MY STRUGGLE III X-Files Season 11 off to Controversial Fast Pace

MY STRUGGLE III X-Files Season 11

my struggle

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MY STRUGGLE III X-Files Season 11 off to Controversial Fast Pace

Walt Frasier @WALTFRASIER

So, best that I can tell, MY STRUGGLE 3 picks up right about at the beginning of MY STRUGGLE 2.

If you go back to the beginning of MS2, after the opening sequence, we see Scully looking for Mulder in his office, sits down at the desk and watches computer screen with TAD back on the air.

Now skip to post opening sequence of MS3. For a split second we see Scully in that same moment as we zoom into her eyes. Next moment Mulder and medical team is working with a past out comatose Scully.

My theory is that All of My Struggle 2 was a either a vision controlled by William, or somehow that beam of light form the ARV/UFO at the end of MS2 sent Dana’s consciousness back, in sense she actually lived those moments physically, not just in her mind. The journey back could be some alien tech that overwhelms the mind.

As much as I like the latter, I am convinced it is all William. Chris Carter said Episode ten will be WIlliam’s Struggle. MS1 was Mulder’s Struggle. MS2 Was Scully’s.

I want to call MS3 Walter Skinner’s Struggle, but Karl Gerhard Bush got the opening monologue.

Or perhaps, based on fan reaction last night, MS3 is Chris Carter’s struggle. 25 years later WHAT DO WE DO NOW!?!?!?!?!

I saw a lot of speculation that perhaps MS3 erases Babylon. The claim is Miller and Einstein did not recognize Scully. After watching the episode three times last night, I did not see evidence that they did not know Mulder and Scully. They did not seem overly close or concerned, true. But they only worked on one case together. They are coworkers that barely know each other. Pre-MS2  they have not had an overly dramatic moment to share. Einstein basically was appalled by Mulder as an agent, willing to take acid to discover “truth”. Miller was nothing more than a professional agent working with Scully. He has not been called into save Mulder yet. It is possible they are part of the conspiracy, which would explain how Miller actually found Mulder in MS2. This is a RED HERRING (As a fan of CLUE I use this line at every opportunity lol)

Of course, with Monster of the Week episodic format, there is no guarantee we are getting these episodes in chronological order to the canon. In fact MOTW often seems to have nothing to do with canon. Never mind the comedic episodes.

Continuity seems the least important issue to Chris Carter. Knowing this I watch with an open mind and stay in the moment – Out of sight out of mind. I assume I share this trait with Chris.

All that being said, My Struggle 3 was great. I loved it. I even loved NOT loving the twist. Even more I love the fan explosion on twitter and other platforms discussing the twist. We are all out there freaking out, but it is fun. Balanced with the proper consumption of adult beverages with sweet and salty snacks, last night was an event. An ALL DAY EVENT!

On twitter we all counted down the days, hours and minutes to show time. We live tweeted with millions of fans – I made at least 10 new friends online last night. We kept the party going for hours after. This was our NEW YEARS DAY celebration. But the worst part does not come close to a Mariah Carry EFF UP.

Last night is why I keep coming back, and keep going to comic cons – even though I hate comic cons I love all of you fan friends that have become family – and why I am going to Australia next month. I am 45 years old and this is 25 years of my life. The same 25 years I have known my wife. (Started dating 6 months before The X-Files first aired).

Star Wars owns the 5yo in me, but X-Files is my adulthood fantasy world. My dreams still prefer Superman – love to fly as I sleep. HOPE!

I have heard folks say I’M DONE for 17 years, but there are more of us than ever.

Last night, despite the twist that is freaking every one out (Which I called years ago with everyone always saying SHUT UP WALT every time I suggest the very thing – MSR is serious) was an amazing hour of X-Files. Amazing performances from all gave this a more ensemble cast feel. Mitch Pileggi, William Davis and Annabeth Gish may have had equal or more screen time to David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. All of the above seemed more present and intense.

The story commanded it; they surpassed expectations. TWITTER responded. Annabeth and Mitch fans went nuts last night. They looked great and

My initial reaction is similar to My Struggle 1. This is not the X-Files we grew up with. MS1 had almost too much alien stuff to see. MS3 was just a swift pace, as if Chris was forced to squeeze a double episode into one hour.

From the second we see Scully sitting at the desk to the time she is already in the hospital must be less than a minute.

A few seconds later we see Mulder in a car chase. Usually Mulder just looks through files as he inner monologues.

As Scully is trying to get back to work, Karl and Monica confront Skinner, but Skinner controls the day, as far as he thinks. Another great Skinner line will live in infamy – which is the perfect mirror for “Pucker up and kiss my ass”.

“Get your ass back in the car, I’m not finished,”

The fast cuts give the highest MTV editor whiplash.

We meet the new (to us) Syndicate, At one point Karl says, “My enemies are LEGION”. Legion of course has a lot of potential meaning – from X-Men series to famous hackers. LEGION sticks in my mind as something we should keep an eye on moving forward.

Of course, THIS IS CHRIS CARTER. What actually is real? What is a dream? What is altered state?

Too many X-Files fans don’t think like SciFi fans. Continuity is fluid in SciFi.

The second I heard about the multiverse episode in a few weeks, my mind jumps to DC Comics and MARVEL Entertainment. Over the past 80 years there have been many incarnations of the famous superheroes. Once labeled as GOLDEN AGE, SILVER AGE etc,, eventually the idea of a multiverse explained away EVERY continuity issue. Oh that was Superman from Earth 634. That’s why he can shoot lasers from his fingers and pull a rubberized body suit from his chest. DUH! (I hate the comic book snobs – we are geeks, get over ourselves, PLEASE)

I found the trick to really LOVING SciFi is to let go of your sense of reality. To understand SciFi is to understand the total possibility of this universe, and others.

Imagine a peasant from 1500s was ripped from her home in a European village and then dropped in 2018 Times Square. 1927 Metropolis does not come close to today’s reality.

In 2018 we have micro-processing, cell phones, nuclear power, new powerful lasers, and any day now about to get commercial/recreational space travel. X-Files has never been the place for new and original. I am pretty sure every episode has a root in some horrible movie only a few of us have seen during sleepless nights 20-30 years ago, the old Creature Features or MST 3000.

But we get those same old stories with David and Gillian and Mitch. We get the stories re-imagined with Glen, James, Darin, and others. And we have the master mind Chris Carter, the imperfect genius task master, that -for all our complaints – is the real reason we are all here today.

The X-Files is a better version of all those B movie ScFi and Horror Flicks. It has far surpassed all expectations. The fact we are getting more content 25 years later – with the talent we all love – is a miracle. A blessing I choose to embrace wholeheartedly.

 

 

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X-FILES SEASON ONE
Episode 22 Born Again
Originally Aired April 29, 1994
Written by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
Directed by Jerrold Freedman

WIKI – In Buffalo, New York, police detective Sharon Lazard finds a little girl, Michelle Bishop, alone in an alley. Lazard takes the seemingly lost girl into her precinct, and leaves her alone to be interviewed by another detective, Rudolph Barbala. However, moments later, Barbala is jettisoned through a window, falling to his death.

Lazard turns to Fox Mulder and Dana Scully for help. She tells them of Michelle’s claims that a man had attacked Barbala, even though she was the only person in the room when the detective was killed. The agents have Michelle describe the alleged attacker for a computerized facial composite; the computer seemingly glitches, displaying a face that Michelle identifies as the killer. The composite matches that of a Detective Charlie Morris — who died nine years previously in an apparent gangland hit. The agents speak to Michelle’s psychiatrist, Dr. Braun, who tells them that she habitually mutilated dolls in a uniform manner during their sessions together, removing the same eye and arm each time; Mulder realizes that these mutilations match the circumstances of Morris’ death.

The agents interview Barbala’s partner, Tony Fiore, who attributes Morris’ death to a triad gang they had been investigating together. Later that day, Fiore meets with a Leon Felder, and the two discuss claiming a large sum of money from a safety deposit box, but agree that they haven’t waited the ten years they had intended to, ominously discussing that they are the last two claimants left. That night, Felder gets off a bus, but his scarf catches in the door as it drives off. The driver tries to brake, but the bus inexplicably continues to accelerate, strangling Felder as Michelle watches from inside the bus.

Investigating further, Mulder and Scully learn that Fiore, Barbala, Felder and Morris had all worked closely together in the past. They also find that Fiore’s wife Anita keeps a collection of origami animals made by her first husband—Charlie Morris. Anita tells the agents that Fiore hasn’t returned home from the previous night; meanwhile, the agents find that pages are missing from the file on Morris’ murder, and Fiore was the last one to have checked the file out.

Michelle undergoes a session of regression hypnosis, where she claims to be twenty-four years old. She suddenly starts screaming in panic about someone trying to kill her, and the session is ended. Mulder reviews the video of the session, and is convinced that the girl is the reincarnation of Morris, having been conceived right around the time the detective was murdered. The tape contains a brief section of static noise just before Michelle begins screaming, which Mulder has an expert clean up. The noise is found to contain a grainy image of what appears to be a fish tank ornament of a man in an atmospheric diving suit. Meanwhile, Scully has tracked down Morris’ autopsy findings, which show the presence of salt water in his respiratory tract, indicating he died of drowning. The agents realise from these findings that Morris was drowned in the exotic fish tank in Fiore’s house.

Rushing to Fiore’s house, Mulder and Scully find Michelle using telekinetic powers to try to kill Fiore. They prevent her from doing so, and Fiore confesses that he, Felder and Barbala had stolen a large sum of money, intending to keep it safe for ten years before claiming it. Morris learned of their plan and threatened to report them for it, and was killed to silence him. However, Fiore maintains that he never wanted to see Morris dead. Michelle uses her powers to destroy the fish-tank, but spares Fiore after hearing pleas from Anita. Later, Fiore pleads guilty to charges of murder and grand larceny, whilst Michelle seemingly recovers and goes on to become a normal little girl.

Guest actors

Episode 23 Roland
Originally Aired May 6, 1994
Written by Chris Ruppenthal
Directed by David Nutter

WIKI –

At a research lab in Colson, Washington, intellectually disabled janitor Roland Fuller is scolded by scientist Dr. Keats for forgetting how to use the facility’s keycard locks. Keats walks in on his colleagues, Frank Nollette and Ronald Surnow, as they argue over a prototype jet engine they are developing. Nollette wants to push testing of the engine to break mach 15, but Surnow is unwilling to risk damaging the prototype. After Keats and Nollette angrily leave, Surnow enters the facility’s wind tunnel to make adjustments. However, Roland activates the tunnel’s turbines, sending Surnow flying to his death.

Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are brought in to investigate Surnow’s death. Scully notes that another member of the research team, Arthur Grable, had mysteriously died several months earlier, and believes it to be a case of industrial espionage. Mulder examines the handwriting on the team’s whiteboard and concludes that it has been written by at least four different people, leading him to suspect that a fourth individual was present. Keats and Nollette both inform the agents that Roland Fuller was the only one left in the facility at the time of Surnow’s death, but do not believe him to be capable of murder.

Nevertheless, Mulder and Scully visit the care home where Roland lives. When they gently ask him about the night of the murder, he tells them he had not seen anything out of the ordinary. He also inadvertently reveals his mathematical prowess by rapidly counting the star designs visible on Scully’s blouse; however, his handwriting does not match the fourth sample taken from the whiteboard. The discussion ends when Roland experiences a violent vision and has what seems to be a fit. Later that night, Roland has another vision in which he sees someone killing Keats. He appears at the lab and murders Keats by submerging his head in a tank of liquid nitrogen. Keats’ frozen body is left to shatter as Roland begins typing at one of the computers.

The next day, the agents notice that the computer had been used for five hours after Keats’ death. Attempting to open the file that was being worked on, Mulder realizes that the number Roland had written on an art project the previous day is the computer’s password. The file turns out to be the work of Arthur Grable, a scientist who had supposedly died several months earlier, and has been worked on constantly since his death.

Looking into Grable’s death, the agents find that it was he who had hired Roland. They begin to think that Grable faked his death and is killing his former colleagues, using Roland as a patsy. Grable’s body was never brought to the morgue, nor was a funeral ever held. However, Nollette brings the agents to a neuropreservation facility where Grable’s remains are being stored. When a photo of Grable is found, the agents discover that he is Roland’s identical twin brother. Speaking to Roland again, Mulder becomes convinced that the janitor is being periodically controlled by Grable.

Meanwhile, Nollette sneaks into the cryogenic facility and tampers with Grable’s storage unit, thawing his remains. Roland returns to the lab and is in the process of pushing the prototype engine to mach 15 when Nollette enters. Nollette admits to stealing Grable’s work and prepares to shoot Roland, but is distracted by some equations. Roland strikes him with a computer keyboard and drags him into the wind tunnel. The agents arrive in time to convince Roland not to kill Nollette. At the same time, the rising temperatures in the storage unit kill Grable. Roland is removed from the care home, to be taken to a psychiatric institute for testing. However, as he leaves he stops to comb his hair in a style reminiscent of his brother, raising the question of whether he is actually free of Grable’s control.

 

Guest actors
  • Ĺ˝eljko Ivanek as Roland Fuller / Dr. Arthur Grable
  • James Sloyan as Dr. Frank Nollette
  • Kerry Sandomirsky as Tracy
  • Micole Mercurio as Mrs. Stodie
  • Garry Davey as Dr. Keats
  • Matthew Walker as Dr. Ronald Surnow
  • Dave Hurtubise as Mr. Barrington
  • Sue Matthew as Lisa Dole

 

Episode 24 Erlenmeyer Flask
Originally Aired May 13, 1994
Written by Chris Carter
Directed by R W Goodwin

WIKI –

In Ardis, Maryland, a high-speed police chase unfolds at a waterfront. The driver of the car, Dr. William Secare, is cornered by officers but fights them off with surprising ease. Secare is shot as he runs up a gangplank and leaps off a ship into the water. The police fail to locate him but discover that his blood is green.

Soon afterwards, Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin) approaches Fox Mulderwith Secare’s case, saying he is of major importance to revealing the truth. When investigating the case, Mulder andDana Scully visit Dr. Terrance Berube (Ken Kramer), a scientist working in Gaithersburg, Maryland whose car was being driven by Secare. That night, Deep Throat meets a second time with Mulder and insists he continue, despite Mulder’s uncertainty on what he should be looking for. That night, Berube is confronted by the “Crew Cut Man” (Lindsey Ginter), who kills him and makes the death look like a suicide.

While investigating the crime scene, Mulder finds an erlenmeyer flask labeled “Purity Control.” Scully takes the flask toGeorgetown University, where Dr. Anne Carpenter (Anne De Salvo) helps her analyze its contents. Meanwhile, Mulder heads to Berube’s home and finds keys for a storage facility. Secare calls Berube’s home office and Mulder answers, pretending to be Berube. Secare tells who he believes to be Berube that he’s been underwater for three days, and is hurt. Meanwhile, the Crew Cut Man eavesdrops on the conversation. Secare collapses due to blood loss before he can tell Mulder where he is. While he is driven away in an ambulance, a poisonous gas emits from Secare’s body when the paramedics perform a needle decompression. Secare recovers and flees from the ambulance.

Mulder arrives at the storage facility and finds five men suspended in tanks, as well as a sixth empty tank. Mulder is pursued when he leaves the facility but escapes. Carpenter reveals that the “Purity Control” flask contains a sample of bacteria that doesn’t exist anywhere in nature and can only be described as extraterrestrial. Upon revisiting the storage facility the next day with Scully, Mulder discovers the room to be completely empty. Deep Throat arrives, revealing that Berube was experimenting on humans with extraterrestrial viruses. Six terminally ill volunteers were experimented on, and all had begun recovering. When it was ordered that they be destroyed, Berube helped Secare escape.

Scully learns that Carpenter and her entire family have been killed in an automobile accident. Mulder returns to Berube’s home and finds Secare, who is killed by the Crew Cut Man. Mulder passes out from exposure to the gas escaping from Secare’s wound and is captured. Deep Throat meets Scully outside of Mulder’s apartment and says that he may be able to make a deal with Mulder’s captors. He gives Scully the credentials necessary to enter the High Containment Facility at Fort Marlene, where Scully finds an alien fetus contained within liquid nitrogen. At an exchange on a freeway overpass, Deep Throat presents the fetus to the Crew Cut Man, who shoots him seconds later. Mulder is thrown out of the Crew Cut Man’s van as he drives off. Scully tends to Deep Throat, whose last wordsbefore dying are, “Trust no one”.

Several weeks later, a despondent Mulder calls Scully to inform her that the X-Files have been shut down. Meanwhile, in a scene mirroring the conclusion to the pilot, the Smoking Man stores the alien fetus in the massive evidence room within the Pentagon.

Guest actors

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The mid season one episodes are full of amazing writing, directing and acting from some major talents. While none of the first nine were misses, not all were hits for me. But Episodes 10-15 are just PRICELESS and FLAWLESS (Except MAYBE for that brief Mulder whatever moment at end of Lazarus WTF? lol)

Season 1 Episode 13
“Beyond The Sea”
Original Aired January 7, 1994
Directed by David Nutter
Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong

Wiki – A death row inmate named Luther Lee Boggs claims that he is psychic and can lead Mulder to a serial killer in exchange for a lesser sentence of life in prison. The agents’ roles are reversed in this episode, with Mulder doubting Boggs’s claim and Scully believing him after she is told that she can communicate through him with her recently deceased father. Guest starring Brad Dourif, Don S. Davis and Sheila Larken.

Guest actors

IMDB – Scully believes that the pyschic predictions of a death row inmate are the only hope in apprehending a vicious murderer.

Season 1 Episode 14
“Gender Bender”
Original Aired January 21
Directed by Rob Bowman
Written by Larry Barber

Wiki – A series of identical sexual murders, where the killer appears to be both male and female, draw Mulder and Scully to an Amish-type community of people who may be of alien origin, leading to the discovery of a man who can change sex. Guest starring Nicholas Lea.

Guest actors
  • Brent Hinkley as Brother Andrew – TIC TAC guy from Seinfeld
  • Michele Goodger as Sister Abigail
  • Peter Stebbings as Marty (male)
  • Kate Twa as Marty (female)
  • Nicholas Lea as Michel (COMING SOON as Alex Krycek)
  • Mitchell Kosterman as Detective Horton
  • Paul Batten as Brother Wilson[1]

IMDB – A religious sect member capable of changing gender becomes the prime suspect in a murder spree.

Season 1 Episode 15
“Lazarus”
Original Aired February 4, 1994
Directed by David Nutter
Written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon

Wiki – When FBI Agent Jack Willis and bank robber Warren Dupre are both shot at the same time during a robbery attempt, Dupre dies and Willis is resuscitated. When Willis rushes out of the hospital and begins acting strangely, Mulder concludes that Dupre’s consciousness has been transferred to Willis’ body. Guest starring Cec Verrell and Christopher Allport.

Guest actors
  • Cec Verrell as Lula Phillips
  • Christopher Allport as Agent Jack Willis
  • Jason Schombing as Warren Dupre
  • Jackson Davies as Agent Bruskin
  • Callum Keith Rennie as Tommy – ALSO From Californication (ASHBY, The Rock Producer) and X-FILES IWTB (BAD GUY Dr Frankenstein type, maybe more IGOR)
  • Jay Brazeau as Prof. Varnes
  • Lisa Bunting as Doctor #1
  • Peter Kelamis as O’Dell
  • Brenda Crichlow as Reporter
  • Mark Saunders as Doctor #2
  • Alexander Boynton as Clean Cut Man
  • Russell Hamilton as Officer Daniels

IMDB – The consciousness of a dangerous criminal possesses an FBI agent who is also Scully’s ex-boyfriend.

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Season 1 Episode 10
“Fallen Angel”
Originally Aired November 19, 1993
Directed by Larry Shaw
Written by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa

WIKI – Mulder puts the future of the X-Files in jeopardy when he heads to a UFO crash site being rapidly covered up by the military. He is arrested and while in jail he meets Max Fenig (Scott Bellis), a UFO nut whose NICAP group has followed Mulder’s work on the X-Files. When Mulder is released, Scully urges him to return to Washington to face his superiors and try to save his job, but Mulder finds out that Fenig is more than meets the eye and ignores Scully to try to save him instead. Guest starring Marshall Bell and Frederick Coffin.

Guest actors

IMDB – The future of the X-Files project is jeopardized after Mulder secretly infiltrates the government cover-up of a UFO crash.

Season 1 Episode 11
“Eve”
Originally Aired December 10, 1993
Directed by Fred Gerber
Written by Kenneth Biller and Chris Brancato

WIKI – When two fathers on opposite sides of the country are inexplicably murdered at exactly the same time in exactly the same way, Mulder and Scully find that their eight-year-old daughters are perfect twins (Erika and Sabrina Krievins) and were created in order to continue The Litchfield Experiment, a eugenics project of the 1950s which produced cloned boys named Adam and girls named Eve who have heightened strength and intelligence, but are prone to psychotic behavior. Guest starring Harriet Sansom Harris.

Guest actors
  • Harriet Sansom Harris as Dr. Sally Kendrick/Eve 7, Eve 6, Eve 8
  • Jerry Hardin as Deep Throat
  • Erika Krievins as Cindy Reardon/Eve 10
  • Sabrina Krievins as Teena Simmons/Eve 9
  • George Touliatos as Dr. Katz
  • Tasha Simms as Ellen Reardon
  • Janet Hodgkinson as Waitress
  • David Kirby as Ted Watkins
  • Tina Gilbertson as Donna Watkins
  • Christine Upright-Letain as Miss Wells
  • Gordon Tipple as Detective
  • Garry Davey as Mr. Hunter
  • Joe Maffei as Guard # 1
  • Maria Herrera as Guard # 2
  • Robert Lewis as Officer

IMDB – Mulder and Scully search for two missing girls who disappeared after their fathers were murdered in an identical fashion.

Season 1 Episode 12
“Fire”
Originally Aired December 17, 1993
Directed by Larry Shaw
Written by Chris Carter

WIKI – Mulder investigates the deaths of British dignitaries at the behest of an old Oxford girlfriend. Cecil L’Ively is a pyrokinetic, and he wants Sir Malcolm Marsden’s wife. Cecil attempts to kill Marsden, with his ability to make fire come out of his hands, but Mulder stops him. Guest starring Mark Sheppard and Amanda Pays.

Guest actors

IMDB – Mulder and Scully join forces with an inspector from Scotland Yard when a man with pyrokinetic powers stalks members of the British aristocracy.

FUNNY VINE from LAZARUS Season 1 EP 15 Mulder has all the answers LMAO

Another genius script or edit FUBAR – Scully is in dire need of comforting, Mulder blows her off and walks away… he does come back but reluctantly LOL This is Chris saying all that touch feely stuff in the pilot and ICE meant.

Just partners taking care of each other, right? Not this time!

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Season 1 Episode 7
GHOST IN THE MACHINE
Originally Aired: October 29, 1993
Directed by: Jerrold Freeman
Written by: Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon

WIKI – “Ghost in the Machine” is the seventh episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It was broadcast by the Fox Broadcasting Company on October 29, 1993. “Ghost in the Machine” was written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon and directed by Jerrold Freedman. The episode featured guest appearances by Wayne Duvall and Rob LaBelle, and saw Jerry Hardin reprise his role asDeep Throat for the first time since the character’s introduction. The episode is a“Monster-of-the-Week” story, unconnected to the series’ wider mythology. “Ghost in the Machine” earned a Nielsen household rating of 5.9, being watched by 5.6 million households in its initial broadcast, and received mixed reviews from critics.

The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully(Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. In this episode, Mulder is asked by his old partner from the Behavioral Analysis Unit to aid an investigation into a murder at a software company. Soon, he and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) uncover a malevolent artificial intelligence which has started killing to protect itself.

Writers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have admitted they were “not computer literate”, and felt this was a detriment to their writing. The scenes set at the software company Eurisko were filmed in Burnaby‘s Metrotower complex, a building used by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The location was barely big enough for the actors to perform in after the crew had finished setting up the necessary equipment. The X-Files team would once again face a malevolent AI in the William Gibson-penned fifth season episode “Kill Switch“.

Guest actors

IMDB – On Halloween, Mulder and Scully investigate the death of a corporate executive who may have been murdered by a thinking computer.

MORE from DUCHOVNIACS by Walt Frasier – You can tell when a show is older than IMDB and someone barely did enough to say these older shows represented. In the context of this is 1993, not a horrible AI episode. So much changes in the next year. In just about 5-6 weeks, Mulder finally gets a cell phone. But considering this is 9 years after Terminator and dozens of other computer/robot movies and /or TV shows, the portrayal of the computer seems more 1970s, as if Wonder Woman may just swing in to save the day.

Season 1 Episode 8
ICE
Originally Aired: November 5, 1993
Directed by: David Nutter
Written by: Glen Morgan and James Wong

WIKI – “Ice” is the eighth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files, which premiered on the Fox network on November 5, 1993. It was directed by David Nutter and written by Glen Morgan and James Wong. The debut broadcast of “Ice” was watched by 10.0 million viewers in 6.2 million households and received positive reviews from critics, who praised its tense atmosphere.

FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate the deaths of an Alaskan research team. Isolated and alone, the agents and their accompanying team discover the existence of extraterrestrial parasitic organisms that drive their hosts into impulsive fits of rage.

The episode was inspired by an article in Science News about an excavation in Greenland. Series creator Chris Carter has named the 1938 novella Who Goes There?, by John W. Campbell, as an additional inspiration for the storyline. “Ice” exceeded its production budget despite being conceived as an episode that would save money by being shot in a single location.

Guest actors

IMDB – Mulder, Scully and 3 scientists travel to the arctic to investigate what happened to the previous team of scientists sent there, and discover what they believe is a new life-form that makes its host want to kill other people.

MORE from DUCHOVNIACS by Walt Frasier – One of the best MOTW writing teams, Morgan and Wong deliver again. Clearly fans of the 1950s horror movies, this is a dead ringer for THE THING. Or as I tweeted, X Files’s ICE is to THE THING as Nicole Kidman and Danial Craig’s THE INVASION is to the BODY SNATCHERS in that big monsters and pods are replaced by parasitic worms and viruses.

Season 1 Episode 9
SPACE
Originally Aired: November 12, 1993
Directed by: William Graham
Written by: Chris Carter

WIKI –  “Space” is the ninth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on November 12, 1993. It was written by series creator Chris Carter, directed by William Graham, and featured guest appearances by Ed Lauter and Susanna Thompson. The episode is a “Monster-of-the-Week” story, unconnected to the series’ wider mythology. “Space” earned a Nielsen household rating of 6.5, being watched by 6.1 million households in its initial broadcast, and received negative reviews from critics.

The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully(Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. When investigating possible sabotage in NASA’s shuttle program, Mulder and Scully find that an astronaut who had been Mulder’s childhood hero may be possessed by an extraterrestrial spirit.

Series creator Chris Carter was inspired to write “Space” after reading about news of the “face on Mars”—an instance of pareidolia wherein a mound in the Cydonia region of Mars was taken to resemble a human face. The episode was conceived as a low-budget bottle episode, due to several earlier episodes having exceeded their budgets. Although the episode made use of a significant amount of inexpensive stock footage from NASA, the construction of the command center set was subject to cost overruns, eventually leading the episode to become the most expensive of the first season.

Guest actors
  • Ed Lauter as Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Aurelius Belt
  • Susanna Thompson as Michelle Generoo
  • Tom McBeath as Scientist
  • Terry David Mulligan as Mission Controller No. 1
  • French Tickner as Preacher
  • Norma Wick as Reporter
  • Alf Humphreys as Mission Controller No. 2
  • David Cameron as Young Scientist
  • Tyronne L’Hirondelle as Databank Scientist
  • Paul DesRoches as Paramedic

IMDB – When a space shuttle mission is sabotaged, Mulder suspects it may be the work an alien spirit that inhabits the body of a former Gemini astronaut.

MORE from DUCHOVNIACS by Walt Frasier – As a true fan of X-Files and NASA, I so want this episode to be better. Maybe they learned from this episode by making the next major ALIEN invisible. I think Chris Carter is a creative genius regarding story and concept, but not always an ace with dialogue. But turning out 20+ episodes every year limits your number of rewrites. I think the new 6 ep season arc is genius and will fix these type issues.

I was fairly young when watching the Space Shuttle Challenger launch at school. I was shaken when it blew up on our televisions. Last year I visited the ENTERPRISE at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York. It was the 70th Anniversary of D Day. That fact hit me as I was reading a plaque for a WW2 plane. I got very emotional. But it was the shuttle that brings back so many childhood memories. Just a couple weeks ago I stared for hours at the clear night sky when on vacation in the Outerbanks, NC. Not like I could go swimming with all those sharks in the water.

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