David Duchovny ushering new musical appreciation: Keaton Simons to Infinity Girl to The Beatles

David Duchovny ushering new musical appreciation:
Keaton Simons to Infinity Girl to The Beatles

Walter at FAO Schwartz dancing Heart and Soul

Walter at FAO Schwartz dancing Heart and Soul

If you had told me two years ago that starting this website would lead to an entire musical journey inspired by David Duchovny I would have laughed.

cuttingroomalbumcoverThis journey started May 12 at the Cutting Room. I had heard some of the album and at first was not impressed. But I had not listened either.

That live experience started a deep interest in David’s writing and the musical skills of his band which are well documented here and well evidenced by my travels since May 2015.

So skip ahead to May 2016. We had just returned from Europe when a few of us caught Keaton Simons live, two nights in a row. Loved it immediately.

Keaton as you may know plays an integral part in David’s early music path.

I personally started in life as a musician. A jazz trumpet / piano player, with love of oldies, and Blues Brothers type covers of classic oldies and blues on crack.

I know more about the theory than my own playing would let on, which makes me more suitable to be a music critic or teacher at this point. But I still know the language of Jazz and dig the blues.

So Keaton’s music speaks to me as he moves from Chicago Blues to Rock to the hippest of Jazz Guitar standards. I joked about the REAL BOOK wanting to jam with Keaton last month when we saw him playing solo. Quite simply, Keaton is the musician I wish I was.

Those two May 2016 nights Keaton was joined by opening act, Makuta, who I have since become social media friendly and followers. I now have the music of both Makuta and Keaton in my head often.

Now skip ahead to this past winter as we followed David’s band mates other projects around to the underground Brooklyn music scene.

About to turn 45, I enjoyed pretending to be a 25yo beatnik in search of music too hip for the radio air waves.

I found it.

Infinity Girl hurt my ears (I’m old) until I got plugs and appreciated the nuances in the noise. Hiding in that wall of sound are seriously gifted jazz cats playing at level 11.

We also followed Kernan O’Meara to Brooklyn for his lilting vocals and soothing alternating arpeggiated major seven and diminished chords.

Then we follow David’s sound engineer, K. Marie Kim to her one women band where she is a master of rocking out new age electronic music and a beautiful singer.

Forgive me if my analysis is off as a music critic, as you all and your talents defy labels.

At each stop there are other bands, and curious venues. I think in total we are up to 6 venues and about 20 unique musical groups, and a number of local food joints from Pizza to Alcoholic Milk Shakes, all because we are fans of David Duchovny.

The chances of me buying an album for most of these groups would be slim before this period in my life, but love each for who they are live. I am driven to lend my expertise in marketing independent artists (mostly myself) and expose them to my 1000s of social media followers.

I regret not getting into this scene sooner, remembering a brush with it when our comedy showed played the Knitting Factory in 2003ish. After we finished our show I heard my first live SKA band. They looked like my college big band, replacing In The Mood with Reggae.

Great Friends hanging out Squint and you’ll see @davidduchovny lol @intheirlives #beatles

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Then there was last night, listening to David and other writers discuss the Beatles and their work for the new anthology collection of essays IN THEIR LIVES

David Duchovny and Rick Moody discuss Beatles and heartache.

David Duchovny and Rick Moody discuss Beatles and heartache.

IN THEIR LIVES:
Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs
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In Their Lives

Now I have been a Beatles fan for years. But admittedly my tastes have leaned to the pop spectrum of music, having come of age musically in 1979/1980.

Hall and Oats may be the first group I distinctly recognize listening to on the radio. PRIVATE EYES ARE WATCHING YOU.

Born 1972, I am an 80s kid. But the pretentious fans of alternative rock kept me away from the Cure etc. I stayed with MJ, Prince and Madonna. I was the epitome of a top 40 fan. I am the source of Hipster puke.

But I had a friend whose older brother introduce him, and therefore me, to Yes, Rush and Pink Floyd.

But in my house is was the Beatles Love Songs that I heard repeatedly.

Meanwhile I was winning awards as best county jazz trumpet soloist in 1985. I played in a communityband with my father, learning Sousa, Broadway, and Oldies. I would sit in with my father’s Dixieland Band.

By College I moved from trumpet to Broadway Musicals and eventually Opera. I have been a fan or performed the top 40 songs of every era since Bach.

But somehow I missed a lot of amazing music. I would nod supporting when folks praised the White Album or Abbey Road.

Last night I heard David Duchovny talk about his connection to Dear Prudence. I heard that song for the first time today.

Then David and Rick Moody, after a brief poor attempt to tie in Ricky name to Californication, discussing the Abbey Road Medley.

I am really good at acting like I know what your talking about. Much better than Trump. Smart folks believe me lol

So I sat down in the past hour and listened to Abbey Road start to finish.

Jaw droopped.

Now I want to produce the Broadway show Abbey Road, but realize this has not been done because the Great White Way would ruin it.

I see a movie the likes of The Who’s Tommy. Would this have happened if THE END was not truly the end.

A little more context for my passion to write this blog….

Just last week, one late sleepless night stressing over the Leste Holt Donald Trump interview I saw the documentary abut the making of Pet Sounds, the album that many credit for inspiring Abbey Road.

Within the past year I saw CNN’s 1960s series episode on music. I thought about this alot. The 1960s started with Elvis and Bubble Gum Beach Boys. Then the Beatles and British Invasion sweep in. Meanwhile the Rolling Stones teacheck white people about Black Music, unleashing Ray Charles and The Godfather of Soul.

This all inspires Brian Wilson to get off the road and live in studio until we get Pet Sounds

This all leads to the late 60s explosion of music experimentation i(Most Chuck Berry Songs) and 1-6-4-5 ballads (Earth Angel, Blue Moon). There are no limits musically or lyrically, beyond the 1-5-6-4 (Don’t Stop Believing).

I am a musician since birth, or at least since 40 years ago today, when I came home from seeing Star Wars, plunked out the theme on piano and was forced into lessons the next week.

I can talk the talk and walk the walk for a lot of songs.

But these past two years have deepened my relationship to my first language and love. And now I feel I am just starting my journey. I want to rediscover late 1960s. I want to rediscover the experimental scene of the 1970s. MAYBE some 1980s and beyond but Happy with Prince and Dougie Fresh.

David Duchovny ushering new musical appreciation: Keaton Simons to Infinity Girl to The Beatles

COMING SOON

NEW ALBUM featuring 12-14 new original songs from David Duchovny

NEW Tour with exciting dates / locations TBA

X-FILES Season 18

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David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson Talk X-files Season 11 (E! Red Carpet)

David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson on “X-Files” Revival | E! Live from the Red Carpet

David and Gillian answered several X-files related questions about the upcoming Season 11. When asked about the Season 10 cliffhanger with Mulder and Scully, both seem to be in the dark about what Chris Carter has planned for their characters. “Chris Carter has not told me yet whether I’ve managed to save the human race” Gillian told E! “But given that we’re doing ten episodes that I save it for ten episodes worth of time.”

David also commented on something that MANY fans have literally been begging for on twitter, blogs and other social media platforms – the possibility of him contributing to the writing team “I don’t think that the people playing the characters are the best judges of where the show should go. Nor do I think the fans are to be honest with you”

(insert screaming face emoji here)

I do think that the show would benefit from David contributing to the story arcs as he did in the past. Some of my favorite mythology episode arcs were those that he developed with Chris Carter. They were some of the best episodes of the series in my opinion.

In regards to doing an X-files musical episode David laughed and said “I don’t think that’s a good idea but I’d be down for it. Sure.” Gillian on the other hand made it clear it was not something she would want to do “No. Nah-uh. No. No. No” she said.

While we clearly adore David’s music and have no doubt they could both make it work, I would have to side with Gillian on this one.

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David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson at the FOX Upfronts & Webby Awards

Excited for The X-files Season 11 yet? We’re definitely getting there! Here is something to hold you over until we (hopefully) start getting set pictures in August.

The elephant in the room – David’s arm is in a sling! We don’t know what happened but we hope it wasn’t too painful and hope he’s on his way to a speedy recovery. Between his injury and Gillian Anderson’s broken foot, it was an interesting sight on stage at the Webby Awards. David presented Gillian with the Best Actress award for her critically acclaimed role on The Fall.

The Webby awards ceremony will be available to watch on Youtube tomorrow.

In the meantime, we have some clips we have gathered from around the Twitterverse.

David Duchovny at the FOX Upfronts for The X-Files (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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David Duchovny at the FOX Upfronts (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

 

 

 

David Duchovny at the FOX Upfronts (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

David Duchovny at the FOX Upfronts (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

 

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

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

editorial by Walt Frasier follow via twitter @waltfrasier

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

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

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

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

My response was “yes, 2018, I think.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris really likes doing monster of the week.

The six episode season every two years makes complete sense.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PS – EIGHT Episodes could be cool…

AQUARIUS Season 2 on PRESTO June 17 in AUSTRALIA

AQUARIUS Season 2 on PRESTO June 17 in AUSTRALIA

AQUARIUS SEASON 2 STREAMS EXPRESS FROM THE U.S. EXCLUSIVE TO PRESTO LAUNCHING WITH EPIC THREE EPISODE PREMIERE FRIDAY, 17 JUNE DAVID DUCHOVNY RETURNS AS SAM HODIAK, INVESTIGATING NOTORIOUS CHARLES MANSON MURDERS

CALLING ALL DUCHOVNIACS DOWN UNDER!!!

CLICK HERE to watch Aquarius and X-Files in Australia

Just got an email from PRESTO directly…

“We stumbled across your Duchovaniacs fan page and love what you’re doing! We are big David Duchovny fans also and currently have seasons 1-9 of The X-Files and season 1 of Aquarius on our service –https://www.presto.com.au/tv/aquarius.

As we know you must be, we are SUPER excited about the release of season 2 and we thought it may interest your Australian fans to know that Presto is lucky enough to have season 2 arriving on the service on June 17th (expressed from the U.S!)”

Overview

LAPD Detective Sam Hodiak begins the search for a missing girl who has fallen under the spell of infamous cult leader Charles Manson.

Presto Review

“Duchovny delivers! This is a gritty, hard-edged return to TV for an actor we cannot get enough of.”

AQUARIUS Season 2 on PRESTO June 17 in AUSTRALIA

Media Release: Thursday, 25 May, 2016

Presto has today announced that the edgy, visually-stunning, psychedelic 60s themed drama, AQUARIUS will return for its second season in a special three episode premiere. Episodes one to three will stream express from the U.S. on Friday, 17 June exclusively on Presto. Following the three episode drop, new episodes will continue to stream express from the U.S. every Friday.

In AQUARIUS season two, David Duchovny (The X Files, Californication) returns as Sam Hodiak, the seasoned homicide detective whose investigations dovetail with the activities of real-life cult leader Charles Manson.  It’s 1968, one year before the most notorious killings of a generation. Against a backdrop of cultural and social revolution, Hodiak delves deeper into a sinister web of murder and corruption, but his provocative style finds him under investigation by Internal Affairs, while an important new friend sees Manson and his growing family on the brink of a psychedelically glamorous future. But, as the future unfolds – knowingly or not – everyone is playing their part in blindly weaving a tapestry of tragedy…

The cult drama also stars Australian beauty Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries) and Game Of Thrones star,Gethin Anthony.

 

Every episode of AQUARIUS season one is streaming now on Presto

Overview

Presto Rating 4.5
Critics 88%
Audience 91%

THE X-FILES is a drama about an unconventional FBI agent, Fox Mulder. Mulder takes it upon himself to investigate a group of unsolved cases, known as the “X-Files,” that he believes involve paranormal phenomena. To keep tabs on his work–and in the hopes of debunking his theories–the FBI teams him up with Dana Scully, a young, skeptical agent who has a degree in medicine and a strong bias toward the scientific. As the pair works to solve these unexplained cases, Mulder’s strong belief in the forces of the unknown continues to challenge Scully’s rational mind. Their relationship grows more complex with each case, slowly emerging as a heady mix of professional competitiveness, witty repartee, and a mutual attraction that is heightened by the intensity of their tasks and the close proximity in which they work.

Presto Review

“In many ways, The X-Files was a show before its time and seems to fit perfectly into the modern television landscape where binging is big and dark, absorbing storylines have never been so sought after.”

X-Files Podcast Season 10 Recap and Episode Reviews

X-Files Podcast Season 10 Recap and Episode Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

X-Files Podcast Season 10 Recap and Episode Reviews

X-Files Podcast

My Struggle 2 Cliff Hanger

X-FILES 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

 

SUPERBOWL HALFTIME TEASER from #thexfiles #sb50 MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!

SUPERBOWL HALFTIME X-FILES TEASER

MY STRUGGLE 2 has long been touted as Dana Scully’s struggle. This monologue is Scully’s response to Mulder’s opening monologue from My Struggle. But did X-Files / FOX just show us the CLIFFHANGER we have heard so much about already? If so YOU BETTER GIVE US SEASON 11!!!

I am only writing this now because the Superbowl Game is almost as bad as its commercials this year AND this video was so HOLY CRAP!!!

 

“My name is Dana Catherine Scully…” Scully reminds us she is Catholic by adding her middle name.

Dr. Scully looks more determined than ever!

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Dr. Scully looks more determined than ever!

OMG! WTF? “CRYLAUGHING” another fan said…

IS SCULLY AN ALIEN???
OR
Is the BOUNTY HUNTER impersonating her???
OR
Is Chris Carter totally screwing with us again???
AND
Was Mulder married to an alien? Horrible tragic twist!

AS USUAL we have more questions than answers… we better not have to wait 13 more years for some of those answers.

IS SCULLY AN ALIEN or is the BOUNTY HUNTER impersonating her?

IS SCULLY AN ALIEN or is the BOUNTY HUNTER impersonating her?

Did you miss the video before X-Files Twitter took it down?

We had it here until 9:30pm but took it down out of respect for fans etc. clearly FOX / X-FILES don’t want it out there…

OR DO THEY?

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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 Show and NOT Tell with Chris Carter Revealed

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Chris Carter’s secrets Revealed

How did I miss this one? LOL I grabbed all the screen grabs form the Glen Morgan Show & Tell from the same day and never noticed this gem.

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Chris Carter shares some secret clips

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It’s just another Red Scully Hair Day

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The went to Vancouver to escape LA Traffic, right?

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Many hearts beating as one – Alien Romance

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Anna Beth Gish Arrived. Agent Reyes wants to sing some whale songs.

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Mulder ponders “I used to have a poster just like this one”

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Mmmmm, lunch?

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Oh yeah, so Darin took me up to the lake, right, and he was so… He’s right behind me, isn’t he?

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Uh-oh, Mulder appears to be tripping but Duchovniacs are drooling at shirtless Mulder

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Hey look, the Peacock’s learned how to do surgery on each other.

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F U TAD!!! MSR lovers proclaim from the hill tops!

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Chill out mom. My eyes are just a bit dilated.

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Scully’s employee pass at Our Lady of Sorrow’s granting less and less access.

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With far too much work load – combining FBI and being a “medical doctor” – Scully clones herself to get the work done.

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Sanjay had terrible penmanship. His HAND writing is terribly hard to read.

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Ok, roger and out…. C-4.. no wait I meant…

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Guess Mulder stole that other poster after all (see above)

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Missing footage from FBI raid on Oregon Rebel fighters calling themselves protesters

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Oh no…migraines on X-Files usually means your head is about to explode, implode or self impaled lobotomy.

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Wow, FBI pays better these days. VIEW FROM MULDER’s new Bachelor Pad

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Duchovniacs are still drooling at shirtless Mulder