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The wait is no longer, X-Files Season 4 Roundtable is here.  As always I will be joined by Agent Donald and Agent Shadow from Re-Opening The X-Files, Tuesday July 6, 2010 on The Film List EPISODE 34    to breakdown the first 12 episodes of season 4.  And check out EPISODE 35    for the conclusion to our Season 4 breakdown, premiering July 20, 2010.

Here is the season 4 episode guide with my ratings (OUT OF 10) so you can follow along as you listen to the podcast :


Season 4, Episode 1 – Aired: 10/4/1996

Herrenvolk (2)  RATING :  9.3

Jeremiah Smith and Mulder are on the run from the alien bounty hunter and Smith takes Mulder to a small farm tended to by identical sets of children and all the girls are clones of his sister when she was still a child. Mulder prepares to take Jeremiah and one of the clones to see his mother in hospital but the bounty hunter catches up with them and kills Jeremiah. Meanwhile, the Syndicate suspects that they have a traitor in their midst and plan a trap which results in X being executed by the CSM.


Season 4, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/11/1996

Home  RATING:  9.8

A baby is found buried alive in shallow ground and appears to have birth defects resulting from generations of inbreeding, leading Mulder and Scully to a reclusive family who have a history of inbred children.


Season 4, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/18/1996

Teliko  RATING:  7.1

After several African-American men are killed and the color is drained from their skin, Mulder learns about the Teliko, an African folktale about a creature who must suck the pigmentation from a person’s body in order to survive.


Season 4, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/27/1996

Unruhe  RATING:  8.6

Several kidnappings of young women linked by distorted photographs lead Mulder and Scully to a man who can imprint his darkest fantasies onto undeveloped film and is trying to save the women from the ‘Howlers’.


Season 4, Episode 5 – Aired: 11/3/1996

The Field Where I Died  RATING:  7.0

After an FBI raid on a doomsday cult called the “Temple of the Seven Stars.” Mulder meets Melissa, a cultist who claims to have known him in a previous life during the American Civil War. Scully believes the woman is a delusional schizophrenic but Mulder allows himself to be drawn into her fantasies.


Season 4, Episode 6 – Aired: 11/10/1996

Sanguinarium  RATING :  7.3

When a series of bizarre murders take place in a hospital’s plastic surgery unit, Mulder finds a link to the four witches Sabbaths. This leads Mulder and Scully to question if supernatural forces maybe responsible when they begin to suspect a nurse of practicing witchcraft and causing the deaths of the patients.


Season 4, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/17/1996

Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man  RATING: 10.0

Frohike pieces together and recites to Mulder and Scully what could be the possible life story of the Cigarette Smoking Man; from a young captain in the US Army recruited to assassinate President Kennedy, to becoming the mysterious man in the shadows at the height of a global conspiracy. What measures will the CSM take to ensure that he remains a mystery forever?


Season 4, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/24/1996

Tunguska (1)  RATING:  9.6

A rock sample taken from Mars is intercepted at an airport and infects a security officer with the Black Cancer, while Mulder is given a tip about potentially dangerous paramilitary operations but is doubtful when the informant turns out to be Alex Krycek. Reluctantly, Mulder accepts Krycek’s help and tracks the rock to Russia where he discovers an elaborate test being performed by Russian scientists.


Season 4, Episode 9 – Aired: 12/1/1996

Terma (2)  RATING:  9.0

While imprisoned in Russia and infected with the Black Cancer, Mulder learns that Krycek is working with the men responsible and everything has been a setup from the start, while Scully and Skinner are called to a suspicious Senate hearing where the only question is the whereabouts of Agent Mulder.


Season 4, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/15/1996

Paper Hearts  RATING:  9.2

Mulder’s dreams help him in finding the body of a little girl which re-opens one of his old cases in the Violent Crimes Unit and leads him to believe the killer he captured had more victims and may have taken his sister many years before.


Season 4, Episode 11 – Aired: 1/12/1997

El Mundo Gira  RATING:  8.8

When a deadly yellow rain falls in a migrant workers camp and kills a young woman, Agents Mulder and Scully come to investigate what happened. After questioning the family the agents learn that they believe a mythical creature is responsible for the death and before long Mulder and Scully are on the trail of a mythical beast known as El Chupacabra. Mulder and Scully have to work out where the beast will go next before it can kill anyone else.


Season 4, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/26/1997

Leonard Betts   RATING :  8.9

After the body of a decapitated EMT disappears from the morgue and an identical man starts work at the same hospital, Mulder believes that the man has the ability to regrow parts of his body, including his head. The agents soon discover that Betts’ body is riddled with cancer and he is able to live in that condition but needs to feed on cancerous tumors to keep up his strength.




Season 4, Episode 13 – Aired: 2/2/1997

Never Again  RATING : 8.5

While Mulder is forced to take a vacation he leaves Scully with an assignment to keep her busy until he returns. She however, decides to start living and goes on a date with a man who believes that his tattoo talks to him and is telling him to stay away from other women.

Season 4, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/9/1997

Memento Mori  RATING : 9.2

Scully’s recent failing health is revealed to be inoperable brain cancer which is common among abductees. She meets with other abductees with the same condition and forms a special bond with a dying woman, while Mulder tries to save her from a doctor who may be connected with the abductions.

Season 4, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/16/1997

Kaddish  RATING: 7.2

Issac Luria, a Jewish man, is killed by a group of teenagers working for a racist shopowner, but one of them is soon strangled to death and the fingerprints on his neck are of Issac. Despite other factors, Mulder becomes convinced that the man has returned from the dead to exact revenge.

Season 4, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/23/1997

Unrequited  RATING: 8.2

When a US military general is unexplainably murdered in the back of his limousine, a paramilitary group is suspected and they believe it was a soldier whom they liberated from a Vietnam POW camp and is plotting to kill certain corrupt military figures.

Season 4, Episode 17 – Aired: 3/16/1997

Tempus Fugit (1)  RATING: 9.3

While celebrating Scully’s 33rd birthday, a strange woman informs Mulder that NICAP member Max Fenig (see Fallen Angel) has recently died in a plane crash. After a visit to the crash site and finding Max’s body with radiation burns on it, Mulder suggests that the plane was intercepted by a UFO and is rapidly being covered up by the military.

Season 4, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/23/1997

Max (2)  RATING: 9.4

Mulder is arrested for investigating the plane crash and interfering with a military operation, while Scully is caught in an attempted assassination of Corporal Frish which claims the life of Agent Pendrell. Scully bails Mulder out of prison and they go to Max Fenig’s trailer to find out why he was on the plane. Mulder finds evidence of alien technology and boards a plane with it but the plane is intercepted mid-flight and it disappears. Mulder is again left with nothing.

Season 4, Episode 19 – Aired: 4/13/1997

Synchrony  RATING: 9.0

A case involving a strange old man warning two scientists of events in the immediate future which come to pass; and the use of their experimental flash-freezing compound that does not exist yet, has Mulder believing that one of the scientists has come from the future to stop his own scientific breakthrough from becoming reality.

Season 4, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/20/1997

Small Potatoes  RATING: 8.5

Five babies in the same town are all born with tails and the local OB-GYN is blamed for tampering with fertilised eggs. However, Mulder discovers the culprit to be a simple man with a genetic deformity who may have the ability to alter his appearance.

Season 4, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/27/1997

Zero Sum  RATING: 9.5

Skinner destroys evidence to cover up a woman’s death and poses as Agent Mulder to complete the task. Mulder finds out about Skinner’s deception and confronts him and Skinner reveals that he is working for the Cigarette Smoking Man in order to obtain a possible cure for Scully’s cancer.

Season 4, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/4/1997

Elegy  RATING:  7.9

After a man sees a woman trapped inside a bowling alley pin setter, he goes for help and finds police standing next to the body of the same woman. Mulder and Scully join the investigation and follow up this lead which the police won’t bother with and they are led to a autistic man who works at the bowling alley.

Season 4, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/11/1997

Demons  RATING: (9.1)

Mulder undergoes an experimental form of hypnotherapy to recover his memories about his sister’s abduction but the treatment has side effects including psychotic behaviour and Mulder wakes up one morning in a motel room with someone else’s blood all over him.

Season 4, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/18/1997

Gethsemane (1)  RATING 9.3

While investigating the discovery of a preserved alien body found in the mountains of Canada, Mulder is contacted by Michael Kritschgau who tells him about a government conspiracy not to keep alien activity a secret, but to make people believe in them without question and Mulder has been the prime target. With the idea that everything he believes is a lie, Mulder appears to take his own life.




Here is the debut of Lindsay Carl’s X-Files review on Heath’s World.  Lindsay is a Film List podcast listener who has sent me some great genre Top 10 lists.  AS we continued to talk, she has recently started to watch the X-Files.  Oh yes, for the first time!  To get a fresh perspective on the amazing TV series, I asked Lindsay to write her thoughts as she explores each season.  Lindsay will contribute to Heath’s World as she completes each viewing of an X-Files season. 

Remember, there are a lot of X-Files fans out there.  Especially the ones who watched the show from the beginning.  So for someone watching the show for the first time in 2009, it may not have the same effect.  Or will it?  So go easy.  But all is fair in love and the X-Files.  And remember, the truth is out there……

Lindsay is the first blogger I have brought on to the site.  So check out her debut below, X-Files Review : Fresh Eyes.


I am thrilled that Heath asked me to contribute to his blog in
discussing my first viewing of The X-Files. So first things first:
Heath, thank you for the opportunity, and for suggesting this show to
me in the first place!

*Note: I apologize in advance for my love of commas, semicolons,
parenthesis, brutal honesty, and sarcasm =)

I began watching Season 1 this of The X-Files this October, not
knowing much about the show other than what the title suggests. In the
pilot episode, I got a better feel of what the premise would be: Agent
Fox Mulder (probably the coolest name ever, next to Wolfgang Puck) is
an FBI special agent who has been assigned a special set of
unexplained or mysterious cases called the X-Files. Agent Dana Scully
is assigned to work with him on these cases, but is a woman of
science, and completely opposes belief in the supernatural. This
premise alone struck interest in me.

The first unavoidable thing I noticed was how dated it was; in
quality, special effects, and the atrocious 90’s attire. But this is
entirely my fault for watching it a decade too late, I suppose. My
first reaction: Ahhh! Fox Mulder’s hair is SO 90’s that it hurts. And
don’t even get me started on Dana Scully’s dated, shoulder-padded
trench coat. But once I got past that, it got better.

A suggestion to any other new, first-time watchers, DO NOT base your
opinions on the Pilot; or the first several episodes for that matter.
Here are some episodes that really stood out to me (for better or

Deep Throat (Ep.2) – I wasn’t a big fan of the pilot, but this
episode was far more my style. I have a special place in my heart for
government conspiracies, and this one delves into the possibility that
the government is already WELL aware of UFOs, to the point where
similar vehicles are being tested at an air force base.

Conduit (Ep. 3) – Not much to say about this one. It was a little
TOO sci-fi for me; definitely straddled the line between sci-fi and
ridiculous. But seeing ‘Horace Goodspeed’ made me smile.

Ghost in the Machine (Ep. 7) – I watched this one twice. The first
time, it didn’t keep my attention at all. But I really liked it the
second time. It reminded me of ‘Wargames’, which is one of my favorite
movies of all time. I love the idea of computers becoming so highly
intelligent that they can outsmart humans. We can certainly see this
happening now: computers get smarter, and people get dumber =)

ICE (Ep. 8) – This was by far my favorite of the entire season. I
liked that it had the sci-fi aspect, but the idea of a creepy
prehistoric parasitic outbreak really isn’t beyond the realm of

EVE (Ep. 11) – I wanted to like this episode. I really did. But it
was just way too unrealistic for me. And the acting of those little
girls just got under my skin.

Gender Bender (Ep. 14) – As much as I disliked EVE for being too
unrealistic, on the contrary, I loved this one. The creep-factor was
awesome! There is something extremely disturbing to me about a group
of people who live outside of society, but in a good way. This episode
really pulled it off.

Shapes (Ep. 19) – For what it’s worth, I really noticed a big shift
in acting abilities with the characters in this episode. They cast the
supporting actors very well, which is something I kind of had a
problem with in past episodes. I also had big laughs when Mulder and
Scully tried saying ‘Mr. Goodensnake’ with a completely serious face.
Also, when the famous LOST line, “DON’T TELL ME WHAT I CAN’T DO!!!”
made a cameo.

Darkness Falls (Ep. 20) – I loved this episode for the same reason I
loved ‘ICE’. The realism in the idea that insects could take over the
world. I am actually surprised they haven’t already! Very good concept

Tooms (Ep. 21) – At first, I felt cheated when I realized that this
was a ‘part 2’ of a previous episode. But I enjoyed this episode much
more than its previous counterpart. They go a little deeper into the
relationship between Mulder and Scully on a much more personal level.
Scully showed a lot more personality than in episodes passed. Also
Tooms licking his fingers after picking up that decomposing rat:
grossest thing EVER! It was awesome.

The Erlenmeyer Flask (Finale) – This episode certainly hooked me,
for sure. It ended with an excellent cliffhanger, and it left me
wanting to see more. And again, the government conspiracy plot was
really interesting to me. The ONLY part I disliked was seeing the
monkey in cages, which made me shed a tiny tear. I also noticed that
the intro was different. Usually, the words “The Truth is Out There”.
In this episode, it said “Trust No One”. If this was an attempt to
peak interest in the viewer, it certainly worked for me. It leaves me
wondering if maybe season 2 will have this ‘trust no one’ theme. But I
guess we will see!

There are some general qualms I had with the show. First, I do not
understand this desexualization of Scully. She is a gorgeous woman,
and it seems as though they completely disregard this. She is always
so serious, unfeminine, unemotional, and ‘all business, all the time’,
it’s sometimes hard to watch. But I did notice that she breaks out of
her ‘beige trenchcoat’ of a shell  a little more at the end, and I
really hope her character develops a little more going forward.

The constant ‘serious-face’ glances between Mulder and Scully in every
episode EVERY time someone else is talking is a bit much. I understand
they are trying to dramatize the situation, but it’s overkill at
times. The fact that I watched two or three episodes at time may
contribute to this, making it seem like it happens a lot more often
than it really does.

And as I had mentioned before, the acting was often pretty horrible.
Although I could tell that Duchovny and Anderson are getting a lot
more comfortable in their roles and with each other toward the
seasons’ end. However, the rest of the casting could still use a
little work. I am guessing that the funding for the show will increase
in seasons to come, and better actors can be afforded.

I know, I know. I have a lot of complaints. I guess this might come
from the fact that I have been exposed to LOST which is the best show
in the universe. Yes, the UNIVERSE (What’s that saying about filet
mignon and bologna?) BUT alas, I am very excited to get into season 2
and continue watching. It is overall a very interesting concept as a
whole, and extremely entertaining. And I am confident that some, if
not all of the issues I do have with the show will be eliminated as
the series progresses.

Thanks for reading!
~Lindsay (youllshootyoureyeout)


Season 2, don't buy the slim set...I'll tell you why.

Season 2, don't buy the slim set...I'll tell you why.

The Film List podcast  in association with the  Re-Opening The X-files podcast  will be recording live the X-Files roundtable for season 2 today, on  talkshoe.com.  Assistant Director Solo will be joined by Agent Donald and Agent Shadow.  Note : all ratings are out of 10.
Here is Assistant Director Solo’s season 2 ratings :

Little Green Men   Season 2, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/16/1994

With the X-Files closed, Scully has been assigned as an instructor at the FBI Academy while Mulder is doing menial surveillance work. After meeting with Senator Matheson, one of his supporters in regards to The X-Files, Mulder disobeys orders and heads to an abandoned SETI site in Puerto Rico which has unexplainably reactivated itself and could provide proof of contact with extra-terrestrial life.

RATING : 9.1


The Host  Season 2, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/23/1994

AD Skinner sends Mulder to investigate a body which washed into the New Jersey sewer from the ocean. Mulder believes that the basic blue-collar assignment is punishment, but on Skinner’s own admission what he discovers is a true X-File.


Blood  Season 2, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/30/1994

When several violent deaths in a small farming community are connected by the destruction of digital devices, Mulder believes that people are being driven to kill by the use of subliminal messages in the digital readouts.


Sleepless   Season 2, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/7/1994

Mulder reluctantly accepts a new partner, Agent Alex Krycek, and requests a strange case because someone put an audio tape in his morning paper. When his request is granted they investigate the deaths of several Green Beret soldiers who participated in a sleep deprivation experiment during the Vietnam war. But before long it becomes clear that not one of these men have slept in over 20 years.

RATING : 8.9

Duane Barry (1)    Season 2, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/14/1994

Scully captured by Duane Barry.

Scully captured by Duane Barry.

Mulder is called to a hostage situation involving Duane Barry, a former FBI Agent who claims to be an alien abductee and wants to get back to the abduction site with someone who will be taken instead of him. Unfortunately, the someone he eventually chooses is Scully.


Ascension (2)    Season 2, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/21/1994

When Mulder finds out that Scully was kidnapped by Duane Barry, he risks the wrath of his superiors and the annoyance of Agent Krycek in order to do whatever it takes to find her. Meanwhile, Krycek is found to be reporting Mulder’s activities to the CSM.


3    Season 2, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/4/1994

Truly alone for the first time since Scully found her way to the basement of the J. Edger Hoover Building, Mulder throws himself into his work, and into the bizarre world of vampire-fetishist in search of a trio of serial killers. But Mulder finds himself falling for the one woman that may be the prime suspect.


One Breath    Season 2, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/11/1994

Scully mysteriously appears in a Washington hospital, alive but in a coma, and Mulder must fight to keep her alive in order to find out what happened to her and who did it to her. Meanwhile, Scully fights her own personal battle as she decides whether to stay or go on to the next world.


Firewalker    Season 2, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/18/1994

Mulder and Scully, reunited at last, head for an active volcano under a geological study and find a deadly life form that can survive in the searing heat of the crater and is killing the scientists to avoid being discovered.


Red Museum    Season 2, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/9/1994

While investigating the connection between the abduction of several teenagers and a rural religious cult, Mulder & Scully discover a secret test being performed on the children using the “Purity Control” alien DNA from ‘The Erlenmeyer Flask’ which leads Mulder to the Crew-Cut Man, Deep Throat’s murderer.


Excelsis Dei    Season 2, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/16/1994

Mulder and Scully investigate when the rape and battery of a nurse takes place in a Massachusetts convalescent home. The nurse claims that she was attacked by one of the residents but also claims they were invisible. Mulder and Scully soon discover that it may not be one of the residents after all…


Aubrey    Season 2, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/6/1995

When a detective mysteriously uncovers the remains of an FBI agent who disappeared in the 1940s while investigating a murder case similar to a modern-day one she is investigating, Mulder and Scully believe that the original killer had passed his genetic trait of violence to his grandchild.


Irresistible    Season 2, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/13/1995

A mortuary worker who gets his thrills from collecting hair and fingernails from the dead begins killing people to expand his collection sets his seriously disturbed sights on Scully.


Die Hand Die Verletzt    Season 2, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/27/1995

The ritualistic murder of a teenager in a small town gets Mulder and Scully caught up in a secret occult practice within the local school’s PTA and a substitute teacher with strange powers.


Fresh Bones    Season 2, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/3/1995

While investigating several deaths and murders within a Haitian refugee camp, Mulder and Scully get caught in the middle of a secret war between the camp commander and a Voodoo priest.

RATING:  9.0

Colony (1)    Season 2, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/10/1995

After the obituaries of three identical men are e-mailed to Mulder, the agents are contacted by a CIA agent who tells them about a Russian Spy Killer sent to eliminate evidence of Cold War era Russian clones who had infiltrated the American medical establishment.


End Game (2)    Season 2, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/17/1995

The alien bounty hunter kidnaps Scully and wants to trade her for Mulder’s sister, who is revealed to be a clone herself. After the trade goes badly and Mulder discovers the truth about Samantha, he tracks the bounty hunter to his ship buried in the arctic ice and demands the whereabouts of his real sister.

RATING: 10.0

Fearful Symmetry    Season 2, Episode 18 – Aired: 2/24/1995

Invisible animals are rampaging through town, destroying property and trampling a federal employee. On arriving in town, the agents begin their search at a nearby zoo with the distinction of never being the site of live birth. Whether that’s because as Mulder suspects, Aliens are ‘harvesting” the young or, as Scully insists, an animal rights group determination to close down the zoo, the only reliable witness appears to be a hand-signing gorilla named Sophie.


Dod Kalm    Season 2, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/10/1995

When half the crew of a Navy ship abandon their boat in a life raft and are rescued 18 hours later looking about 60 years older than they should be, Mulder suggests that the ship is caught in a time field which is speeding up their aging.


Humbug    Season 2, Episode 20 – Aired: 3/31/1995

Mulder and Scully travel to Gibsonton, Florida, a town built and populated by circus and sideshow performers to investigate the death of Jerald Glazebrook, The Alligator Man. While searching for leads on the killer, the agents come across many bizarre characters including the local sheriff who was once known as Jim Jim, the Dog-Faced Boy.


The Calusari    Season 2, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/14/1995

A balloon traveling into the face of the wind isn’t much of a clue to launch an investigation into a toddler’s death, but, on their arrival, a series of bizarre events convinces Scully they’re dealing with a rare form of child abuse. For his part, Mulder thinks answers may be found with a pair of dead roosters and a group of elderly chanters called the Calusari.


F. Emasculata    Season 2, Episode 22 – Aired: 4/28/1995

When a plaguelike illness kills 10 men inside a maximum security prison, Scully tries to get into the quarantine site and discover the cause and origin of the contagion, while Mulder and a group of US Marshals track two escapees who may be infected.


Soft Light    Season 2, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/5/1995

When people start disappearing, and the case is shoved in her general direction, Detective Kelly Ryan, one of Scully’s former students, turns to her old teacher for assistance. Mulder’s theories, in fact his very presence, become more and more un-welcome as the body count continues to mount in his general vicinity. Mulder’s growing disinclination to share his thoughts on the case in the face of Ryan’s- and Scully’s!-evident skepticism doesn’t endear him to the woman, either.


Our Town    Season 2, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/12/1995

After several disappearances in a small town, Mulder and Scully investigate and find hundreds of human bones in the river and discover that the man behind the town’s main source of wealth, a chicken processing plant, has found a way to prolong his life through cannibalism.


Anasazi (1)    Season 2, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/19/1995

My Favorite Gunmen...

My Favorite Gunmen...

Mulder obtains what could be the original and uncut MJ documents containing information about the government’s knowledge of extraterrestrial life, which could lead him closer to the truth than ever before. But Mulder’s enemies make sure he learns that there’s a heavy price to pay for his much sought after truth.


source: TV.COM

ADA SOLO’s Season 2 overall Rating :   A- (9.12)

On my podcast, The Film List, we’ll be discussing season 1 of the X-files. Joining me will be Agent Donald, Agent Anna, and Agent Shadow.  For this podcast I will be known as agent Solo.  The podcast goes live today, July 2nd at 4pm est.

Season 1 not on blu-ray, yet?

Season 1 not on blu-ray, yet?

We will be discussing the episodes of season 1, the characters of Mulder and Scully, what episodes worked, pretty much how it all began.

The podcast is available on the iTunes feed of the Film List podcast and can be heard Live on talkshoe :