FOX is in Discussions to Revive The X-Files
As its an X-Files day I thought I’d put this up. Something to keep an eye on.


X-Files ReWatch – Deep Throat

Yea, I think I’ll just leave that alone. :/

Anywho, welcome to episode two. Besides changing Scully’s hairstyle in a week, this episode introduces the great actor Jerry Hardin as Mulder’s new confidante, who like many of the shadowy figures in this tale, never really gets a name. The opening theme starts here, and though the graphics will change later as Duchovny moves out of the show, the music stays pretty much the same. Notably missing is the one-liner at the end of the theme, things that usually say “The truth is out there” or something similar.

In this second outing, Mulder and Scully are asked by a military officer’s wife to investigate his disappearance. The show opens with the MP’s storming her house, carrying her husband away, and after that she doesn’t see him for weeks. Hardin’s character warns Mulder to stay away from the case, as he has more important things to do. But Mulder won’t back down without more explanation than that, and his “advisor” disappears before Mulder can inquire further.

Also in this episode we get Seth Green, who does a great stoner-kid.

The story goes on as the agents ask questions on the base and try to uncover what happened to the missing officer. Deeper than that, the show asks the question of just where the is the line drawn between what the public needs to know about what the military is doing, and what should be kept secret. It’s done in a very clever way that adds a lot of depth to the whole story.

The show also examines the human element in what it might actually be like to fly advanced aircraft reverse-engineered from UFO technology. It would be so far advanced that human beings might not capable of handling the stress, resulting in the extreme behavior exhibited by some of the characters in this episode. Another good call.

Not everything adds up, though. At one point, Scully is asleep in a car and something loud passes over her, breaking the back window. The other windows remain unaffected. Huh?

Later Mulder sneaks onto the main military base by stalking through some high grass. When he gets onto a tarmac, and is subsequently seen by the base guards, instead of running back to the grass he just takes off down the runway. What are you doing?

This episode results in my favorite exchange between the agents in this entire season.

Scully: “Did you see their eyes? If I was that stoned…”

Mulder:  “Ooh, if you were that stoned what,”

She never answers that. But if you watch that scene closely, you can see just how close Gillian Anderson came to just busting out laughing. Makes me wonder how many takes they had to do.

At the end, Mulder’s “advisor” shows back up to warn him his life might be in danger. Mulder asks,

“Mulder: “They’re here, aren’t they?”

Deep Throat: “Mr. Mulder, they’ve been here for a long, long time.”

We find out just how long in the first X-Files movie, Fight the Future. Although later seasons seem to suggest the aliens go back even farther.

Until next week, when we Squeeze through another episode!

See You in the Future,

J.S. Eaton :/

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X-Files ReWatch – Pilot

Welcome to broadcast TV, 1993. The X-Files, destined to last nine seasons, debuts on September 10 of that year. And what a ride it is!

This first episode starts without the now-familiar theme music, and the end-credits roll in silence also.

We begin with a mystery in the woods, where a teenager is found dead. The girl has two mysterious marks on her back. Enter the FBI.

As is often in the series, no one actually calls in the bureau, and no mention is made of how exactly Mulder catches wind of the situation. Somehow, he just noticed the details, specifically the marks on the dead girl’s back, that mirror some other cases he has seen.

After the opening in the woods, we go Agent Dana Scully. She goes to the office of a higher-up, who gives us our rundown of who Dana is, and what she’s about to embark upon, which is supposed to be watching Mulder and debunking his work. However, she sees through his enigmatic persona to find the brilliant young man within.

When the two characters first meet, Mulder’s wearing glasses. I’m not sure yet, but I think it’s one of the only times in the series he does that. Some of Mulder’s other traits come forth in this first outing, such as his penchant for sunflower seeds. He also talks about the disappearance of his sister years earlier, which we later learn is one of his main driving forces. He wants to know what happened to her.

Flying for the FBI must be nice, as Mulder got two seats on the plane to Oregon, and is laying across them on the flight out. I can remember a few times when I wish I could have that much room!

Mulder calls his new partner DOCTOR Scully alot in this episode, something else he doesn’t do often. There’s a great scene where the pair have to dodge a rolling coffin! Wild!

Agent Scully’s hair is longer in this first episode than in most of the rest of the series. It’s noticeably shorter in the next episode, in fact. And redder. Here she’s almost a dark blonde, with barely a hint of red at all. And in what was most certainly a nod to all the young men who were watching this TV debut, we get our first bra-and-panties Scully! Wasn’t expecting that, at least not right off the bat. We get Scully in both a pantsuit and skirt in this episode, so they’re easy to compare. Personally, I think she looks smarter in the pantsuit, but that’s just me.

This first episode demonstrates how the series will go on for many seasons, with Mulder presenting the paranormal point of view and Scully trying to offer the more rational explanation. It’s a great idea for a show, and they picked two great actors to bring it to life.

At one point, the agents are told one of the teenagers, Billy Miles, is in a “waking coma”. Over twenty years in healthcare and several internet searches later, I still don’t know exactly what that’s supposed to be. Apparently its the same as a regular coma, with your eyes open instead of closed.(okay)

The hardest scene to film in this one is easy to recognize. They’re outside their car, in the pouring rain(and it is pouring. Makes me wonder if it really was raining when they filmed that, or if they just turned on the sprinklers really heavy). Either way they’re sopping wet, and their breath is just shooting out of their mouths. It looks soooo cold! Later on in a cemetery it’s raining too, but you can’t see their breath as well.

Mulder alludes to a connection he has in Congress, a person we actually get to meet later in the series.

Close to the end, the boy in the “waking coma” wakes up. A detail crops up here that I’ve wondered about. Near the end, the boy Billy Miles(who has a greater role later on) is holding another young woman as if he’s offering her to the bright light shining above them. The camera zooms in on the boy’s back, where he has the marks on his back, same as the other kids. The light flashes, and when we can see again, the marks on his back are gone. They make a point of showing you this. But the agents never mention it, and I don’t recall it being brought up again when Billy makes his appearances later in the series. Weird.

The show’s recurring “villain”, if you will, whom most everyone calls The Smoking Man, makes his first appearance, but he doesn’t have anything to say. Actually he does, he whisperers something to one of the FBI suits at the end of the episode, but we don’t get to hear it. We do see more of him though, and get a glimpse of what he will become, and how high his authority goes. At the very end of the episode, he takes an “implant” Agent Scully found during the show and puts it in this huge filing room beneath the Pentagon. They never really say what agency specifically he works for, but he seems to come and go as he pleases throughout the entire government.

It’s a great first episode that introduces a great show. A show that came out at just the right time, with just the right actors to play the parts. All in all, the X-Files is a great adventure, and even now presents a great look at what might have happened if there was an impending alien invasion during the ninties, and only two lonely FBI agents actually knew about it. Though they couldn’t prove any of it, and one of them continually doubts what she sees.

Next week, Season One Episode Two, entitled Deep Throat. :/

See You in the Future,

J.S. Eaton :/

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Monday Nights

Hello friends. So, who here has Netflix? *raises hand* :()

Me too!

One of the great things about Netflix is it allows us to see some of our old favorite shows.  And it’s in that vein that I’m bringing a new post to every Monday!

It’s called a Rewatch, and other websites have done them for shows like Star Trek. But me, I’ll be bringing you a rewatch of another sci-fi classic, the X-Files!

Why that show? Why indeed.

For one thing, I just love it. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson brought those characters to life and interacted in a way that no one has quite matched, at least in my mind. They’re just so fun to watch.

Now most of us who know the show remember the whole alien-consortium plotline, and those were great episodes. But in between those, Mulder and Scully would embark on various investigations and adventures, which to me are among the best shows.

In doing the Rewatch, I’ll recap the episode and give you the highlights, and if there’s a particularly good line from one or both actors, I’ll be sure to repeat it here. Every Monday I’ll put up a new episode, and we’ll start from the the pilot episode all the way to the end. Yea, that’ll take a long time, I know, but I don’t want to promise to do more than that and then not be able to deliver. However, if it looks like I can do more than one a week, I’ll certainly be willing to step it up!

Anyway, tomorrow we’ll start the X-Files adventure all over again! Look forward to seeing you there!

See You in the Future,

J.S. Eaton :/