ruuger: (XF - old school)
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(sorry for the delay, I forgot to add this to the queue)

After a long stretch of MotWs, we're now back to the mythology. And again we get another piece for the mytharc puzzle with the introduction of the clones and the alien bounty hunters, and the first possible explanation to what really happened to Samantha.



Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Nick Marck
Originally aired: February 10, 1995

Synopsis:
Mulder gets a tip about the mysterious deaths of doctors who look identical even though they were not related. His investigation is derailed, however, when he receives news that Samantha has returned home.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: Our friend from the C.I.A. is about as unbelievable as his story... as is everything about this case. I mean, whatever happened to "trust no one", Mulder?
Mulder: Oh, I changed it to "trust everyone". I didn't tell you?

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Transcript

Random trivia:
Apparently the idea of the alien bounty hunters was born when David Duchovny said to Chris Carter: "Wouldn't it be great if we had like an alien bounty hunter?"

Date: 2014-10-20 03:18 am (UTC)
fueschgast: (The X-Files)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
That's a great teaser.

The suspenseful soundtrack is great too.

A whole episode of missed calls and when they finally don't miss each other, it's getting creepy. Gotta love that ending!

Date: 2014-10-20 05:31 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (raindrops keep fallin' on their heads)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
It's a great cliffhanger, even if the route it takes to get there is stupidly convoluted and mostly unbelievable.

The soundtrack really contributes to the suspenseful mood.

Date: 2014-10-20 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
Because I came late to this show and also watched a lot of it out of order, I never had much of a flow for it as a whole. But wow, it really is amazing how much time it would take to get back to the mytharc.

This show thankfully has little that's offensive. But the potshot against pro-lifers at the beginning was disgusting, especially the stereotypical Southern preacher as a suspect. Glad that was just a red herring.

I love Skinner in Chew Out Mode. Except in this (rare) case, Mulder didn't deserve it. He really had been deceived by the shape shifting Bounty Hunter!

Scully's giant white phone - HA!

I just realized that Skinner has just told Mulder that he and Scully are grounded, and not five minutes later he's back investigating. That boy never listens. But I guess that's why we love him.

He can be a jerk sometimes, as he really doesn't care what happens to anyone while he's in Tunnel Vision Mode, chasing his monsters. Sheesh.

If the alien blood/acid ate a hole through the sole of Scully's shoe, wouldn't it have immediately burned her foot? (And it happens TWICE!) I'm thinking too much again, aren't I?

Wait, I thought Mulder hadn't had a chance to write up the report? So what is the file he's handing Skinner?

Wait, Mulder calls Scully at home to tell her she's in danger, but when she doesn't pick up, he doesn't think to call her cell?

And then she leaves him a "CALL ME, IT'S IMPORTANT!" message but doesn't think to bring her cell phone into the bathroom while's showering? Wow.

Man alive, this show had some cliffhangers week to week. And season to season! How did we all survive?


I should've watched 'Closure' right after this... but I can't bring myself to do it. Oh, Show.

Date: 2014-10-20 05:27 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (raindrops keep fallin' on their heads)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
But the potshot against pro-lifers at the beginning was disgusting, especially the stereotypical Southern preacher as a suspect. Glad that was just a red herring.

I understand why you're offended. Southerners, Christianity in general, and the pro-life movement in particular don't get even-handed treatment in the media. But when the XF writers go on to portray the abortion providers as aliens who steal fetal tissue to create alien/human hybrids, it's hard for me to see a serious political agenda here.

If the alien blood/acid ate a hole through the sole of Scully's shoe, wouldn't it have immediately burned her foot? (And it happens TWICE!) I'm thinking too much again, aren't I?

What I'm thinking is the alien blood was corrosive enough to eat away her shoe leather over time but not so acidic that it ate through the shoe immediately. But you are right -- they are very inconsistent on the issue of how toxic the alien blood really is. In "The Erlenmeyer Flask," Mulder's exposure results in damage to his eyes, which heals completely with unknown medical intervention. But in "Colony" we're told the blood is lethal to humans. It's like they don't read their own episode scripts. There was no attempt being made a creating anything consistent or logical here. The hilarious thing is that while CC wrote the script, David Duchovny and CC get the story credit for this unholy mess of a plot.

Wait, Mulder calls Scully at home to tell her she's in danger, but when she doesn't pick up, he doesn't think to call her cell?

My husband and I are chanting in unison: Call her cell, call her cell, call her cell...

And then she leaves him a "CALL ME, IT'S IMPORTANT!" message but doesn't think to bring her cell phone into the bathroom while's showering? Wow.

I KNOW! This plot piles stupid on top of stupider to get to where it's going. Were they drunk when they thought this one up? It boggles the mind.

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