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HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY DANA SCULLY!

As chosen by the Scully Fest members, our final episode is "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," one of my favorites. Though it begins with a murder and ends with a suicide, it doesn't leave the viewer feeling hopeless. The story is a perfect mixture of light and dark, with the bleakness of a serial murder investigation interlaced with black humor. The script won an Emmy for Darin Morgan. In the span of 44 minutes, Peter Boyle creates an unforgettable character, winning an Emmy for his performance.

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Writer/s: Darin Morgan
Director: David Nutter
Originally aired: October 13, 1995 (in the US) – 6th March 1996 (in Australia)

Synopsis: In the course of the FBI's investigation into the serial killings of psychics, Mulder and Scully meet Clyde Bruckman, a psychic whose only ability is to predict when people will die. (What does he do for a living? He sells life insurance.) He will eventually help lead the FBI to the killer.

Most Memorable Quote: How do I choose just one? The entire episode is quotable. This dialogue inspired some of the fandom's best fanfiction.
SCULLY: So, Ahab mistakes the prophecy and as a result, dies. A similar fate happens to MacBeth.
CLYDE BRUCKMAN: Still, you're not the least bit curious?
(There is a knock on the door.)
SCULLY: That must be Mulder. Time for the midnight shift.
(She puts her cards down and stands up. She goes towards the door, but then walks back up to Bruckman.)
All right. So how do I die?
CLYDE BRUCKMAN: You don't.

Links:
Episode transcript.
Not Just a Fluke: How Darin Morgan Saved The X-Files Jonathan Kirby, Pop Matters.
The Immortal Agent Scully Josh Daniel, Slate.
Autumn Tysko's review.
Sarah Stegall's review.

Fanfiction: These are all takes on the Scully is immortal trope. They are all different, all brilliant, and all very dark. That's a warning. If these look familiar, it's because they're all cribbed from the "Tithonus" post.
Fata Morgana by Julie Fortune. Another take on how Scully becomes immortal.
How a Resurrection Really Feels by [livejournal.com profile] idella. Summary: Experimental living.
Fathoms Five by [livejournal.com profile] penumbra23. Summary: Never is a very long time.

From the spoilers section at Gossamer, I can recommend "Monotone" by Pacquin. She calls it an homage to the Mulder/Scully first time genre. It made me laugh, though it has nothing to do with the episode as far as I can tell.
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Friends, I have two words for you: auto-erotic asphyxiation.

No, it's not my plans for Saturday Night! It's the winner of the community episode vote!

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So pull out those season 3 DVDs again and get ready to be amazed by the Stupendous Yappi one more time as we celebrate the actual day of Scully's birth.

7x14 Theef

Feb. 22nd, 2014 05:00 pm
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Dirt and flesh-eating diseases and microwaves, oh my!


scully looking pensive



Writer: Vince Gilligan, John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: March 12th, 2000

Synopsis: A doctor is found murdered in his home with the word THEEF painted on the wall. Mulder thinks it's hexcraft; Scully thinks it's not. Enter creepy Oral Peattie, conforming to all of the stereotypes of Appalachia. Turns out the son of the dead doc who's also a doctor treated Peattie's daughter after she was involved in an accident. She died. Now Peattie is killing Dr Wieder's family one by one.

Most Memorable Quote
SCULLY: I'll always keep you guessing.

Links
Transcript at Inside the X

Fanfiction
Above Minnesota by Cecily Sasserbaum - (author's summary) After the events of Theef, Mulder and Scully take a San Francisco-Washington DC flight home. It's all about conversation, kids.
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Apart from the mytharc, this is probably the plot arc that takes the longest to resolve. Donnie Pfaster is, to me, the scariest MOTW the show ever had. Part of that is an excellent performance by Nick Chinlund, but the larger part is that a man who preys on women is all too believable, and all too real, a threat.


scully trying not to cry



the slight trembling of her lips,
a stoic’s most powerful expression
of fear and impotence.
—Bob Hicok


Writer: Chris Carter
Director: David Nutter
Originally aired: January 13th, 1995

Synopsis: Mulder and a Scully still fresh from losing her father investigate a reported death fetishist. While they're there the crimes escalate from grave desecration to murder. Scully is deeply affected and shaken by the crimes. They become personal. And then it gets even more personal when she's targeted by our friendly neighbourhood death fetishist who might also happen to be demonic.

Most Memorable Quote
SCULLY: I know the world is full of predators, just as it has always been. And I know it's my job to protect people from them. And I've counted on that fact to give me faith in my ability to do what I do. I want that faith back. I need it back.

Links
Sara Stegall's review
Autumn Tysko's review
Transcript at Inside the X

Fanfiction
Interlude by Syntax6 - a short, moving post episode.


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Writer: Chip Johannessen
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: January 9th, 1999


Synopsis: Mulder and Scully travel to Illinois to investigate Pfaster's escape from prison. Also missing is the prison chaplain, Reverend Orison. (One of the interesting things about this episode is the play on words. 'Orison' literally means a prayer. It comes from the Latin 'oratio' meaning 'speech'. The Reverend even says at one point: 'His is the Word. I am but the Messenger who delivers it.') This episode, like Irresistible, is about faith, about Scully's faith. Once again she's targeted by Pfaster. This time she kills him


Most Memorable Quote
SCULLY: He was evil, Mulder. I'm sure about that, without a doubt. But there's one thing that I'm not sure of.
MULDER: What's that?
SCULLY: Who was at work in me. Or what... what made me... what made me pull the trigger.
MULDER: You mean if it was God?
SCULLY: I mean... what if it wasn't?

Links
X-Files Wiki
Transcript at Inside the X

Fanfiction
Anyone with a Gun by V. Salmone - Mulder and Scully in the aftermath
Atomic Split by Pteropod - beautiful and intimate
Exorcist Stairs by Elanor G - look, Wendy, a casefile!
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Thematically speaking, the sixth season episode "Tithonus" picks up where "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" leaves off. As you may recall, when Scully asks Clyde Bruckman, the man who can foretell everyone's death, how she dies, he replies "You don't."

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Writer: Vince Gilligan
Director: Michael W. Watkins
Originally aired: January 24, 1999

Synopsis: The X-Files are still in Agent Spender's less-than-capable hands. Agent Scully gets a reprieve from Mulder and routine background checks to go to New York and work with Agent Peyton Ritter because Alvin Kersh still thinks her career can be salvaged. Ritter is investigating Alfred Fellig for murder because the photographer shows up at the crime scenes even before the police get there. You have to admit that does seem suspicious.

Most Memorable Quote:
SCULLY: You know, most people want to live forever.
FELLIG: Most people are idiots. Which is one of the reasons I don't.
SCULLY: I think you're wrong. How can you have too much life? There's too much to learn, to experience.
FELLIG: 75 years... is enough. Take my word for it. You live forever, sooner or later you start to think about the big thing you're missing and that everybody else gets to find out about but you.

Links:
Review by Paula Graves
Review by Autumn Tysko
The A.V. Club review by Zack Handlen

Fanfiction: All excellent, all extremely disturbing. YES. THIS IS A WARNING. In order of appearance, these are all vividly conceived stories about immortality and its cost.
Fata Morgana by [livejournal.com profile] juliefortune
How a Resurrection Really Feels by [livejournal.com profile] idella
Fathoms Five by [livejournal.com profile] penumbra23
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In truth, I haven't rewatched these episodes in years because they're so depressing; nevertheless Christmas Carol and Emily are essential viewing to understand and appreciate the character arc of Dana Scully.

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Writers: Vince Gilligan,John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz
Director: Peter Markle
Originally aired: December 7, 1997

Synopsis: While visiting her family in San Diego, Scully is contacted by her sister Melissa's spirit, who prompts her to become involved in a murder case. During the course of this investigation, Scully discovers that she has a genetic daughter, Emily, who was created from an ovum stolen from Scully while she was a prisoner of the Consortium.

Most Memorable Quote: Just reading through the quotes is making me feel so sad.
SCULLY: Who are the men who would create a life whose only hope was to die?
MULDER: I don't know. But the fact that you found her... and had a chance to love her... Then maybe she was meant for that too.

Links:
Review by Joanne Larue. We have such a smart fandom. And thank God for the Wayback Machine.
A.V. Club reviews:
Christmas Carol by Zack Handlen
Emily by Todd VanDerWerff
For Emily Wherever We May Find Her by [livejournal.com profile] fialka. Technically this essay is about "All Souls" but you should read it anyway. Also watch "All Souls" when you feel sufficiently recovered from this episode.

Fanfiction: CC/Emily inspired hundreds of stories. These are my favorites.
Arizona Highways by [livejournal.com profile] fialka. My candidate for best TXF novel. Ends in MSR if that matters to you.
Iolokus by [livejournal.com profile] rivkat and [livejournal.com profile] mustangsally78.
The Mill by [livejournal.com profile] cofax7.
Sweet Nothings for the Numb by [livejournal.com profile] amalnahurriyeh.
EDITED TO ADD: Five Years and One Night by Shalimar. Also at Gossamer.
Soliloquy: Bill Scully by Fialka.
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Why "Redux" and "Redux II"? It's quite simple. As the resolution to the season four cancer arc, these episodes are essential additions to a Scully-centric episode rewatch.

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: R. W. Goodwin (Part One) and Kim Manners (Part Two)
Originally aired: November 2, 1997, November 9, 1997

Synopsis: Although together Redux and Redux II resolve the multiple cliffhangers from season four's finale "Gethsemane," you don't need to watch it first because they recap it at the beginning of "Redux." Though Mulder isn't really dead, Scully really is terminally ill. As she is giving testimony to a committee of FBI bigwigs, including some Consortium moles, she collapses and is rushed to the hospital and put on a ventilator. This brings Mulder out of hiding just in time to break into the D.O.D. and get her another chip. Lots of other stuff happens too. We'll get to all that in the discussion.

Most Memorable Quote:

SCULLY: I've come so far in my life on simple faith, and now when I need it the most I just push it away. I mean, why ... why do I wear this? (Scully holds up the cross necklace) Why do I wear this, Mom? I put something that I don't even know or understand under the skin of my neck. I will subject myself to these crazy treatments, and I keep telling myself that I'm doing everything I can, but it's a lie!

Links:

Red Wolf's X-Files Episode Guide: Redux | Redux II
Autumn Tysko's Reviews are not exactly raves: Redux | Redux II
Paula Graves' reviews take a contrary view: Redux | Redux II.
A more contemporary take:
A.V. Club Review: Redux | Redux II

Fanfiction: There were hundreds of stories written for these episodes. These are my favorites.
Isometry by [livejournal.com profile] syntax6.
Blood and Breath by [livejournal.com profile] rivkat.
The Trade by [livejournal.com profile] fialka.
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I just like it when Scully speaks German. And I'm sad that the show never again uses this piece of canon. Also interesting here is the sister angle, fathers and sisters even.


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Writer: Vince Gilligan
Director: Rob Bowman (I am noticing a theme here)
Originally aired: October 27th, 1996

Synopsis: A woman gets abducted outside a drug store after having a passport photo taken. The developed photo is ~spooky. Mulder waxes poetical about psychic photography. Meanwhile, the abducted woman is found lobotomised and another woman is abducted. Scully is badass in arresting Gerry Schnauz but he escapes and targets her next. Dun, dun, duuuun...

(tree is really bad at synopses in case you haven't noticed.)

Most Memorable Quote
SCULLY: Aufhören! Ich habe keine Unruhe. Ich habe keine Unruhe. Ich brauche nicht gerettet zu werden
(Stop! I have no unrest. I have no unrest. I don't need to be saved.)

Links
Review at Musings of an X-Phile
CJB's review
dith's review
Transcript at Inside the X

Fanfiction
It exists. I haven't found any I like.
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Another after school special! This one's about how television rots your brain. Think Blood but with TVs. Okay, I joke because I love it. This is an amazing Scully episode that's all about trust and the breakdown of that trust.

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Writer: Mat Beck
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: May 10th, 1996

Synopsis: A ~mysterious~ man gives Mulder a newspaper containing a report on a man who killed four people, all of whom he claims were the same man. When Mulder digs deeper he finds that similar incidents have been happening in the neighbourhood. Our agents watch a lot of video tapes and before long Scully becomes suspicious of Mulder's motives. She descends into outright paranoia and trashes her motel room like a rockstar. The Gunmen and Mama Scully make appearances! Mulder maybe has to ID Scully's body! Scully threatens Mulder at gunpoint! Scully looks pretty in a hospital bed!

Most Memorable Quote
THIS SCENE. Seriously, guise. Guise. Seriously.

SCULLY: It's not the truth, Mom. He's lied to me from the beginning. He's never trusted me.
MULDER: Scully, you are the only one I trust.
SCULLY: You're in on it. You're one of them. You're one of the people who abducted me. You put that thing in my neck. You killed my sister!
MARGARET: That's not true, Dana.
SCULLY: It is.
MARGARET: I want you to listen to me...
SCULLY: Mom, just get out of the way!
MARGARET: You trust me, don't you? You know that I would never hurt you. That I would never let anybody hurt you. That's why you came here, isn't it? You're safe here. Put the gun down, Dana.

Links
Autumn Tysko's review
Tom Carissimi's review
Transcript at Inside the X

Fanfiction
Nope.
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[personal profile] tree
One word: suppurating. Two more words: erupting pustules. This episode is basically an after school special on why your Department of Customs is important, people. And making sure no one else has your name, especially someone if you are in prison. More seriously, this is an excellent but sadly overlooked MOTW episode where Scully does science, with just a whiff of conspiracy thrown in. Thematically related to the season 5 episode, The Pine Bluff Variant.

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Writer(s): Chris Carter & Howard Gordon
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: April 28th, 1995

Synopsis: A pharmaceutical company releases a highly infectious, immune-system-destroying parasite via bug (Faciphaga Emasculata) into a prison population. When two of the infected prisoners escape, Mulder and Scully are called in on the manhunt. Scully does science and is maybe possibly infected! There is a huge cover up in which Cancer Man is involved! Skinner makes dire predictions about the future! Some super gross but also fascinating biology happens!

Most Memorable Quote
SCULLY: There'll be a time for the truth, Mulder, but this isn't it.

Links
Red Wolf's review
The AV Club's review
Sarah Stegall's review
Transcript at Inside the X

Fanfiction
There are literally 4 fics at Gossamer, none of which I can, in good conscience, recommend.
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"Beyond the Sea" is my favorite episode from season one. I love the role reversal of Scully being the believer and Mulder the skeptic. Brad Dourif gives a terrific performance as the serial killer Luther Lee Boggs. Gillian Anderson gets a script that shows off her range as an actor. We get interesting back story for Dana Scully, and new insight into her character.

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Writer/s: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Director: David Nutter
Originally aired: January 7, 1994 (in the US) – 5th May 1994 (in Australia)

Synopsis: Scully wakes up to a vision of her father sitting in her living room, a hour after he died at home of a heart attack. After attending his funeral, she journeys with Mulder to see serial murderer Luther Lee Boggs. He claims to have psychic abilities, which have given him information about the whereabouts of two kidnapped victims. Mulder is certain Boggs is a fraud. After seeing another vision of her father, this time during their interview with Boggs, Scully is no longer sure what to believe.

Most Memorable Quote:
SCULLY: You set us up. You're in on this with Lucas Henry. This was a trap for Mulder because he helped put you away. Well, I came here to tell you that if he dies because of what you've done, four days from now, no one will be able to stop me from being the one that will throw the switch and gas you out of this life for good, you son of a bitch!

Links:
Beyond the Sea transcript.
Autumn Tyson's review
Entertainment Weekly's X Cyclopedia Read their ratings for each episode of the first season!
The Truth About Season One: a short documentary.
Fanart for By the Sea by Lady Manson.

Fanfiction:
Silver Tongued Devil by ML - [livejournal.com profile] zinnia03. This is part of a series but it works as a standalone.
I Must Down to the Sea Again by [livejournal.com profile] maidenjedi. Summary: Bill Scully, Sr., and the loves of his life.
In the Family of Things by [livejournal.com profile] tree. Post-episode for Beyond the Sea. A reunion and a farewell.
Dance by Dith. Not a post-ep for "Beyond the Sea." Instead, it's set during the hiatus between the end of season one and the beginning of season two. The X-Files are shut down. Scully is back doing autopsies and teaching; Mulder is stuck in his cubicle, listening to reel after reel of audio surveillance tape. Out of the blue, Mulder gets a call from an old friend who wants him to come to South Street in Philadelphia to investigate a murder--off the books.

Vote!*

Jan. 23rd, 2014 03:55 pm
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Don't forget that voting for our final rewatch episode is still happening! Currently sitting at two votes each are: Bad Blood, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, and Never Again. Is one of those episodes what you want to see on Scully's 50th birthday? Do you really want your mods to have to be tie-breakers? The future is in your hands.

*use of this icon in no way constitutes a literal or metaphoric threat should you choose not to exercise your community right. just thought i should throw that in there.
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In the spirit of [livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love, [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 and I chose nine Scully-centric episodes for a rewatch -- one for each day. The tenth episode, the one we watch on her birthday, will be chosen by the community, woo!

Here's the schedule:

(Some of these we're doing two-in-one to get the full story arc.)

1. Beyond the Sea -- 14th in your timezone
2. F. Emasculata -- 15th in your timezone
3. Wetwired -- 16th in your timezone
4. Unruhe -- 17th in your timezone
5. Redux / Redux II -- 18th in your timezone
6. Christmas Carol / Emily -- 19th in your timezone
7. Tithonus -- 20th in your timezone
8. Irresistible / Orison -- 21st in your timezone
9. Theef -- 22nd in your timezone
10. TBD by community vote! -- 23rd in your timezone

(Please note that your mods are almost at the opposite ends of the time zone spectrum and we had to pick a time that was accessible to both of us to do this. If you can't be around for the hour (or two) we've allocated to watch each day, please come play in the comments whenever you can. We'd still love to have you!)

About that TBD on the 23rd. We know we've left out some favourites, so we thought we'd let the community decide on the final episode. Go ahead. You tell us your favourite Scully-centric episode.

Leave each episode suggestion in a new comment, along with your reason why it rocks, the better to influence other voters, formatted as follows:

[livejournal.com profile] wendelah1
Season 3: Revelations

Why this should be watched: What's not to love? Stigmata! A possible saint! Scully the Protector!

Okay, so one vote for Revelations.

If you think we should watch Revelations too, comment on that comment to cast your vote.

[livejournal.com profile] her_new_day

Awesome idea! I love Revelations.

That makes two votes for Revelations.

Any questions? Reply to the first comment on this post and we'll get back to you.
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