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HERC Reviews The New X-FILES!!

Published at: April 1, 2001, 7 a.m. CST by staff

X-FILES 8.15 FAQ

WHEN DID FOX LAST AIR AN “X-FILES”?

Feb. 25.

WHAT’S THE NEW ONE CALLED?

“Deadalive.”

WHO’S REPSONSIBLE?

Teleplay is credited to series creator Chris Carter and series executive producer Frank Spotnitz.

WHAT DOES TV GUIDE SAY?

”While it's well known that David Duchovny will appear in the rest of this season's episodes, Fox Mulder's return to active FBI duty does not look promising in this installment's opening teaser. However, with Mulder now found, Deputy Director Kersh (James Pickens Jr.) commends Doggett and offers him a promotion out of the X-files. But Doggett demurs, still having questions about the case, which takes a turn when a body is found at sea. The victim: Billy Miles (Zachary Ansley), an abductee from Scully and Mulder's first case together. Evidence shows that the body's been in the water for months. But pathologists are shocked by one other discovery - as is Skinner when he encounters an old nemesis.”

WHAT OLD NEMESIS?

Alex Krycek, who visits Skinner’s office with a remote control that can send dormant nanobots “sizzling” into Skinner’s brainstem at the press of a button. At one point, Skinner tries to snatch the remote away from Krycek, but fails.

WHEN DOES KRYCEK SHOW UP?

About halfway in.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE TEASER?

Fox Mulder is buried as Scully, Skinner, Doggett and the three Lone Gunmen (in a surprise, silent cameo) look on. “I can’t believe that I’m really standing here,” weeps Scully.

DOES THIS MEAN ANOTHER EPISODE GOES BY WITHOUT A SPEAKING PART FOR DUCHOVNY?

Mulder chokes out a few words at episode’s end.

WHAT? I THOUGHT YOU SAID MULDER WAS DEAD!!

Yeah, and Doggett was dead before some guy ate him and then vomited him into a Doggett-shaped hole in the ground. Do grow up.

HOW LONG DOES MULDER STAY BURIED?

Three months.

THREE MONTHS? IS SCULLY STILL PREGNANT?

She is. A much larger Scully appears after the opening teaser. It’s mentioned that she’s six weeks from her maternity leave.

WHAT ARE THE PATHOLOGISTS SHOCKED BY?

After three months in the water, Billy Miles’ lips are still trying to form words. Because Miles and Mulder disappeared at about the same time, the news causes Skinner to exhume Mulder’s three-months-buried body within hours.

WHAT’S IN MULDER’S CASKET?

Mulder. And by the time we’re back from commercial he’s hooked to a heart monitor and surrounded by puzzled doctors.

WHAT ELSE ISN’T TV GUIDE TELLING US?

There’s a fresh new Billy Miles inside the rotting, water-damaged Billy Miles. When Miles unexpectedly awakens, he just showers off the old body.

HE DOES?

Mulder and Miles were apparently prepped to house extraterrestrial bodies. We soon learn that Krycek has told Skinner he has a vaccine that can prevent an alien virus from taking over Mulder’s body as well.

WHAT DOES KRYCEK WANT IN RETURN?

He wants Skinner to ensure that Scully never delivers her baby.

DOES SKINNER TAKE KRYCEK’S DEAL?

Let’s just say that Skinner does something pretty shocking.

SUCKOMETRIC READINGS?

This body-snatcher stuff has been done a lot better in many other circumstances, but the episode was redeemed somewhat by Krycek’s bizarre demand. There’s also a swell scene with Doggett, who has learned of Krycek’s demand, going after Krycek in a parking garage. But Doggett’s continued skepticism in the face of all that he’s seen and done in the past six months itself continues to strain credulity.

TELL US HOW TO SQUANDER OUR SUNDAY, O HERCULES!

CBS’s “60 Minutes” at 7:00, the premiere of USA’s “Eco-Challenge Borneo” at 8:00, HBO’s “The Sopranos” at 9:00 and ABC’s “The Practice” at 10:00. Tape Fox’s “Futurama” at 7:00, Fox’s “King of the Hill” at 7:30, Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle” at 8:30, and Fox’s “The X-Files” at 9:00.

HERC’S RATING FOR “X-FILES” 8.15?

**1/2

The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:

**** better than most motion pictures

*** actually worth your valuable time

** as horrible as most stuff on TV

* makes you quietly pray for bulletins

I ain’t got time for no jibber-jabber!

I am – Hercules!





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  • April 1, 2001, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Hit and Myth

    by dariusflamebrain

    I can see why some people don't like the mythology episodes. but quite a lot do. they allow the long time fans to follow something as it develops. monster of the week eps are over in the hour (dont get me wrong though i enjoy them too) and so they lack the scale that the mythology has provided. Good to see Krycek back though but why must Scully's baby die? Is it a hybrid? Is it the replacement for Cassandra Spender the Aliens have been waiting for?

  • April 1, 2001, 7:32 a.m. CST

    AM I FIRST?

    by LT Weezie

  • April 1, 2001, 7:49 a.m. CST

    MULDER-ING IN THE GRAVE

    by LT Weezie

    Well looks like I wasn't first (some other AICN fans can type faster!), but wanted to send in my comments on Hercs recent excellent insites on the X-Files episode tonight. From the looks of the teaser last week, we were going to see more of Mulder than what Herc reports--this just drives me crazy, but that is what they call them..TEASERS! I must say that the make-up staff on the show does a superb job. Coming from a family of Forensics-type people, I have a pretty good idea of what a less-than-fresh body can look like and they have it DEAD ON (killer pun, huh!). I also have to mention a rather humorous sidebar that my crazy-as-David D-and-with-the-same-dry-humor husband, Capt. John, is a REAL DD clone (another X-File maybe)LOL..he looks much more like him than his stand-in. He just loves it when I do "cute" stunts like bringing in the TV Guide and showing him the X-FILES special review with the photo of Scully leaning over him with great concern and make comments like==="Gosh, he looks just like you laying there when you have the flu"--to which I get in return--"OH, it is my fondest dream to have Scully hang over me like that"--well I asked for it. His uncanny resemblance has also resulted in some hysterical incidents..such as what happened a few years ago at a wonderful BBQ restaurant in Amarillo. We were driving in a convoy with other hot air balloonists to the Albuquerque Kodak Balloon Fiesta, and several of the servers came over and asked if we were from Hollywood...(because of John and a fellow pilot, Bill, who is a David Letterman dead ringer)-(oh more puns). They just smiled and rolled their eyes, and we were laughing so hard we were about to lose the delicious lunch we had must consumed...the real topper was when the manager came out with a cart of free desserts! At least they didn't have to give out autographs... Anyhow, I hope we get to see more of the REAL Mulder (although the way the show is, we never know just who is what or who is who or who was who)in the near future...LIKE NEXT WEEK!!

  • April 1, 2001, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Scully..... RUN!!

    by SaintX99

    I just want to say that I really enjoyed this season's episodes so far. Seeing Duchovny next to Robert Patrick has made me hope he won't come back. I think Robert Patrick is fokken cool as hell as The new guy, and I wanna see him in the next X-Files movie rather than Mulder. It would be good to see him as a good guy in a movie FOR ONCE...lol

  • The only reason I watch at this point is FOR the mythology crap. When they are looking for some slime monster or some mind control guy, it just doesn't grab me. I watch those episodes too but only to see if they give any clues about the ongoing mythology. Would you have enjoyed Twin Peaks better if 2 out of 3 weeks Dale Cooper went looking for monsters that had NOTHING to do with the story? The mythology arc IS the show, it's what it's all about. The monster of the week crap is only filler so they can stretch the real story out more. I understand you need to have everything wrapped up in an hour like some spooky Matlock episode but it's people like you that gave up on Twin Peaks because they didn't solve the case quick enough for you and so they cancelled it.

  • April 1, 2001, 1:42 p.m. CST

    WHY GIVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW TO A SHOW YOU ALREADY PROFESS A GREAT

    by Mr Ts Cereal

    For the love of God, DONT WATCH IT! Why not have someone who REGULARY watches it review it instead?! Reviews like this one make me soooo pissed off. IT IS NOT COOL TO DISLIKE THIS SHOW ANYMORE! Or maybe its so cool to like the show again that it's not cool? I dunno. Ep - The Mad Shitter.

  • April 1, 2001, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Why?

    by SethShandor

    I'll, admit the show's been better than I would have thought this season, but I just don't care anymore, the fire to watch it went out 2 seasons ago for me, much like it must have Ducovny. When he bowed out they should have stopped... they didn't. Hopfully any future movies will re-install my X-files drive. As for Herc suggestions, he actually LIKES reality show crap like survivor and real world so I haven't trusted his opinion, just his scoops, for a while.

  • April 1, 2001, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Don't gimme that jibber-jabber!

    by Joxer da Mighty

    We'll eat when I get work! :)

  • April 1, 2001, 7:13 p.m. CST

    thank you chris carter.......

    by neo-jimmbob

    for making the sopranos that much easier to watch.

  • April 1, 2001, 7:20 p.m. CST

    and is it just me

    by neo-jimmbob

    or wouldn't you save the vaccine to barter for something you couldn't do or have done yourself. Any middle schooler with a hand gun can keep scully from having mulders' "love muffin" wouldn't you wanna keep you bargining chip for something i dunno YOU COULDNT ACOMPLISH ON YOU OWN. just a thought.

  • April 1, 2001, 7:32 p.m. CST

    X-Files: What went wrong?

    by ARCTURUS

    Like some of you, I came on board X-Files the first season. I thought, how great, how amazing, what potential, what promise. i went to one of the very first X-Files conventions. I got to meet Toombs. The next year, X-Files became a breakout, mainstream hit. This popularity probably saved the show, but at what cost? I call this the "90210" phenomena. Beverly Hills, 90210 was at one time a critically-lauded, respected show. This was during it's first season in particular. Then, the second season, it became really popular. it degenerated into a common soap opera, with shows that did not deal with any real substance or issues. While The X-Files has fared better over the years as far as overall quality goes, it has still fallen into utter depravity and insignificance. Who the hell cares what happens now? The x-Files was much better when there were no real revelations, when the mythology episodes followed more closely to real-life politics and events. The more that was revealed about aliens and such as "fact" the worse the show became. And what about this mulder and scully shite? Shouldn't they have gotten married by now. Chris Carter is a fool, he has a warped idea that the chemistry of the show is contingent on the fact that the two NEVER get together. What a bunch of crap. I think most of you more knowledgeable fans out there will agree that X-Files, had it been a PBS series aka Degrasse Junior high, could have avoided mainstream contamination and fullfilled the promise it showed in it's first season. Thank you for your time.

  • April 1, 2001, 7:35 p.m. CST

    I have no idea what X-Files is like anymore...

    by Milktoast

    ...because I stopped watching it when I got to college. But I it was kinda cool to see Robert Patrick get that fierce T-1000 look on his face then run after that car.

  • April 1, 2001, 8:25 p.m. CST

    This show has been on TOO LONG!!!!

    by raingirl

    Put it out of its misery. Do the writers assume we're all idiots. Looking back at the past, it absolutely sad to see how this once great show has fallen.

  • April 1, 2001, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I'm tired of the soap opera.

    by Studio Lackey

    I still like X-Files and prefer the mythology stories to the "creature of the week," but I have to say that I'm paying less and less attention to each week's episode. The mythology arc just builds and builds without seeming to go anywhere, and it gets wearying after a while. I mean, the whole peek-a-boo thing with the aliens was fun the first 40-50 times, but I'm at the point now where I really wish they'd stop generating this shroud of faux-mystery around the subject and just tackle it face on. If there's gonna be some kind of huge alien war, let's get on with it already. Make something happen. I mean, it's getting to the point now where a typical mythology episode of X-Files combines everything that is most annoying about an "arc" show (the endlessly cycling soap opera aspect) with what is most annoying about a standalone show (the "reset button.") Somehow Chris Carter has managed to pull tedium from the jaws of adventure.

  • April 1, 2001, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Futurama + King of the Hill: Best Hour of TV Available Right Now

    by Prankster

    Ya know Herc, you oughtta cover these two shows. Despite the crap timeslot they are the REAL reason I watch Sunday nights. KOTH's subtle, humanistic humour has been in full force for a while now. I love the berzerk situations the writers come up with to exemplify the character's inner struggles--like Hank trying to remake Bobby as a ventriloquists' dummy earlier this season, or the flip side tonight, Bobby moving into the doghouse and forcing Hank to get rid of Ladybird because of his allergies. Still, the absolute best was Luanne seeing Buckley's angel on the trampoline. "Bail!" As for Futurama, it's been getting funnier for a year now after a weak start; but in the last month or so it's actually started to rival The Simpsons during its 3rd-5th seasons, the "Untouchably Brilliant" years. And that is NOT a claim I make lightly. The episode with Fry becoming superintelligent thanks to intestinal parasites, which was so much more than a "Fantastic Voyage" parody, helped make the relationships real and genuine. Then the one where Fry went searching for the lucky clover he lost in the 20th century was not only brilliantly written, it was the kind of effective sentiment only Groening shows can do--you know, they're usually completely flip and cynical, so that when they sneak in some real dramatic emotion it's that much more powerful. (The best example of this on The Simpsons is the moment we find out what Homer did with Maggie's baby pictures.) And then tonight's episode, in which Leela had surgery to give her an extra eye, carried the kind of message you never see on TV--so-called 'freaks' are cool! The way Fry unhesitatingly embraces the unique and weird makes him a breath of fresh air. He may be an idiot, but in some ways he's more admirable than most of us would be if we awoke in the future. Aaaaaanyway. The X-files was great, and it has been pretty good (if somewhat slow-moving) this season. And Arcturus, I really don't remember 90210 ever getting critical acclaim...

  • April 1, 2001, 10:07 p.m. CST

    I didn't see the Lonegunmen

    by cyt

    Were they at the funeral and I just missed it? Someone please confirm whether or not they were at the funeral

  • April 1, 2001, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Prankster...

    by Randall Flagg

    Just wanted to comment on your assesment of Groening drama and how effective it is. Another such moment is right after Homer's mother has gone back on the lamb again. Her last words to him, something to the effect of "Just know you have a mother, and she is very proud of you." Then she leaves. The last image is of Homer sitting on the hood of his car, alone in the desert, looking at the stars. Both that image and the one of Maggie's baby pictures are my two alltime favorite Simpsons moments. (sorry to go so far off subject, carry on.) Krycek rules all!

  • April 1, 2001, 10:28 p.m. CST

    I liked it, but...

    by Cuppa Joe

    I love the X-Files, always have loved it, and since I can even forgive them for the God-awful season 7, I guess it's safe to say that I always will. Unfortunately it just doesn't have the same punch as it used to. Part of the blame goes to the age of the series, it needs to wrap everythingup and give it merciful, worthy death. Put it to bed, and move on. Another piece of the blame goes to David Ducovny for being such an ass about being in all the episodes this season. I can see where hes coming from sort of, but, it would have been nice if he hadn't left. But this episode actually was pretty good. Even though it wasn't on par with most of the early episodes, it's a step in the right direction. And in conclusion... I really like the Lone Gunmen most of the time.

  • April 1, 2001, 10:43 p.m. CST

    No time for The Oblongs

    by otis von zipper

    The WB only showed it 3 times tonight. I caught snippets during commercial breaks on Fox (sorry no VCR, call me crazy) and didn't really see anything hilarious. Perhaps it's worth giving an udivided look at though.

  • April 1, 2001, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Can't wait till next week

    by coop

    I personally loved the episode and I was so exited when I saw the teaser for next week. With Mulder back for the last six episodes and that virus in him that could kick in at any time it's gonna rock. I pray that they end it after this season so it can go out on a high note and the next movie can be cast with all three characters. Thanks Chris for getting me excited again.

  • April 1, 2001, 11:39 p.m. CST

    good episode!!!

    by nightwing13

    I thought tonight's episode was really good, not great, but better than the 2.5 stars Herc gave it. Personally I dont even understand why Herc is reviewing the X-files if he doesn't even like the show, he should go back to giving 4 stars to all his Buffy episodes. Which brings me to my 2nd point, people complain bout the mythology eps, but the myth eps arent even a huge part of the show. About a 1/3 of the eps are actual myth eps, meanwhile you look at a show like Buffy, where I missed one episode last season, and it took me forever to get back in the loop. It's one big, never-ending soap opera, yet I havent heard a complaint about that, and you've got people like Herc claiming it's the best show on TV (personally, I dont even think it comes close to their spinoff Angel, which is a great show, if only because it lacks buffy-angst). Now dont get me wrong, I'm not just here to blast Buffy, it's a good show, I like it. I'm just saying people arent giving the X-files it's due. Did season 7 suck? Well, for the msot part, yeah, but I think they've rebounded nicely this year. And while before I didnt even think season 8 should start, I'm looking forward to a season 9, if it's as good as it is this year. As much as I love mulder, i've learned the x-files dont need him, RP is the man! All in all, people give the x-files it's fair due, dont hate it just cuz it's chic to do so.

  • April 2, 2001, 6:04 a.m. CST

    And just when I was getting used to X without Mulder

    by I am_NOTREAL

    they bring him back. I think he's better off strapped to that alien chair thing, personally. But for God's sake, Scully is the ultimate hypocrite--she was ABDUCTED BY FREAKIN ALIENS FOR GOD'S SAKE and still continued to doubt everything she saw for years and years, Doggett's been around for a few months and she expects him to buy shape-shifting alien bounty hunters, etc. That said, when Doggett came back from the dead you'd think he would have a new outlook on things. Still like the show, glad to see Herc at least acknowledging its existence (but come on, replace Scully with Buffy and Doggett with...whoever you want from Buffy, and this gets four stars, easy) but sometimes the choices these writers make really confound me.

  • April 2, 2001, 7:18 a.m. CST

    The real problem with the X-Files is the weak writing

    by Grady Tripp

    The X-Files used to be my favorite show because of the quality of the writing, but it seems like the writers have lost all direction, not to mention basic good sense. As far as the "mythology" episodes go, they seem like the writers are making this crap up as they go along, with no real plan in mind. What's worse, the show is full of inconsistencies, gaffs and just plain bad storytelling. Examples from last night's episode: 1. Why didn't they embalm Mulder? Or perform an autopsy on him? You know a cause of death might have been of interest to the FBI. Why weren't Mulder's eyes and mouth sewn shut and have a long Y-incision down the front of him? 2. How can Doggett still be such a skeptic? Just a few episodes ago he was shot and killed, then eaten and regurgitated back to life. It seems like it would be pretty hard to keep up a level of skepticism in the face of that evidence. 3. What about the character Billy Miles? We are told in this episode that somehow or other he has been reborn as an alien that is part of some global conspiracy to destroy the earth, yet he vanishes from the episode roughly halfway through and no one seems to care. What I found to be most troublesome about all these things was that I just didn't care about any of these things or any of these people. This is a show that should have been put to rest at least two seasons ago.

  • April 2, 2001, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Oh baby, oh baby

    by Shalamar

    This would've been a good episode regardless, but one thing made it great for me - three words - KRYCEK IS BACK! Man, I have missed that sexy cold-hearted evil sonofabitch. And, to top everything off, he and Doggett got to rumble. My cup runneth over.

  • April 2, 2001, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Star Trek III: The Search for Mulder

    by Hardyboy

    (Nuts. . .someone else took the "Mulder-in' in the Grave" subject line I was going to use!) I swear, I really thought someone was going to say Mulder's body had been sent to the Genesis planet for resurrection. . .the explanation for Mulder's survival was pretty cheesy (OK, I'll accept that no one did an autopsy, but what kept him from starving to death after three months in a grave?); but one learns to forgive X-Files its improbablities. I'm looking forward to the Mulder vs. Doggett showdown in coming weeks, tho'.

  • April 2, 2001, 12:52 p.m. CST

    coop

    by dariusflamebrain

    twin peaks was never meant to be about who killed laura palmer. the murder was only meant to draw us into a show which was actually about the other residents. david lynch himself has said that the publics obsession with "whodunnit" is what killed the show.

  • April 2, 2001, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Big Wheel O' Cheese

    by darthshatner

    The constant back and forth putting Mulder and Scully on their deathbeds has been out of control for a long time. How many times have we been treated to deep teary eyed acting from Duchovny and/or Anderson at each others hospital bed? How many dead relatives are there? Does it really resonate with the fans anymore? Back in the first season when the writers whacked Deep Throat you really worried for the safety of the characters, because you never knew who might be next. It lent to the air of paranoia and drew you into the conspiracy storyline. Now killing off a character is just a ploy to prop up increasingly weak stories. Yeah, there's some diamonds in the rough, but on the whole the show is circling the drain. Its a shame too, because Robert Patrick could've done a lot more with Dogget and the whole X-Files concept if they had spun it off a la Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Instead, he's tethered to the mast of a sinking ship. Oh well, I guess as long as they're laying out the cheese they should resurrect Mr. X and have him fight Dogget. While completely illogical, and conflicting with everything in the show, it would at least provide a few entertaining moments.

  • April 2, 2001, 3 p.m. CST

    Aaaah, the satisfaction of fists connecting with Krycek's face!!

    by Fatal Discharge

    And why do these people keep ommenting with 'X-Files hasn't been good for 3 years...blah blah blah'? If so, you obviously haven't been watching recent episodes - so why comment on them? And if you have been watching then why are still watching a show that hasn't been good, according to you, for so long? I, for one, love Robert Patrick's giving the show some great new energy. The mythology episodes are what I like best and Mulder's abduction/Scully's pregnancy have been a great story-arc. One question about this episode...how did Scully suddenly get the antidote just after Krycek broke the vial? Or was she giving Mulder some other anti-viral treatment?

  • April 2, 2001, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Kersch is an Alien, Krycek works for him, Mulder has alien DNA,

    by Monkey_King

    Has Duchovny signed for the lasy season of 'X-Files' yet? Finally this show has become great again. Three pawns in a very large game are Doggett, Mulder and Scully. Who is the Dungeon Master? Kersch? Krycek? Both? or worse....Wonder who it could be.

  • April 2, 2001, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Yeah, The Truth is out there, the show is not that good anymore.

    by cooper2000

    My question is, What happend to just "Five Years" Chris?? The first post said why are we badmouthing X-Files just for the sake of it? It it was still a great show I would be defending it more than anyone but the creative flame has dimmed. Time for Chris Carter to quit while he still has some dignity left. I think he is doing much the same thing as the Two creative guys behind Trek, just collecting a paycheck and not caring what goes out to the public. And now the Lone Gunmen? Please stop Chris. Please! The show was great for the first few seasons than the Anthology episodes got so complicated that most people I know, my self included, gave up trying to figure out what the hell these aliens were doing. Now they are introducing what seems to be a whole new anthology? No, make it stop. Its just not scarey anymore and after all the comedic episodes last season, I lost all hope. Yeah, I still tune in occasionally and theres a few good episodes here and there but its not the same. Time to call it quits. About this time for the last few years, Chris says, he doesnt know it if will be back for another year and Ive heard rumors they want to continue it yet another year with Dogget and the FBI agent played by Anebeth Gish seeing a few episodes back? FOX doesnt have any other good shows because they keep programming reality shows and Animals that eat people and Car Crash specials so no wonder they keep renewing it but like the 90210 and Melrose before it, the cast of X-files looks tired and so are we so end it while we still have some good memories of how good the show used to be!!!!!

  • April 2, 2001, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Help me out, please!

    by Speedbumped

    Krycek IS missing a hand, right? I didn't just imagine that, did I? I always try to look for the prosthetic hand/arm I seem to recall he had, but I can never see it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't he forced to eat it or something by that group of bandits or whatever they were in Siberia? Somebody help me out here, because no one I've talked to seems to remember this, and I can never tell when I'm watching him if he's missing his hand or not. Thanks.

  • April 2, 2001, 11 p.m. CST

    Speedbumped...

    by majorq007

    ....Krycheck got his hand cut off in season 4 in siberia to protect him from the black oil injections. i don't know if they ever explained the prostethis (sp?), but if they didn't, i'm sure CC files it under "Uh, that will be explained later, at a point where the ever-widening, ever-bewildering conspiracy will have confused you to a point where you've forgotton inconsistencies. Uh, 10:13, and things..." And Deadwood, right on the money! The show hasn't been the same since CSM 'died' at the end of last season. In fact, it hasn't been the same since his first 'death' in season 5. CSM is the show. it is the grand tale of the conspiracy, for which he is THE symbol. M & S are merely pawns; CSM has proven that he runs/ran the show. BRING HIM BACK

  • April 2, 2001, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Krycek's arm

    by otis von zipper

    Krycek did lose an arm. At the end of that episode he was shown with a very fake looking prosthetic. Perhaps in the interium the aliens grafted on a nice new one

  • April 3, 2001, 4:36 a.m. CST

    x-phile and I do mean ex

    by Paul Allen Voiq

    I have to agree The show has lost steam, for me after the very public opinions of anderson and Duchovney(spelling?) towards each other. Moving the show. The movie that was supossed to help rap up the conspiricy? The reality is they(Mulder and Scully) should be together, fall in love and walk off into the sunset. The Idea of them keeping just a "friends and nothing more" Works great if they were beat cops, But they have shared way to many romantic moments,saved each others lives, nursed each other back to life, shared knowlage noone else knows,seen things no mortal man should see weekly,watched their actions (or lack of)cause the death of their loved ones, been together for 7 or 8? years. Come on its not like they have other love intrests. The fact that they have not slept together is nolonger a useful tention point its just extreamely disfunctional and pathetic. If Duchovney is gonna leave for good we should at least know they were romantic.Its the natural rap up, I mean we got it he has great restraint(and a world champ monkey spanker) Because unless the show lasts another 7 years, Robert patrick better look elsewhere to get some romance.(unless he is married,I have not been watching much this season) I loved the first 5 years lets rap up some mysteries(shapeshifting bounty-hunters etc) and pass the torch to the lone gunnman. COOP YOU STILL IN THE BLACK LOGE? And were the hell is flukeman?

  • April 3, 2001, 9:49 a.m. CST

    hand

    by zippy-zip

    nick lea said he wore a rubber glove on his left hand to make it look fake. I wonder if that is what lindsey does on angel?

  • April 3, 2001, 11:37 a.m. CST

    The X-Files What Went Wrong

    by jcasnaw

    I was a bonafide diehard X-Phile. I was close to being as much a X-Phile as Treekies are to Star Trek. The Show's problem are the diehard fans. The People Who want to see Mulder and Scully do the Horizontial Bop. I meet a girl on a online X-Files Chat named www.chatphiles.com and spent alot and alot more time on thre becoming more intuned to the show. Meet this girl and though Long Distance I fell in love. Make a long story short it didnt work out She was 100 times the fan I was of the show and made me step back from ol geekdom and why we become fans of stuff and say this show sucks on alot of levels. Its lost its edge its lost its writing its become a copycat of what it was in the beginining. Ive tried to watch shows here and there but its the same drab shit over and over and over and over. David Duchvony thinks he will be anymore then Mulder because he wont be he has terminal Shattneritis and the same for Gillian Anderson. Also she is the red head that never shows the goods. Robert Patrick ive watched a few episodes and dont think hes right for the show hes a fill in because the premadonna Duchvony is making Evolution which from what I hear might be Battlefield Earth in terms of a movie. I Love Robert Patrick in the 2nd seasons of the Sopranos as the Degenerate Gambler. The X-files should go off and make a movie evey two years. X-Files 2:The Wrath of Byers X-files 3:Search For Scully X-Files 4:The Voyage to Sunflower Seeds X-Files 5:The Final Movie HAHAHA X-Files 6:The Undiscovered Father X-Files 7: Ah Who Cares. All im saying you X-philes is I was once of you then I got a life. Watch the show love the show just dont be the show

  • April 3, 2001, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Krychek's Arm

    by RobRed1

    I remember the episode when he lost the arm. It was that town in Siberia where the Russians were experimenting with the black ooze and the vaccine. The men of the town all cut off their right arms and the right arms of anyone they caught who was involved because that is where they injected the vaccine. At the end of the episode, Mulder barely escaped, but Krychek was captured by the Russian townfolk and they cut off hi arm with an ax. In a lot of episodes I passed it off as intentional camera work avoiding showing that arm so that they didn't have to deal with a fake prosthetic, but Sunday night, I could swear I saw him use BOTH hands. And when he got out of the car and faced down Dogget, BOTH hands looked NORMAL!........Oh, and I DO understand the mythology. It seams to contradict itself, but I think a lot of the WRITERS don't understand it. Only Carter knows the whole truth.

  • April 3, 2001, 8:56 p.m. CST

    jcasnaw, not all fans are shippers

    by raingirl

    What was great about The X-files was that it was *ONCE* an exciting and intelligent show and Mulder & Scully were the most innovative characters on TV. Besides, the suspensful stories and great dialogue it showed a man and woman in what was the most unique relationship on TV. The Lois & Clark refugees caught on when their show was cancelled and they wanted the Mulder & Scully dynamic to suit their own cliche ideal and because of that, the overall writing was sacrificd. So in essence, The X-Files is not only a victim of greedy fox exectives but of a mainstream audience who don't care for innovation and uniqueness. Its kind of sad but thats how it is. Luckily when the show ends, the early seasons *WILL* be remembered more fondly than the final seasons.