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It's our final day. Was it a fun change of pace or an unwelcome diversion?

This is another MOTW episode I enjoy more for the relationship bits than for the X-File. The scene where Scully sings "Joy to the World" to Mulder actually made me tear up, in part because she'll sing it again much later in the series in a much different context. Other than that scene and the one in the car where they talk about building the tower of office furniture, the writing falls a little flat for me. I don't see the slightest resemblance to "Deliverance," which writer Frank Spotnitz claimed was his inspiration.

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Writer: Frank Spotnitz
Director: Brett Dowler
Original air date: November 23, 1997

Synopsis: Mulder and Scully are carpooling with fellow FBI agents, Michael Kinsley and Carla Stonecypher, to an FBI team-building seminar in Florida. When they are stopped by a roadblock, Mulder gets out of the car to stretch his legs. Before Scully can ask, "Mulder, where are you going?", he has ditched the seminar and headed into the woods to assist with a missing persons investigation which Mulder is convinced is an X-File.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: Mulder, you need to keep warm. Your body's still in shock.
Mulder: I was told once that the best way to regenerate body heat is to crawl naked into a sleeping bag with somebody else who was already naked. (scoots closer to her)
Scully: (grinning) Maybe if it rains sleeping bags, you'll get lucky.

Links:
Transcript
Autumn Tysko
Drew Vogel

Fanfiction:
We get to season five and suddenly there's fanfic.
Communication by Wintersong.
Summary: So, what if Mulder and Scully really did get to build a tower of office furniture someday? What would we see?
Energy and Light by Oracle (on her Gossamer page) Wendy's note: not specifically a post-ep but it's season five, the fic takes place in a forest and it fits the mood. Plus I'm the mod.
Summary: Four girls have vanished, each one on a different night. Each one by the light of a full moon. Is it just a coincidence?
Still Life with Implant by denynothing1 aka Barbara D.
Summary: Adjusting to life in remission.
This Her Fever by Aloysia Virgata. Wendy's note: I'd never read this because the summary made it sound like cancer fic, which I mostly avoid for personal reasons. But it's not about Scully having cancer, it's Scully-in-remission fic and canon-compliant, too.
SUMMARY: It is, she thinks, a fitting coda to her life that Mulder and Father McCue should cross paths in this room, both trying to offer her salvation.
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Egad. Day six already. True confession: I have watched "Small Potatoes" several times just for the scene in the X-Files office where David Duchovny is playing Eddie Van Blundht, the human shapeshifter. Eddie, who has locked up the real Fox Mulder in a janitorial closet in the basement of the local hospital, is now practicing his moves in preparation for taking over Mulder's life. Duchovny's a good mimic, and demonstrates a genuine gift for physical comedy. It's a funny, funny scene.

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Writer: Vince Gilligan
Director: Cliff Bole
Originally aired: April 20, 1997

Synopsis: After five babies in succession are born with tails in the small town of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Mulder and Scully head down to investigate.

Most Memorable Quote:
Mulder: I have a theory. Do you wanna hear it?
Scully: Van Blundht somehow physically transformed into his captor and walked out the door, leaving no one the wiser?
Mulder: (pleased) Scully, should we be picking out china patterns or what?

Links:
Transcript
A Good Fic Spoiled: X-Files, "Small Potatoes" by Plaid Adder. I recommend all of her meta series on The X-Files.
Autumn Tysko
Sarah Stegall
Confusion of Rape and Desire in the X-Files Universe by [livejournal.com profile] fialka. Addresses "Small Potatoes," also "Post Modern Prometheus."
Only Connect: Scully in Season Four - Part 1 | Part 2 by [livejournal.com profile] emily_shore.

Fanfiction:
Isometry by [livejournal.com profile] syntax6. Wendy's note: Touches on the events of "Small Potatoes."
Summary: The story of a man, a woman and their lucky pickle. Season 4 cancer era. Rated NC-17.
Small Fries by Kel. Written for Virtual Season X.
Summary: Mulder and Scully investigate the case of some six-year-old shapeshifters.
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Minor announcement: I got the episode order wrong in the original posting. So that means tomorrow's episode will be "Small Potatoes" and Friday's "Detour." Sorry for the mix-up. Mea culpa.

I enjoyed this episode except for one thing. "Poor Queequeg!" Besides being the episode that kills off Scully's pet dog, "Quagmire" is best known for its third act: the conversation on the rock, consisting of almost ten pages of whimsical dialogue between Mulder and Scully.

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Writer: Kim Newton
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: May 3, 1996

Synopsis:
Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious disappearance of a federal employee biologist at a lake in Georgia.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: I called him Ahab and he called me Starbuck. So I named my dog Queequeg. It's funny, I just realized something.
Mulder: It's a bizarre name for a dog, huh?
Scully: No. How much you're like Ahab. You're so... consumed by your personal vengeance against life, whether it be its inherent cruelties or its mysteries, that everything takes on a warped significance to your megalomaniacal cosmology.
Mulder: Scully, are you coming on to me?

Links:
Transcript
Sarah Stegall
Autumn Tysko

Fanfiction:
Um. Yes it's been written but no I can't rec it. Maybe I've missed some hidden gem; if so, set me straight and I'll edit it in.
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This episode appears on many best episode lists and is a favorite of fans and critics alike. Reportedly, when Gilligan turned in the script, he told Chris Carter that the episode was "the best work I'm ever gonna do for you." I think "Bad Blood" is much better, but that's just me.

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Writer: Vince Gilligan
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: February 23, 1996

Synopsis: Mulder and Scully are asked to investigate Robert Modell, a man who does contract killings but makes them look like suicides.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully (to Mulder): Please explain to me the scientific nature of the "whammy".

Links:
Transcript
Autumn Tysko
Dith
Sarah Stegall

Fanfiction:
First/Second by [livejournal.com profile] amalnahurriyeh.
Summary: First times are usually a disaster. There are trigger warnings at the journal entry.

There are 126 stories in the spoilers section at Gossamer. If anyone would like to recommend one, or something else, please do so. I'll edit it in.
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This is Darin Morgan's maiden voyage as a writer for The X-Files. He previously appeared in season two in "The Host" as Flukeman. I haven't watched it yet (World Cup!) so let's see what I remember. Well, Scully eats a cricket. They exhume a potato. Mulder looks hot. It's the first episode conceived to be humorous, as opposed to having a quip or two.

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Writer: Darin Morgan
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: March 31, 1995

Synopsis: Mulder and Scully travel to the small town of Gibsonton, Florida to investigate the latest of a series of mysterious attacks, which occurred throughout the US over the past 28 years. They begin by attending the funeral of the most recent victim, who was a member of a community of former side-show performers.

Most Memorable Quote:
Mulder: Tell me, have you done much circus work in your life?
Mr. Nutt: And what makes you think I've ever spectated a circus? Much less been enslaved by one?
Mulder: I know that many of the citizens here are former circus hands, and I just thought that...
Mr. Nutt: You thought that because I am a person of short stature, that the only career I could procure for myself would be one confined to the so-called 'Big Top'. You took one quick look at me, and decided that you could deduce my entire life. Never would it have occurred to you that a person of my height could have possibly obtained a degree in Hotel Management.
Mulder: I'm sorry. I meant no offence.
Mr. Nutt: Well then why should I take offence? Just because it's human nature to make instantaneous judgments of others based solely upon their physical appearances? Why I've done the same thing to you, for example. I've taken in your all-American features, your dour demeanor, your unimaginative necktie design, and concluded that you work for the government; an FBI agent... but do you see the tragedy here? I have mistakenly reduced you to a stereotype. A caricature, instead of regarding you as a specific, unique individual.
Mulder: But I am an FBI agent.

Links:
Not Just a Fluke: How Darin Morgan Saved The X-Files
TWOP Recap
The 10 Funniest X-Files Episodes
Sarah Stegall
Transcript

Fanfiction: Alas, no. Let's go write some!
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From the same team that gave us "Ice," next up is "Little Green Men," another early season gem. Scully engineers a covert meeting with Mulder in a parking garage. We finally get our first glimpse of an extraterrestrial biological entity, and are introduced to Mulder's longtime ally in Congress, Senator Richard Matheson.

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Writer: Glen Morgan and James Wong
Director: David Nutter
Originally aired: September 16, 1994

Synopsis: The X-Files are shut down, with Mulder put on wiretap duty and Scully sent back to Quantico. Mulder gets a tip from Senator Matheson that something important is going down in at an abandoned NASA observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Mulder goes AWOL and heads to Arecibo. To no one's surprise, Scully figures out where he's headed and goes after him.

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: And you're worried that all your life, you've been seeing elves?
Mulder: In my case... little green men.
Scully: But, Mulder... during your time with the X-Files, you've seen so much.
Mulder: That's just the point. Seeing is not enough, I should have something to hold onto. Some solid evidence. I learned that from you.

Links:
Transcript
Sarah Stegall's review
The AV Club

Fanfiction:
In the Fields of Boaz by Crinolynne
Summary: He's still not sure what she's doing here, her presence a Fortean event.
The View from the Outer Office: Little Green Men by Lara Means
Summary: SUMMARY: The gossip train chugs along.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This story is the second in a series of post-ep/missing scene fics centering on Kim, Skinner's assistant. Each is self-contained.
Whiteout Book Three by Paige Caldwell
Summary: "It's amazing how things change, isn't it? The rest of the series is at Gossamer.

Just added (thank you, [livejournal.com profile] amyhit for the reminder): Puerto Rico, 1994 by [livejournal.com profile] finisterre. A ficlet, so no summary.

1x07: Ice

Jun. 21st, 2014 10:00 am
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Our mini-rewatch begins! So, "Ice" has it all: sex, violence, black humor, bad science, plenty of opportunities for scenery chewing, and some of the tensest scenes between Mulder and Scully of the entire series.

My favorite retro-nineties fashion moment from season one is Dana Scully standing there wearing her gigantic puffy coat. She looks all of thirteen in that scene.

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Writers: Glen Morgan and James Wong
Director: David Nutter
Originally aired: November 5, 1993

Synopsis: Mulder and Scully are assigned to investigate the mass murder-suicides of a team of scientists at a remote research facility in Icy Cape, Alaska.

Most Memorable Quote:
MULDER: Scully! For God's sake, it's me!
SCULLY: Mulder...you may not be who you are.

Links:
transcript
Entertainment Weekly's X-Cyclopedia: The Ultimate Episode Guide, season one. That magazine's TV critic was so obsessed with this show. Not like us.
Sara Stegall's review
Autumn Tysko's review

Fanfiction:
Everywhere In The Dark by [livejournal.com profile] tree.
Summary: A missing scene from Ice. What happened between saying goodnight and Mulder finding Murphy? This is one possibility.

Strange Things Done by Dryad
Summary: The Arctic in eight moments.

Maybe it's time for a reread of Universal Invariants by [livejournal.com profile] syntax6.
Summary: This is an AU story in which I play fast and loose with the first season. While I'm just as glad that Ethan got eliminated from the actual show (I don't think he would have added much on the screen) I thought it would be fun to play out the relationship here as Scully gets dragged deeper and deeper into the X-Files.

If anyone wants to rec other post-ep fic for "Ice," leave it in a comment. Don't forget to track this post so you can read everyone's comments.
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And now for something completely different...

Why? Why not. Tomorrow's the official start of summer. The The X-Files LJ community hasn't had a mini-rewatch since the one we did in February at [livejournal.com profile] scully_fest. My other active comm is on hiatus until July. I have a new writing assignment so obviously the thing to do is put that off and watch some episodes!

While spontaneity is the spice of life, it's also good to have a plan. Except--there's no time! We just have to make it happen. So I'm borrowing from this list, but subtracting the episodes we watched during [livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love month and [livejournal.com profile] scully_fest. So that leaves "Ice," "Little Green Men," "Pusher," "Quagmire," "Detour," and "Small Potatoes." I'm throwing in "Humbug" (and keeping "Little Green Men"). Just because.

We'll start tomorrow with "Ice." I'll try to put up a post every day at 10:00 am my time, which is the middle of the afternoon on the East Coast, early evening in Europe and the middle of the night in Australia. My time zone sucks, folks, but that's the one thing I can't change. Here's the rest of the schedule.

June 21: "Ice"
June 22: "Little Green Men"
June 23: "Humbug"
June 24: "Pusher"
June 25: "Quagmire"
June 26: "Detour" "Small Potatoes"
June 27: "Small Potatoes" "Detour"

There will be fanfic recs where applicable. Publicize this far and wide. You don't need an account here to participate. Anonymous comments are enabled. Regular programming will resume in July.

So, watch "Ice" and come back tomorrow for discussion. Are you with me?


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