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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.


x


scully just after shooting donnie pfaster



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!

Date: 2014-02-21 10:03 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
All fine recs! Loved them all, dear. Thanks.

I would add: Unintended Consequences by Sarah Segretti.

Also, Sedimentation and The Devil's Instant by Maria Nicole.

Someday I will catch up with the episodes, too.

Date: 2014-02-21 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Fish and [livejournal.com profile] chinapatterns present: The Irresistible Random Comments.

1) Purple top with red trousers. Oh Scully, still dressing like your mother back in those days.

2) “Forty yard line, Scully. You and me. ” THIS is a date. Go ahead, say it ain't so.

3) Is that Indian Summer? No it's Blow Job red, fanfiction's favourite lipstick shade.

4) “Sorry you missed your game” So they were going. On. A. Date.

(Things you didn't see: Scully dumping the big foam finger with a pout before she walked in.)

5) That tie....*shakes head* He is color blind. This is proof. Exhibit A.

6) Suspects on Scully's computer include pedophiles and sadists – CC had wanted Pfaster to be a necrophiliac but the studio didnt go with it. Can you imagine what the X-F would have been like on HBO? Scully would have been abducted, would have had huge needles piercing her belly, she would have been a victim of medical rape, would have lost her ova, have had a weird kid that she would have had to flog...oh wait...


7) Nice bedroom Feng Shui Donnie.

8) The dreaded beige suit of doom is there again.

9) Stupid victim is stupid.

10) chinapatterns is wondering if Scully's weird uneasiness has something to do with her abilities to have premonitions she will later claim she doesn't have.

11) Purple Silk Pyjamas fanfic is born.

12) So let me get that straight. Donnie goes after women with pretty hair and painted nails, and suddenly goes after a S2 coiffed Scully??? WTF?

13) I'm fine. Yes, you are. But you'll get finer once they sack the wardrobe mistress.

14) Blink and you'll miss it Scully flirty smile to the lab technician.

15) This suit is like three times her size and has been plucked out of the eighties. I guess she couldn't afford a 90's suit on a G-woman's salary back then.

16) I trust him with my life. Awww.

17) “I know you lost your father last year. And I read in your file that you were very ill recently. That your life was threatened.” Oh that file is very thin at the moment Karen. War and Peace - The Scully Edition cometh.

18) “I don't want him to feel like he has to protect me.” After the abduction Mulder was maybe a tad too protective for Scully's liking.

19) “I gotta modem it out to you immediately”. chinapatterns and I are having the biggest belly laugh at that one. We plan on using it regularly in conversation.

20) Always. With the little smile that says it all.

21) Mulder thinks Scully is pretty. *nods*

22) The ending still gets to me after all these years. Screw feminist outrage, I love the scratched chin and the quiver and the sobs and the arm wrapping and the improbable doily gag .

Voila.

Date: 2014-02-22 05:28 am (UTC)
wendelah1: (Her Red Suit)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
Re: The Date. That is the strangest idea for a first date I've ever heard, but it does fit in with Mulder's "Superstars of the Superbowl" get over your abduction soon offering. Going to a football game is the kind of thing you do with the guys.

6) Suspects on Scully's computer include pedophiles and sadists – CC had wanted Pfaster to be a necrophiliac but the studio didnt go with it. Can you imagine what the X-F would have been like on HBO? Scully would have been abducted, would have had huge needles piercing her belly, she would have been a victim of medical rape, would have lost her ova, have had a weird kid that she would have had to flog...oh wait...

Yep.

What's with all the wardrobe advice. I THOUGHT SHE LOOKED FINE. Her clothes look like she shopped off the rack at JC Penneys or maybe the end of season sales at Macy's. They are not too big--not by the regrettable standards of the day. Ordinary working stiffs were still wearing big shoulder pads and loose fitting jackets. You must have been traumatized by a particularly BAD SUIT EXPERIENCE. Perhaps regression hypnosis might be helpful to you, though I understand if you'd rather let it all stay buried. Some fashion decades are best forgotten.

Welcome to The X-Files Special Edition of What Not to Wear.

Edited Date: 2014-02-22 05:29 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-02-22 10:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Good point about the Superbowl. I hadn't thought of that. We didn't seriously think Mulder was inviting her on a date anyway, whatever the reason. We were just kidding around.

Ahahahah! Back in those days I owned exactly two suits - since I was at Uni wearing mostly jeans. One was navy blue (okay it might have had small shoulder pads). The other was a gorgeous tight fitted Cacharel pin striped wool number with a belt.

Clearly the US fashion scene was seven years behind the European one at the time. *Evil Cackle*

Chinapatterns says she was wearing a black suit in those days and that nobody was dressed like Scully. To her credit Scully fashion did catch up pretty quickly.

There are still no excuses for Mulder's ties.

But you're right I wouldn't want to do regression hypnotherapy back hwen I thought purple jeans worn with green sleeveless sweaters were so cool.


Date: 2014-02-22 05:32 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (*grins*)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
Maybe not seven years behind, but French fashion is always cutting edge. I don't think she's supposed to look fashionable. I think she's supposed to look like an FBI agent. Honestly, I find it a pleasant change when compared to the ridiculous long hair and skin tight jeans and so on that they put so-called police detectives in now on television.

[livejournal.com profile] chinapatterns worked in government in Washington DC in the early nineties? *is impressed*

Date: 2014-02-22 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinapatterns.livejournal.com
Yes a the tender age of umm 14 (in my head at least) work experience was in the FBI not in a North Wales solicitors office / Court *winks*

My fantasy life was very imaginative back in the day :)

Date: 2014-02-23 05:48 am (UTC)
maidenjedi: (gaze)
From: [personal profile] maidenjedi
Finally getting to this and my first thought: So. F'in. CREEPY.

The actor playing Pfaster is hands-down the creepiest dude in the series. I can't watch him in anything thanks to these.

Mulder referencing his time in V.C. = awesome. I love watching him in profiler mode.

The autopsy scene in 'Irresistible,' when the three men in the room turn to watch Scully enter the room, and her take-a-deep-breath hesitation before doing her job, is really powerful. There is so much going on there, the male gaze issue and more. Love it.

Scully's fear is so palpable it jumps off screen. Gillian rocks again.

Scully doesn't want Mulder to feel like he has to protect her. That's extremely interesting to me; made me think about the "feud" they go through in season three. Scully's dealing with her authority issues even here; her vulnerability makes her resent Mulder on some level (though that itself isn't yet in evidence). I can imagine her pushing him away after the events of this episode.

"I'm going to modem them out to you." HAHAHAHAHA oh 90s tech. But seriously, who says that?!

Also, those pics of kid-Pfaster at the end are entirely too 90s in style to be believably him.

(will comment again on 'Orison')

Edited Date: 2014-02-23 06:11 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-02-23 06:35 am (UTC)
maidenjedi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] maidenjedi
'Orison.'

I really don't think they needed to bring back Donnie Pfaster. Maybe they felt like their growing lack of ideas was perfect justification to go back and turn 'Irresistible' into an actual X-file, since it really wasn't one in the truest sense originally.

Nick Chinlund freakishly barely aged.

Argh, cliche with the time on the clock.

Gillian's nosejob is never more obvious than when you watch these episodes back-to-back /shallow

DUDE, that's Scott Wilson. Hershel!!

Seriously, using Scully's faith like this ticks me off. I feel like they overplayed that card over the years, her being the believer whenever religion/faith is at play and Mulder being the skeptic.

Scully's apartment is gorgeous.

I do love the evidence of the evolution of her taste in clothes, however dark her look got over the years.

LOVE SCULLY KICKING HIS ASS (at least for as long as she did). And I think she was totally justified, whether something was at work in her or not.

(did anyone notice that the post link for this was 6663.html?????)





Edited Date: 2014-02-23 06:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-02-23 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Gillian had a nose job???? Seriously?

Hershel! I knew this face was strangely familiar!

I agree, Scully's apartment is lovely.

And I can look at her clothes without wincing now. (grins at Wendy!)

The fight was incredibly brutal, and Scully gave as good as she got. It's rare when we see her FBI skills being used in this way.

Oooh, creepy evil link indeed. Spooky!

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