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October 17, 2009

The Week of 18 October – SyFy throws us a bone.

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SyFy seems to be making up with The X-Philers this week for the random and arbitrary way in which it has been scheduling our favorite show.  Their first good move has been scheduling two and three-part episodes so they are both shown in the same calendar week, first done with Colony & End Game.  The bonus comes this week, however, as we have an additional four episodes of The X-Files on SyFy this week, and not just any four episodes either.  In fact, the only way to have a better week of X-Files programming would be to either poll us X-Philers on our favorites or to show every episode back to back without commercials.  The former option is improbable, the latter is impossible.  In the meantime, enjoy a week which is highlighted by arguably the fan favorite episode, “Bad Blood.”

Sunday 18 October

  • 500AM Chiller Millennium “Through A Glass, Darkly” – Frank suspects a convicted killer/child molester is not responsible for a girl’s disappearance.
  • 600AM Chiller Millennium “Human Essence” – Hollis’ half-sister in involved with drug dealers peddling contaminated heroin.
  • 600PM Chiller Millennium “Human Essence”
  • 900PM MMax The X-Files : I Want To Believe – The FBI asks for Mulder’s help in solving a missing person’s case, while Scully tries to save a young boy with a rare brain disease.

Monday 19 October

  • 500AM Chiller Millennium “Human Essence”
  • 600AM Chiller Millennium “Omerta” – A dead hit man halps Frank’s daughter, Jordan, deal with her mother’s loss.
  • 600PM Chiller Millennium “Omerta”
  • 100AM SyFy The X-Files “Darkness Falls” – Ecoterrorists are suspected in the disappearance of loggers in Washington.
  • 200AM SyFy The X-Files “Nisei – Part 1” – Mulder discovers a video of an alien autopsy.

Tuesday 20 October

  • 600AM Chiller Millennium “Borrowed Time” – Frank and Emma try to figure out how people drowned on dry land.
  • 600PM Chiller Millennium “Borrowed Time”
  • 100AM SyFy The X-Files “Tooms” – Mulder disobeys orders and trails Eugene Victor Tooms before he kills again.
  • 200AM SyFy The X-Files “731 – Part 2” – Scully is forced to trust a mysterious government figure.

Wednesday 21 October

  • 600AM Chiller Millennium “Collateral Damage” – A group member’s daughter is kidnapped, fueling Frank’s suspicions.
  • 600PM Chiller Millennium “Collateral Damage”
  • 100AM SyFy The X-Files “Home” – Mulder and Scully discover evidence of an unspeakable crime in a bucolic small town.
  • 200AM SyFy The X-Files “War of the Coprophages” – A series of deaths are linked by cockroaches.

Thursday 22 October

  • 500AM Chiller Millennium “Collateral Damage”
  • 600AM Chiller Millennium “The Sound Of Snow” – A mysterious woman tells Frank she has knowledge about his wife’s death.
  • 600PM Chiller Millennium “The Sound Of Snow”
  • 100AM SyFy The X-Files “Bad Blood” – The agents have clashing stories involving vampirism.
  • 200AM SyFy The X-Files “Syzygy” – Bizarre deaths coincide with odd astrological phenomena.

Friday 23 October

  • 500AM Chiller Millennium “The Sound Of Snow”
  • 600AM Chiller Millennium “Antipas” – Devil-incarnate Lucy Butler plagues Frank’s investigation.
  • 600PM Chiller Millennium “Antipas”

Saturday 24 October

  • 500AM Chiller Millennium “Antipas”
  • 600AM Chiller Millennium “Matryoshka” – Frank and Emma learn more about Millennium Group’s origins and history.
  • 600PM Chiller Millennium “Matryoshka”

October 11, 2009

Weekly Schedule of 11 October 09, & Fringe back on track

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Fringe did the right thing, they killed off the shapeshifter that was masquerading as Charlie this past week, so maybe Kirk Acevedo can move on to bigger and better things considering that his character was written poorly from the start.  Just like The X-Files though, dead may not mean gone, especially with Olivia having visions.  It’s clear that the shapeshifter taking over Charlie’s body was just a way to bind the mytharc episodes around two consecutive monster-of-the-week episodes, but there are still countless questions that will likely remain unanswered.  His wife is the main issue; did the shapeshifter kill her too, when a shapeshifter takes somebody else’s identity does that person’s conscience come with him i.e. did the shapeshifter become aware Charlie was married, which key on his keyring performs what function, etc.  Not tying up that loose end is sloppy, but expected.

Sunday

  • 5AM Chiller Millennium “The Time Is Now” – A competing organization helps.
  • 6AM Chiller Millennium “The Innocents” – Victims of a plane crash are identical women and children.
  • 6PM Chiller Millennium “The Innocents”

Monday

  • 5AM Chiller Millennium “The Innocents”
  • 6AM Chiller Millennium “Exegesis” – Frank learns the crash deaths are linked to an experiment.
  • 6PM Chiller Millennium “Exegesis”
  • 2AM SyFy The X-Files “2Shy” – The agents follow the trail of a serial killer whose victims have several similarities.

Tuesday

  • 6AM Chiller Millennium “Teotwawki” – Frank encounters a doomsday cult planning for Armageddon.
  • 320PM MMAX The X-Files : I Want To Believe
  • 6PM Chiller Millennium “Teotwawki”
  • 2AM SyFy The X-Files “The Walk” – Detectives probe a suicidal patient.

Wednesday

  • 5AM Chiller Millennium “Teotwawki”
  • 6AM Chiller Millennium “Closure” – Emma fights a pathological killer.
  • 6PM Chiller Millennium “Closure”
  • 2AM SyFy The X-Files “Oubliette” – When child is abducted, detectives seek another hostage’s help.

Thursday

  • 5AM Chiller Millennium “Closure”
  • 6AM Chiller Millennium “… Thirteen Years Later” – Rock band envestigated for murder.
  • 6PM Chiller Millennium “… Thirteen Years Later”
  • 9PM FOX Fringe “Dream Logic” – The team investigates a man who attacked his boss.
  • 2AM SyFy The X-Files “Revelations” – A religiously motivated serial killer threatens a child.

Friday

  • 5AM Chiller Millennium “… Thirteen Years Later”
  • 6AM Chiller Millennium “Skull And Bones” – Frank learns Millennium Group is tied to heinous crimes.
  • 9AM Chiller Millennium ” Teotwawki”
  • 10AM Chiller Millennium “Closure”
  • 11AM Chiller Millennium “Thirteen Years Later”
  • 12PM Chiller Millennium “Skull And Bones”
  • 1PM Chiller Millennium “Through a Glass, Darkly” – A girl disappears near a molester.
  • 2PM Chiller Millenium “Human Essence” – Drug dealers peddle poisoned heroin.
  • 3PM Chiller Millenium “Omerta” – Dead man helps Frank’s daughter.
  • 4PM Chiller Millenium “Borrowed Time” – Frank and Emma probe dry-and drownings.
  • 6PM Chiller Millennium “Skull And Bones”

Saturday

  • 5AM Chiller Millennium “Skull And Bones”
  • 6AM Chiller Millennium “Through A Glass, Darkly”
  • 245PM MAXHD The X-Files : I Want To Believe
  • 6PM Chiller Millennium “Through A Glass, Darkly”

October 5, 2009

Catching up during my downtime

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Between the accident while working and my appointment with the scalpel last week i have spent a lot of time catching up on TV, some recent and some not so recent.  While there has been enough current TV programming to keep me somewhat busy, i have also expanded my horizons by watching some shows that i had no interest in that are long gone.  And of course i’ve watched some stuff that you may not expect, like Community and Cougar Town.  Hey, something had to distract me from the fact that the Steelers had a 1-2 record.

A pleasant surprise over the summer was Warehouse 13, and while the new television season was starting up W13 had its season finale this past week.  Honestly i didn’t think the show’s concept would work, with monster-of-the-week episodes focusing on objects instead of freaks.  It reminded me of Seinfeld, where George Costanza at one point had bought a convertible belonging to a Jon Voight and there was question of whether it belonged to the Jon Voight, with Jerry later mocking George saying “there’s Gregory Peck’s bicycle” and “Barbara Mandrell’s skateboard.”  But the artifacts ended up being pretty cool, like Lewis Carroll’s mirror and Edgar Allen Poe’s notebook and pen.  Another very smart detail is the equipment that the agents use, like the Tesla stun guns, the communicator devices and the Warehouse computer system.  These tools are styled to look old to begin with, so these pieces won’t look dated at the end of the show’s run if it is fortunate enough to be around for years to come.  My main complaint with the show is that the 12-episode season seems as though it was written in two halves, with the character of MacPherson entering in episode 7 and monopolizing much of the story.  Another is that the destruction of the warehouse in the season finale is amusingly similar to the end of both The X-Files’ season 1 and 5 finales, particularly season 5’s “The End” where Mulder and Scully’s office is set afire, essentially destroying their work.  Those points aside, this is a fresh, unique, and smart show and i am looking forward to season 2.  By the way, what department do agents of the Secret Service belong to?  As a hint, they belonged to the Department of the Treasury until being transferred to this newly-formed department.  Answer at the end.

Fringe returned on September 17th, and in my opinion it’s stuck in a low gear.  The show left Olivia in William Bell’s office in the World Trade Center in an alternate universe, David Robert Jones chopped roughly in half,  and Walter standing in front of a grave with Peter Bishop’s name on the headstone.  Season 2 started with Olivia re-entering our universe, suddenly, and one side effect of traveling between universes is apparently complete loss of memory of that universe.  However, along with Olivia a shapeshifter returned from “over there,” with the shapeshifter changing appearance several times until he killed Charlie Francis and assumed his identity, but not before the real Charlie told Olivia the details of the large scar on his chest that was displayed last season.  The longer that the shapeshifter masquerades as Charlie the more absurd the storyline will become.  Olivia already asked “Charlie” to get her information in S2E2 and to our knowledge he didn’t follow through.  Charlie is a married man, so is he not going home, is his wife an idiot that can’t tell the difference, or did the shapeshifter snap Charlie’s wife in half and throw her in a dumpster?  This week’s episode deals with shapeshifting, so hopefully it will be finished in short order.  Mulder’s identity was assumed by the bounty hunter, Edward van Blundht, and for two episodes by Morris Fletcher because the whole idea is clumsy.  Then again the character of Charlie has been mistreated from the start.  Let’s get the questions answered, like are we watching the real Peter Bishop or is he the Peter from another universe?  That’s what we all want to know.

Wikipedia is a great thing.  By doing a search for a list of science fiction shows i found some shows that i had never seen before, so i ordered Roswell and Threshold from Netflix, and got tipped off to where to find Dark Skies.  i’m still trying to find Eleventh Hour, although it looks like it will be released on DVD very soon.

Dark skies is unique in the way that it rewrote history, like implying that JFK was killed because he was exposed to evidence of the existence of extraterrestrials.  A one-season wonder, it follows former Majestic 12 agent John Loengard and girlfriend Kimberly Sayers as they track “The Hive,” an alien race that is trying to take over the Earth.  Along the way they not only encounter Hive operatives like Jim Steele but also celebrities like The Beatles, Jim Morrison and Robert Kennedy.  The celebrities are cool, but at the same time makes it feel like live-action Scooby Doo with aliens instead of monsters.  If the Three Stooges make an appearance i may just stop.  i’ve watched 6 episodes so far, but i feel as though the time just drags along the way.

Threshold was a another one-season show from 2006, and in fact it premiered domestically on October 13, 2006.  For some reason that date seems important… hmm.  The show follows Dr. Molly Caffrey, a government crisis-management consultant who seemed to be the only person who had a plan in place in case of an invasion by extraterrestrials, that plan codenamed “Threshold.”  The whole cast is a list of somewhat-famous people.  Charles S. Dutton of “Roc” fame is NSA agent JT Blaylock, Brent “Data” Spiner is NASA microbiologist Dr. Nigel Fenway, Caffrey is portrayed by Carla Gugino of the movie “Son-in-law” and the show Entourage, but the most talented actor may be Peter Dinklage, who at 4’5″ commands the camera more than anyone and is also the most believable.  The pilot episode finds a ship encountering a UFO, and by the time the crew listed above is on scene most of the crew is dead.  Contact with the UFO had even affected the roaches and rodents on board the ship, odd recordings on the ship affect those who hear them, and a fractal triskelion pattern keeps appearing.  Unfortunately i’ve only seen 4 episodes of the 13 thus far; it’s also unfortunate that with a decent cast that it was cancelled so quickly.  i like it so far, but it also seems to drag at times.

The most successful of the shows that have been arriving in red envelopes in the mailbox is Roswell, with a run of three full seasons, and it’s easily the most watchable.  Alien-human hybrids (sound familiar) are mixed amongst the high schoolers in Roswell, NM, and the show didn’t take long to expose some of those students with a great establishing scene.  At the same time, Max gave up way too much information instead of being evasive, but maybe i’m just spoiled by Kal-El.  Of course the inclusion of Julie Benz, who grew up one town from me and is the cousin of the DJ i listen to pretty much daily, is a bonus.  Of the three new-to-me (old) shows that i’ve started watching this is my favorite thus far, but alas there are only three seasons.

So even while expanding my horizons by watching other shows i am still reminded that The X-Files is the gold standard, with shapeshifting, with alien-human hybrids, and with the rewriting of history.  It’s fun to pick them out though, from the concepts right down to The X-Files episode.  By the way, The Secret Service is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

-i

October 4, 2009

The week of 4 October

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Surprise, SyFy has rearranged its usual X-Files schedule for this week once again, but some X-Files is better than no X-Files, especially when one of the episodes is “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.”  Not to worry though, there’s plenty of programming to keep everybody busy, and we are 1 month from the newest incarnation of the show “V” on ABC (with Laura Vandervoort aka Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl of Smallville).  With Fringe four episodes into the season, and with new shows like Flash Forward showing promise these are indeed good times for Sci-Fi fans.  Included in this week’s schedule is the movie Roswell, on Showtime Extreme.  If there’s something you think should be added just suggest it and i’ll consider it, but i’ve been trying to stick to shows that follow The X-Files’ formula.

Sunday

  • 5:00AM Chiller Millenium “Roosters” – Dissident faction is real sinister.
  • 6:00AM Chiller Millenium “Siren” – A mysterious woman tries to lure Frank away from Millenium Group.
  • 6:00PM Chiller Millenium “Siren”

Monday

  • 5:00AM Chiller Millenium “Siren”
  • 6:00AM Chiller Millenium “In Arcadia Ego” – Two inmates escape from women’s prison.
  • 6:00PM Chiller Millenium “In Arcadia Ego”

Tuesday

  • 6:00AM Chiller Millenium “Anamnesis” – Catherine helps troubled teenagers.
  • 9:30AM SHOEXTREMEHD Roswell – Docudrama, ex-Army Air Forces officer recalls silencing of UFO crash in 1947 New Mexico.
  • 6:00PM Chiller Millenium “Anamnesis”
  • 2:00AM SyFy The X-Files “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” – Mulder and Scully track the serial killer of fortunetellers.

Wednesday

  • 5:00AM Chiller Millenium “Anamnesis”
  • 6:00AM Chiller Millenium “A Room With No View” – Bright children are being abducted.
  • 6:00PM Chiller Millenium “A Room With No View”

Thursday

  • 5:00AM Chiller Millenium “A Room With No View”
  • 6:00AM Chiller Millenium “Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me” – Demons bemoan the existence of Frank Black.
  • 6:00PM Chiller Millenium “Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me”
  • 8:45PM MAXHD The X-Files : I Want To Believe – Mulder is asked by the FBI to assist in a missing-persons case while Scully tries to save a young boy with a rare disease.
  • 9:00PM FOX Fringe “Momentum Deferred” – Robberies connected to shapeshifting.
  • 2:00AM SyFy The X-Files “The List” – Inmate’s final vow prompts agents to investigate murder.

Friday

  • 5:00AM Chiller Millenium “Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me”
  • 6:00AM Chiller Millenium “The Fourth Horseman” – Lara Means disappears mysteriously.
  • 11:45AM SHOEXTREMEHD Roswell – Docudrama, ex-Army Air Forces officer recalls silencing of UFO crash in 1947 New Mexico.
  • 6:00PM Chiller Millenium “The Fourth Horseman”

Saturday

  • 5:00AM Chiller Millenium “The Fourth Horseman”
  • 6:00AM Chiller Millenium “The Time Is Now” – A competing organization helps.
  • 6:00PM Chiller Millenium “The Time Is Now”

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