The X-Files 11×06 Review: Scully Wears A Turtleneck

Conspiracy. Monsters. The woods. These are the makings of a great episode of The X-Files…until you realize it’s a standalone about Skinner. The conspiracy is just rehashed crap we’ve heard about before, the monster is just a man in a mask, and the woods…well, they look cool — as do Mulder and Scully (that turtleneck, though); and, thus, “Kitten” turns out just to be a colossal waste of time.

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THIS IS US -- "That'll Be The Day" Episode 213 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

This Is Us – Superbowl Sunday Review

Following an insane game, leading to an Eagles win — Fly Eagles Fly! — the moment we’ve waited for since This Is Us season one was finally here. How did Jack die? They had been dropping hints, the fire alarm, the crockpot, the crazy fire that was to burn down the house…Was the answer satisfying enough, or was it a little too predictable?

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This Is Us Roundtable: Will Jack’s Death Live Up To The Hype?

Jack Pearson’s presence on This Is Us has been vital from the get-go. He’s easily the husband/father of the year and a legend of sorts. The Pearson kids have lived with his memory for more than half their lives; and his death was a turning point for them, which has shaped who they are today.

The moment everyone has been waiting for is just around the corner. After the Superbowl — fitting seeing as how big the game is for the Pearsons — an all-new episode of This Is Us will air. The episode — the one where we will finally find out if all the clues were literal or subterfuge. How did Jack die? The question will finally be answered.

Until then, let’s discuss what might happen.

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THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the "Ghouli" episode of THE X-FILES. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Robert Falconer/FOX.

The X-Files 11×05 Review: Emo Family Reunion

On the last episode of The X-Files, “The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat,” I said I no longer wanted to believe. “Ghouli” has me taking that statement back. I do want to believe! I really do! The hope I had lost found its way back with this stunning and emotional episode. It is not without its problems, and I fear it will be ruined by that platonic beast from Hell, Chris Carter; but, for now, I’m going to enjoy liking my favorite show again — for all the same reasons I fell in love with it in the first place.

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Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in The X-Files 11x04 "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat"

The X-Files 11×04 Review: The Lost Magic of The X-Files

The X-Files’ “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” doesn’t just have an annoyingly long title in common with Darin Morgan’s Season 10 contribution, “Mulder and Scully Meet The Weremonster,” it has Mulder going through another sentimental mid-life crisis. It has its moments, but I’m afraid it shows, in sharp relief, that The X-Files has lost its magic.

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The X-Files "Plus One." Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. Photo: FOX

The X-Files 11×03 Review: A Shipper’s Struggle

I imagine when Chris Carter sat down to write The X-Files “Plus One,” he had a split personality situation that was similar to the one in his script. His evil self — the one he inhabits regularly — started to type, but then his good self showed up. There was a struggle (he loves that word) that, in my mind, went something like this:

Good Chris: Let’s do a classic, spooky X-File. Enough with our whacked-out mythology.
Evil Chris: Okay, but women are going to be called horrible names a lot.
Good Chris: We are doing a sex scene. I won’t let you stop me!
Evil Chris: I want to make Scully feel old and sad.
Good Chris: Two sex scenes!
Evil Chris: Their pillow talk is going to be depressing and platonic.
Good Chris: I’m going to use the word “afterglow” somehow.

It probably explains why I have mixed feelings about this episode. Join me while I try to sort “Plus One” out.

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