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Does anyone else here find themselves thinking that just maybe the writers are resorting to the heroine-in-jeopardy, hero-to-the-rescue option once too often this season? At least in "Ascension," Mulder doesn't get to rescue Scully, which, now that I think about it, must have come as shock back in the day.

It was interesting to see Scully act as an investigator, visit a therapist to deal with her post-traumatic stress, and have prophetic visions of her own death while doing an autopsy. Watching her get targeted, kidnapped and hogtied by a yet another homicidal maniac—not so much. This episode made me break out my Scully-has-a-gun-and-yes-she-will-shoot-you user pic.

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: David Nutter
Originally aired: January 13, 1995

Synopsis:
Mulder gets a consult request from the Minneapolis field office on a case of grave desecration. Although he knows from the get-go that there is nothing paranormal going on, he agrees to take the case. Meanwhile, he snags tickets to see the Vikings versus Redskins, in the Metrodome. "Forty yard line, Scully. You and me." Things do not go according to plan.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: I know these things. I'm conscious of them. I know the world is full of predators, just as it has always been. And I know it's my job to protect people from them. And I've counted on that fact to give me faith in my ability to do what I do... I want that faith back... I need it back.

Links:
Transcript
SF Debris's Opinionated Reviews. Their verdict - Watchable but not recommended. I concur.
Sara Stegall. Predictably, she loves it.

Fanfiction:
There's only one story I can recommend: "Interlude" by Syntax6, at Gossamer. Her fic is so good I almost start liking the episode.

Date: 2014-10-15 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
The only comment I can come up with at the moment is that Scully's therapy scene got my attention. I have a quirky anti-therapy streak in my makeup--shrinks have popularized psychological codespeech, for one thing, turning virtually every human being into neurotic of the week (narcissist is popular just now)--and I find these sorts of scenes deadly dull from a dramatic pov. But Anderson shines with sincerity and clarity. I think I started to think of her when I first saw this as a potentially great actress.

Date: 2014-10-15 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Why, hello girly girl...

I love Irresistible simply because it is scary and I love scary stuff.

I'm still a few eps behind, but I remember loving that shot of Scully hallucinating that the corpse picture she was looking at was her own.

Also this end, the denial, the trembling scuffed chin, the arm wrapping...*sigh* Not very feminist of me to like Victim!Scully I know, but sue me, she does pain so well. So yeah, I don't mind Scully-in-jeopardy, Mulder-to-the-rescue eps of S2. Yeah, Scully got all kind of shit coming her way but she fought back as best she could.

Now S8 Victim!Scully OTOH I cannot stand. Because this Scully was whiny and tearful and an embarrassment tbh.
Edited Date: 2014-10-15 08:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-15 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] write-out.livejournal.com
I've always liked this one because it so spooked me. It's not a perfect ep but it hits mostly all of the right notes for me. Music and lighting, especially.

David Hearne's "Explanations" (at Gossamer) is a good post ep from Agent Moe Bocks' pov.

Date: 2014-10-16 02:29 am (UTC)
fueschgast: (The X-Files)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
It's so weird to see Scully so freaked out.

You could get whiplash from that prison scene. Oh, they caught Donnie! D'oh, it's not Donnie! Oh, but he was caught!

I've seen too many characters being assholes about going to a psychologist, so I really like that scene we get here. And really, it's great to have someone you can tell truths that you don't dare admit to anyone you know.

Ah, Lariat. I remember how I fangirled when I saw that on Supernatural, because I remembered it from The X-Files.

Date: 2014-10-16 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
I had a whole comment in the works and... somehow or other it disappeared. Sigh.

Anyway, Nick Chinlund is WAY too good at playing this creeper.

I'm glad they touched on Scully's abduction - you know, that MAJOR PLOT POINT they've ignored for how many eps now? That's the only explanation that I could find plausible for why Scully is so freaked out from the start here. Good grief, the woman cuts up dead bodies for a living!

I've watched this ep many times. I've never been particularly bothered by it. But this time, I felt so protective of Scully. It really difficult to see her suffering in that way. I hated seeing her in that closet. I guess I'm just getting old.

But I loved that she fought back. And her sad little face at the end makes her look younger and younger to me with each viewing. (Even though GA herself is only 6 months younger than I am.)

Poor Scully. I want to hug her too.

Date: 2014-10-23 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discordantwords.livejournal.com
I always liked this one, mostly because it manages to be utterly terrifying without being the least bit supernatural (I choose to ignore the "Donnie is a demon" nonsense that is introduced later in Orison.)

Nick Chinlund is SO creepy as Donnie. To the point that I want to start yelling at the woman who lets him into her house to deliver the groceries, because CAN'T YOU SEE THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIM?!

I like Moe Bocks, too. He looks so crestfallen when Mulder tells him it's probably not aliens. Poor Mulder couldn't catch a break and encounter this guy on one of the cases where he actually had to try and float an insane sounding theory past local law enforcement?

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