SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

FIRST OF ALL I’m a bit emotional this morning after hosting such an amazing event last night. Thank you to all that came out and joined us as we hosted Mitch Pileggi and raised over $1000 for NO KID HUNGRY. Mitch is amazing on screen and in person in every thing he does and did more than anyone would expect to make every single guest feel warm and welcome. I will have an entire post for that. I had intended to write that this morning but I’m having a moment…

SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

SO I perhaps play coy with MSR but judging the happy tears as I hear “Kissing Close” I suppose I am officially a shipper.

Or perhaps I’m just back in that place I always go when my favorites projects of my youth come back to tease us and reward us for our loyalty over the years.

I have similar feelings for Star Wars and Justice League movies coming out in the next few months, but at some point The X-Files, the go-to show of my 20s, surpassed the childhood loves, winning  first place in my heart.

I am sure this has something to do with getting to know David and now Mitch, and freaking out Gillian in Chicago. It also perhaps something to do that so many of the shows I watch these days exist at the creative hands of X-Files Alumni, Homeland, 24, Supernatural, Breaking Bad & Saul, Man in the High Castle and Medici… and now I find out LORE is a Glen Morgan Project.  The scope of the project extends far passed its core presence.

So waking up this morning I finally saw the trailer everyone was talking about last night. With a passionate hate for NYCC (bless all of you that dealt with that line yesterday, but my fat ass is done with that) I missed the panel. As I type this blog I am listening to the panel via youtube and every few seconds that welping tears of joy emotional response is stirs. HANUKKAH GELT – Good one David…. (He just said that in this moment as I type – can this be anymore stream of consciousness. And this is why I love David’s books. YADA YADA YADA ah the 1990s…)

I’M SHOOK AF

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I am blown away by this trailer. There are so many little gems that tug at the X-Files FanDome heart strings. Even the graphic of FOX becoming X got me. I’m an emotional wreck.

Is Scully going to die?

Is Skinner going to the dark side?

Are the Lone Gun Men alive or did they just upload their consciousness to the dark web?

Is Mad Men era CSM offering alien dinner before lighting up a cigarette?

SO MANY QUESTIONS… I think we need Special Agent CLIFF HANGER for this one (Another good one David. He cracks me up. See you in Vancouver in  about 135 hours)

And thank you Chris Carter for heading my cries for MORE SKINNER. That looks promising.

My only fear, except another gem from Darin Morgan, is that this is all just Eps 1 and 10 and in between anything goes. I don’t think I can handle another Babylon.

But clearly that one hiccup did not change my resolve and dedication to the cause.

See you in 2018!

And coming soon my evening with Mitch Pileggi…

Mitch Pilggie

X-Files Podcast Season 10 Recap and Episode Reviews

X-Files Podcast Season 10 Recap and Episode Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

X-Files Podcast Season 10 Recap and Episode Reviews

X-Files Podcast

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X-FILES 5 things FOX and Chris Carter needs to successfully deliver Season 11

We want Season 11. WE DO! But we need to clear the air. I had a blast the past six weeks. Even Babylon had many entertaining moments – unfortunately mixed with too many WTF moments.

As a fan of the X-Files and as an observer of the frenzy online with the fans and media. X-Files in many ways is the Trump / Bernie Sanders of TV in 2016. The buzz is HUGE, making America Great again, but at the same time no other show is more polarizing.

It’s 2016, NOT 1993. The world has changed. TV has changed.  Media viewing has changed. A few more things need to change if X-Files is going to be successful moving forward…

Listen to our PODCAST about My Struggle II and Season 10 recap.

 

X-FILES 5 things FOX and Chris Carter need to successfully deliver Season 11

by Walt Frasier @waltfrasier

  1. X-FILES

    My Struggle 2

    IT’S 2016 NOT 1993
    Adopt a 2016-friendly 6-episode season arc. Every episode drives to a season finale resolution. You can still have a cliff hanger alluding to future problems. But there is a pay off for tuning in every week. You only have 6 hours to fill. No need to fill it with fluff. Especially following the Season 10 cliff hanger. You now have a possible post apocalyptic X-Files world with 80-90 percent of the population in decimation. X-Files does not need to become The Walking Dead, Falling Skies or even Independence Day. We may lose the Monster of the Week format, but not necessarily. Supernatural successfully delivers the X-Files mold after 11 Seasons. Sam and Dean are not always together but they always come back together. Each season has an overall plot arc. They hunt and part of their hunting is tackling the big Monster of the Season. Like Scully said, “I need to work!” Mulder & Scully can still deal with weekly problems while the season’s focus is in the back ground. Look at all the great short season content on cable and online. Great writing, directing and acting are being short changed old by 1993 tricks.

  2. Muslims

    Are those extras bearded WHITE guys as Muslim terrorists. So 1950s Cowboy and Indian movie-like.

    IT’S 2016 NOT 1993
    Treat ethnic characters, and the racists that hate them for all the wrong reasons, as real people. Terrorists are real people. In 2016, TV is more sophisticated, as is the audience. We expect more. We demand more. The only thing more two-dimensional than the Muslims in Babylon, are the toothless rednecks calling them “brownies.” Babylon wasted a lot of time on Mulder – Scully moments – as well as Miller-Einstein, Miller – Scully, Mulder-Einstein. I guess it makes sense My Struggle 2 was all about Scully – Einstein and a little Mulder-Miller. But there was plenty of time to investigate the greater community of Muslims. Instead of being great television, the episode seemed more like a commercial for Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim and Anti-Immigrant policies. Babylon should have been 2 separate episodes. Or simply remove the gimmick of Mulder & Scully’s younger doppelgangers – which landed SO FLAT – and deal with the problem at hand. Chris Carter truly missed the mark and a great chance at creating amazing TV.

  3. Mitch Pileggi

    Mitch and Me

    MORE MITCH PILEGGI.
    You have Walter Skinner in the opening credits. WHY? Skinner should have been the one to save Mulder from CSM. The only moment we (many of us) liked about 2008 movie was the Skinner-saving-Mulder moment. The way you used him in season 10, more like your bitch. Many of us Duchovniacs are also Mitch’s Bitches. Pileggi is nobody’s bitch!

  4. David Duchovny

    David and Me

    LEAVE MULDER & SCULLY ALONE!!!
    I don’t care if the are a couple or not. They clearly care for each other, and the reason they are not together as a couple this very moment is the only believable plot device of Season 10. I don’t even mind when you split them up in an episode because one is dying and the other has go find the cure. But if you lose David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the series focus, you will once again lose all of us that flaked off in Season 8 & 9. MULDER & SCULLY – as portrayed by David & Gillian are the heart and soul of this series. NO DUKES OF HAZARD moves Miller and Einstein.

  5. Chris Carter

    Chris and Me

    CHRIS CARTER NEEDS TO NEVER DIRECT OR WRITE ALONE AGAIN.
    I am sorry. I love Chris Carter. I met Chris(t) Carter in LA. I get Chris Carter. Chris Carter is the reason X-Files exists, and Chris Carter the greatest reason when X-Files fails. He is the George Lucas of our fandom- a genius visionary that should NEVER be allowed to direct his own scripts, or let any director see his scripts.
    FOX needs to pull a Disney, the way Disney bought out Lucas Films and Delivered a powerhouse in Force Awakens – not perfect but fewer flaws. Don’t replace Mulder and Scully. Replace Chris Carter with the other X-files writers that contributed to some of the best episodes – Darin Morgan, Vince Gilligan, Frank Spotnitz, Howard Gordon, James Wong, Glen Morgan…David Duchovny. Let Chris Executive Produce. Chris can even story board. But then let someone else deliver the actual words and direct. Time for the Master to learn from his apprentices that now are the masters of the shorter season.

I do not post above photos to brag. I post to show how personal this experience is. Not just for me but for millions of fans who – in one way or another – define themselves as X-Files Fans. It is more than entertainment. It is more than a distraction from work and life’s hardships. We love these characters. We love what X-Files can and should be. We are still here. There were some great moments the past six weeks. The past year has been a surreal roller coaster. But in many ways Season 10 was Chris Carter’s Phantom Menace. He knows the world he created but perhaps is not the best voice to translate his vision to us, the die-hard, paying public that demands more.

Here is a video we made last April when we first learned the news of the revival

And.. let’s not forget this parody of Chris Carter writing the actual revival

 

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

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

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

Recap and Review by Walt Frasier @waltfrasier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Werewolf was my patient on Monday” Doc.

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

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

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

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

Guy explains his confrontation with the trans-gendered professional.

“She hit like a man” Guy

“Because she used to be a…” Mulder

“I’ll do the surgery” Guy

“They cut off your genitals” Mulder

“That’s a but too far…” Guy

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

“Why, there is no external logic” Guy

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

Mulder drinks away the moment.

“Let’s Kick It In The Ass”

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

Will the puppy survive the season?

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

“I did not know reptile hibernated” Mulder

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

Mulder seems content seeing the actual transformation.

“I’m glad to have met you” Guy

“Likewise” Mulder.

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

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

 

 

 

 

X-Files: Founder’s Mutation Recap and Review

X-Files: Founders Mutation Recap and Review

Overview and Review by WALT FRASIER @WALTFRASIER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WE ARE SO BACK!!!!

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

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SCULLY BACK STUDYING POST MORDEM

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

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

X-Files: Founders Mutation

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW

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

SKINNER’S OFFICE

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

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

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

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

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE, SCULLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

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

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

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

Two things

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

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

OH YEAH AND THIS HAPPENED

 


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

Stay tuned for a Duchovniacs PODCAST on the subject.

MORE FROM WIKI…

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

 

X-FILES: BELIEVE Have you seen the new trailer? I LOVE IT!!!

 

CLICK HERE to see our wrap up of the January 12 X-Files Premiere Party

Merry X-Files: “My Struggle” My Review – Do not open till January 25th

X-FILES: BELIEVE

Watch/Share the All-New Trailer for THE X-FILES

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Qi_9YuMynW0

X-FILES: BELIEVE

 

Two-Night Season Premiere of THE X-FILES:

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

immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME;

Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)

 

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OFFICIAL “THE X-FILES” TWITTER: @thexfiles

OFFICIAL “THE X-FILES” INSTAGRAM:@thexfilesFOX

JOIN THE DISCUSSION: #TheXFiles

Thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES is a thrilling, six-episode event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI ASST. DIR. WALTER SKINNER, Mulder and Scully’s boss, who walks a fine line between loyalty to these investigators and accountability to his superiors. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The upcoming event series will encompass a mixture of stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.

Merry X-Files: “My Struggle” My Review – Do not open till January 25th

Merry X-Files

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

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

Oh, did I say movie?

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

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

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X-FILES “MY STRUGGLE” MY REVIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
Død Kalm

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
Humbug

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
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