agencies. “You can imagine I was the least shocked person in the world,” Carter reflects on recent revelations about US government-sanctioned eavesdropping and cover-ups. “It is not surprising to me at all… those assertions and allegations are what I think The X-Files was built on.”

In the new series, Carter promises that he and his team will “monkey” with The X-Files mythology “and give you a spin and twist on that”. There will be a combination of what he calls mythology episodes and the stand-alone “so-called monster episodes”. Six episodes doesn’t seem that much of a stretch, given that the first season of The X-Files consisted of 25 episodes, shot over a year, and the second season was 24.

“When you shoot six, you think it is going to be a piece of cake. That isn’t the case,” Carter sighs. “It will take eight months of our lives, so it is an enormous undertaking, even though it seems like only a slice of what we had previously done.”

Back in the show’s prime, it was Carter’s job to keep The X-Files“oiled and running” and to ensure that the bosses at Fox, from owner Rupert Murdoch downwards, were happy. Murdoch attended the screening of the pilot episode (“I’ve had very little contact with him, but the first thing he ever said to me was ‘I like your TV shows’”).

The stress factor was enormous. He was responsible for keeping the series “fresh” and delivering the ratings that Fox craved. The gratification came from knowing that massive audiences (30 million for one episode broadcast after the Super Bowl) were watching and enjoying his work. It is also a huge source of pride that  The X-Files was deemed worthy of spoofing on The Simpsons. He still has a signed photograph from the Simpsonscreator Matt Groening on his wall. “To make The Simpsons is to make the big time,” he declares, with surprising solemnity.

Carter seems a glutton for punishment. As he acknowledges, the old X-Files would demand his full commitment for 11-and-a-half months of the year. “It was as much work as you could possibly do. You worked from the moment you woke up until the moment you went to sleep. There was very little time even to stop to get a sense of how you were doing, or what you were doing.”

Why put himself through the grinder all over again? “The central reason is the esprit de corps. That is the reason to come back and do it again,” Carter says. “When you have a group of people working together, who all contribute to make it better, that is something. If you have never experienced it, that is somewhat miraculous. It is stepping into new shoes. That is not to say that the new shoes fit on arrival.”

In the years when The X-Files was off-screen, Carter would regularly read newspapers and spot stories that he felt were perfect material for the series. In the intervening years, he has developed various other dramas.

There was a show called Millennium, which was attacked by Scientologists who felt it was lampooning them, and last year a pilot for Amazon Studios called The After. To his disappointment, no series of The After was commissioned, in spite of the enthusiasm with which the pilot was greeted. The last outing  for Mulder and Scully was the feature film,  The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2008), which Carter directed. The critical response was muted and box-office receipts were disappointing, but Carter believes the new series can now once again capture the imaginations of a big, mainstream audience. If the new series is successful, there are likely to be further episodes.

The X-Files is celebrated as one of the first drama series of the internet age. Carter himself hasn’t embraced social media. “I do have an Instagram account, but that is for promotional reasons. I don’t communicate with anybody via social media otherwise,” he says. “It seems that people don’t value their privacy now, and I do value my privacy. I don’t know that anything I have to say [on social media] is all that interesting. I see its great value, but not for me personally.”

Carter is a tallish, good-looking, silver-haired Californian who used to edit a surfing magazine, but that doesn’t mean he is in the slightest bit relaxed. “I never thought of it as laid-back,” he says of the surfing subculture. “I was dealing with people who were the opposite of laid-back. These were, to use an Aussie expression, ‘aggro surfers’: people determined to change the surfing world.”

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When he worked for Surfing Magazine, the production schedule was almost an intense as the one he encountered later in television production. “It was where I learned about doing something serially,” he recalls.  No, Carter wasn’t an especially accomplished surfer himself but he has chased “some of  the best surf in the world”, and still speaks in awe of a wave he rode at Sunset Beach  in Hawaii. “I couldn’t believe that my feet  had touched the beach again. It felt death-defying at the time.”

At the time that Carter devised The X-Files, he stumbled across startling research from a Harvard scientist called John E Mack that revealed three per cent of the US population actually believed in alien abduction.

One guesses the figure would be far higher today, partly because of the series. Mack allowed him to sit in on “a regression hypnosis session” with an alien abductee, an experience he describes as powerful and disturbing.

Does he believe in aliens himself? More than 20 years on from the creation of The X-Files, Carter gives a typically balanced and equivocal answer, one that combines the scepticism of Gillian Anderson’s Scully with the fervent credulity of Duchovny’s Mulder.

“That ‘I Want To Believe’ poster states it so perfectly for me,” theX-Files guru muses. “I am looking for a paranormal experience. I am looking for a miracle, I am waiting for the supernatural. I am waiting to be confronted with something I can’t explain.”

The new series of ‘The X-Files’ will be broadcast early next year

AGE OF AQUARIUS BUILDS INTENSITY UNTIL EXPLOSIVE SEASON FINALE – SPOILER ALERT!!!

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THERE WAS A WITNESS…

by Walt Frasier

SPOILER ALERT!!!

If you have yet not finished watching NBC’s AQUARIUS on demand / online, you may want to avoid reading this post for now…

I was about to sit down and write my synopsis and mini reviews for each episode. I had planned on binge-watching this series long before now. Like some shows in the past on NETFLIX I was going to pull an all-nighter May 29. BUT due to moving and mini vacation I just finished watching episode 12 last night.

SO… I have to jump right in and over view full season and focus on last nights finale watch.

OMG!!!

I will admit the first few episodes I was not sure where this series was heading. I felt like I was watching the producer’s debate – do we do tradition network production? do we emulate Netflix? is this dark comedy or light drama? There was a lot going on…

And watching on NBC I think we all were still in the mind-set of a Network series.

But then I went into binge mode. Slower than originally anticipated. But still catching 2-3 episodes at a time. And doing so you start to see the larger picture.

This is 13-hour movie. While it still has elements of cliché network over-formatting, the Netflix style takes over by episode 4-ish. If you are watching weekly you are just getting into the sweet spot of this first season.

Even Netflix’s Daredevil felt a little slow the first couple hours. Then you start getting into the forward motion of the 13-hour plot. To the early reviews that just looked at hours 1-3, this is a police procedural with a period backdrop and Manson as a sort of glue.

But if you stick with it, this is a much larger work with numerous character starting to come alive. You can’t judge anyone character on the first few hours as we are just getting glimpses. And every time we see the characters again, we get deeper and deeper.

This show is a work of art that finds its voice by the 5th episode before it becomes that summer novel you can’t put down. By the finale you are begging for more…

OK I warned you – I have been babbling but the SPOILERS are coming in a major way…

LAST NIGHT gave Breaking Bad proportions of Jaw dropping to the floor.

“OMG! DID HE JUST….”

MANY of the intricate story lines find that end of the beginning narrow slit of an hour-glass that reveals a whole new world to explore on the other side…

My heart sinks when Walt (Chris Sheffieldgets arrested… And Sam Hodiak’s (David Duchovny) reaction stirs a deep sense of heart-break in us all… Did anyone else want to punch the reporter? David Duchovny again and again drags us past the fourth wall into the story with his emotional roller coaster ride… BY far his finest work is delivering a tour de force every week… True strength and vulnerability at the same time!

Horrified as Ken Karns (Brían F. O’Byrnereveals more of the past and his dark potential… GUN SHOT… My bet is on Ken (I have to favor major Broadway Actor everytime – lol)

I feel sadness and fear the worst for the girls as Charlie (Gethin Anthony) delivers (ROSE) Mary’s baby a still-born…

THEN our stomach turns as Sadie (Ambyr Childers) brings home replacement baby – to one up Emma (Emma Dumont) – and Charlie embraces the new potential future family member… Especially after we finally see Emma coming into her own with her Mom (Michaela McManus as Grace Karn) and Charlie.

BUT THEN my most edge of the seat moment, as Charmain (Claire Holt) reports back to Brian (Grey Damon) …. and then those bikes pull up behind… YOU JUST KNEW… I have been sensing the foreshadow all season… Charmain does not have the street experience to back up her zealousness… GAME OF THRONES MOMENT? maybe…

AND THEN… “THERE WAS A WITNESS” knew that was too easy…

SO… like so many other short season gems, we wait… AND NBC BETTER DELIVER…

I fear NBC will not let this one breathe. It has done better than many similar show BUT the numbers are light for a Network “success”. It lacks a lot of lowest common denominator network formulas like soap opera, cheesy commercial hang overs etc. While cleaner than HBO or Netflix, it is still gritty and needs time to find an audience.

I did not find Breaking Bad till season three. I have watched the whole series twice now. I watched 9 seasons of 24 last summer on Amazon. Found Scandal last fall. Someday I will go back and check out Dexter, The Sopranos etc, etc, etc.

NBC, let this one breathe and you will have created great content that will be discovered over and over again…

If you have not seen the show, go online or on demand now and check it out. In the next few days I will go back and recap the season episode by episode…

UNTIL 2016…

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AQUARIUS is a Sick TRIP Down Memory Lane! SPOILER ALERT Episode 1 and 2 Review and highlights

Just got finished watching two-part premiere. LOVE IT!!! SPOILER ALERT…
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED…I read a lot of reviews going into tonight. I had reservations. Everyone agreed that David Duchovny nailed his role as Sam Hodiak, but had many things to say about the over all effect of the show. I totally love the Charlie Manson plot lines so far. Director, Jonas Pate, wonderfully weaves twists in John McNamara’s teleplay.As alluded to by Eric Roberts’ tweet, the real star of this show may be the sound track. Any second now Martin Sheen may rise out of swampy water in Nam. I think the biggest issue with a lot of reviewers, they are comparing this to NETFLIX and cable shows simply because we will be able to binge tomorrow. Many aspects of the show scream NETWORK TV. The big 3 – NBC, CBS and ABC – tend to have a cleaner look. They like polish. That same polish ruins a lot of would-be great shows for me… Makes a lot of great scripts look like Soaps. You know, pretty people with perfect lighting..I would like to have seen a bit more of that EASY RIDER grit in a 1967 portrayal, but one has to admit, Aquarius is far more gritty than a typical network fare. You can’t expect DAREDEVIL on their first venture.https://youtu.be/kivs0aGU1dA

But you could say 1967 is still early in the Vietnam / Hippie conflict. It would be very cool if art direction of the show got slightly grittier as the show progresses – showing the end of innocence, peel back the layers and reveal the chaos of the times.

Aquarius: Season 1, Episode 1 Everybody’s Been Burned

The show kicks off showing us Charlie Manson (Gethin Anthony – Game of Thrones) seducing Emma Karn (Emma Dumont – Bun Heads). We get that Chucky is already a bit of a cult leader in the making, surrounded by his harem.

When we meet David Duchovny (I mean Sam Hodiak) he – Sam – is topless. OK-Trying to be objective but remember the name of this blog LOL. This moment is quickly interrupted by the call from Grace Karn (Michaela McManus – Awake, Vampire Diaries, Law & Order SVU), Grace’s daughter (Emma) is missing. She never came home after sneaking out the night before with Rick Donovan (Beau Mirchoff – Awkward).

Brian O’Byrne is creepy as Mr. Karn, Emma’s “father” (We do not know anything, BUT the look by Sam when Grace says”16 years old” is very telling). It’s great to see a Broadway Star on the small screen. It takes a great actor to play down the layered road this character is heading. Immediately, he clearly has a lot to hide. More clearly, he hates Hodiak. I WONDER WHY? Sam and Grace have a distinct chemistry that cannot be – and has not been – denied. (PS Brian – BREE-AN – update your IMDB character would you?)

Hey, its network tv! Soapy crap is going to be in there no matter how hard they try,  but the love triangle adds immediate tension.

CUT TO Undercover officer, Brian Shafe (Grey Damon – Star-Crossed, Secret Circle, Twisted and other teen teledramas including 90210 reboot).

Again – HEY IT’s a NETWORK MOMENT – Hodiak and Shafe would be a terrible name but these guys are borderline perfectly lined up for buddy cop dramedy. Dare I say there was more chemistry from the get go than a certain 1993 pilot (I am going to be in SO much trouble for that statement). Take all those characters, throw in the blender with sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll – have to go back and start 13-episode uncensored binge tomorrow with episode one for sure – and you get a very interestingly layered plot with a few twists immediately.

Aquarius: Season 1, Episode 2 The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game

OH BOY! Well, here’s the thing… This is a series, not a mini-series. It makes sense on the way to knocking around a snitch – trying to get to Charles Manson – that we get interrupted by a case of the week moment. We continue to see the Charles Manson story unravel as Hodiak and Shafe investigate a murder. It’s only 1967 so Manson’s goal is all about being famous. At this point he still thinks music is the route to his being knighted and crowned by the world. As he continues to work Mr. Karn, we see hints of lies and cover-ups. Things get very interesting when we see Manson go Renly Baratheon (in a less love driven way) on Mr. Karn. Emma is going to be so screwed up when she wakes up form her purple haze.Meanwhile we see Duchovny’s Hodiak blossom. He wakes up surprised to see his uniformed son. We meet the baby mama as he learns his son is AWOL. We see the struggle, knowing he may have to arrest Walt Hodiak (Chris Sheffield – Last Ship). Hodiak gets to take out his frustration on a few thugs. Finally he works a suspect into a confession.David Duchovny has often said the show is about the 60s using the Manson story and Cop drama as a vehicle to explore the time period. In the first hour we see the hippies – sex, drugs and R&R and protests with out of control cops. This episode we see the race tensions, especially as Hodiak arrests Nation of Islam representative, Bunchy (Gaius Charles – Grey’s Anatomy), just to corner his real suspect. This move does not sit well with Shafe, who we learn is in an interracial marriage.The show moves quickly and weaves many story lines that will eventually collide. For now it seems more like two separate stories loosely connected. But to compared to another loved series by this blog’s readers, we are simultaneously getting Mythology AND Monster of the Week episodes wrapped into one…

UNTIL NEXT WEEK…

OH WAIT… UNTIL TOMORROW… BINGE TIME!!!

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