Friday, July 21, 2017

The X Files - Young at Heart


I do like the further exploration of Fox Mulder. Learning of his FBI past before the X files gives us an understanding of the details that mark the man he currently is. Each case that returns him to his past--and those associated with his past--further develops him into the man he becomes over the tenure of the series. Scully's skepticism this go-around is to challenge the theory that a killer Mulder shot after he killed an armored truck driver and an agent is on the loose--not dead as was reported--along with the extraordinary development of potential "age cure", brought about through the study of "kids dying of old age". I think the development part of Mulder--the tormenting "mistake" of "following by the book" instead of just killing Barnett when he had the chance--is good backstory and it allows Scully to learn extra background on her partner. I don't think the killer-taunting-the-agent-that-put-him-away followup to that is as solid, though. And at the end, Deep Throat is included just so Mulder can learn that the "Doktor Mengele" who operated on Barnett, giving him the youth (and a salamander arm that replaced the infected right hand amputated!)--through his successful experiments--might have lost all of the papers that spell out all his work to the Barnett. Barnett now can negotiate with the government and retrieve freedom and monetary gain because of it. And yet Barnett throws all of that away because the vendetta appeals to him more? The ending just kind of blew it for me. Just seemed too easy for Mulder--a piano recital among a bunch of folks in a theater letting himself be known in this bold execution (or so he thought) of Scully--as Barnett just risked everything so promising for him just to hurt Mulder. A cop out ending I thought.

Review from January of 2016:



A ghost from the past returns to haunt Mulder, a reminder of a traumatic experience when he was starting fresh out of the academy…John Barnett, responsible for the cold blooded murders of an armored car driver and a FBI agent. Mulder has never really gotten over those two deaths because he had a clear shot from behind Barnett, but following FBI regulations, he didn't fire his gun. Mulder assumed that Barnett (considering he was caught, dead to rites, Mulder figured he'd just surrender, not imagining he'd open fire on two unsuspecting victims). A scientist (certainly no humanitarian) named Joe Ridley (Robin Mossley) has perhaps discovered the cure for reversing aging, using this process during an experimental procedure on Barnett. What Ridley is unable to halt is the disease that causes eventual death in those kids who age too fast (progeria), his sole success being Barnett (except his eyes which are gradually going white and blind). Barnett has a great plan to kill Mulder and all those he loves (he succeeds in strangling Mulder's former boss, Reggie (Dick Anthony Williams)) with the episode culminating at a recital (Barnett was in Scully's house, listening to her answering machine which had a message from a relative inviting her to a recital).

The show developed a constant during its first few seasons: Scully or Mulder in jeopardy with one or the other having to come to their rescue. Scully, in this episode, is the target of Barnett, luring Mulder into facing him with another hostage's life threatened. The government is very interested in Ridley's notes in the reverse aging, and Barnett stole them from the scientist his ashamed medical colleagues nicknamed Dr. Mengle. So Barnett has some leverage according to Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin). A lost arm, Ridley even grows a new one (granted using the genetic material of a salamander!) for Barnett. Ridley used his age experiment on himself, unknowingly sealing his own fate. Mulder's past, which like Scully is revealed in increments during various episodes of the first season, allows him to face his demons and conquer them as Barnett's need for revenge gets the better of him. Mulder isn't the same green agent Barnett once encountered. Mulder's testimony during Barnett's trial is shown in flashback, with Barnett's warning at getting even is quite chilling (Barnett also calls him up and leaves little antagonistic notes to prepare Mulder until they meet again). I'm surprised Barnett would open himself up so vulnerably considering his identity was rather well concealed, but I guess the desire for vengeance clouded his judgment. I think you are starting to see the love and care between Mulder and Scully strengthen as the season continues. These two are in it through to the thick and thin. I think you can just see in how they share long looks at each other...it is apparent; this is beyond just two people in a working relationship.









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"... perhaps we invent artificial terrors to cope with the real ones."

--host, Donald Pleasence, Terror in the Aisles (1984)

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Sbut
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Hal
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Jtm 2

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Rave

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Mrub

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Nas

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Lok

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Ra6

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Countess Zaleska: Be thou exorcised oh Dracula, and thy body long undead find destruction throughout eternity in the name of thy dark unholy Master.

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mh2

z2

z2

Hiii

Hiii

Fred

Fred

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Ghspo
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gm

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No 2
Jason Lives

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clothes line

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Ahorr

Cbi1

Cbi1
Case of the bloody iris

Wsha

Wsha

Mouth3

Mouth3
In the Mouth of Madness

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Fdfn2
Freddy's Dead '91

Vyr

Vyr
Vampyres 1974

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Friday the 13th Part 2

Vlov

Vlov
Carmilla's kiss

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Edpos

Edpos

Ttf2

Ttf2

Jm2

Jm2
El Hombre Lobo

Psycho '60

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Kife

Kife
Knife is calling, Psycho 2

Meg

Meg
Meg Tilly, Psycho II

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ring 2
the ring 2002, "the tape"

poster

poster

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exor1
"the visitor" The Exorcist (1973)

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Conj

Tz1

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"Masks", Twilight Zone

In the kitchen, The Shape

In the kitchen, The Shape
In the kitchen, The Shape

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exc4

Ps56

Ps56

Hun

Hun
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932

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Ps89

Cof

Cof
Victor and Paul, with their Monster

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His

His

Efny

Efny

sus

sus
I'm going to grind you down to blood and screams.

--Innocent Blood 1992
Rest in Peace, Robert Loggia

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Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

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WZ

Edfen

Edfen
"Do not enter the city...It belongs to the dead now."

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Look behind you!

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Bs
"There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
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Amer

Amer
Taste of metal

The h gang

The h gang

Nlc

Nlc
Old Skool Nostalgia

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Hp

Smoke

Smoke
Got a smoke?

Strek

Strek
Live long and prosper

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Hill

Castle

Castle

SRW

"This seems to be the place where the plot begins to thicken..."
--Spooks Run Wild (1941)

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Frere and dummy

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Mlove

Alone/dark

"There are no crazy people, doctor. We're all just on vacation."

--Alone in the Dark (1982)

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Lips

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Vintage VHS

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Monique parent
Erotique in Review

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Bmate

Bmate

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Ms45 w

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Churcvh
The Church 1989

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Ww
The Whip and the Body 1963

Lsho

"Now, no novacaine....it dulls the senses"

--Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Christopher Lee

Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.

Vampyros lesbos

You are one of us now. The Queen of the Night will bear you up on her black wings

The Unknown 1927

No....not sick. But I have lost some flesh.

Alonzo, the Armless.

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Ckvh

Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)

Glen: We'd like to speak to the Townsends, please.

The Butler: They are not available till after sunset.

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Bw5

Jill

Jill

Mad Love 1935

Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?

Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.

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