[identity profile] rustingwillpowr.livejournal.com
Okay, these aren't exactly new, but most people probably won't have seen them.

So, three wallpapers sized 1920x1080, and also scaled down versions of 1000px width.

Wallpapers )

Memorabilia )
ruuger: (XF - old school)
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And following the tense "Colony"/"End Game" pair, we get the second weird mytharc-MotW hybrid of the season, though this one is at least slightly more memorable one than "Red Museum" (for its ridiculousness if nothing else).

Writer: Steve De Jarnatt
Director: James Whitmore, Jr.
Originally aired: February 24, 1995

Mulder and Scully investigate a death by invisible elephant.

Memorable Quote:
Mulder: Where's Langly?
Byers: He has a philosophical aversion to having his image bounced off a satellite.

[identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
Thought I'd do a bit of a review for the official comics. Haven't seen any reviews on LJ and don't really know what you all think of them, but this was my initial reaction to reading the first one. There are spoilers for the whole series below.

image-heavy )
wendelah1: Scully's head dissolving into yellow goo (I'm melting)
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Today is the last general discussion post. Beginning tomorrow with "Fearful Symmetry, we march on relentlessly with an episode post per day. Please note that I made a mistake and swapped the posting dates of "The Calusari" and "F. Emasculata." The corrected schedule is below the vintage Fox ad for tomorrow's episode (graphic from [livejournal.com profile] badforthefish).

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October 23 – Fearful Symmetry
October 24 – Død Kalm
October 25 – Humbug
October 26 – The Calusari
October 27 – F. Emasculata
October 28 – Soft Light
October 29 – Our Town
October 30 – Anasazi
October 31 – THERE IS A THREE-WAY TIE. It will either be "Detour," "Home," or "Scary Monsters."


Just a reminder that Halloween is a free-for-all day.
wendelah1: (Mosely Drummy)
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This was harder than I thought it would be. There were so many indelible characters created for The X-Files. Unforgettable characters are a hallmark of the series, especially compared to a routine police procedural like Elementary, where you're tuning in to watch Holmes and Watson, or a science fiction series like Fringe, where, with only a couple of exceptions, only the core characters are truly compelling.

I know everyone will have their own favorites. My husband thought Duane Barry should get his own series. Off the top of my head, I can list Clyde Bruckman, Tooms, Patrick Crump, and Pam Driscoll as especially memorable. Thanks to David Duchovny and Darin Morgan, Eddie Van Blundht will live on in infamy (Lots of people spell it wrong. It's like Dutch or something.). But in the end, I choose Luther Boggs from "Beyond the Sea." The part was written with Brad Dourif in mind, and he created a vivid portrait of a manipulative serial murderer.

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BOGGS: Mulder...
(They turn back.)
Don't go near the white cross. We see you down... and your blood spills on the white cross.

Who is your favorite one-shot character?
wendelah1: (Samantha Mulder)
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It's another damned Scully-in-jeopardy, Mulder to the rescue story, redeemed by Scully saving Mulder at the end WITH SCIENCE. SCIENCE WINS.

I truly love the ending, and the hostage exchange scene on the bridge is very tightly written. I remember being on the edge of my seat the first time I watched.

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Writer: Frank Spotnitz
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: February 17, 1995

Where do I start?
Cliffhanger resolution: the Alien Bounty Hunter takes Scully hostage and forces Mulder to trade her for his sister, who turns out not to be his sister after all. He has a confrontation with his father. He finds and loses more Samantha clones. "X" gives him the coordinates for the Alien Bounty Hunter's downed UFO in the Arctic Sea, and Mulder takes off in search of his sister again. Scully chases after him. Again.

Most Memorable Quote:
X: You wanted to see me?
MULDER: How was the opera?
X: Wonderful, I've never slept better. I don't like these hasty public meetings, Agent Mulder.
MULDER: I'm sorry. I need your help.
X: It's over. The fat lady is singing.
Also this scene: Favorite Scully Moments

the m0vie blog
Musings of an X-Phile
Sarah Stegall

Yes but No.
[identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com


Rating: PG

Genre: it's Halloween in 11 days what do you expect?

Timeline: a certain number of years after IWTB.

Author's notes at the end.

We should have picture frames and photo albums... )

wendelah1: Dana Scully and Diana Fowley have a stare-down (How it works)
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Anyone who knows me can predict my answer to this question, even without the icon as a tip-off. I've already written meta on the topic, too: Why I Love Diana Fowley.

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The tl;dr version: I like her because she's a complicated female character who is fun to write fic about.

Who's your favorite recurring character?
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

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?


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?"
[identity profile] odessie.livejournal.com
I'd hoped to post a vid today, but there was just no way I was going to finish it in time, so have some meta instead:

( Read more... )

(And I've been massively busy with real life - and modding [livejournal.com profile] festivids! - so am very behind, but am loving the X-Files love that I've seen, and will definitely go back and catch up on stuff and leave some comments before the month ends.)
[identity profile] write-out.livejournal.com
It's ironic- or just a sign of how incredibly slow I am- but I am about to repeat the words with which I started last year's entry: I am loving all of the XF love so far and plan to go back and comment on what I've missed.

This is what I wrote last year. I spoke briefly about how I started watching the show from the very beginning, shared some of my memorabilia (although I think puts me to shame), my love of the episode "Alpha" (which indulged me in), my rare love as a M/S shipper for Diana Fowley, and I spoke a little about the XF convention I attended in 1996. I couldn't find it at the time, but I just came across the program from that convention and so I wanted to share that with you.

The 1996 Official X-Files Convention )
wendelah1: (Agent Mulder I've been you)
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Continuing in Hollywood's long-standing tradition of misrepresenting Vodou as evil and having ties to Satanism, "Fresh Bones" manages to hit every cultural cliché in the books, from the walking dead to black cats are evil spirits.

Apart from that, it was grisly, slow-moving, and implied that the US government would participate in a cover-up of the systematic maltreatment of a refugee population. Of course they would, but what does that have to do with the X-Files? The puzzle pieces sure didn't fit together by the end in this episode.

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Writer: Howard Gordon
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: February 3, 1995

Synopsis: At the request of a Marine widow, Mulder and Scully investigate the suicides of two Marines whose company had been tasked with policing a Haitian refugee center in North Carolina.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: Mulder, voodoo only works by instilling fear among its believers. You saw the way Bauvais tried to intimidate me. The power of suggestion is considerable, I'll admit... But this is no more magic than a pair of fuzzy dice.

Musings of an X-Phile
Monster of the Week

ruuger: (XF - old school)
[personal profile] ruuger
I was planning on posting some fic on my day, but while editing it I was hit with a writer's suck, and decided I didn't want to post it yet after all. So instead, you'll get some memories of my sordid past as a 15-year-old phile back in 1995...

Read more... )
ruuger: (XF - old school)
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One of the more memorable MotWs of the season, a classic, darkly humorous Morgan&Wong episode that takes its inspiration from the satanism panic of the early 90's (subject to which they returned to in the Millennium episode Monster).

Writer: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: Januaruy 6, 1995

Synopsis: Mulder and Scully investigate the ritualistic killing of a teenager, which leads them on the trail of a satanic cult thriving in the small town community.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: Mulder, toads just fell from the sky.
Mulder: I guess their parachutes didn't open.

Random fact: In Germany, this episode was called "Satan" (or at least so WIkipedia tells me).


Mod Post

Oct. 17th, 2014 12:12 am
wendelah1: Scully's head dissolving into yellow goo (I'm melting)
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Just a quick reminder. If you know you can't post on your day for any reason, your mods would appreciate it if you could PM one of us.

We're quickly approaching Halloween. Currently, there's a tie between "Scary Monsters" and "Detour," with "Home" just one vote behind the leaders. Most of the community still hasn't weighed in. Please nominate an episode and/or cast your vote.

The prompt meme is still open for prompts and fills.

The re-watch resumes October 17 with "Die Hand Die Verletzt."

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wendelah1: Scully's head dissolving into yellow goo (I'm melting)
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Today is National Boss Day. No, I am not making that up. It must be true--it's on my wall calendar.

In honor of the boss of the X-Files for the first five seasons plus one movie, FBI Assistant Director Walter Sergei Skinner, what are your favorite Skinner moments/episodes?

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This is mine. I doubt they covered this contingency in the FBI's Upper Management Handbook.
[identity profile] discordantwords.livejournal.com
I was hoping to post this earlier today, but life got away from me a bit. A little post-ep for Humbug that I've been toying with the past couple of months.

Title: Nothing Wicked

Author: [livejournal.com profile] discordantwords
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen, Vignette
Warnings: None
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully

Spoilers: Post-ep for Humbug

"Somehow I doubt that the late, great Hepcat Helm would put his stamp of approval on such an establishment."

Read more... )
wendelah1: (Dana Scully - Wetwired)
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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

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.

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

There's only one story I can recommend: "Interlude" by Syntax6, at Gossamer. Her fic is so good I almost start liking the episode.
wendelah1: (2Shy)
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Let's cut to the chase: I hated this episode. In "Aubrey," we find that Detective "B. J." Morrow commits heinous murders that mimic those committed two generations earlier by her genetic grandfather, convicted murderer Harry Cokely. Not only does Detective Morrow commit these copy-cat murders, she has dreams about his previous crimes, and commits the murders while in a trance state, believing she's Cokely!

Except, since she was adopted, she has never met Cokely and has no idea she's related to him! Cokely is still alive, so his demon spirit isn't possessing her. That would be ridiculous too, but at least it would be the kind of supernatural explanation we've come to expect from this show. Instead, Mulder believes that Morrow inherited a murderous gene from her grandfather which was triggered somehow by her pregnancy and caused her to commit these crimes—even using the exact same technique as Cokely.

MULDER: Jung wrote about it when he talked about the collective unconscious. It's genetic memory, Scully.

Oh, brother.

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Writer: Sara B. Charno
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: January 6, 1995

Mulder and Scully head to Aubrey, Missouri to try to solve an old missing persons case. In 1942, two FBI detectives disappeared while investigating a serial murder case. Three women murdered, all left with the word "Sister" carved on their chest. Mulder is intrigued when the bones of one of those missing agents are discovered in a field in that same small town, by one of their police detectives. As Mulder and Scully will soon discover, the murders have started up again.

Most Memorable Quote:
BJ: My father was a cop. A good cop. That's all I ever wanted to be. He'd say what we're doing here is nonsense. That you can't solve a crime from a dream.
MULDER: Well, I've often felt that dreams are answers to questions we haven't yet figured out how to ask.

An Opinionated Review at BLIP TV by SciFi Debris. His verdict: watchable but just barely.
Sarah Stegall loves loves loves it, however. Humph! There is simply no accounting for taste.
And a 2014 entry in the critics lineup:
The m0vie blog. His verdict in a nutshell: the episode ties in well with The X-Files overarching themes but it doesn't make any sense at all while doing that.

Which brings me to my other issue with "Aubrey." I can't watch it without thinking of all of the reproductive horrors already visited on Scully and other female characters, and all of the horrors yet to come. And I'm sick to death of it, plain and simple.

Well, there's always "Seeds of Synchronicity" by Mountainphile. Not a favorite of mine but a lot of people seem to have enjoyed it.
Summary: Six years after the events of "Aubrey," Scully and Mulder revisit the Missouri town to confront old demons and lay new ones to rest. Found at Gossamer.
ruuger: (XF - old school)
[personal profile] ruuger
Filling up an empty day with a small nostalgia trip. I went through my WIP folder and found a fic I'd started writing after seeing "The Truth" (over ten years ago, where does the time go?), polished it up a bit, and then finished it.

Veritas (1354 words) by Ruuger
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: John Doggett/Monica Reyes
Characters: Monica Reyes, John Doggett
Additional Tags: Post-The Truth, Episode Tag

Doggett and reyes on the run after "The Truth".


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