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

MY STRUGGLE III X-Files Season 11

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SPOILER ALERT: If you have not watched the episode TURN AWAY NOW!!!

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.

 

 

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

 

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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
Guest actors

Aquarius Episode 2 in Review – SPOILER ALERT

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OK So I watched this a couple times now. I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!

So to anyone that says THIS SHOW IS FLUFFY after the pilot… I offer you the first 3 minutes of Episode 2 (First two episode listed online as 1 double pilot)

Hodiak sneaks in to ex-wife’s pad to find Walt. He is surprised by his partner EX-PARTNER? – sleeping with his wife.

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“HANDS HIGH JERK OFF!” declares Culter (Chance Kelly)

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Ex Partner and Ex Wife together for “FIVE MONTHS”

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“WE GOOD?”

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“Did he ever tell you about the time he hit me? … Wife beater. That’s your partner that’s too good for you” retorts exwife (Jodi Harris as Opal)

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CUT TO…

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THEN….

“I only came for the money” Ken
” You’re both here” Charlie

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….at this point we are just 4:11 into online steam of episode… BALLS DEEP!!!

“You want to be somebody else so bad why not be me… but give me that $1000 first” Charlie

Then Emma sees her dad peel off away form hippie gang bang…

ALL THIS before the first commercial break.

We dive deeper into the world of 1967… Politics, Drugs, Racism, Female cops relegated to making coffee and frisking female perps… OH and Sam (David Duchovny) in Tank top strumming guitar for all the Duchovniacs of the world…

The diner owner/cook that Shafe and Hodiak shook down last episode is now dead. Cutler thinks he found his man – Mike the snitch (Jason Ralph).

Brian (Grey Damon) and Charmain (Claire Holt) go find Charlie (Gethin Anthony) and Emma (Emma Dumont). But when Hodiak and Grace (Michaela McManus) return later Charlie’s family is off recording an album.

Clair Holt howls like a Werewolf from Originals LOL… Charlie approves… I suppose all trips are the same…

Powerful moment when Charmain basically says she wants to be a real cop – not a coffee maker for the guys. She shows she is willing to do what it takes…

“I’m serious about being a cop. Being a great cop – as serious as you are… OK?”

Tensions rise between Sam and Opal as they deal with Walt’s disappearance and AWOL status. Cutter’s information is of little comfort.

The episode ends with an emotional heart strings tug as Charlie plays recording, with Emma’s voice distinctly heard by Ken and Grace…

OVERALL?

Aquarius has great drama, light comedy and tons of funny quotes good enough for a Scorsese marathon.

“You talking to me?” TAXI DRIVER

“Am I a clown to you?” GOODFELLAS

“What are you going to do with that thing, pistol whip a midget?” AQUARIUS

CAN’t WAIT FOR MORE….

 

FROM IMDB

Never Say Never to Always

S1, Ep3
4 Jun. 2015

Never Say Never to Always

Shafe’s snitch, Mike, becomes the prime suspect when a drug dealer is murdered.
FULL EPISODE via NBC.com