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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.

Mulder and Scully shot from below looking down

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.)

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

It exists. I haven't found any I like.

Date: 2014-02-17 07:51 am (UTC)
maidenjedi: (gaze)
From: [personal profile] maidenjedi
Oh, the foreshadowing! "You have them. Right there." It's my imagination in overdrive but I swear on this rewatch I saw Gillian's eyes widen in recognition, as though Scully was thinking "How does he know about the headaches?" or something similar.

I don't like Scully as damsel-in-distress, and I'm damn proud of her at the end, when she doesn't cling to Mulder. She's disturbed, she's bruised, but she's not a damsel. She's getting impatient and irritated, too.

I think in the context of season four this episode works well; as a total stand-alone it suffers a bit. Gerry Schnauz isn't a terrific MOTW (though Pruitt Taylor Vince is easily one of the best guest stars of the season, and that's a high mark) but he's believable enough. The photograph issue - eh. Seems a bit like overkill.

I have always loved that Scully took German. Because I did, too, and it made me happy. :-)

By and large, this is a solid episode and a great set-up for a lot of what happens the rest of the season. And Scully's look is really evolving at this point - personally I was never a fan of season 2-3 hair so yay for moving on (/shallow)

Date: 2014-02-17 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, very clever! I never thought of the foreshadowing for the headaches, but yeah, it makes a whole lot of sense. It would also explain why Scully is so short tempered throughout the episode.

I wondered why she took German while also studying physics. As I say further below, I think it must have to something to do with Einstein.

Yeah, hate S2/3 hair, and those beige suits. Blegh.

Date: 2014-02-17 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, that thing Schnauz (or really the actor) does with his eyes throughout the ep is creepy!

Various parts of this reminded me of a lot of other episodes - s6 Monday for the girl and her boyfriend in the car involved in a crime, s6 Tithonus for the photos of death and Scully in danger, and s6 Milagro for the ending M&S dynamic (even though Scully hugged / clutched at Mulder in Milagro vs here where she just barely accepted his hand to get out of that dentist's chair, it seemed to me there is a distance between them in both instances).

Date: 2014-02-17 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Another fabulous episode, in so many ways. Think I'll do a "Fish" list.

1. I love the way the plot swerves into a whole different direction when we discover the seriographs; forget mail fraud. I love the way Scully is way beyond skepticism. She just doesn't have a clue.

2. The rather testy split between the agents as Mulder goes off to study his weird photo and Scully runs down a foreman she has no reason to believe dangerous. The *great* scene when she stares at Schnauz in those crazy stilts while listening to Mulder and mutters "unruhe." Followed by an excellently photographed chase.

3. Pruitt's eyeballs. Oh, yeah.

4. Scully's stony exasperation after they find the second victim while Mulder shows interest in the "why" of the killer. This is as stark a confrontation as we get between Mulder's psychology-trained intuition and Scully's rationality. She should remember that he made his bones as a profiler, but the lobotomies have obviously shaken her. Nothing could be more loathsome to someone of her intelligence.

5. Scully's exit from the torture trailer; she's determined to go it alone.

6. Mulder's demonstration of well-honed FBI experience in figuring out where Schnauz has taken Scully, though he's obviously screaming inside. The way the cops relate to him respectfully and follow his unexplained directive without hesitation. We don't often get a respected Mulder.

If I come up with a seven I'll be back.

Date: 2014-02-17 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

2) The chase was great. Love how bossy Scully gets when she arrests people.

4) Good point about the lobotomies being particularly loathsome to Scully. I hadn't thought of the intelligence angle.

6) I still think his leaps of faith should have met more resistance from the authorities. I mean,six white fingers around a head become 6 tombstones? Yeah, sure, why not? Let's follow him.

Date: 2014-02-17 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, it's a pretty extreme leap, but remember that none of those cops know what to do and they have an FBI profiler guy to TELL them what to do and to function as blamee when things go wrong. (I love the Brit expression "go pear-shaped." How did it originate?) And they know much is at stake--a kidnapped agent!--I mean "special" agent--and they have no idea what's in Mulder's head. So he says jump and they ask how high.

I'm really enjoying this. It's good to chew over the good old eps again.

Date: 2014-02-17 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Watching it now. Random musings:

Love how Mulder nods at Scully with that little smile while she desperately try to find an logical explanation for the picture. I love how she abruptly stops when she realises what he's doing.

Those psychic photos are so creepy! I love the Scully one. It was in "Art of the X-Files" and was on display on a wall in my study for many years.

Why would Scully take German at college while she was also studying physics? It must have been because Einstein was German and she needed to read untranslated papers.

The actor who plays Jerry Schnautz has a condition, called nystagmus that makes his eyes move in that creepy way.

"You look troubled" Oh Gerry, you have *no* idea.

These were the years of the ugly beige suits. No Armani just yet for our squirrel.

Love Scully's "I'm so sick of this shit" attitude when she gets back in the car. Pointless deaths are taking its toll I guess.

Hard to believe it was so easy for Gerry to escape the police station.


These are some pretty unbelievable leaps, Fox Mulder.

Those round glasses are too big for her face.

Love how Mulder goes all destructive as soon as he hears Scully inside the camper van.

Hand grasp. Aw.

This is one ep that shows how much this job is costing Scully psycholgically speaking. There is such a weary depressive feel to that last scene.

Date: 2014-02-19 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have a thing about eyes; surgery on, damage to, bleeding from. So this episode creeped me out all over again and sent me off on a writing, also research, tangent to work out the Howlers...I mean creeps.

Nystagmus can be caused by seizure drugs, though I couldn't find any reference to the drugs used to treat paranoid schizophrenia. It can also be genetic. I thought it was meant to reflect the opening and closing of a camera shutter. Ick.

My husband and I both pulled a 'whut?' at the "tool used to punch holes in sheetrock". Which you don't do in construction. an orbiticlast, the real deal used in transorbital lobotomies. Gak. I about freaked when it came up on Wikipedia. There's a handy matching mallet but I guess Gerry didn't need one. Unless the deputy checking him in was carrying around the orbiticlast, Gerry must have a spare. Or spares.

Were the nightgowns what his sister wore? When she was abused? When she died? Were they hers?? Oh ick again.

I wish Scully had gone full-Nietzsche at the end.

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."

Date: 2015-09-22 05:57 am (UTC)
wendelah1: (As I walk by your side)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
These are such good points. I was sick when we were watching these episodes and could hardly get the posts done on time, let alone comment on them.

The quote is excellent.


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