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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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‘X-Files’ Recap: Episode 4

 X-Files Season 10 Episode 4: Back in the Day

Now, to date, this episode was my least favorite one to air. Not saying it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t my favorite.

This episode takes its name, and shows us several points ‘back in the day’. While investing a gruesome murder, Scully is called by her brother who tells her that their mother suffered a heart attack and was in ICU in D.C. Scully rushed to her mother’s side where she is told that Margaret Scully had updated her will and was not to be revived if unconscious. At this point she’d regained consciousness once while there, and it was calling out for her estranged son, William.

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Meanwhile, Mulder stays behind to investigate this murder, and the murders following. After a bit of work, he finds that a security camera was pointing at a billboard, with nothing on it, but looking out the window, he sees graffiti artwork on it presently.

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While heading out to see if there was a name attached to the artwork, he steps on a band aid, which he keeps, and heads off. While asking around, one man says it’s the ‘Band Aid Nose Man’ and he protects them.

Mulder left the case to be closer to Scully during her mother’s hospitalization. He holds her as her mother’s intubation tube is removed.

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She seems stable for a while, and they get a call from William, who doesn’t know what to say, but talks to his mother via phone. Her pulse quickens and her eyes open, only to look at Mulder to say, “My son’s name is William, too,” to then close her eyes and flat lines.

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The episode progresses with them finding out this ‘Band Aid Nose Man’ is a sort of Tulpa, created by a homeless man living in an abandoned building. He protects the homeless, but at the cost of lives of those who try to disrupt their way of live, whether it’s hindering them, or helping them by moving.

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The creator of the Tulpa manages to rework his art and it stay forever on the side of the building with a smile, seemingly done with its task.

The episode ends with Mulder and Scully at a lake with her mother’s ashes, pondering what their son, William, must think of them, if he thinks, if he resents them and hates them for giving him up when he was a baby.

I think, now that I write this out, I didn’t like this episode as much because it gave me the super feels of sadness. I don’t like being sad when I watch a show. Overall, it was good and enjoyable, but because of the sadness reason, ranks low on my list.

What are your thoughts on this episode? Let us know in the comments!

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‘X-Files’ Episode 3 Recap

X-Files Season 10×3: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

Where to begin with this episode?

I will say right now, I have been a pretty devoted fan, and would have to say this episode is in my top ten, maybe even top five episodes.

This episode is about a man, a lizard man, at that, that is a were-human? He’s a lizard man, but upon being attacked by a human, starts to turn into a human, much to his chagrin. When becoming human, he has natural human feelings: get dressed, find food, get a job, pay bills, get a dog for a companion.
The episode opens up with Mulder and Scully, almost in a reverse places. She has to convince HIM to go seeking the truth, by luring him with an “it has a monster” line. You see, Mulder is now skeptical that his life has been a lie, and he’s finding out that all the things they once researched or would have researched has been debunked. But, the fact remains, there are dead people in this town and they are being sent to investigate it.

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At this point, I am already howling with laughter because for me, they are making it semi-realistic that Mulder has led a very sheltered life and doesn’t know how to properly use a camera phone. After some shenanigans, they see the lizard run into a port-a-potty, only to see a guy sitting there using the bathroom. Hmm…

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The scene that follows is sweet. While yes, it is taking place during an autopsy, Mulder is going on about what he caught on film and Scully just stands there, trying to do her work, giving him side glances. You can tell she’s enjoying herself –  and Mulder notices – prompting her to happily admit that she’s missed these types of cases.

Mulder learns that there are several more people who are seeing the lizard man, one of which is the owner of the motel they’re staying at, who has an interesting way of looking on his guests, à la the jackalope.

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After Scully has a run in with the lizard man (who in his ginger form is known as Guy Mann), Mulder tracks him down at a local cemetery, where he tells Mulder (after he tries to get Mulder to kill him) the story of how he came to be a were-human, and his instincts. Mulder doesn’t seem pleased when he talks of scandalous acts with Scully, which of course were falsified, as Mann feels he needs to lie about his sex life now that he’s human.

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Guy Mann ended up leaving after spinning his tale, and Mulder then drank himself into a stupor. Scully calls and wakes him up, and his ringtone is none other than the X-Files theme, which made me giggle even further. She says she’s at the Animal Shelter wanting to ask Pasha, the animal catcher that was present for all the killings, if he knew anything, only to be attacked by him.

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By the time Mulder got there, Pasha was detained and telling those around him that ever since he was young, he felt the urge to attack people and gnaw on them. They tell him to save it for the courts as he is taken away, and Scully ends up taking in the dog Guy Mann adopted (but which ran away), in a very hysterical, uncharacteristic way for her. Sketchy Scully I am now calling her.

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The episode ends with Mulder seeing Guy off. He sheds his clothes, hopeful that he doesn’t not turn human again during his hibernation, which apparently lasted 10,000 years. He scurries into the woods and his gone.

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Overall, this is by far one of my favorite episodes, probably top five even. For me, there weren’t any flaws in writing and direction. These are the kinds of episodes I live for –  those sort of tongue in cheek, offbeat types. I’m hoping we see at least one more episode like this during this short run.

Or, ya know, they can just order a full 20 episode season 11…

What are your opinions on the new season of The X-Files so far? Let us know in the comments!

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Fan Film Friday: The X-sy O-sy Files (X-Files Fan Film)

If someone had asked you a few years ago which was more likely: A) Being abducted by aliens or B) The X-Files returning to television, you’d probably have picked “A” (especially if you’re theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking). It seems funny now, because you’d have to be stranded on Mars to not know that FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) returned to the X-Files in all new episodes of Fox’s sci-fi thriller on January 24, 2016.

As a child of the 90s, The X-Files was everything to my nerdy little family. I vividly remember my parents and grandparents telling me that the show was too scary to watch. I recall scoffing at them, insisting on watching the program, and then having nightmares about monsters and space crafts and porcelain dolls (oh my). For years I literally could not watch the show because it gave me the heebie jeebies!

Now, as an adult, I am in full-fledged binge watching mode, catching up on a decade of television episodes and movies about adventures with the unexplained and mysterious!

So, in honor of the return of the program and in spirit of my current marathon, I decided to watch and review an X-Files themed fan film called The X-sy O-sy Files. Unlike it’s dramatic (and sometimes down right frightening) source of inspiration, The X-sy O-sy Files is a comedy that spoofs the original source material. 

Do I recommend it to you, GeekGirl World? The truth is out there! (No, really! The truth is in my video. Check it out!)

Watch The X-sy O-sy Files and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Watch The X-Files miniseries Mondays at 8/7c on Fox, now through February 22, 2016!

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Review: ‘The X-Files’ Season 10 Episode 1

The X-Files may not be coming back to television until early next year, but lucky panel goers at New York Comic Con over the weekend were able to see it months before anyone else!

I was among one of those lucky folks who got into the panel, but now that I think about it, ‘lucky’ might not be the right word.

I woke up at 3 am and drove from my home in Western Massachusetts to Manhattan in order to make sure I was in line at the Javits Center by 7 am, waited three hours in the cold to get my wristband for the The X-Files panel, and then waited another subsequent two hours waiting for the panel to begin.

I fuckin’ EARNED my seat for the X-Files panel, and I assure you that no luck was involved in that grueling process.

And now that I’ve have had ample time to rest, relax, and reflect upon the experience, I can say with absolute certainty that the first episode of, can you believe it, SEASON 10 OF THE X-FILES, was totally worth every aching hour.

When the main stage lights finally dimmed, two very large projector screens on either side of the room lit up in their place. Familiar images from the show began to come forth, and David Duchovny’s voice echoed throughout the hall as he gave viewers old and new a basic run down of the story. His monologue ended with the old opening credits, and in turn, roaring applause from the audience. It was then that the first episode of season 10 truly began.

The story continues over a decade after it ended, and a lot has definitely happened in that time span, both in terms of the characters and the greater world at large.

The X-Files have been closed, and Mulder and Scully have separated (but they are still on speaking terms due to the obvious fact that they have a child together). Scully continues her work as a surgeon, while Mulder seems to have become a character reminiscent of his brief appearance in Zoolander – socially deprived, a bit unkempt, and obsessed with conspiracies (but what else is new).

Their characters may now be separated, but David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson still have retained their on-screen connection after all these years, and seeing them act together felt natural and familiar. It appears that they both have eased back into the characters that skyrocketed them to fame flawlessly and with ease.

After viewing the episode I do have one complaint about their connection, but it’s not about the acting.

Separating the couple was a decision made in the writer’s room to undoubtedly bring some drama into the story, but it was far too obvious a move to make. The Mulder x Scully romance already played out for 9 seasons, and while one may argue that their separation brings in an element of realism, I say that it’s time to retire that plot line.

But their relationship issues are just one minor part of a bigger, more modern story line focused around the post 9/11 and Snowden world we live in, and the issues that have come to light since then.

Now the dangers our country faces have more to do with security and government honesty, and less about little green men and spacecrafts. It was absolutely refreshing to see this angle brought into the X-Files world, and it absolutely worked in the first episode. This is definitely an X-Files for modern times, as it touches on modern concerns and fears (but don’t worry, there’s still aliens!).

Plus, Mulder and Scully are now texting, watching podcasts, and talking about Uber. How much more modern can you get?

Also modernized for 2015 is the show’s special effects, which were absolutely fantastic in episode 1. But that’s to be expected… a lot has changed in the special effects field since The X-Files debuted over 20 years ago. Trying to compare the effects of then to now is like trying to compare apples to mutated oranges who wield crossbow made from the bones of their enemies. You just can’t compare it.

There isn’t too much to say about the episode without getting into spoiler territory, but I can say this of it: It was was riveting, mind boggling, and just plain enjoyable.  If the first episode of season 10 serves to remind fans of anything, it’s that the truth is out there… but just know that the truth may not be what we all once thought it was.

But here’s one truth you can put your faith in: the season premiere of The X-Files in January is absolutely going to knock your socks off.

Now can they please release episode 2 early?!

The X-Files returns to Fox for the first time in 13 years on January 24. Tell us, do you want to believe it will be a success? Let us know in the comments!

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FOX’s 201 Days of X-Files

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On July 7, Fox began running 201 days of The X-Files. Beginning with episode one and finishing with the series finale on January 23, newcomers and fans of old can experience the sci-fi classic with one episode each day, all leading up to the new six-episode revival (which starts on January 24). We’ve got a trailer for the event below which also includes a small piece of footage and voice over for the new show. That closing bit reminds me a lot of the opening scene for the original series, with Mulder and Skully familiarly busting into a room and looking around.

The now-unnamed show will feature the return of David Duchovny as Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Scully (obviously), as well as additional familiar faces Walter Skinner, The Cigarette Smoking Man, Monica Reyes, and Alex Krycek. The most notable newcomer to the series will be Community‘s Joel McHale as Tad O’Malley, a very conservative talk show host.

On June 25, Entertainment Weekly also released the first round of set photos (and few behind the scenes ones as well) that show some of the new characters, our favorite redheaded doctor, and a very haggard looking Mulder.

The next 200 days are going to be long ones as I sit here and eagerly await new information, pictures and trailers. Are you ready to believe?

 

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Fox Announces X-Files Return & Sleepy Hollow Is Moving

It’s been seven years since The X-Files graced the silver screen with X-Files: I Want To Believe, and even longer since it’s seen a new episode on TV. That is about to change!

On January 24, 2016 we will finally get to see Mulder and Scully back in action when the new six-part series revival premieres. The series will open in two parts, the first airing on Sunday, followed by its regular time on Mondays. With this announcement from FOX, we also see a schedule change for Sleepy Hollow, which will now be moving to Thursdays.

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