Monday, April 27, 2015

W: The Writing




These are just some of the major writers for the show.

Just looking at my favorite episodes it would seem that I like Kim Manners, Chris Carter and David Duchovny...in that order. Of course, one of my top three favorite episodes isn't written by any of the people mentioned here, his name is Daniel Arkin.

I like anytime the writing is humorous and flirty, witty and tongue-in-cheek while still being an episode that I don't mind watching right before I go to bed.

For a list of "Best of..." click here.
From "The Hollywood Reporter".

Friday, April 24, 2015

U: Unidentified Flying Motifs and Symbols


I teach high school English. I can't help, but analyze everything I read, see and hear. Below are some of my observations from "The X-Files".


The Gold Cross that Scully wears: faith, truth, Faith, the power of love and of family
Little Green Men (EBEs): truth, governmental subterfuge
Samantha Mulder: loss, the search for truth, lies, justice, peace
The Cigarette: lies, manipulations, loneliness, evil, darkness
Mulder's Gun: inability to get justice/find the truth, violence, loss of power



Religion: for or against traditional religion, faith or loss of faith, finding a faith in the darkness
Life, Death and Transfiguration: What does it mean to live and die? What is life and death? Acts of transfiguration are seen throughout several episodes in the earlier seasons, characters are resurrected, evil is cast out of them or they become possessed
Helplessness and Loneliness: In the end we all die alone and we are helpless to it, we can only fight so much and we can only do so much alone
Alien abduction: the main characters are both abducted and are changed because of it


  1. Having faith does not that you can't question or think for yourself.
  2. Faith vs. Skepticism.
  3. Chivalric quest and journeys always lead to the truth.
  4. "The Truth is Out There"
  5. "Trust No 1"
  6. "I Want to Believe"
  7. "Bad religion, bad politics, radical selfishness and the canonization of materialism have destroyed the heart and soul of Western Civilation"

And, if you want to go really crazy and, well, need enough information to write a dissertation there's all of the Tropes you could possibily think of all in one place. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

T: The Truth is Out There


You know...I love this.


When it gets turned into a meme I love it even more...


Why don't I have these tattoos?


And, this, well, this is just friggin' hilarious!

And, if you need a fix...click here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S: Shippers and all that shippiness



The Definitive Top Mulder and Scully Moments
IMDB: X-Files Top Shipper Episodes
"You're My 1 in 5 Billion": 18 Times The X-Files's Mulder/Scully Ruined Us for All Other TV Romances
Times Mulder and Scully Should Have Made Out This Week

Soooo, I was talking on a message board one time about my favorite X-Files episodes and one person commented, "Of course, you think that, you're obviously a shipper." I had no idea what that meant and I'm pretty sure I couldn't look it up on Urban Dictionary, so I asked the person and she told me and connected me to some great fanfiction (a link I have long since forgotten) and Stephanie the Shipper was born. For real, I ship all things...in all shows dating back to my Scooby-Doo days (who doesn't want Fred and Daphne to get together?). The fact that Mulder and Scully are together in the end doesn't really help this problem either. You know, frankly...I was also right about Felicity and Ben! I am a Shippy Goddess!

Click to be taken to link

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R: Re-watching the series from the beginning


OK, so when I started this month of X-Files I was in the midst of watching the show from the very beginning. It seems like a simple task, but really it's not, and here's why:


  1. Those first three seasons are so dark and the endings so dismal and the plots so scary that they are really hard to get through.
  2. If you are really into the shippiness that doesn't really get any air time until late in the 4th season.
  3. So many people around them die and then there's the cancer.
  4. Um, Season 6 (my favorite season) isn't until um, approximately 100 episodes in.
Watching this show (and, it's two movies) again made me notice things I'd never noticed before.
  1. I don't think I'd EVER seen the episode with Lance Guest and the invisible elephant.
  2. Doggett and Reyes are pretty amazing characters.
  3. MOTW are way more fun than alien episodes and there are more MOTW epis than I thought.
  4. EVERYBODY did a guest stint on 'The X-Files'...fo' realz...Jack Black, people!
  5. There are some definite shifts...DPO is the first major one...finally a little laughter amongst all the death and then there's the definite shift out of Canada, after the first movie is another shift, Seasons 8 and 9 are also major shifts.
It took me three months to watch the whole series...using mostly Saturdays and Sundays, and frankly, now I'm feeling a little lost and I'm not really sure what to do with myself...


Monday, April 20, 2015

Q: A Quick Trip through my favorites (MOTW, mytharc epi, season, episode)

So, I found this great blog post ("30 Days in a Day or a Love Song to the X-Files") and thought that I would do the same here on this blog. It's a great way to get a lot of information out and quickly.

Day 1: Favorite Season
Season 6...I like to ship all the things and this season, while it ends in a whimper, starts out with a bang by taking place right after the movie. Seriously, with shippy deliciousness like "Arcadia", "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas", "The Rain King" and "Dreamland I and II", just great episodes like "The Unnatural" and "Monday", and trippy, gross episodes like "Field Trip", how could I not be in love with this season?
Day 2: Least Favorite Season
The first three seasons of this show are quite different than the next three (of course, there's another shift after Season 6, but we don't need to talk about that now)...the episodes are just so darned dark and scary and happy endingless, but the one that the biggest downer is Season 2. Sure it's got great storylines, but by the end I just needed a good laugh.
Day 3: First Episode You Ever Saw
You probably remember me saying that I don't really remember the first episode I ever saw, but I do remember the first episode that gave me the willies...the one with the killer lightening bugs, "Darkness Falls".
Day 4: Favorite Female Character
Sooo...if I can't choose Scully as my favorite because that would be a given, I suppose, I don't know who else I'd choose. Sure, there's Monica Reyes, but isn't she also a given? Are there really a lot of secondary characters that are female? Monica, Marita, Susanne Modeski all appear in more than one episode, but do they work?
Day 5 Favorite Male Character
ADA Skinner, I spent most of the series wondering if he was a good guy or a bad guy, questioning most of his actions and motives...in the end he proved himself and it's nice watching the episodes again with all of this in mind.
Day 6: Favorite Villain
I love to hate this sexy, double-crossing SOB. I think he proves that it's better to choose a side, even if that side loses than to me all for ones self.
Day 7: Favorite Episode
If I have to pick just one...um...
Day 8: Favorite Monster of the Week
Donnie Pfaster...sure he doesn't have any extra abilities, but that just makes him scarier and creepier and...well, I'm getting chills just thinking about him.
Day 9: Favorite Mulder Moment
Any of those scenes in "Monday"...I sometimes watch this episode just so I can watch his facial expressions.
"My damn waterbed sprung a leak...Yes, I do know that...it must have been a gift."
"I endorsed my damn paycheck stub."
Day 10: Favorite Scully Moment
I prefer kick butt Scully over crying/moping/irrational Scully. I especially like her at the end of "Never Again"..."Not everything's about you, Mulder."
Day 11: Favorite Skinner Moment
When he gives Scully the coordinates in "Triangle" and she kisses him "the elevator doors open*
Day 12: Favorite Doggett Moment
The end of "Release". He'd been so full of rage for most of that episode, questioning and confused at the end we can see his pain and it, well, I teared up a little.
Day 13: Favorite Monica Moment
When she's helping Scully deliver the baby...she just so sweet and awesome. Frankly, I have loved Annabeth Gish my whole life...ever since 'Mystic Pizza'.
Day 14: Favorite Lone Gunmen Moment
Any in "Three of a Kind"...I especially like that Byers gets a bit of romance.
Day 15: Happiest Scene
The end of Season 8.
Day 16: Funniest Scene
"It wasn't even real cream cheese it was light cream cheese."
or
"Talkin' bout Shaft can you dig it..."
"I. DID. NOT."
*Gets me every time.*
Day 17: Most Dramatic Scene
The ending of "Milagro"
Day 18: Most Heartbreaking Scene
Mulder crying at Scully's bedside *tears*
Day 19: Favorite Mulder/Scully Moment
"I'd kiss you if you weren't so ugly."
Day 20: Favorite Mulder/Scully Phone Conversation
It's a toss up between all of those convos in "War of the Corprophages" and the three-way in the bubble bath tubs in "Hollywood AD".
Day 21: An Episode You Hate that Everyone Else Loves
I do not get the love for "Jose Chung's From Outer Space". I've watched that episode more than once, during the day...at night...I've read the script and still...I don't think it's funny.
Day 22: An Episode You Hated at First, but Now Love
I am sorry to say that I was one of those people that didn't watch an episode that didn't include Mulder and I was that person for a long time, then I bought the show on DVD and watched them and well, um, they are good...different than Mulder and Scully, but good. I am sad I didn't give them a chance. I especially like "4-D". WOW!
Day 23: Favorite Mytharc or Recurring Storyline
"Wet-Wired"/"Talitha Cumi"/"Herrenvolk"
Day 24: Favorite Title for an Episode
"2Shy"...I can't be the only one who thinks of that song...and then there's the fact that the killer is preying on the vulnerability of lonely women.
Day 25: Favorite Kiss
That forehead kiss in the hospital...so touching.
Day 26: Favorite Season Finale
Season 5...boy did that one have me going!
Day 27: Favorite Scene, EVER
"We just curled up like little baby cats, ain't that right honey bunch."
"Sure is poopy pants."
Day 28: Favorite FTF Moment
"I had you big time."
Day 29: Favorite IWTB Moment
The first time we see Mulder and Scully and they're in bed. He appears beside her all scruffy and it surprised the whole theatre. Seriously, people clapped and cheered. My friend and I had gone to watch it opening night and I had to by the DVD just to know what I missed after that happened the cheering was so loud. It was an awesome experience.
Day 30: Favorite Quote
"Whatever happened to playing a hunch, Scully? The element of surprise, random acts of unpredictability? If we fail to anticipate the unforseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized or easily referenced."

Saturday, April 18, 2015

P: Porn and Sunflower seeds...the making of a Post-Modern hero

Mulder as Modern Hero:
1] He seeks merely to survive–to create a pool of light in a world of dark shadows.
2] The heroes, like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, have a code of behavior rather than a code of ethics - they portray men who are impassive, hard-boiled, never surprised by events.
3] The world is seen as having no internal order: anything goes–the hero is as likely to be debauched and depraved as the enemy.
4] The internal struggle is with addiction to drugs, liquor, sex, money.
5] The external struggle is with corruption in government, the military, schools - formal organizations.
6] There is no sense of community. The hero lives for a small, select circle which can be merely one woman or a few trusted friends.
Examples: Phillip Marlowe, Sam Spade
Definition and examples taken from: here

Why it works?
That pool of light is working the X-Files against those who want them closed and those who wish he not know the truth about the alien conspiracy, definitely has an appropriate behavior that he follows, his addiction would be more with porn and sunflower seeds, his struggle is with the government (They Syndicate to be exact) and, until Scully he had no trusted friends.
Why it doesn't work?
He is not really as debauched and depraved as most would believe (this has to do again, with his relationship with Scully), he has a community...Skinner, Scully and so on...to that end he seeks more than just to survive, he seeks truth.

Mulder as the Anti-Hero:
1] lacks the heroic virtues to a degree that cannot be overlooked
2] selfishly motivated in his 'heroic' actions...could be a heroic incidentally while doing stuff for only their own gains.
3] opposite that of a conventional hero
4] outlaws or villains from the point of view of society 
5] audience is in sympathy with them 
6] they may win in the end over society’s corruption
7] rebels
Examples: Han Solo, Jack Sparrow, 'The Bride'
Definition and examples taken from: here, here, and here

Why it works?
He may not be fully heroic (following the Joseph Campbell's Hero Traits), but does have some very distinct hero traits, he is different than the conventional hero in this sense, from the point of view of society and of his fellow FBI agents he is an outlaw, people call him 'Spooky', he is a rebel and he definitely wins in the end.
Why it doesn't work?
He does not lack heroic virtues, he rescues the damsel, he is truthful and just, which, of course, makes him more like the conventional hero than the opposite.

Mulder as Loner Hero:
1] story begins with hero apart from society 
2] natural habitat is the wilderness 
3] natural state is solitude 
4] journey is one of re-entry into the group, an adventure within the group, then a return to isolation 
Examples: Indiana Jones, The Incredible Hulk
Definition and examples take from: here.

Why it works?
He does stand apart from, and prefers to stand apart from, society. He believes the conspiracy.
Why it doesn't work?
He is not really part of the wilderness (of course, in the 2nd movie they are living in the remote wilderness). Of course, this could be a metaphorical wilderness, but what does that even mean? And, solitude maybe his natural state, but Scully changed all of that. Re-entry into the group is probably the last thing that he wants, especially if he has to re-enter on their terms.

Mulder as Postmodern Hero:
1] emerged amid the ruins and tribulations of postwar Europe and stems from a general disillusionment with 30s era modernism brought about WW II.
2] distrust of any entity or agency that tries to control or regulate what people can or cannot do
3] distrust of any agent or element that tries to fixate the meaning that something possesses or can possess.
Examples: Pale Fire, Sherlock 
Definition and examples taken from: here and here

Why it works?
He spends many years disillusioned with the world, there's a definite distrust of the government and he makes his own meaning, even with others tell him that he cannot. However, he does live in an environment that and prefers not to have the world defined.
Why it doesn't work?
He has Scully. They create and make meaning out of the crazy world together.

The truth is that, because Fox William Mulder possess parts of all of this heroes, he can be nothing, but Postmodern, and he definitely can't be a traditional hero as he is too flawed in all the perfect ways that make him human and relatable. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

O: On the interwebs (blogs to follow)

Below is a list of the places I go when I need an X-Files fix...some of these I've know about for years, some I just found in the last few months as I've been rewatching the series.

Inside the X
Reopening the X-Files
The X-Files Episode Guide
Musings of an X-Phile
The AV Club
My Truth...An X-Files Blog
The X-Files Lexicon
X-Files Universe

There are other blogs I'll look at every now and again (I've even been known to go crazy on IMDB and join a group or two), but these are the definitive ones I always go to for all the information I need.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

N: The 90s

I love the 90s. I miss the 90s. I feel lucky because I got to be in and graduate from high school and college in the 90s. I like reading about the 90s being compared to the Roaring 20s. They do have a lot in common including feminism, a heady time for music and literature and they were both decades that were wonderful followed by decades that were really quite the opposite of that. I could go into more detail, but I'd rather spend the rest of this post talking about my favorite pop culture references from each year of the decade. Feel free to add yours in the comments.


1990
Favorite Song: "Ice, Ice Baby"...Vanilla Ice
Favorite Movie: "Pretty Woman" (sadly, I didn't watch "Dances with Wolves" until college)
Favorite TV Show: "Beverly Hills: 90210"

1991
Favorite Song: "Black or White"...Michael Jackson
Favorite Movie: "Backdraft" (please don't think my mother allowed me to watch this...)
Favorite TV Show: "Step by Step"

1992
Favorite Song: "The End of the Road"...Boyz II Men
Favorite Movie: "A Few Good Men"
Favorite TV Show: "X-Men" cartoon

1993
Favorite Song: "I Will Always Love You"
Favorite Movie: "Sleepless in Seattle"
Favorite TV Show: "The X-Files" (seriously.)

1994
Favorite Song: "Linger"...The Cranberries
Favorite Movie: "Four Weddings and a Funeral"
Favorite TV Show: "Friends"

1995
Favorite Song: "You Ought to Know"...Alanis Morrissette
Favorite Movie: "Home for the Holidays"
Favorite TV Show: "Sliders"

1996
Favorite Song: "Don't Go Away"...Oasis
Favorite Movie: The English Patient
Favorite TV Show: "Early Edition"

1997
Favorite Song: "If God Will Send His Angels"...U2
Favorite Movie: "Titanic"
Favorite TV Show: "Ally McBeal"

1998
Favorite Song: "Torn"...Natalie Imbruglia
Favorite Movie: "Armageddon"
Favorite TV Show: "Charmed"...although, I like "Felicity" way, way, way more now.

1999
Favorite Song: "Road Trippin'"...Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Movie: "The Matrix"
Favorite TV Show: "Law and Order: SVU"

Boy, it was fun putting together this list...sweet, sweet, nostalgia.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

M: Mytharc and Monsters of the Week

I prefer Monster of the Week episodes over Alien Mytharc episodes. The Mytharc episodes were hard to follow until the last few seasons when there were more of them back to back. The MOTW episodes give us some of the best characters in all of TV history. Below you'll find a list of my favorite MOTW episodes and my favorite Alien episodes...they're in order just in case you want to have some sort of fun X-Files marathon. Awhile ago you could just buy the Alien episodes and you can still find them (Abduction, Black Oil, Colonization, Super Soldiers).


FAVORITE ALIEN MYTHARC EPISODES

  1. "Pilot"
  2. "Ascension"
  3. "End Game"
  4. "Paperclip"
  5. "731"
  6. "Piper Maru"
  7. "Apocrypha"
  8. "Wetwired"
  9. "Zero Sum"
  10. "Demons"
  11. "Biogenesis"
  12. "The Sixth Extinction I and II"
  13. "Closure"
  14. "This is Not Happening"
  15. "Deadalive"
  16. "Three Words"
  17. "Essence"
  18. "Existence"
  19. "Nothing Important Happened Today I and II"
  20. "Trust No 1"
  21. "Provenance"
  22. "Providence"
  23. "The Truth I and II"

FAVORITE MOTW EPISODES

  1. "Squeeze"
  2. "Eve"
  3. "Gender Bender"
  4. "Blood"
  5. "3"
  6. "Aubrey"
  7. "Irresistible"
  8. "Humbug"
  9. "Soft Light"
  10. "DPO"
  11. "Clive Bruckman's Final Repose"
  12. "War of the Coprophages"
  13. "Grotesque"
  14. "Pusher"
  15. "Home"
  16. "Paper Hearts"
  17. "Kaddish"
  18. "Synchrony"
  19. "Small Potatoes"
  20. "The Post-Modern Prometheus"
  21. "Kitsunegari"
  22. "Schizogeny"
  23. "Bad Blood"
  24. "Folie a Deux"
  25. "Drive"
  26. "Triangle"
  27. "Dreamland I and II"
  28. "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas"
  29. "Terms of Endearment"
  30. "The Rain King"
  31. "Tithonus"
  32. "Agua Mala"
  33. "Monday"
  34. "Arcadia"
  35. "Trevor"
  36. "Milagro"
  37. "The Unnatural"
  38. "Field Trip"
  39. "The Goldberg Variation"
  40. "all things"
  41. "Je Souhaite"
  42. "Redrum"
  43. "4-D"
  44. "Sunshine Days"









Tuesday, April 14, 2015

L: The Lone Gunmen

The Lone Gunmen
Edited from Wikipedia


The Lone Gunmen are Richard "Ringo" Langly, Melvin Frohike and John Fitzgerald Byers.Their name was derived from the lone gunman theory of the John F. Kennedy assassination.
Described as counterculture patriots, they are ardent conspiracy theorists, government watchdogs and computer hackers who frequently assist central X-Files characters Mulder and Scully, though they sometimes have their own adventures. The Lone Gunmen author a news publication called The Lone Gunman (once referred to as The Magic Bullet Newsletter; a pejorative reference to the single bullet theory and, like the group's name, a reference to the Kennedy assassination), to which Mulder loyally subscribed. None of them have day jobs; they rely on financial backers who believe in their cause, and the revenue generated by the subscriptions to their paper. They shared a loft apartment where they also work, and use a 1974–79 VW Transporter to commute.
The Skinny
Frohike has this strange crush on Scully (well, I guess it's not really strange Dana Scully is pretty amazing). It seems that she is aware and treats him with the utmost kindness. Of course, he's also the one that's the most paranoid.
Langly is the most computer game, geeky of the three and they joke around often about his need to cut his hair and be respectable.
Byers seems to be the most grounded of the three and talks the others off the ledge often. At one time I wasn't really sure that he was truly with the rest of them, but then he didn't run away when he could have and I knew deep down that he was truly like the others.
Episodes of the X-Files in which they appear
"The Lone Gunmen" seem to always be there just when I'd prefer that the episode move on in a faster manner, or when I don't want to laugh and things just get too intense. I think they work best in episodes that are enhanced by their "Three Stooges" act (those episodes are highlighted in red below) or when they're being geeky and adorable (those episodes are highlighted in green).


Season 1
  • "E.B.E."
Season 2
  • "Blood"
  • "One Breath"
  • "Fearful Symmetry"
  • "Anasazi"
Season 3
  • "The Blessing Way"
  • "Paper Clip"
  • "Nisei"
  • "Apocrypha"
  • "Wetwired"
Season 4
  • "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man"
  • "Memento Mori"
Season 5
  • "Redux"
  • "Redux II"
  • "Unusual Suspects"
  • "Emily"
  • "Kill Switch"
  • "The End"
The X-Files: Fight the Future
Season 6
  • "Triangle"
  • "Dreamland II"
  • "One Son"
  • "Three of a Kind"
  • "Field Trip"
Season 7
  • "First Person Shooter"
  • "En Ami"
  • "Requiem"
Season 8
  • "Within"
  • "Via Negativa"
  • "The Gift"
  • "Deadalive"
  • "Three Words"
  • "Existence"
Season 9
  • "Nothing Important Happened Today"
  • "Nothing Important Happened Today II"
  • "Provenance"
  • "Providence"
  • "William"
  • "Jump the Shark"
  • "The Truth" 

That being said....I don't really like "The Lone Gunmen". Maybe I should watch the series, but more than likely I'll just re-watch X-Files episodes, I can only take so much from crazy conspiracy theorists hiding in the dark stumbling over themselves. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

K: Killer Bees


What are the bees
They are first used to spread the smallpox virus and when The Syndicate finds that successful, they plan to use it to spread The Black Oil...Purity...or, as I like to say so the scary, baby clawed aliens can then nest and gestate in your body.

Why the bees
First there's this:

[SOURCE]
And, then...The idea that one could farm and use bees as a means to carry a virus that could wipe out humanity is scary, only because it could happen. Right now someone, somewhere could be keeping bees just for this very purpose.

"I don't believe the FBI currently has an investigative unit qualified to pursue the evidence in hand."


Where you can find the bees
In person
"Paperclip"
"Herrenvolk"
"Zero Sum"
The X-Files: Fight the Future

By reference
"War of the Coprophages"
"Small Potatoes"
"The Beginning"
"Dreamland"
"One Son"
"The Unnatural"
"Hollywood AD"

If you want to know more about the bees click here.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

J: John Doggett and Monica Reyes



John Doggett
From Wikipedia
FBI Special Agent John Jay Doggett is a fictional character in the Fox science fiction-supernatural television series The X-Files. With his FBI partners Dana Scully (season 8) and Monica Reyes (season 9), they work on the X-Files office together, which is concerned with cases with particularly mysterious or possibly supernatural circumstances that were left unsolved and shelved by the FBI. John Doggett is played by Robert Patrick. Doggett was a main character from the eighth to ninth seasons (2000–2002), replacing David Duchovny's character Fox Mulder. Doggett appeared in the opening credits and every episode from the season eight premiere to the series finale.
Doggett made his first appearance in the 2000 episode "Within". Doggett served in the United States Military from the 1970s to the 1980s. Later he started working for the New York Police Department, he was eventually promoted to detective. After his son's death, he got a job in the FBI. He started to work for the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2000, he was assigned to the X-Files office, after the disappearance of Mulder. The introduction of Doggett was met with mostly positive reaction by critics, while getting more mixed response from longtime fans of the series.

Monica Reyes
From Wikipedia
FBI Special Agent Monica Julieta Reyes is a fictional character in the Fox science fiction-supernatural television series The X-Files. Monica Reyes is portrayed by Annabeth Gish. A Special Agent with the FBI, she works with her longtime friend and partner John Doggett in the X-Files office, which is concerned with the investigation of paranormal cases, dubbed "X-Files". Introduced in the series' eighth season, Reyes would become a main character throughout the entirety of its ninth and final season, last appearing in the finale, "The Truth".
Reyes' first appearance in the episode "This Is Not Happening" was intended to add another character to the series who would readily believe in the paranormal, after the departure of David Duchovny and his character Fox Mulder. The character, and Gish's portrayal of her, have since received a mixed response from critics. She later appears in the canonical comic series The X-Files Season 10.

In "The X-Files"
After Mulder's absence, Doggett and eventually Reyes come in to help with the X-Files. I don't really care about the real reason all of this happened (we can talk about contracts, and studio execs at a later date and time), what I do care about is how they integrated this two characters into the show. Reyes, as a new-age, mystic and Doggett as the hardened agent breathed life back into the show and I truly like their MOTW episodes.

Their relationship to others
I love the way that Monica and Scully compliment one another. I'd hate to be the villain against each of them individually, but together they are two pretty amazing, albeit, different women. I also love the way Monica and Doggett interact with one another, they are more than friends from their first introduction to the show and if Doggett hadn't been so overcome with grief at the loss of his son he would've seen that.

Conclusion
I've also learned, over time, to stop comparing them to Mulder and Scully. They are not meant to be the same, I would even say that they aren't meant to be foils, even. They are meant only to be an extension of an already richly characterized universe. I am sorry that I didn't give these two characters the chance they truly deserve. I hope that they can make it to the 6 part mini-series somehow.

Friday, April 10, 2015

I: I Want to Believe (Movie Two)

Reasons why I think people didn't really fall for this movie:
1] They wanted answers about the end of the series. This movie did not provide answers about anything concerning the ending of the series or the MythArc at all. They forgot that this movie was going to be a stand alone movie from the very beginning.
2] Um...I here there was this other movie that came out around that time...it was some sort of Action Adventure movie...OK, fine, I watched "The Dark Knight Rises" opening night at midnight and then again about 2 weeks later. I watched this movie on opening day, but only once in the theatre.
3] It was billed as a Summer Blockbuster and some people who went to see it (people who were not die-hard X-Philes) wanted more big effects, more CGI, more guns, more tanks, more blood...
4] It was a summer movie full of plot and theme and thinking and snow for Pete-sakes!

or, they were like my friend, who said after we got up and were heading out the theatre

5] "Seeing David Duchovny was nice, seeing Mulder with Scully was nice, but what the heck was the rest of that? It was just too disturbing and creepy. Maybe they'll do aliens next time."

Why I love this movie:
1] It's a MOTW episode and, well, those are my favorite! While it has elements of the supernatural it also has the worse kind of monster of all: the monster that could actually exist in society.
2] It reminds me of the first few seasons of the show when I didn't want to watch episodes alone and I jumped out of my seat with terror a lot of the time. There were few happy endings and things were rarely tied up in a neat little bow, and it was creepy as heck!
3] It talks about our inability, but desire, to understand science and faith and know when they intertwine into one. We want to have both together at the same time, most think that we cannot.
4] The ending after the credits. *adorbs*

or, as Roger Ebert, God rest his soul, said so long ago:

5] "The movie is insidious. It involves evil on not one level but two. The evildoers, it must be said, are singularly inept; they receive bills for medical supplies under their own names, and surely there must be more efficient ways to abduct victims and purchase animal tranquilizers. But what they're up to is so creepy, and the snow-covered Virginia landscapes so haunting, and the wrong-headedness of Scully so frustrating, and the FBI bureaucracy so stupid, and Mulder so brave, that the movie works like thrillers used to work, before they were required to contain villains the size of buildings."

I think I need to get the book.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

H: Human hybrids...Alien-human hybrids


What is an alien-human hybrid?
hybrid is the genetically manipulated product of alien and human DNA as part of the colonization project run by the SyndicateSome humans became hybrids via gene therapy while others were conceived through a hybridization process.




Emily
The biological daughter of Dana Scully conceived as part of the Syndicate Project to create an alien/human hybrid.


Dr. Ernest Calderon
He was an alien/human hybrid who worked at the Prangen pharmaceuticals company and provided special medical service to Emily Sim as part of the Syndicate's hybridization experiments.


The Gregors
They were Human-Alien hybrids cloned after two hybrids originally created by the colonists. These original visitors had come to Earth in the 1940's in order to have a part in colonization. The Gregors' plan and actions were not sanctioned, but they still pursued hybridization experiments using human fetuses obtained in abortion clinics where they worked. These clinics were scattered around the United States. The Gregors participated in the creation of a Samantha Mulder clone series and these female hybrids, who considered the Gregors their fathers, became their partners on this project. 



Samantha
She was the daughter of William and Teena Mulder, as well as the sister of Fox Mulder


Kurt Crawford
They were a series of hybrid clones produced from female abductees' ova. They were employed by the Syndicate in the colonization project. The individual they were cloned after is unknown, but it is possible he was the son of a Syndicate member. Kurt Crawford was the name of one man in the Crawford series, but since the rest of them are not named, this name is also used as a reference to the whole group, similarly to the Gregor or Samantha Series.


Jeremiah Smith
He was a hybrid clone and a member of the resistance against the Syndicate who exhibited healing and shapeshifting abilities. He gained public attention after saving the lives of several people following a shooting in a fast food restaurant. It would seem that this Jeremiah Smith was one of six clones who all worked at the Social Security Administration in different states.


Gibson Praise
He was a chess prodigy who first met FBI Agents Mulder and Scully in 1998. For reasons unknown, he carried within him alien DNA and was capable of reading others' minds. During this time, he was targeted by the Syndicate because of his ability. After an assassination attempt on Praise failed, the Syndicate sent the Cigarette Smoking Man to kidnap him. While guarding Praise, Diana Fowley was intentionally shot and the Cigarette Smoking Man took Praise away. He was then seen getting into a car with the Well-Manicured Man and Alex Krycek


Cassandra Spender
She was a repeater, or a multiple abductee, critical to the plans of the Syndicate. She was the ex-wife of the Cigarette Smoking Man and mother of Special Agent Jeffrey Spender, as well as "Patient X," the primary test subject in the project to develop an alien/human hybrid.


Billy Miles
He was the son of Detective Miles and a resident of BellefleurOregon. He claimed to have been under temporary alien control several times in his life. After one final abduction, Miles was genetically altered into a human/alien hybrid, and became a super-soldier.

What is a super soldier?
Super-soldiers are human replacements that look human but are actually a type of alien. Fearless and virtually unstoppable, these aliens are not directed by anyone and are answerable to no-one except their own biological imperative to survive. They want to knock out any and all attempts by humans to survive the alien colonization of Earth and were created to aid in the extraterrestrial repopulation of the planet. Their collective name, "super-soldiers," derives from the aliens themselves, but was often used cynically by humans. 


Gene Crane
Knowle Rohrer
Shadow Man
Shannon McMahon
Toothpick Man

All information taken from the X-Files Wiki.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

G: The G-Woman...Agent Scully

OK, so a couple of years ago I wrote this post about Female Role Models on the Tube. In it I describe the reasons why two female characters became my foundations growing up. Here are my reasons if you don't want to click:

1] How you dress does not determine how you are perceived 
2] Nice girls finish first
3] Girls are powerful in body and mind
4] Less is More
5] Girls with Brains Rule
6] Strong, Smart Girls Don't Always Have to Win

While Laura Holt and Wonder Woman are definitely the core of me...Dana Scully is me all grown-up and sassy.

And, what have I learned from her:

1] Stand up for yourself and be your own person
"I'm not a part of any agenda. You've got to trust me. I'm here just like you, to solve this." ~"Pilot" S01 E01

2] Be skeptical, don't doubt the science of things, but have faith
"But you saved me! As difficult and as frustrating as it's been sometimes, your goddamned strict rationalism and science have saved me a thousand times over! You've kept me honest. You've made me a whole person. I owe you everything... Scully, and you owe me nothing. I don't know if I wanna do this alone. I don't even know if I can. And if I quit now, they win." ~The X-Files: Fight the Future

3] Listen to others and allow them to have their stories, allow them to be who they want to be
MULDER: I would've never seen you again. But you believed me.
SCULLY: In your dreams. Mulder, I want you to close your eyes and I want you to think to yourself "there's no place like home."
MULDER: Mmm. 
MULDER: Hey, Scully. 
SCULLY: Yes?
MULDER: I love you.
SCULLY: Oh, brother...
~"Triangle" S6 E03

4] Be willing to change your mind when presented with new facts and new situations
SCULLY: He's not dying. He is more alive than he's ever been and what's causing it may be extraterrestrial. ~"The Sixth Extinction: Amor Fati" S7 E02

5] Laugh at yourself, laugh with others
MULDER:  And I can neither confirm nor deny agent Scully's version of events, but, um...
SCULLY: Anyway... I was drugged.
MULDER: That is ... essentially, exactly the way it happened.
SCULLY: Essentially.
~"Bad Blood" S5 E12

6] 7 years isn't a long time to wait if you know, that in waiting, you are making the right choice
"Well, it seems to me that the best relationships-- the ones that last-- are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is... suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with." ~"The Rain King" S6 E07

And, you can raise your kiddos to be just like her. Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F: Fight the Future (movie one)

71 Thoughts While Watching "X-Files: Fight the Future"


  1. The black oil, coupled with the theme song revamp makes cold chills run up my spine
  2. North Texas 3500 bc...what!? What an amazing intro!
  3. How many children (people under 18) are killed or maimed or become killers in the X-Files?
  4. Ok, so watching the show all the way through up to this point and then hearing Bronschweig talk about the ‘impossible scenario’ just shows me how brilliant Chris Carter is
  5. 13 minutes in *boom* and with a gray t-shirt no less…
  6. ‘I had you big time.’ ‘You had nothing.’ *cute*
  7. 555.0113
  8. I didn’t realize that the movie was made before season 5...it explains why they look so darned good during season 5...well, when they’re actually in an episode during season 5.
  9. How many people sacrifice their lives to maintain the secret? Why do they do it?
  10. I remember when they showed the making of this scene during an X-files movie preview...fun stunt. *understatement*
  11. Sunflower seeds
  12. Mulder drinks!?
  13. "I'm the key figure in an ongoing government charade, the plot to conceal the truth about the existence of extraterrestrials. It's a global conspiracy, actually, with key players in the highest levels of power, that reaches down into the lives of every man, woman, and child on this planet, so, of course, no one believes me. I'm an annoyance to my superiors, a joke to my peers. They call me Spooky. Spooky Mulder, whose sister was abducted by aliens when he was just a kid and who now chases after little green men with a badge and a gun, shouting to the heavens or to anyone who will listen that the fix is in, that the sky is falling and when it hits it's gonna be the shit-storm of all time."
  14. Can anyone but David Duchovny deliver lines like ‘You know, one is the loneliest number?’ Probably not.
  15. Peeing on ‘Independence Day’. Lolol.
  16. I like that Mulder would go from the city to Georgetown to wake up Scully in the middle of the night and she is questioning, but not upset or surprised
  17. Did this movie come out before or after I’d been to DC for the first time?
  18. That Mulder has balls.
  19. I learned so much science from this movie. ‘I’m saying it wasn’t the Henta Virus’...goes to look up the henta virus…
  20. ‘The systematic release of a ...’ Honestly isn’t this the darned scariest thing and then you add the alien war
  21. What was the time table? Something 2012?
  22. And, then the cellphone rings...what!? Silent...if only they’d had texting. lol.
  23. That Scully, she saves the day loads of times...I love the look on his face when she walks through the door.
  24. That alien is SCARY why is it so scary as a baby...and then turn into the adorable grey alien (see episode in season 6 or 7)
  25. ‘A new extraterrestial biological entity’...’Spontaneous re-population’ ‘That we are nothing, but digestives for...’ ew.
  26. ‘Kill Mulder and we take the risk of turning one man’s quest into a crusade.’
  27. I miss Oldsmobile...well the Intrigue...anyway.
  28. ‘Five years together and how many times have I been wrong *pause* never *incredulous look* not driving anyway.’ ha!
  29. ‘Giant jiffy pop poppers’...in ‘98 all people got this...now...who get’s this?
  30. Oh, and their cellphones are really out of date too, are those Nokias?
  31. Watching this movie makes me want to write papers or grade papers
  32. I want Scully’s pant suit
  33. Oh, and that skirt suit she was wearing at the beginning of the movie
  34. David Duchovny has the best lips ever
  35. Salt Lake City, Utah...what!?
  36. Sexiest non-kissing scene EVA! ‘You saved me...You’ve kept me honest. You’ve made me a whole person...I owe you everything and Scully, you owe me nothing’ kiss dammit. i say this everytime and everytime...there’s a damned bee.
  37. What are David Duchovny’s arm muscles doing? What are they doing?
  38. So weird to see him run into his apartment to call someone for help…cellphones...
  39. ‘Hey, I know you...’ face
  40. Love the leather jacket
  41. ‘it’s the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Toto...’
  42. ‘Strip Byers naked.’
  43. The Well-Manicured Man is so…precise
  44. Why introduce Kurtzweil to kill him...how many are there?
  45. Ok, so there’s this big alien people field instead of an alien spaceship...does the vaccine save them all?
  46. What is it with sliding down long slippery places?
  47. Nice boots
  48. Was that his gun or his cellphone?
  49. "The Matrix" totally copied this whole scene
  50. He gets to kiss her after all
  51. Gee whiz those aliens are effing scary and there’s a whole green room of them
  52. I like that they don’t forget what they say to one another and bring it back at weird moments, but is that real?
  53. Ohhhh the alien hand and sharp claws and...gah, the suspense!
  54. Gosh, Scully always misses all the good parts...that alien spaceship is amazing
  55. I love that he gave her his nice warm coat...she still has to be pretty darned cold though
  56. ‘Scully, you gotta see this.’ um, I can’t I’m too busy freezing to death and did I mention the fact that I had one of those in me...inside of me...what!?
  57. ...and, then she hugs him and it’s cold, but she’s the protector
  58. What if aliens are real?
  59. Why isn’t Horseface in this movie? I don’t even remember missing that fact until now.
  60. Hello Blythe Danner.
  61. ‘...bees and corn crops...’
  62. Let’s leave Texas...just business as usual for The Syndicate
  63. ‘I don’t believe the FBI has an investigative unit qualified to pursue the evidence in hand.’ I love when Scully gets mad and uses her facts to throw things in the face of others. Suck it, Trebek.
  64. What is OPR?
  65. ‘Not unless your story can be programmed, categorized or easily referenced.’
  66. Mulder mad is sexy...oh that voice, that hair...his eyes, and then there’s the hand holding *sigh*
  67. ‘If I quit now, they win.’ this is also what I say to get through teaching…
  68. Texas, Tunisia same diff
  69. ‘He is but one man. One man alone cannot fight the future.’
  70. Is Scully the reason why the X-files were reopened? She is such a bad ass. FULL STOP.
  71. I love the soundtrack to this movie. I used to clean my apt. to it all the time.

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