‘The X-Files’ 10.6: “My Struggle II” – Out with A Bang, or with Deafening Silence?

The X-files’ season finale, “My Struggle II”, was a non-stop 45 minutes of action and medical mumbo-jumbo that saw Mulder & Scully working with allies old and new to try and combat a deadly, global contagion. Read on for our spoiler-filled recap. Continue reading ‘The X-Files’ 10.6: “My Struggle II” – Out with A Bang, or with Deafening Silence?

‘The X-Files’ 10.5: “Babylon” – What the Honky Tonk Badonkadonk?!

In this week’s episode of The X-Files, Mulder and Scully work with another pair of FBI agents to help foil a terrorist plot, and Mulder takes a magical mystery trip courtesy of some mushrooms. Read behind the cut for our spoiler-filled recap of “Babylon”. Continue reading ‘The X-Files’ 10.5: “Babylon” – What the Honky Tonk Badonkadonk?!

‘The X-Files’ 10.4: “Home Again” – The Trash Man Cometh

On this week’s episode of The X-Files, Mulder and Scully investigate a series of horrifying murders linked to the homeless of Philadelphia, while Scully handles a personal tragedy.

This is the episode that I, as a die-hard fan, have been waiting for this season. It combines all the elements that made the X-Files great. A disturbing villain, a social message, some fantastic jump scares, and a wonderfully emotional story for Mulder and Scully.

In fact, the only thing I found myself not liking was a specific camera angle, which says a lot about the episode as a whole. “Home Again” offered some amazing opportunities for both Scully, and us as viewers, to examine the aftermath of William’s adoption and how that has impacted Scully ever since. It also opened up new questions, including the nature of Charlie Scully’s estrangement, and of Scully’s relationship with her mother over recent years. But a good episode of The X-Files always had to end by giving us more questions, and this one delivers in spades.

Read behind the jump for our spoiler-filled recap of “Home Again”.

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‘The X-Files’ 10.3: “Mulder And Scully Meet the Were-Monster” – Dagoo? Dagoo!

On this week’s episode of The X-Files, the show gives us the latest in its run of comedy episodes that stretches back to season two.

As with many of the previous comedy episodes, this one contains some fantastic moments and some deeply troubling ones. Read on for our spoiler-filled recap of “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”. Continue reading ‘The X-Files’ 10.3: “Mulder And Scully Meet the Were-Monster” – Dagoo? Dagoo!

‘The X-Files’ 10.2: “Founder’s Mutation” – X-Files Meets X-Men

While Sunday’s opening episode of The X-Files’ 10th season waded far into the depths of mythology, Monday night’s follow-up, “Founder’s Mutation”, looks at the emotional impact that mythology has had on Mulder and Scully, and the scars they still carry.

Read on for our recap but beware: here be spoilers.

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The X-Files 10.1: “My Struggle” – A New Mythology for the Modern Age

The X-Files returned to FOX last night after a, frankly terrifying, 14-year hiatus. Launching straight back into the show’s epic, and complex, mythology, Mulder, Scully, and the gang were back in fine, if confusing form in the unfortunately titled “My Struggle Part One”, an episode that delighted fans but is unlikely to win over many new faces, whilst positively alienating (pun absolutely intended) anyone sitting in the right hand side of the political spectrum.

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Christmas Movies You Don’t Want to Miss

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I moved from England to Maine in 2003. During this time, as I discovered many new family traditions, I came to the realization that the movie/Christmas special traditions of this country were vastly different from what I’d grown up with. GeekMom Nicole’s post earlier this month reminded me of this: all of the specials that she wrote about were ones I had never heard of prior to 2003.  It took me years to love Ralphie…and even longer to love Rudolph. I don’t think I have yet managed to convince an American friend or family member of how wonderful my own Christmas specials are. So here are a few of the specials that I grew up with in England. They aren’t all English but they aren’t at all commonplace over here (from what I have seen).

1. Santa Claus: The MovieThis is the Father Christmas I saw in my mind as a child. When you talk about Christmas, this is the face that I see in that red suit. John Lithgow plays an evil toymaker to Dudley Moore’s optimistic elf. We follow the life of Santa in the 80s and watch a ragamuffin child and little rich girl help Dudley’s elf, Patch, learn what it truly means to be loved by Santa. The music sticks with me till April.

2. The Christmas Toy. Pretty much Jim Henson’s take on Toy Story, well before Pixar was around. What happens when you leave the room and your toys come to life? What happens when one of them believes that he will get to be unwrapped every Christmas morning. This show has some heavy moments in it (for instance, the toys “die” if they are seen out of place), but this is one I have already been watching with my two-year-old.

3. Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman. Having seen what toys who come to life do, this shows us what snowmen who come to life do. No dialogue from anyone, not even John Goodman, just music. If you have ever heard “Walking in the Air” and wondered why it’s always around, this is the source. It’s a beautifully quiet reflection for Christmas.

One of the things that I always looked forward to in December was getting the two-week edition of the Radio Times, Britain’s version of TV Guide. Usually published weekly, the two-week special encapsulates both Christmas and New Year’s, thus giving you the chance to schedule all of your holiday-time viewing beforehand. My dad still sends me a copy every year, though I can’t actually watch any of the shows. Still, I like knowing whether Zulu will be airing again on Christmas day, and I also like to be reminded to watch the Queen’s annual Christmas address. This year’s edition has me wishing for Gillian Anderson in Great Expectations  and Christopher Eccleston in The Borrowers. I’ll have to settle, though, for ABC’s “25 days of Christmas” and get my Heat Miser fix on Christmas Eve.