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‘X-Files’ Recap: Episode 6

X-Files Season 10 Episode 6: My Struggle II AKA YOU BETTER MAKE MORE EPISODES OR SOMEONE IS GONNA GET SHANKED!

First and foremost…WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL!? LIKE SERIOUSLY? THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SIX EPISODE EVENT! RIGHT NOW YOU’RE JUST TEASING US IN A NOT SO GREAT WAY! WHO ENDS AN “EVENT” LIKE THIS?! YOU BETTER DELIVER CHRIS CARTER, OR YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME VERY IRRITATED AND PISSED OFF FANS. SO MUCH HATE MAIL!

Okay, now that is out of my system, let’s recap. ‘My Struggle II’ is a continuation of the first two episodes of the event. Tad O’Malley is back with his conspiracies, that turn out to be sort of fact, about alien DNA that been implanted in every person in America, nay, the world. That’s not all. Mulder is missing. After Scully watched the Truth Squad show, people start to slowly freak out, new agents Miller and Einstein are back and there to help as well. Einstein is skeptical about the alien DNA, but her and Scully, after encountering a man who seems to have been exposed to Anthrax, geno her DNA and Scully’s only to find that the sequence no longer has the anomaly. But due to Einstein’s cleverness and why it not be there, further explore Scully’s DNA, to find it and start to produce the serum to help cure people. Einstein, and a lot of other people meanwhile are all falling ill and dying.

Tad of course is there until the end, with shaky internet transmission, relaying the message that there is a ray of light, don’t give up, because Dana Scully is one bad ass mofo and she has the special stuff that will make us all feel better once more.

All of this is thanks to agent Monica Reyes, who has come out of hiding and reveals the truth that she left the FBI to basically be a slave to Cancer Man, Smoking Man, Overall Creep Man that should be dead, whatever you want to call him. She tells Scully about the plan the break down people’s immune systems, but that she’s immune to the virus that is now wreaking havoc across the world. YAY!! CRAZY!

While all this is happening, agent Miller is locating Mulder via phone tracking. He makes his way to the area where is he, and finds Mulder very sick and beaten. After exchanging words, he gets the hell out of dodge, and calls Scully, letting her know that he has Mulder, and both of them could use a couple of doctors.

Scully has made the cure! YAY! She administers her the vaccine and makes her way towards where Miller and Mulder are. After seeing the state Mulder is in, she tells Miller is in need of stem cells, and the only person he could get that from is from William, their son, but she has no idea of where is he. Just as she’s explaining this to Miller, a spacecraft appears over, a green beam ensnaring Scully.

OH NO, THEY’RE GOING TO BEAM HER UP! OH NO, THEY’RE GOING TO EXPLODE HER LIKE SVETA! OH YAY, THEY HAVE WILLIAM AND THEY’RE BEAMING HIM DOWN TO

SAVE HIS DADDY!

OH NO! THEY’RE GOING TO END THE FUCKING EPISODE ZOOMING IN ON SCULLY’S EYE!

What? Why? I was putting my child down as I watched it and nearly dropped her out of my arms wondering what the shit just happened. REALLY?!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this episode because I want to believe. I don’t want to sound crazy, but this season, primarily the premiere and finale, has resonated a little with me and I’m sure some of the Americans, and world, to the direction we’re heading. And that’s what, like I’ve said before, I like about this season, it’s bringing some thing, some people might not even be aware of to the forefront, and there is some truth to it.

With this season closing, all I can think about is the lingo used. Season finale. Not series. Also, they don’t use the words conclusion or anything to suggest that we WON’T be seeing more of Dana and Fox, hell, I’ll even take seeing more of Miller and Einstein.

In the end, I just want some more, and I leave with an open letter to the creator:

Dear Chris Carter,

Everyone involved in on board with more. Please make that happen. Please do another six part series in the fall, wrap of this gem of show at least and out a shiny red bow in it. That’s the least you can do with what you just gave us. There needs to be more. Please. Pretty please.

Thanks,

                        Charmaine.

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12 Monkeys: Episode 8: Yesterday

mon1We pick up directly following the end of last weeks episode in the year 2043 with Jones locking onto Cole to attempt to bring him back. They have come to the conclusion that the interception of the virus in 2015 in Chechnya did not stop the 12 monkeys or the spread of the virus since they are all still in their same state of affairs. When they attempt to bring Cole back, the machine’s stabilizer manifold malfunctions and Jones tells them to shut it down.

In order to bring Cole back they need to get a new manifold and the only place that has one is revealed to be Spearhead, where Jones and her people were before they came to Project Splinter. She tasks Whitley and Ramse to go retrieve the other manifold despite their mutual extreme dislike for each other; because he was there with her and would know the location and how to retrieve it, and Ramsay because he is the only other person as determined as she is to bring Cole back.

mon2Back in 2015 Cassie is very distraught still over Cole’s death and Aaron suggests having someone go and try to collect his body for closure. Cut to the demolished bunker and we see Cole jolt awake. Hold on, what is this? Cole is alive??!! He survived the missile strike with some cuts and scrapes, and that pesky little bullet still in his leg which he has to pry out.

Cassie and Aaron question Senator Royce about Cole’s body and are told nothing was found of him. That Wexler and his men were pulled out of the rubble, but nothing was found of Cole. She then convinces him to allow her to go see for herself under the guise of the CDC just checking it out to clear it of any potential threat.

mon5Cole hears voices from the ground above him and and finds it is a girl and her father. They want to know what happened and if anyone knows he is there. At this point I think he definitely needs to say yes, that someone does know he is there because I just don’t trust strange voices around a pile of rubble in a foreign land, but maybe that’s just me.

Whitley and Ramse get to Spearhead and are taken to speak with Col. Foster, the head of the project. He is shocked to find that Jones managed to successfully send someone back in time, but quickly dismisses it as being an answer to their problems as nothing has changed as a result of time travel. Instead, he is more focused on creating a cure for those that still live, one that will combat the virus and any possible mutation it could ever undergo. Looks like he isn’t eager to help them or hand over the manifold.

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Ramse gets a complete shock as he is headed down a hallway in Spearhead and sees Elena, whom he was(is) in love with. She disappeared 5 years ago when they were running from the West Seven. She thought he was dead and after some traveling, joined Spearhead and became a lab tech. Then comes the predictable revelation that she now has a son, one who is, you guessed it, 5 years old. Ramsay meet Sam,Sam meet Ramsay. Awkward omg that’s my kid moment.

mon6Cole convinces the people from above to help him move a large beam that he can’t move on his own in order for him to get out just at the same time as Jones decides to try and retrieve him without having fixed the Manifold. They fire up the core and it pretty much explodes before being able to pull Cole from the past, leaving him there having also been unsuccessful in moving the beam. The tether to Cole will only last another 48 hours max with the facility now on backup generators due to the core explosion. Cole is told that the girl’s father went to get help, and after a bit of conversation he hears her begin to cough. This isn’t good, perhaps the virus managed to get out to the surrounding area during the strike and this girl is infected. Cole requests she get in touch with his doctor friend when he realizes that she may be infected. She assures him help is on the way.

Ramse meanwhile learns that Sam doesn’t know anything about him, his father, and decides to spend a little time with him bonding. Touching father/son moment is interrupted by Whitley who informs him some stuff is about to go down. By that he means Jones is standing at Spearhead’s front door.

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Jones joins Foster for dinner along with Whitley and Ramse and basically demands he give her his entire core to bring Cole back. Foster considers this, and agrees to only do it if she is willing to come back and help him work on the cure once Cole is back. She of course refuses since she does not believe in a cure and demands proof of his “hope,” his cure. He in turn asks for her proof, to which she provides a pristine photo of him and his now deceased wife from their wedding. Oh, so now it’s time to talk in private.

mon8Jones reveals that Cole brought her the photographs from one of his trips to the past, but Foster is in denial still, convinced she just had them reprinted. He so strongly does not believe the answer lies in the past that he burns the photos and tell Jones he would tell not only his wife, but her daughter that he does not believe in resurrecting the past to which Jones slaps him.

Cassie has since arrived in Chechnya after getting Aarons blessing, seems like they are back together, and asks a cab driver to take her to the rubble site. He states the Russian military have it all locked down, but she bribes him to take her as close as he can get her.

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Ramse has a touching moment with Elaine before he, Whitely, and Jones head back to Project Splinter. I must say, there are quite a lot of “touching moments” in this week’s episode. Ramse and Whitley are convinced Foster has it all figured out, they have been won over by the clean, well maintained facility and are relaying the info back to the people at Project Splinter. Jones then bursts their bubble, letting them know Foster is lying to keep his people in check. That the only cure he found was to the virus strain from 2033, a strain that has since died out. He cured a dead strain. Their only option now: steal the core from Foster.

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Cassie makes it to the area that’s locked down and bribes the guard to allow her to pass. Simultaneously the girl informs Cole he is saved, that they are here to get him out. The beam is pulled and a harness is lowered to pull him up out of the demolished bunker. As Cole is lifted out you see Cassie walk into view and she looks at the spot where the bunker was. Hold on, where’s Cole?

It’s the exact same spot he is being lifted from, what’s going on? Cassie phones Aaron, letting him know Cole isn’t there, that he did it, he saved the future, it’s over. So where(when) is Cole? He asks the girl about the virus when he emerges, she and everyone else has face masks on, and she informs him there has been a plague, all over the world. It is 2017. When they tried to pull him back the first time, when the stabilizer manifold first malfunctioned, he jumped two years so we have been seeing him in 2017, not 2015 as we thought. mon13Cole walks out over some rocks and is greeted by the sight of mass graves,hundreds are dead, thousands worldwide.

 

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12 Monkeys Recap: Ep 7: The Keys

This week opens in 2015, at the C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, VA where a group of senators are discussing the origin of the virus and it’s relation to Operation Troy. Essentially they extracted the virus from the corpse found in the Himalayas and weaponized it, manipulating it’s DNA to speed up the rate of infection to death in the hopes that when it is deployed the subjects that are infected do not have time to reach higher population areas. Based on the premise of the show we all know this is very wishful thinking.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_04Cassie is still afflicted by flashes from when she was drugged in the greenhouse and her mind was manipulated and Cole is really beginning to look ragged from his splinters. She does however have some info on the picture Cole stole from the greenhouse and hey track down Edward Garrett, PhD for his expertise on the artifact in the photo. They decide to attend an artifact exhibit in hopes of finding out more. Once at the exhibit, Cole is distracted by the beauty of the art in the museum, the taste of the food being offered, the things he never was able to enjoy in his time. With his inevitable demise lingering, he is wanting to savor all the things he wouldn’t get to do normally, including a dance with Cassie while they exchange slightly awkward compliments. This is cut short with the spotting of Dr. Garrett whom Cassie and Cole then take turns interrogating in their own unique ways.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_07Dr. Garrett didn’t have much info on the photo other than it is from Chechnya, which is also where the hacker Wexler is hiding out as he spills the C.I.A.’s secrets. Could it be that the C.I.A. is planning to use the virus in Chechnya to kill Wexler? Yeah, that’s exactly it. Cole then splinters out, stating he will be back in a week.

Later that night Cassie receives a call from Cole. Whaaaat?!? Oh yea, he is in Chechnya. And has the virus. And is being shot at. Welcome to time travel.  When then get to see how he came to be in possession of the virus in that Cassie and Aaron told him where the virus would be when he splintered back in a week. Are we following this? Ok. So Cole does some “007” work and gets the briefcase with the virus, but gets captured and taken to the shack where Wexler is hiding. Of course he tells him the briefcase has a virus in it, and of course he doesn’t believe it and opens it anyway. Oh look, now you’re all infected as the virus sprays out of the tube that is in the briefcase.

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Meanwhile Cassie and Aaron head to the C.I.A. to try and get some help, letting them know this virus will not stay confined like they had hoped, but will cause a global pandemic. The men helping Wexler decide to turn on him and call in the Russian troops to take them to a medical facility in exchange for Wexler, since they are all quickly getting very ill and dying. Cole convinces Wexler to do the right thing and not let them leave, that starting over with the human race is not the answer he thinks it would be. Shots are fired, the nationals end up being killed but Wexler and Cole are both shot in the process.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_19Cole calls Cassie again who has by now convinced the C.I.A. that she knows what she is talking about and they quickly come up with a plan to stop the Russians from reaching Wexler and spreading the virus. Their great plan is to just bomb the entire area, and Cole has to stay there on the sat. phone with Cassie while they hone in on his position. My problem here is that he could easily leave the sat phone on and leave, he is immune, so is not infected. Or how about just splintering back before the bomb hits? I know that in his mind this is it, that once this bomb hits the virus is destroyed and the future will have been rewritten and all that jazz. But this causes Cassie to face the reality of him essentially dying, which is a lot harder for her to deal with than if she thought he was just going back from whence he came. Before the bomb hits, he tells her she cannot tell him anything when he visits her in a week, because that is the Cole from his past, not the current Cole and if she says anything to change this, the virus will not be destroyed. So not only does she now have to accept that this person she cares for has died but she has to not warn him that he will die. Essentially he dies twice for her.
12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_21When he does come back things play out as they should, with her visibly upset, but unable to really indicate why. This is also when you learn the significance of the episode’s title: The Keys Its meaning is in the Florida Keys, a place he always wished as a kid to be able to run away to. The episode ends with a very simple “Goodbye.”

 

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