wendelah1: Mulder and Scully (hold me)
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"Anasazi" was written by Chris Carter with a great deal of input from David Duchovny. It's fast paced, with a convoluted plot that doesn't hold up well to close analysis; in other words, it's a typical myth-arc episode. It's also a big cliffhanger that concludes in season three's two-parter, "The Blessing Way/Paper Clip."

I wasn't around during the series' initial run but I would imagine people were wanting the summer to end so they could find out what happened in that boxcar.

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: R.W. Goodwin
Originally aired: May 19, 1995

Well. Where do I start? The episode begins with an earthquake in New Mexico and ends with the CSM ordering his men to set fire to a boxcar where Mulder is hiding. I KNOW.

Back to the beginning. A computer hacker known as "The Thinker" manages to access the DoD mainframe and download secret files related to the Project. He's gone on the run but secures a meeting with Mulder to give him the digital tape. When Mulder tries to read the files, he discovers they've been encrypted. Scully recognizes the code as Navajo and tries to find someone who can break the encryption while Mulder is summoned to the Vineyard by his father who is ready to tell Mulder the truth, at least some version of it. Meanwhile, Mulder has gotten into a fistfight with Skinner, someone has tried to kill Scully, someone does kill Mulder's father and Scully shoots Mulder!

Most Memorable Quote:
Mulder: My father's dead, Scully. They killed him.

Sara Stegall's review

O.T.: Here's a reprint of an article from the November 1, 1997 issue of Entertainment Weekly: Cataloging the "X-Files" Websites

Fanfiction: My favorites are below. If you know of others, recommend them in the comments. I'm still hoping someone will write that "Paper Clip" AU in which Mulder and Scully don't make a deal to give up the digital tape. Instead, they go on the run and take down the Consortium.

Time by Kipler.
This is Agamemnon by Vanzetti.


Thus concludes our Season Two Rewatch. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.

Since we had a three-way tie for tomorrow's episode, I changed my vote. Our Halloween episode will be 9x12 "Scary Monsters"! Seems appropriate, don't you think?
wendelah1: (Mulder: X :Scully)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This episode is notable mainly for being Vince Gilligan's first script. I liked the dialogue between Mulder and Scully, although the rest of the characters are a little thin and the premise is absurd. Tony Shalhoub was fine as Dr. Banton, the Human Black Hole. It's always nice to see X make an appearance. And, as we know, Gilligan did improve.

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Writer: Vince Gilligan
Director: James Contner
Originally aired: May 5, 1995

A police officer who was a student of Scully's from Quantico asks her to consult, unofficially, on a missing person's case.

Most Memorable Quote:
SCULLY: Having a little fun?
MULDER: What are you talking about?
SCULLY: Spontaneous human combustion?
MULDER: I have over a dozen case files of human bodies reduced to ash without any attendant burning or melting. Rapid oxidation without heat.
SCULLY: Let's just forget for the moment that there's no scientific theory to support it.
MULDER: (flippantly) Okay.

Autumn Tysko
The A.V. Club

None that I can recommend.
wendelah1: Mulder watching Scully walk off in a huff (I fucked that up)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This is one of the grossest episodes of television I have ever seen. Exploding pustules! Massive boils! The scene below where Scully has a beetle taped to her arm to determine whether or not she's infested with this DISEASE-CARRYING PUSTULE-CAUSING PARASITE makes me squirm and I'm not usually squeamish. To quote Mulder on this issue:"I hate insects." Exactly.

Sorry. Wrong episode. But "F. Emasculata" does have something in common with "War of the Corprophages," other than that they're both about bugs, I mean. Mulder and Scully are separated during most of the episode, pursuing the investigation independently: Scully as a scientist, and Mulder as a chaser-after-the-bad-guys person.

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Writer(s): Chris Carter & Howard Gordon
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: April 28th, 1995

Synopsis: After a mysterious fatal illness infests a prison population, two prisoners who may be carrying the contagion manage to escape. The CDC is already on site and the US Marshals are already in pursuit of the escaped convicts. Nevertheless, for reasons that will never become entirely clear, Mulder and Scully are sent by the FBI to investigate.

Most Memorable Quote:
Skinner: For every step you take they're three steps ahead.
Mulder: What about you, where do you stand?
Skinner: I stand right on the line you keep crossing.

the m0vie blog review
The Munchkyn Zone (via Wayback Machine)

No. But we can write some...
ext_20988: (science v mysticism)
[identity profile] memories-child.livejournal.com
Title: “The future looks just like him”: Mulder and the (fe)male gaze
Author: [livejournal.com profile] memories_child
Word count: 2,197
A/N: First of all I'm so sorry this is late. I was due to post on Friday but I've had a virus for a week and that, along with work being ridiculously busy at the moment, wiped me out. Mods, I hope it's okay for me to post this today.

“The future looks just like him”: Mulder and the (fe)male gaze )
wendelah1: (Checking In?)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This is Darin Morgan's maiden voyage as a writer for The X-Files. He previously appeared in season two in "The Host" as Flukeman. I haven't watched it yet (hey, being a mod is a busy job) so let's see what I remember. Well, Scully eats a cricket. They exhume a potato. Mulder looks hot. It's the first episode conceived to be humorous, as opposed to having a quip or two.

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Writer: Darin Morgan
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: March 31, 1995

Synopsis: Mulder and Scully travel to the small town of Gibsonton, Florida to investigate the latest of a series of mysterious attacks, which occurred throughout the US over the past 28 years. They begin by attending the funeral of the most recent victim, who was a member of a community of former side-show performers.

Most Memorable Quote:
Mulder: Tell me, have you done much circus work in your life?
Mr. Nutt: And what makes you think I've ever spectated a circus? Much less been enslaved by one?
Mulder: I know that many of the citizens here are former circus hands, and I just thought that...
Mr. Nutt: You thought that because I am a person of short stature, that the only career I could procure for myself would be one confined to the so-called 'Big Top'. You took one quick look at me, and decided that you could deduce my entire life. Never would it have occurred to you that a person of my height could have possibly obtained a degree in Hotel Management.
Mulder: I'm sorry. I meant no offence.
Mr. Nutt: Well then why should I take offence? Just because it's human nature to make instantaneous judgments of others based solely upon their physical appearances? Why I've done the same thing to you, for example. I've taken in your all-American features, your dour demeanor, your unimaginative necktie design, and concluded that you work for the government; an FBI agent... but do you see the tragedy here? I have mistakenly reduced you to a stereotype. A caricature, instead of regarding you as a specific, unique individual.
Mulder: But I am an FBI agent.

Not Just a Fluke: How Darin Morgan Saved The X-Files
TWOP Recap
The 10 Funniest X-Files Episodes
Sarah Stegall

Fanfiction: Alas, no. Let's go write some!

Text re-posted from last summer's [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club mini-re-watch.
wendelah1: (raindrops keep fallin' on their heads)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This episode shouldn't work. The plot makes no sense. The science makes no sense at all. We never even find out what happens to the dread mysterious Pirate Olafsson. The bottom line is the X-File investigation goes nowhere, nothing gets explained, and the only people who survive--whatever it is--are Mulder and Scully themselves. Yet the director manages to create dramatic tension and evoke a feeling of extreme claustrophobia. And naturally, it's always a treat to watch Scully do science.

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Writer: Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: March 10, 1995

Just because they want to, Mulder and Scully charter a fishing boat and head to the North Atlantic off the coast of Norway to investigate the mysterious deaths of the crew of the USS Ardent, where they get stranded when pirates hijack their boat. The ship vanished at the 65th parallel where there is a history of ships going missing dating back to WW II.

Most Memorable Quote:
MULDER: I always thought when I got older I'd maybe take a cruise somewhere. This isn't exactly what I had in mind. The service on this ship is terrible, Scully. (she smiles) It's not fair. It's not our time. We still have work to do.

SCULLY: Mulder ... When they found me, after the doctors and even my family had given up, I experienced something that I never told you about. Even now it's hard to find the words. But there's one thing I'm certain of. As certain as I am of this life, we have nothing to fear when it's over.

Sarah Stegall
Musings of an X-Phile
Monster of the Week
the m0vie blog

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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: (Mosely Drummy)
[personal profile] wendelah1
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)
[personal profile] wendelah1
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.
wendelah1: Dana Scully and Diana Fowley have a stare-down (How it works)
[personal profile] wendelah1
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?
wendelah1: (Agent Mulder I've been you)
[personal profile] wendelah1
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

wendelah1: (2Shy)
[personal profile] wendelah1
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.
wendelah1: (Hanging on for dear life)
[personal profile] wendelah1
First, let me wish a Happy Birthday to Fox William Mulder who turned 53 today.

In honor of his birthday, my Top Five Mulder Moments from Season Two.

5. The climatic scene from "Blood." After racing to the top of the clock tower where the crazed postal worker, Edward Funsch, has been firing rounds down into the crowd, Mulder disarms and takes him into custody without having to resort to violence himself. Mulder accomplishes this by reminding Funsch that if he shoots Mulder there will be a lot of blood.

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Four More Mulder Moments )

What are your favorite Mulder moments--any season, any episode?

The re-watch resumes tomorrow with "Aubrey."
wendelah1: (Barbecue sauce)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This episode is confusing. There are so many plot elements and red herrings that when Scully says it's "kind of hard to tell the villains without a scorecard," you'd best believe her. But when I found out that "Red Museum" was originally intended to be a cross-over with the CBS series Picket Fences until the network vetoed the idea, it all made sense. This was a fast re-write, designed to clear all references to someone else's universe, which never quite gelled.

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Win Phelps
Originally aired: December 9, 1994

When several teenagers from a small town in Wisconsin are kidnapped and returned with the phrase "he is one" written on their backs, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: So, you started to tell me about walk-ins but I'm not sure if I grasped the finer points.
Mulder: Well, it, it's kind of a new age religion based on an old idea. That if you, uh, lose hope or despair and want to leave this mortal coil, you become open and vulnerable.
Scully: To inhabitation by a new spirit.
Mulder: A new enlightened spirit. According to the literature, Abe Lincoln was a walk-in. And Mikhail Gorbachev and Charles Colson, Nixon's advisor.
Scully: But not Nixon?
Mulder: No. Not even they want to claim Nixon.

Fences X'd Out
Sarah Stegall

There are a few stories at Gossamer. Of those I've read, I can recommend "Camera Lucida 01 - Latency" by tree and "Camera Obscura 01 - Latency" by A. Kelley Nolan
wendelah1: (The light at the end of the tunnel)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I find I have nothing new to add so here is my post from last year.

I kind of hated this episode the first time I saw it. Here's why. During the scene where Mulder is holding a gun to the Cigarette Smoking Man's head and threatening to blow his brains out, I found myself chanting, "Kill him. Kill him. KILL HIM!" But Mulder doesn't do it. I held that against Mulder and the writers for a long time. Spender is evil. He deserves to die.

Then a friend explained that the episode is about Mulder turning away from the Darkness, away from his despair and self-blame, away from his loneliness, from the hopelessness of the past few months. At Melissa's urging, Mulder goes back to Scully's bedside. He can't tell Scully how he feels—maybe those feelings are too overwhelming—so he tells her instead that he's there for her.

Sometimes the only thing we can offer in the face of suffering is our presence.

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Writer: Glen Morgan, James Wong
Director: R.W. Goodwin
Originally aired: November 11, 1994 (in the US)

Synopsis: Her mother has got the gravestone already picked out when suddenly out of nowhere, Scully mysteriously reappears in the ER of a DC hospital. Comatose and on a ventilator, with a biological poison in her bloodstream, according to the doctor attending her, Scully is dying. The Lonegunmen reluctantly agree. Despite Mulder's objections, Melissa and Mrs. Scully agree to follow the terms of Scully's living will, and remove her from life support.

Most Memorable Quote:
MULDER: I feel, Scully...that you believe...you’re not ready to go. And you’ve always had the strength of your beliefs. I don’t know if my being here...will help bring you back. But I’m here.
(He sits back in his chair and stares at her solemnly. The clock reads 8:17. Wendy starts to sob.)

One Breath transcript
Autumn Tysko's review.
Sarah Stegall's review.
Nina of Den of Geek offers her Top 10 X-Files episodes. Don't you love it that everyone has a list?

Cannibals and Chlorine by Gina Rain. Mulder suffers separation anxiety after Scully's abduction and return. Also at Gossamer.
October Skies by Oracle. Post-ep, kinda. Mulder and Scully go to a Halloween party. It's adorable. I rec it every chance I get.

Since this is the only episode we are doing that deals with Scully's abduction and its aftermath, i.e. the cancer arc and the creation of Emily, I'm throwing in all the fics here. Well, not all of them, but a couple of major ones, because they should be celebrated, too.

Iolokus by [livejournal.com profile] mustangsally78 and [livejournal.com profile] rivkat. Summary: Painted across the barren and desolate reaches of Texas, the shadows of the Project put additional pressure on Scully and Mulder's already fragile relationship. After a hostage crisis raises more questions about the Project's breeding program, Scully begins her own investigation, leaving Mulder to choose between saving her and saving himself. Finally, the investigation leads to tragedy and Mulder and Scully find that more questions have been asked than answered. Brilliant and angry, an unforgettable story. All the warnings.

Arizona Highways by [livejournal.com profile] fialka. Summary: Visions of Melissa lead Our Heroes on a case confirming the existence of a series of Emilys. But does Melissa really have a message, or is it all in Scully's head? Set post Two Fathers/One Son, so technically a season six fic. But I'm not doing season six, so it goes right here. This is my desert island story, people. I would pay someone to turn this into a podfic. I'm not kidding.

And one more, my favorite cancer arc fic.
Isometry by [livejournal.com profile] syntax6. Summary: The story of a man, a woman and their lucky pickle. Season 4 cancer era. Rated NC-17.
tree: mulder and scully kiss from 'the truth'; text: till those two troubled little clocks ticked softly into one. ([xf] lost inside your pocket)
[personal profile] tree
i wrote a thing! apparently it's been two years since i wrote an XF fic. how did that happen?

this is dedicated to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 because it's her birthday. if i were a good friend it would be a long, plotty, gen, x-file. but i am not a good friend, so it is sexy tiems. it's the thought that counts?

and the world keeps beginning (2605 words) by tree
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Birthday Sex, Massage

“I’m fifty, Scully, not dead.”

wendelah1: (When sense from spirit files away)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This is a hard question for me. When you love a character the way I love Scully, the temptation is to throw up my hands and say all of them. Because it's true: I love every minute of The X-Files—when she's on screen. With Mulder, without Mulder—it really doesn't matter. I have a Tumblr tag that sums it up pretty well: #Her Everything.

But if I am forced to choose, the moments I appreciate most are when she gets to use her scientific knowledge to solve cases and save lives. I love Scientist Scully and Investigator Scully and Skeptical Scully. Okay, Kickass Scully is good, too. However, I have to be honest: the episodes of The X-Files that I love best are those where scientific rationalism wins the day. I only wish 1013 had seen fit to provide a few more of them.

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screencaps by tree

More Scully from End Game under the cut )

What's your favorite Scully moment or episode?

The re-watch resumes tomorrow with "One Breath."

2x07 "3"

Oct. 7th, 2014 12:01 am
wendelah1: (How do you define "normal'?)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Critical opinion is so divided on this episode, it's hard to know where to begin. Even the writers weren't exactly happy with how it turned out. Sarah Stegall gave it an A for no reason that I can see except David Duchovny is hot. The critic at The A.V. Club must feel differently about DD's sex appeal because he gave "3" a D+. My non-X-Phile spouse's verdict: "They really jumped the shark with that one." After this latest viewing, I stand somewhere in the middle. I give it a solid B-. With Scully missing, Mulder has hit bottom. It was good to see the emotional fallout from her kidnapping addressed, even if it was only briefly and in the middle of a mediocre vampire pastiche.

Everyone agreed on one thing: The Unheard Music by X was an excellent, atmospheric choice for the scene at Club Tepes.

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Writer: Chris Ruppenthal, Glen Morgan, James Wong
Director: David Nutter
Originally aired: November 4, 1994

After reopening the X-Files, Mulder heads to Los Angeles to investigate a series of ritualistic killings.

Most Memorable Quote:
Kristen Kilar: Are you about to ask what a normal person like me is doing in a place like this?
Mulder: How do you define normal?
Kristen Kilar: Misha, red wine... I don't. How do you?
Mulder: All I know is... normal is not what I feel.

Musings of an X-Phile.
A Surreal X-File Captures Earthlings - LA Times article about filming the episode in Vancouver.

There should be more but I like this early season two story.
Under the Rose by bugsfic
Summary: The Christmas holidays are always so stressful. 1994 is even more so for Dana Scully, bringing painful memories, a perplexing Mulder, and vampires.


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