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Old February 12 2014, 05:59 PM   #136
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Mulder needs an inside man, someone who can pass on information to him, that Mulder wouldn't get otherwise. I doubt it that he trusts Mr X, but X has a better outlook on everything that is happening behind closed doors. So, Mulder needs him.

I was very surprised to see Tony Shalhoub (Monk) in the role of Banton. Funny, how some actors who appeared on the X-Files became famous later on.
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Old February 12 2014, 06:08 PM   #137
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Tony Shalhoub was a regular on Wings. before he did the X Files.
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Old February 12 2014, 06:20 PM   #138
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Wings got canceled in my country after a few episodes. They moved the show to a pay-tv channel later, but I've never watched it. I was unaware of Shaloub until "Monk". Either way I believe that Adrian Monk is the character he is more famous for.
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Old February 12 2014, 06:32 PM   #139
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He'll always be the stoner engineer from Galaxy Quest to me.
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Old February 12 2014, 07:48 PM   #140
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Good point .
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Old February 13 2014, 01:45 AM   #141
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Mulder needs an inside man, someone who can pass on information to him, that Mulder wouldn't get otherwise. I doubt it that he trusts Mr X, but X has a better outlook on everything that is happening behind closed doors. So, Mulder needs him.

I was very surprised to see Tony Shalhoub (Monk) in the role of Banton. Funny, how some actors who appeared on the X-Files became famous later on.
I understand that, but I think my issue right now is we're almost done with Season 2 and I don't feel like we know more about X now than we did when we first met him. Some episodes he's very helpful, and some episodes it's almost like he wants nothing to do with Mulder (And even avoiding Scully and Skinner, who almost kicks his ass by the way) and some times he does come across as an Ally. It's been established that he has his own agenda and he's there to meet his own interests (And I get that) but he might as well continue to be that faceless guy on the phone. I guess maybe I just want some kind of bombshell for him before this season ends and we're probably not going to get that.
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Old February 13 2014, 02:49 AM   #142
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Ah okay, I misread your earlier post then. Well, one thing that was important to the creator Chris Carter was to keep certain characters anonymous. For instance, cancer man doesn't have a proper name nor does X. I believe this all adds to feeling of being powerless. Because - as you already indicated - the main characters are up against a faceless crowd / group of people they know nothing about. And if you feel a sense frustration, you probably know how Mulder and Scully feel .

If there's a bombshell or not only time (and more episodes) will tell .
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Old February 13 2014, 06:47 AM   #143
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Our Town

So, who couldn't eat chicken after watching an episode like "Our Town"? It took on a whole new meaning to the phrase, "It tastes like chicken".

Anyway, interesting take on the cannabalism thing. Loved the bit where Scully was holding onto a tub of fried chicken and then looked at it and put it down. So subtle, yet so perfect all the same.

Looking forward to the finale but it's part of a 3 episode arc I found out so might watch it this weekend.
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Old February 15 2014, 07:32 AM   #144
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Anasazi/The Blessing Way/Paper Clip

OH. MY. GOD.

I was wondering if the X-Files was going to top how they ended season 1, and they not only topped, they exceeded it in a big EPIC way. I don't know what it must of been like back in 1994 (?) having to wait a summer to find out where Mulder was, the shock of all those Alien bodies in the train, and just what the heck happened next. Still, it felt like a set up episode, and after this portion of the arc, it was. If Flask was kind of closing the book on Season 1 and taking a new direction, Anasazi felt more like DS9's "Call to Arms", taking what the series has given us so far and exceeded all those expectations to get to part two of this Drama. There wasn't Arc based storytelling in the 90s? Yeah right. One could say X-Files helped give birth to that type of storytelling today, and thanks to Netflix, it's fun to binge watch the series when you get to those really exciting parts, like these three episodes.

Anyway, I'm sorry for rambling, but these episodes gave so much. We learned about the consortium (Of global interests) doing experimentation for human/alien hybrids, we met a new shady character who pretty much told us what this group was (Even though this early in the game, I don't believe his entire story), we had two major major deaths in Bill Mulder and Melissa Scully (The latter which shocked the heck out of me), and we also saw the Return of Krychek (Thank god I didn't have to wait long and despite the mini spoiler when I started season 2, it was awesome to see him back). We also have a new awesome character in Albert Hosteen (The Navajo who I was really impressed with the entire arc) and we also saw the return of Deep Throat in a hallucination. How did this arc end, with a classic Chris Carter saying We've given so much information but we can't give everything so let's kind of dial it back, but it made Mulder and Scully that much stronger in a scene that kind of echoed back to Little Green Men when they admitted that they were the only people they could trust.

Those three episodes were freaking incredible and now we enter a new phase of this journey. Season 2 on a whole was a little iffy for me (I actually got a little tired of all those magic vodoo, Scully gets captured episodes) but these three episodes reminded me of how excited I was at the beginning of season 2. I know they can't keep that momentum, but if season 3 is going to live up to half of what these episodes gave me tonight, I can't wait. What a ride that was.

I forgot one thing. Skinner continues to be badass. That negotiation scene was all kinds of amazing. For the recent beatings he's taken at the hands of Mr. X and the various assassins, he comes through in a huge way more often than not.
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Old February 16 2014, 03:02 PM   #145
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Anasazi was a great episode. Seeing Mulder irrational and aggressive creates a lovely suspense for the audience. And Scully shooting at him ... OMG . Furthermore, I think Melissa's death in The Blessing Way is still one of the most surprising ones on the entire show. And Scully missed the flying UFO in Paper Clip, of course .

A lot was going on in these episodes. All in all they were exciting and coherent, but I am a little bit annoyed by the fact that some questions were raised and not properly answered, e.g. how did Mulder manage to get out of the train in Anasazi. Besides, to contaminate the water of Mulder's whole house seems a bit too radical. Being sneaky is certainly not the bad guys strongest quality. I believe that a writer would give the villains more credit today, even if their ruthlessness is a major point.

That being said, season 3 has some really great episodes. As I've mentioned before, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose is certainly my favorite one.
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Old February 16 2014, 11:53 PM   #146
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Scully's reason for shooting Mulder made all too much sense. Most times in TV, if someone shoots someone else, it's to kill them. Scully shot Mulder to protect him. Who knew shooting someone else would be doing that someone a favor.

As for the whole train thing, I wonder if he took the alien head, and just kind of ran in the cars before the explosion. Remember he pointed out the head to Scully, then the cover closed. There was time to escape that part of the train somehow. As for contaminating the water, was it Mulder's room only or the entire apartment? There was just so much going on that these small details are easily forgettable in the grand scheme of things.
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Old February 17 2014, 12:12 AM   #147
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Scully's reason for shooting Mulder made all too much sense. Most times in TV, if someone shoots someone else, it's to kill them. Scully shot Mulder to protect him. Who knew shooting someone else would be doing that someone a favor.
I can see it. Scully: "Mulder, no christmas gift from me this year. You still owe me anyway because I shot you."

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As for the whole train thing, I wonder if he took the alien head, and just kind of ran in the cars before the explosion. Remember he pointed out the head to Scully, then the cover closed. There was time to escape that part of the train somehow.
No, I dont remember. Even with alien head, the scenario feels a little bit like cheating.


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As for contaminating the water, was it Mulder's room only or the entire apartment? There was just so much going on that these small details are easily forgettable in the grand scheme of things.
The water in the whole building was affected. Remember that there were neighbours shooting at each other? Or the wife shot her husband or something like that. That was a result of the contaminated water.
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Old February 17 2014, 02:34 PM   #148
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Scully's reason for shooting Mulder made all too much sense. Most times in TV, if someone shoots someone else, it's to kill them. Scully shot Mulder to protect him. Who knew shooting someone else would be doing that someone a favor.
Clearly someone has never seen "Speed."
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Scully's reason for shooting Mulder made all too much sense. Most times in TV, if someone shoots someone else, it's to kill them. Scully shot Mulder to protect him. Who knew shooting someone else would be doing that someone a favor.
Clearly someone has never seen "Speed."
I have seen Speed but it was a while ago.
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Old February 18 2014, 06:54 AM   #150
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Season 3 is getting off to a rocking start. I've mainly been really excited for the mythological episodes, but I really want to talk about the next two episodes of this season, and if things are going like this for the rest of the season, I might talk about the rest:

DPO

How was X-Files going to follow up one of their biggest arcs up to this point? I was amazed at the Season 2 finale and the first two episodes of Season 3 that I was wondering if I was bound to be let down. Well, no I wasn't. Maybe it was waiting a few days to see this episode, but the episode featured a really cool plot, with some great characters and a very young Jack Black. That Darrin guy was crazy, but in a cool way. A guy who is pretty much a human lightning rod causing some chaos in that town. The actor played him so well that I was revited the whole way through. My only criticism was the Town seemed too gullible to not actually further investigate these crimes. Their excuse was Lightning, yet did no one find it odd and statistically impossible that these murders were lightning based? Other than that, great episode.

Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose

Some posters in this thread have called this episode one of the best episodes of the series, and I think I have to agree. This episode was brilliant, with some great work done by Peter Boyle as Clyde. He was a likeable character, not the freak we've come to expect from characters with super powers in this series, and I actually had to watch the ending a few times to put the things together. All of his predictions came true, especially the one with him and Scully in Bed and that scene was incredibly powerful. To see a character like that commit suicide was hard, but it made for a perfect ending, especially seeing Scully throw the phone at the TV. Also, while it was Dark, I didn't feel depressed watching this. There was humor, action, and then sadness but it wasn't slitting my wrist depressed.

Everyone seems to like Dark TV now (heck even talk about making Star Trek incredibly Dark) but I don't mind Dark as long as there is some levity to it. That's why I didn't really like Battlestar Galactica all that much. That's a show where everyone was so unlikable and depressing where it was hard to really get behind the characters. If they did Dark TV with a mood of a show like this episode, and Farscape, I would welcome it and enjoy it. This episode felt like it had everything, and I was very much entertained.
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