Ok! Let's make the honeymoon video.
What better way to ensure conformity in society than instilling the death penalty as a form of punishment for the most trivial of offences? A very chilling concept, and rather accurate and satirical stab at the long-held societal myth that "what is different is bad." Kind of scary when you look at it that way.
But of course, the backstory is not the main focus in this one. So, on to the finer aspects of the episode, though this one is pretty self-explanatory :-)
Rob and Laura Petrie, straight out of the classic Dick Van Dyke Show. The perfect married couple. What does that have to say about Mulder and Scully?? :-)
Probably what stands out most about Mulder and Scully... er Rob and Laura's... "marriage" is the fact that the two of them couldn't have acted more like themselves. Mulder, of course, is rather amused by the whole situation, and even tries to play it up as much as possible with his well-timed jokes. Scully, on the other hand, is characteristically unimpressed, warding of Mulder's "advances" with nonchalant looks and stern glances; something which, quite interestingly, won her the upper hand in the "marriage." And take the upper hand she did! Scully got the bed to all herself, relegating poor Mulder to the couch (and, I just have to note the hilarious line he mutters to himself as he walks away with mock-dejection: "the thrill is gone." *giggle*). Moreover, Scully was the one who went off to work for the day, leaving her husband home all alone to fend for himself... and to make his own sandwiches. Awwww *giggle* I thought that was pretty cool.
I have to say, though (and please don't throw all those tomatoes at me!!) although Arcadia was absolutely hilarious, I don't think that it was necessarily as shippy as originally speculated. The lines were great, and there were a couple of outstanding moments (Scully's warnings about the toothpaste and keeping the toliet seat down), but I wouldn't say it was very shippy. It seemed to be missing that extra, indescribable little flare. Ah well. That doesn't distract from the episode whatsoever. This one is definitely worth a second look.
In closing, though, I'd like to bring up one very interesting scene, which is pretty much self-explanatory.
Mulder: "Let's get it on, honey."
Scully: "All right, then."
The dialogue, I might mention, is followed by the slap of latex. Hmmm.... Innuendo?? I dunno... *giggle*
Squall's Rating: 7
It's like a needle stuck in a groove.
Oh dear!! Let me just say that this episode was absolutely fantastic! A long-overdue dose of angst for all of us! Brilliant! I've got a new one to add to my favourites list!
Ok, down to business. Before I begin, I must point out the similarity between this episode and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in which the Enterprise is caught in a continuous time loop, being repeatedly destroyed until the accident which leads to her destruction is averted (the title of this particular episode is Cause and Effect... special thanx to Snark for informing me of the title!!). The difference, however, is that the Enterprise and her crew is doomed to repeat the exact same series of events over and over again; they do not change from cycle to cycle. In Monday, however, the concept of variables and radomness is introduced. The outcome is always the same, but the path taken to reach that particular outcome differs greatly. It almost seems more realistic. As such, I must say that Monday surpasses the calibre of the TNG episode - which once again supports my theory that X-Files is better than Star Trek (but TNG is still my second favourite show of all time, so you don't have to point that phaser at me... ooohhhh, that was lame. You can tell I haven't slept much this week *giggle*). Oook, since I'm rambling (and I must be boring you to death!) I will switch gears.
Anyway, getting back on track. Much like the TNG episode, in which the Enterprise was not meant to explode, it is obvious that Mulder and Scully are not meant to die. The day continues to repeat until the single correct outcome is reached; that is, the one where both of them walk out the door of the bank, alive. It perhaps suggest that there is some greater power, that of predestiny and fate, which determines the outcome of our lives, and that if something goes amiss, fate will eventually correct it. Hmmm, spooky :-)
Unfortunately, in order for Mulder and Scully to live, Pam, the only person who seems to understand what is going on, has to die. Though she does not intially realize that this is her fate, by the end, she knows it all too well. "It never ended like this before," she says to Mulder, and this is more a revelation for herself. The outcome has changed, and so time will resume as normal. It is a very intriguing concept.
Ok, since I seem to be in the mood to ramble tonight, I will stop here and move on to the finer points of the episode before I bore all of you *giggle* First of all, the angst was brilliant! The image of a shattered Scully holding a dying Mulder is almost too much to handle. You can feel the desperation as she pleads with Bernard to let them go; "you are in control. It doesn't have to end like this." In addition, it is more than apparent that Scully is pleading not for herself or even for the people in the bank, but soley for Mulder. She has to get him out in order for him to remain alive. Nothing else seems to matter to her.
In addition to angst, the humour is also strong in this episode. In fact, the two elements run in perfect balance. The humour element is great. Mulder waking up to find his waterbed leaking, tripping over his shoes, swearing, and the like, is abolutely hilarious. Moreover, the very fact that the waterbed was present ties up at least one loose end from Dreamland; that would be Mulder's explanation for the origins of the waterbed. Interestingly, he thinks it's a gift; perhaps a present from the Lone Gunmen. If only he knew! Also humorous in this episode was Scully looking bored out of her skull at the meeting (reminds me of myself sitting in my sociological theory lecture *giggle*). The look on her face is priceless!!
Anyway, as you've probably already figured, I love this episode. It contains elements of everything that make the X-Files what it is; angst, humour, intriguing story... this one is defintely worth repeat viewing... (pardon the pun).
Squall's Rating: 9
All the nuts roll down to Florida...
After the jam-packed twists and turns of "Two Fathers/One Son," "Agua Mala" comes across as a relative no-brainer, a little episode with shades of "Ice" and "Quagmire," as well as a few interesting twists and turns concerning Scully, among other things.
First Scully twist: she actually gets to see the monster!! For once, Scully doesn't arrive too late, or turn away at the wrong moment. As she works frantically to deliver the baby, the deadly white tentacles curl over her head, in plain view. Moreover, she does not deny that she saw it, which brings us to Scully twist number 2. At the conclusion of the episode, there is no lengthy rationalization on Scully's part. In fact, she largely omits any sort of explanation whatsoever, leaving it open for us to decide exactly what she believes she saw.
Next, we have Scully twist number 3 (though this one concerns Mulder, too). Arthur Dales emphatically points out Scully's importance to Mulder and the X-Files. Using as few words as possible, Dales states:
"I would say you owe her your life. It takes a strong man to admit this, but if I had had somebody as savvy as her at my side all those years ago on the X-Files, I might not have retired."
What we see here, in less than 50 words, is an exact explanation of Scully's importance to Mulder. They are timely words, and won't soon be forgotten. And, from the look on his face, I believe Mulder heeded them quite well.
Well gang, that about wraps up Scully Appreciation Night.
*Endnote: on more of a mythology note, the return of Arthur Dales perhaps signifies that more is to be revealed in the way of Mulder's past. After all, Dales did have loose ties with Bill Mulder...
Squall's Rating: 4
Fowley... was there ever a name that could strike so much hate into the hearts of so many?? A play on a word, an allegory... Fowley derived from FOUL.... which is exactly what she is. Excuse me while I hurl.
Alright, now that I've said that, I may begin :-)
kay.... well, a huge portion of the Syndicate is dead, Mulder/Samantha's lineage is still a mystery, colonization seems to have come to a halt, and the rebel aliens appear to have gained the upper hand. But is that a good thing, or a bad thing? No one really wants to tell us what their true motives are...
I think what we've just witnessed is the end of the Syndicate, such as it is. The only remaining members are CSM, and perhaps a few connections in Tunisia (I'm assuming the big boss Strughold is still alive and well). Then of course, there's Fowley and Krycek; however, Fowley's motives are still unclear (though we all have a really good idea about that *mumbling an obscenity*), and Krycek is really just a man for himself. It's an understatement to say that things are pretty messed up at this point. Krycek was right. It's all gone to hell.
The rebel aliens now have the alien fetus from the erlenmeyer flask, presumably the Syndicate's only source of alien DNA for their hybridization experiments. Moreover, Cassandra Spender, the end result of their experiments, is now dead. Whatever success (or failure) she represented has now been erased. And with the Syndicate in disarray, there is now no real "preventative measure" against colonization, assuming that colonization will still take place. Besides the vaccine, there is no way to stop it. It's a wonder if there's enough people left to even try. So, this leaves us with... *gasp* QUESTIONS!! Has colonization been halted? Who are the rebel aliens? More importantly, why are they here? Why do they want colonization to be stopped? Is the Syndicate dead? Aren't there still millions of bees out there infected with the black oil virus? I could go on, but you get the point... :-)
Well, since the mythology is somewhat jumbled at this point, I must move on. Now for my favourite hateful topic, Agent Fowley.
Mulder definitely has a twisted loyalty to her. When Scully's gut-feeling is not enough, she digs up enough dirt on Fowley to turn even the Lone Gunmen, who once knew her well, against her. But Mulder will have nothing of it, basically blowing Scully off when she tries to convince him otherwise (and might I add here, Scully's first open display of jealousy). At least she had the courtesy to tell him how she felt. How quickly we forget who are real friends are; Scully, his partner, his friend who has stood by him for over 6 years while Fowley was off meddling in Europe, involved with the very experiments that almost cost Scully her life. Unfortunately, Mulder doesn't even see it when CSM arrives at Fowley's hotel room. It seems to me like Mulder needs a wake-up call, and big time. As much as we understand his need to want to believe in Diana, it is difficult to accept, since he is doing so at the cost of those close to him. Diana seems to be able to stir up a bad side to Mulder's character. Interestingly, however, Mulder does make an intriguing little comment at the end; "sleeping with the enemy." Hmm... perhaps it is possible that he knows more than he lets on...
More on Fowley, is it just me, or does she seem just a tad buddy-buddy with CSM? Perhaps there's more going on here than meets the eye. Remember, it can now be safely assumed that their relationship goes back at least seven years. Seven years is a long time. Who knows what went on. I also have a theory. Suppose Diana's ties with the Syndicate go back even further. She was with Mulder when he first stumbled upon the X-Files. Remember, Mulder didn't necessarily choose the X-Files. They were chosen for him. Maybe somebody sent her there to show him where to look. It's just a thought...
Ok... I suppose I should insert this here before I go on to even more sobering topics. Besides, I know you're all dying for me to talk about it. The shower scene. Yes, he did sneak a peek. So did she. Aren't we naughty *giggle* But guys, it's not like they haven't seen each other naked before :-) Remember "Demons?" FTF? We even got to touch in that one. But still... *hides a shippy smile* *giggle*
Alrighty, now back to more meloncholy topics. Poor Spender. I now have a soft spot for him. The poor guy didn't even know what was going on. I think he was just trying to fit in. Hell, he even got the X-Files back for Mulder and Scully. And then daddy-dearest goes and shoots him - maybe. He just didn't deserve all that.
Alright, next sobering topic. Marita. I think we can all say that we once hated her. But compared to Fowley, she's a pure angel. And now she's just a shadow of her former self, rejected even by Krycek, her former(?) lover. Still, she must know a hell of a lot more about the Syndicate's experiments now than she did even while she was working for them. Her knowledge may be useful...
And finally, this brings us to sober topic number three. Just what the hell is going to happen now? Mulder and Scully have the X-Files back, but it's a bittersweet victory. Mulder now obviously questions his quest. The Syndicate are gone, or a least very dispersed. The dynamic duo aren't exactly on the best of terms, thanx to *that* meddling woman. So, in effect, there are actually more uncertainties now than when we started. Go figure.
Squall's Rating: 5
For a full mythology review of Two Fathers, One Son, check out my mythology page for Full Disclosure.
Oh, before I begin, just let me say it. Fowley is Evil. Thank you *beaming*
Oh, and just a warning.. this review is going to be a tad disjointed *lol*
The Truth Is Out There... and soo far, it's nothing most of us haven't speculated... but there is more to come *s*
Well, so far, it's like we thought... almost. The Syndicate is fostering the alien takeover of the earth, but on the brink of their success, the rebel race of aliens threatens to expose them, determined to stop colonization from starting. The Syndicate, in trouble? Who would have thought...
Cassandra Spender now represents what the Syndicate has been working towards for 50 years, a successful alien-human hybrid capable of withstanding the black oil virus. Ironically however, now that the Syndicate is threatened with exposure, Cassandra, the realization of their impossible dream, has become their greatest threat. As CSM implies, they have no choice but to destroy her. However, this leads me to pose the question, "can she be killed?" I'll come back to that in a minute *s*
We encounter a different side to Mulder in this episode. He appears incredibly bored, and more cynical than usual. His months of pushing paper for Kershe have finally caught up with him. In retaliation, he has begun to play hooky from the FBI, hanging out a gym to play basketball. Even when presented with the news of Cassandra's return, he is skeptical, fearing another dead end. Perhaps fittingly, the only person who can persuade him to look into the case is Scully. For a change, it is she who feels the need to investigate the X-File, believing that Cassandra's return may provide an important link in piecing together her own abduction. When faced with Scully's plea, Mulder can't refuse. However, his skepticism remains, and it is not until Scully manages to dig up information about CSM's past that he begins to take things seriously.
(Just an aside here. Anybody else wondering how Scully managed to come up with all that information?? *Giggle*).
Oh, and now we know CSM's name... well one of them, anyway. Skinner seems surprised... things are starting to click.
Ok, I'm going to skip ahead now to Krycek's little encounter with Spender. Look at all the wonderful things he told him! Krycek had to have known that Spender wasn't aware of the Syndicate's official plans. Was this a ploy on his part to turn Spender against Daddy-dearest? I wonder...
And now - drumroll please - CSM, or rather, Mr. Spender himself, and Fowley. Before I get to Fowley, I just have to mention CSM's sentiments towards Cassandra. He says that he never loved her; you can tell in his voice that he loved another... Mrs. Teena Mulder, perhaps? Hmmm... :-)
Ok, ok. Fowley time *g* My my. Look what we've discovered. CSM says to Fowley, "you've never failed me before." This definitely implies that the two have been working together for quite some time. Didn't we always know she would turn out to be evil?? Awwww.... *giggle* One more thing. Could Fowley possibly be another one of CSM's illegitmate children? I wonder...
Ok, now back to the question I posed earlier (see I told you this review would be disjointed. There's just too much to cover in the space and time allowed). Can Cassandra Spender be killed? If she's an actual clone, I would say no. Remember what we learned way back in "End Game", when it comes to killing clones, "a simple gunshot won't do." Moreover, since Cassandra was marred and healed by the Syndicate's team of scientists, would not the same result occur if she were to be shot? It's a thought...
Now will Mulder shoot her? And if so, will her blood poison him and Scully??
(Oh, another aside here. Isn't clone blood supposed to be poisonous? I dunno... I didn't seem to affect Spender and Krycek.... hmm).
*AFTERTHOUGHT* Ok, I was pondering the toxic blood issue this morning (after I wrote the review of course) and I've figured it out. The blood only seems to be poisonous if you wound the alien/clone anywhere on the body other than the base of the neck. It must be a sort of defense with them. But, since piercing the base of the neck means their inevitable death, perhaps they do not have a chance to release the poison in time. Ok. So there's my theory. Now, if Mulder does end up shooting Cassandra, and if he wounds her anywhere else other than the base of the neck, he and Scully just might be in trouble.
Anyway, once again, sorry for posting such a disjointed review. Hopefully "One Son" will tie everything together.
I can't wait till next week!!
Squall's Rating: 6
"Hello, my name is Fox Mulder. I used to sit next to you at the FBI."
First of all, let me say this was a brilliant episode!! Definitely one of the season's best, if not one of the series' best.
Oh, but before I really start, I just have to say it. That Agent Ritter was rather cute. Too bad he wasn't all he was cracked up to be :-)
What definitely stands out most in "Tithonus" is the in-depth look at Scully's character. We see a much tougher side to her; her gutsy attack on the thug harrassing the prostitute, and her very up-front confrontation with the photographer, where throwing caution to the wind, she demands that he tell her his motives. However, we also gain rare insight to her inner person; we learn that she loves her life, and she believes strongly that love itself is everlasting, most apparent when she's asks, "but what about love?" (but just who's love, I wonder *s*). We also see more of "Scully the believer." Though she doesn't want to believe the photographer's story, it is more than apparent that she does indeed believe at least part of it, as she becomes extremely agitated when she discovers that he believes her death is imminent. In addition, Scully accepts, with little persuasion from Mulder, that the case is indeed an X-File.
"Tithonus", of course, also marks the first occasion on which Scully is officially shot. Moreoever, in her act of surviving the near-fatal shooting, Clyde Bruckman's prophetic overture (from "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose") is once again strongly reinforced:
Scully: "Ok, how do I die?"
Bruckman: "You don't."
Though Mulder is far away in this ep, their connection is very strong. Mulder "accidentally" intercepts case information for her (just an aside at this point. Is it just me, or was cutie-pie Agent Ritter actually hired for Kershe's evil purposes - debunking agent Scully's reputation?? Like, I dunno, separating Mulder and Scully, hoping that Scully would make a fool of herself with the "100 years old theory", bending the facts of the case to cover up any air of "X-File" which might have leaked thru, maybe getting Scully killed? Anyway.. *lol*), Scully makes that vague reference to love, and Mulder basically tells Ritter to thank his lucky stars that her life was spared, because - I'm adlibbing here - he would have ultimately sought revenge. Hey, you know what they say about distance... *lol*
I can't say it enough. "Tithonus" was brilliant. The general feel was a classic ep with a mature twist. Most definitely worth a repeat viewing.
Squall's Rating: 10
"You can't stop it." Now where have I heard that line before?? Let me think....
Everybody scratching their heads? *giggle*
Well, before I start, some things just have to be said first. It seems that some lost souls have finally found their way home. After melting into obscurity over 3 years ago, Senator Mathison mysteriously returns with a rash of new information that he is unwilling - or, as it is later implied - unable, to devulge. Krycek also reappears, probably acting on the commands of the Syndicate, and using a deadly new tool to promote silence.
Though the actual details of the SR 819 bill are rather vague, some solid links are made with Tunisia - the land of desert corn and killer bees - and further with the Syndicate, thru means of Krycek. There is also, of course, mention of "new technology" (the nanites), which is most probably alien.
Since Krycek seems to be behind the nanite infections, it can be assumed that he is acting out the orders of the Syndicate. As we learn, those infected with the nanites (microscopic robotic probes) are at the relentless mercy of whomever holds the control. A single flick of a switch can mean an instant and horrible death. It seems that the Syndicate have devised a most effective way of controlling those in the position to assist Mulder and Scully.
Obviously, since Skinner is infected, the Syndicate must still view him as a threat. We have often speculated that Skinner knows, or at has the ability to obtain, much more information than he lets on (and in his confession to Scully, he appears to himself confirm this, but more on that later *s*). Also, he has the ability, presumably, to reassign Mulder and Scully back to the X-Files; he has in the past. This is something the Syndicate definitely does not want. At the present moment, they have the X-Files right where they want them. With Spender and Fowley in charge, they have complete control. So perhaps they are a little frightened of Skinner. Thus for them, Skinner is a force that must be subdued.
Though it is never stated outright, one can assume that Senator Mathison is also infected with the probes, and that the death of the physicist (who was probably coersed into infecting Skinner) can be seen as a display of what could become of the Senator should he choose to tell Mulder what he knows.
Just an aside here, I wonder exactly *what* Senator Mathison knows, and I question his importance at this point. He has been out of the picture so long that one has to wonder if he really has anything of value to offer Mulder, being so far removed from what has gone on over the past 3 years. I'm really interested to discover what Senator Mathison has been up to, and just how much he does know.
Perhaps one of the most important points of interest in this episode was Skinner's confession to Scully. After years of speculation, his sentiments towards the agents are finally revealed; he is indeed their ally, and, as he admits with a tone of regret, he could have given them so much more in terms of aid and information. As he says to Scully concerning her and Mulder, "Your quest could have been mine." So Skinner is not one of them (and we figured as much *s*). However, this scene should be marked for another reason. Since Scully is now aware of Skinner's willingness to help her and Mulder, she must be at least slightly wary of his abrupt change of heart at the end. Obviously, Skinner did not realize the importance of giving her this bit of information; of offering his regret for not helping them when he had the chance. Though she doesn't know it yet, I think it is fair to say that Scully is the "key to the truth" in this situation. It won't be long before she begins to put two and two together.
All and all, this was a pretty good episode. It's nice to see some real mythology again, and with the return of more than a few of the estranged characters, I think it's fair to say that some new and intersting information is at hand.
Squall's Rating: 7
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