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October 17, 2009

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

Filed under: Schedules — Tags: , , , , — xfilesdb @ 7:18 pm

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”

August 30, 2009

How Gillian Anderson’s pregnancy inspired genius

Filed under: General — xfilesdb @ 10:44 pm

Gillian Anderson got pregnant during the first season of The X-Files, and toward the end of the season it became more and more evident.  Her considerable extra bulk was very obvious as she ran toward Deep Thoat on the bridge after he was gunned down by the Crew Cut Man in “The Erlenmeyer Flask,” the Season 1 finale.  FOX executives wanted the part of Dana Scully to be re-cast, which Carter refused to do.  The obvious thing, the easy way out, would have been for The X-Files creative team to write the pregnancy into the storyline.  Considering that the “Scully has a boyfriend” angle was removed from the pilot episode figuring out who the father could have been an X-File.  Maybe an alien baby would be the story line?  No, that plot would be very “V,” and a few years early.

But Chris Carter decided to be creative to completely conceal Gillian Anderson’s pregnancy.  First, The X-Files were closed and the main characters were separated.  Some believe that the status of the show was unknown when the Season 1 finale was written while  others believe  The X-Files being closed and Mulder and Scully being separated became the plan to ease Scully out of the picture gradually.  It was probably a combination of the two, that a second season was in doubt but that Chris Carter had a plan in place.  At the beginning of the Season 2 opener, “Little Green Men,” we are led to believe that Mulder and Scully had very little interaction since The X-Files closed, perhaps to lay down the protocol for setting up future meetings (Scully putting the picture of Samantha face down on Mulder’s desk.)  Part of the reason for this is that Mulder has little trust to give anymore, which is proven when he cues up the reel-to-reel to a dead spot in the audio intercepted at Arecibo, then listens to the right spot after Scully leaves.  Mulder has been assigned to wiretaps investigating fraud, while Scully is teaching new cadets.  Mulder is later given a new partner, Alex Krycek, which temporarily kills off any chance for a reunion with Scully, effectively keeping them separated for the remainder of Gillian Anderson’s pregnancy.

Secondly, Chris Carter was creative with camera angles and props.  The most obvious was the autopsy table, because not only could Gillian Anderson hide her girth behind the table itself but for an autopsy Scully would wear… (well, they’re not scrubs, right?  If you know what the protective clothing for an autopsy is let me know and i’ll edit this.)  But of course there were other options, like shooting a scene in a dark parking garage, squatting down in said dark parking garage, or squatting down picking up fish food.  Then there were the camera angles themselves, the majority of them being right in Gillian Anderson’s face.

Lastly, and most importantly, there was Scully’s Abduction.  In the 2-part “Duane Barry/Ascension” Scully is abducted and experimented upon, then returned after a one episode hiatus in “One Breath.”  Gillian Anderson was absent for only one episode because of an abbreviated maternity leave of only ten days.  In fact, she was recovering at work, on her back and off her feet.  In the short term Scully was left with branched DNA in her bloodstream and was also in a comatose state.  The long term effects would create storylines for the remainder of the series; Scully’s bout with cancer was first visited in “Leonard Betts” and would be a major part of Season 4, and her miracle pregnancy was revealed in the Season 7 finale “Requiem” and drove Season 8.

So, while most shows would just simply write a pregancy into a show, The X-Files team worked around it and wrote unique developments that may not have been imagined otherwise.  While the first two examples of their creativity were relatively minor, Scully’s abduction and subsequent return was pure genius and paid dividends for the life of the series.

-i

August 12, 2009

Poll 1 – Favorite mytharc episode

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — xfilesdb @ 12:37 am

These are the choices, and we have nobody to blame other than those who tweeted.  Personally i’d put the Pilot #1, “The Truth” #10, and the rest tied at #2.  There are a few that i’d swap in, but in order to bring “Tunguska/Terma” or “S.R.819” or “Gethsemane/Redux/Redux II” in something would have to come out.

It would be nice to have some real numbers, so please retweet.

August 10, 2009

A look at the week starting 10Aug… and beyond

Filed under: General — xfilesdb @ 11:10 am

A common opinion about Warehouse 13 is that it’s “The X-Files” combined with some other show or movie, so i’ve decided to list it on the weekly schedule.  When “Fringe” comes back on 17Sept it will definitely be added.  Any suggestions for paranormal themed shows will be considered.  All times are Eastern, the people in those other zones are probably used to adjusting times already so i’ll just leave it at that standard.  For some reason SyFY thinks a new day starts at 6AM, but i’ve followed their standard.

And speaking of “Fringe,” i’ve included a slight spoiler at the bottom.

Monday

  • 2AM SyFy Channel The X-Files “Tooms” – Tooms gets released from the hospital, Mulder and Scully race to keep him from killing for his final liver.

Tuesday

  • 7PM SyFy Channel Warehouse 13 “Claudia” – Artie gets kidnapped by the source of the security breach
  • 8PM SyFy Channel Warehouse 13 “Elements” – A thief is after sculptures, using a Native American artifact to steal them
  • 9PM SyFy Channel Warehouse 13 “Burnout” – New Episode
  • 11PM SyFy Channel Warehouse 13 “Burnout”
  • 2AM SyFy Channel The X-Files “Born Again” – A little girl is tied to the deaths of two Buffalo policemen.

Wednesday

  • 2AM SyFy Channel The X-Files “Roland” – A mentally handicapped janitor seems to be the only suspect in the murders of two members of a propulsion research team.

Thursday

  • 11:35PM HBO The X-Files : I Want To Believe
  • 2AM SyFy Channel The X-Files “The Erlenmeyer Flask” – Deep Throat points Mulder in the right direction, and as his trust wavers the clues are being eliminated.

Friday

  • 10PM SyFy Channel Warehouse 13 “Burnout”

Saturday

  • 7:40 HBO The X-Files : I Want To Believe

FRINGE SPOILER ALERT!

It appears that the Walter from “Over There” is indeed looking for his Peter.

August 8, 2009

So what are the chances for a third film?

Filed under: General — xfilesdb @ 1:09 am

i’ve been asked a few times what i think the chances are for a third X-Files film.  Let’s look at the first two first.

The X-Files : Fight The Future was released in North America on June 19, 1998, and well in advance everybody associated with the film promised that you didn’t have to be an X-Files fan to understand the film.  That was not exactly The Truth.  While Carter used dialogue to try to get the non-diehard fans up to speed there was still a ton of information for neo-philers to process.  Those of us who had the benefit of five seasons of character development were only introduced to SAC Michaud, AD Jana Cassidy, Kurtzweil, Bronschweig and a couple cavemen.  i can see how those that had never seen an episode would have information overload from trying to piece together the Black Oil, why an old smoking man seems to be running the whole show, who the three geeks are that just so happened to show up at the hospital after Mulder got shot, etc.  This isn’t just my opinion; today’s birthday boy David Duchovny himself said in an interview that acting like just anybody would understand this movie was quite a stretch.

But Fight The Future was released during The X-Files’ reign as the biggest thing since Star Wars.  The fifth season of The X-Files was the season with the most viewership and includes several fan favorites including “Bad Blood” and “Post-Modern Prometheus.”  The two-hour movie was epic, spanning four continents (North America, Europe, Africa and Antarctica.)  It brought in $189 million on a budget of $66 million, with $30 million in box office on opening weekend.  Regardless of who fully understood the whole movie it was the 22nd ranked movie of 1998, and the 13th ranked movie of the summer season.

The very first rumors of The X-Files : I Want To Believe were that it was going to be a “Monster of the Week” type episode and would not depend on the Alien Mythology.  The trailer shown at last year’s Comic-Con fully supported that, yet many (fair weather?) X-Files fans felt that they were force-fed the weak sauce after watching the movie and there were no mytharc elements.  The movie was visually stunning, with Chris Carter using the terrain of Pemberton, BC to his advantage with huge snowy landscapes featuring a backdrop of backlit snow-covered trees.  The storyline was truly one that didn’t require extensive X-Files knowledge, and was as shocking as “Saw” or “Se7en.”  Again Carter used dialogue to bring non-fans up to speed, but there was much less to digest.

i wanted to believe that more than the hardcore fans would show up for this movie, mostly because Carter had said the possibility of a third film depended largely on the success of I Want To Believe.  If we were to simply go by this… well… it was the 78th ranked movie of 2008.  It only did $21 million domestically, but luckily it did over twice that amount overseas.  It has done over $15 million in DVD/BD sales thus far.

So what are the chances?  If we went solely by Chris Carter’s statement about IWTB doing well i’d say pretty poor.  i’ve been made aware of a push to buy IWTB DVDs and BDs to get the film ranked higher on the sales list in order to get Chris Carter’s attention.  Very noble, but probably a colossal waste of money.  i bought it myself, but just don’t see the point of buying multiple copies in order to leapfrog a couple other discs.  The place to spend the money was the theatre.

But i want to believe that the decision was made long ago, that the summer of 2012 will be the Summer of X, and these are the reasons why:

If you haven’t seen all the seasons plus IWTB you may want to stop here.

Possible SPOILER below:

1) “I Want To Believe” was a bridge.  When “The Truth” ended Fox Mulder was a fugitive.  Sure, Chris Carter could have gone straight to an alien mytharc movie, but it would’ve been too cliche for the FBI to come crawling to Mulder because the alien invasion had occurred just  as he had said it would.  Therefore, the paranormal storyline where a priest had a connection to an alter boy that he had molested years earlier.

2) 10 years would have passed between “The Truth” and a 22Dec12 invasion storyline.  The fans are out there, but how many would lose interest if that much time elapsed?  This point somewhat points back to the bridge concept, but for a different reason.

3) William.  In the last three seasons The X-Files had a fire sale, i.e. they killed off about everybody.  On the one hand there seems to be an unwritten code in Hollywood where children typically do not meet a violent demise.  On the other i feel that Carter has huge plans for William, and that is why he was put up for adoption.  Does anyone really think that his powers disappeared when he was adopted?  In 2012 William will be 11 years old and could potentially kick major ass.

So i expect a Mulder-Scully-Skinner-Doggett-Reyes-William vs. the New Syndicate in Summer of 2012.  The fans are out there, and Chris Carter has always known it.

-i

By the way, i was stung by a bee while typing this.  Coincidence?

August 7, 2009

The Blog of i

Filed under: General — Tags: , — xfilesdb @ 1:03 am

On the 20th of June the XFiles_DB twitter feed was created.  Over the past 1 1/2+ months, XFiles_DB updates have been mostly:

  • Showtimes for X-Files episodes, mostly on the newly renamed SyFy Channel, along with a brief synopsis of said episodes
  • Showtimes for X-Files : I Want To Believe
  • Trivial facts obtained from recently aired episodes of The X-Files & I Want To Believe
  • Trivial information about the X-Files cast, crew, directors, etc.

i have tried to keep opinion out of the twitter feed, but there have been times where my opinion has been asked for and times when it hasn’t where either i’ve been brief with my opinion or i’ve kept silent.  Plus trying to keep my opinions at 140 characters or less is too confining.

That is where this blog comes in.  The integrity of the twitter feed remains intact while giving a much larger space with which to give personal input or opinion.  For example on twitter i believe i simply gave a quick summary of the episode “Space.”  On this blog i may have added that it was the worst episode of the first season if not the series, on how it was all too evident that the actors were all Canadian in the episode due to the pronunciation of the word “processor,” etc.  Of course i will wait until after each episode airs so as to not spoil for potential first-time viewers.

So here it is.  The X-Files aren’t an assignment, they are an indulgence.  i hope this blog, the twitter feed, and the yet-completed dot com serve the X-Files community well.

-i

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