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Follow along with The X-Files season 3 roundtable podcast as we go over episode by episode of the third season of the X-Files.  This podcast is exclusively found on The Film List  and Re-Opening the X-Files podcasts. Ratings are out of 10 point scale.

Podcast goes live on talkshoe at 1030pm est, tonight 11-17-09.  AD Heath Solo, Agent Donald and Agent Shadow will be joined by a new agent, Agent Nathan.

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X-FILES SEASON 3

Season 3, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/22/1995

The Blessing Way (2)

Scully finds her career with the FBI in jeopardy as Mulder is still missing and The Cigarette Smoking Man is pursuing the stolen files. The Navajo elders find Mulder’s body in a cave and perform an ancient ceremony to call the spirit back to the empty vessel.

RATING : 9.5

Season 3, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/29/1995

Paper Clip (3)

Assistant Director Skinner and Scully are at a standoff when Mulder bursts in and discovers that Skinner has the digital tape. Reunited, Mulder and Scully travel to a secret vault inside a mine and find an elaborate filing system of medical records which reveals that Mulder’s sister may not have been the first choice for abduction. Meanwhile, Skinner deals with the Cigarette Smoking Man for their safety.

RATING : 9.8

Season 3, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/6/1995

D.P.O.

When a small town chalks up five lightning-related deaths, Mulder suspects something is amiss in rural America. Despite the apparent validity of the autopsy results Mulder asks her to review, Scully, for once finds herself in perfect agreement with her partner- especially when the suspect jump-starts his boss’s heart-bare-handed.

RATING : 8.2

Season 3, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/13/1995

Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose

In the midst of a psychic sideshow while on a murder case, Mulder and Scully enlist the help of a man who may have a true psychic ability to foresee how people will die to help the agents catch a man killing fortune tellers.

RATING :  9.3

Season 3, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/20/1995

The List

No-one takes much notice when a death row inmate vows on the electric chair to come back from the dead and kill 5 men who have wronged him during his time in prison; until a guard is mysteriously murdered in the former inmate’s cell.

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RATING :  8.6

Season 3, Episode 6 – Aired: 11/3/1995

2Shy

A serial killer with unusual tastes is doing his stalking on the internet, luring women to him by capitalizing on their vulnerabilities, using his knack for playing into the most desperate desires. His ‘long distance’ approach makes apprehension difficult-and complicating Scully and Mulder’s investigations further in his habit of digesting his dates, making it nearly impossible to identify his victims.

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RATING :  8.7

Season 3, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/10/1995

The Walk

After a suicide attempt and multiple murders at a military hospital, Mulder and Scully meet a quadruple amputee who has gained the power of Astral Projection and is taking out his personal frustrations on his commanding officers.

RATING :  7.7

Season 3, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/17/1995

Oubliette

Mulder seeks the help of a woman whom he believes has a special connection with a young girl who has recently been kidnapped by the same man who held her captive many years earlier.

RATING :  9.1

Season 3, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/24/1995

Nisei (1)

An investigation into a video of an alien autopsy puts Mulder and Scully in the middle of a conspiracy involving WWII Japanese scientists brought to America to continue their experiments which may shed light on Scully’s abduction.

RATING :  9.5

Season 3, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/1/1995

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Mulder is trapped inside a train car which contains a suspected alien-human hybrid and also a bomb, while Scully pursues the truth about her abduction and the mystery behind the implant in her neck.

RATING :  9.2

Season 3, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/15/1995

Revelations

Mulder and Scully swap roles as they pursue a man killing priests who claim to have the wounds of Christ. The agents find and must protect a young boy who may be a real stigmatic. While Scully’s faith draws her closer to the boy, Mulder is convinced of another explanation.

RATING :  8.2

Season 3, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/5/1996

War of the Coprophages

Widespread panic is caused in a small community after numerous deaths are linked to killer cockroaches and a government agricultural agency is discovered to have set up a secret experiment involving insects.

RATING : 9.8

Season 3, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/26/1996

Syzygy

A rare planetary alignment causes strange behaviour in the residents of a small town but particularly in two teenage girls who were born at the exact same moment on that particular date.

RATING :  7.9

Season 3, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/2/1996

Grotesque

A serial killer is captured after a three year manhunt and he claims an evil spirit is responsible for the crimes. When the killings continue as he sits in jail, Mulder’s battle with a former colleague gets more heated when he suggests that something more paranormal may be involved.

RATING : 9.1

Season 3, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/9/1996

Piper Maru (1)

A French salvage ship searching for a lost WWII fighter plane unknowingly surfaces an alien which appears in the form of black oil and has the ability to jump hosts. Mulder heads to Hong Kong to investigate the salvage broker who sold the information to the French and he encounters Krycek, who has been selling information from the MJ Documents. As Mulder prepares to take Krycek back to the US, the alien makes its way to Hong Kong and takes control of Krycek.

RATING :  9.7

Season 3, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/16/1996

Apocrypha (2)

Mulder pursues Krycek, not knowing about the alien that has taken over his body, to get back the DAT tape containing the MJ Documents. Meanwhile, the shooting of AD Skinner uncovers evidence that could lead Scully to her sister’s murderer.

RATING :  9.3

Season 3, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/23/1996

Pusher

Mulder and Scully are asked to help in a case involving Robert Patrick Modell, a murderer possessing a psychic ability to force his will onto people. Due to a brain tumor that is slowly killing him, he is searching for a “worthy adversary” and he forces Mulder into a battle of mind over matter.

RATING :  8.9

Season 3, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/8/1996

Teso Dos Bichos

When a series of deaths occur immediately after an ancient artefact is brought to Boston from an excavation site in South America, Scully believes the deaths appear to be the result of political terrorism, but Mulder suspects something more improbable. He thinks that the deaths are linked to a shaman spirit released by the Ecuadorian Amaru urn.

RATING :  7.6

Season 3, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/29/1996

Hell Money

The deaths of several Chinese men found to be missing vital internal organs that were removed prior to death leads Mulder and Scully to a deadly Chinatown lottery where men wager their body parts for a chance to win a cash jackpot.

RATING : 7.7

Season 3, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/12/1996

Jose Chung’s From Outer Space

An alien abduction of two teenagers with different versions of the same facts prompts a science-fiction novelist to write a book about the incident. However no one involved with the investigation can tell him the full story with any accuracy.

RATING :  9.0

Season 3, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/26/1996

Avatar

During a one-night stand in the midst of his divorce, AD Skinner becomes a murder suspect, and Mulder and Scully return the many favors that he has done for them by analyzing evidence that someone doesn’t want uncovered to prove his innocence.

RATING :  9.7

Season 3, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/3/1996

Quagmire

When a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances are reported near a lake in a small town, Agents Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate. With local folklore of a killer sea serpent running rampant amongst the locals, the agents must take their search for the truth to the water. But before long the agents find out that there may be more to the legend then they first thought.

RATING :  9.6

Season 3, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/10/1996

Wetwired

After a man kills three people and his wife because he mistook them for a ruthless Bosnian dictator, Mulder and Scully discover a test involving mind control using television signals that make people’s worst fears become real in any form.

RATING :  9.1

Season 3, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/17/1996

Talitha Cumi (1)

Mulder and Scully search for a mysterious man with the power to heal, whose actions risk exposing the existence of aliens on Earth. Meanwhile a confrontation between Mrs. Mulder and the CSM leads Mulder to the discovery of the only weapon which can kill the aliens.

RATING :  8.9

SEASON AVERAGE RATING :  B+ (8.8)

LIVE on Talkshoe.com at 1030 pm est, The Film List podcast in association with Donald Chavis’ Re-Opening the X-files podcast will participate in X-Files : Season 3 Review.  Agents Donald and Shadow will join AD Solo in re-opening the season 3 X-Files.

Participate in the chat :  the X-Files Roundtable 

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On June 8th, 2009 I recorded my Top 10 favorite TV shows of all-time on the podcast :

The Film List : Episode 8

I read off the synopsis of each show, taked about some of my favorite scenes and episodes, and those personal experiences that go a long with it.  My criteria for selecting my Top 10 TV shows ;

1.   The Series must be finished.  Their run has to be over.  Unfinished shows that would have made my top 10 as of now : Lost, 24, and Law and Order.

2.   I had to have seen every episode.

3.   The series finale plays a strong part in the Top 10 process.

However, since the  podcast airdate, there was a show that I just totally forgot.  The show’s name is : Alias by JJ Abrams.  I just had one of those brain freezes and totally forgot to include it.  I can’t believe I forgot.  So here is what I’m going to do.  I will do a podcast in the near future.  I will count down my Top 20 TV shows of all time for my 20th episode of The Film List.  But i will change the criteria.  I will include shows that haven’t finished.  There are a few shows that no matter what happens, they will be in.  So look for this podcast to premiere in September 2009.  SO, as of June 8th, 2009 here is my  Top 10 shows of all-time as told on The Film list.

Heath Solo’s Top 10 TV shows : The 1st Draft :

10.    The Twilight Zone :  debuted on Oct 2, 1959.    5 seasons – 156 episodes, one movie – Twilight Zone : The Movie.  Also a reboot of the series in the late 80s.

  9.     Three’s Company :  debuted March 15, 1977   8 seasons – 174 episodes and 2 spin-offs : Three’s A Crowd and The Ropers.  Based on the British series Man of the House.

Hanging at the Regal Beagle...

Hanging at the Regal Beagle...

   8.    Magnum P.I.: debuted on December 11, 1980.  8 seasons – 162 episodes.

   7.    21 Jumpstreet :  debuted on April 12, 1987.   5  seasons – 105 episodes.  one spin-off : Booker with Richard Grieco.

   6.    Cheers:  debuted on September 20 1982.  11 seasons – 270 episodes.  Passed 21 Jumpstreet in this slot because of the strength of  the finale.

   5.    Spenser : For Hire :  debuted on September 20, 1985   3 seasons – 65 episodes.   5 TV movies.  One spin-off :  A Man Called Hawk.

Hawk and Spenser

Hawk and Spenser

   4.    The X-Files :  debuted on  September 10, 1993.   9 seasons – 200 episodes and 2 films : Fight The Future  and  I Want To Believe.   One spin-off : The Lone Gunmen.  The series Millennium wrapped up it’s series on an episode of the X-files and Richard Belzer reprised his role of Detective Munch (Homicide and Law and Order : SVU) on an episode.

   3.   Family Ties :  debuted on September 22 1982.  7 seasons  – 176 episodes.  One spin-off :  The Art of Being Nick.

Ties of the Family

Ties of the Family

   2.    Batman : debuted on January 12, 1966.   3 seasons – 120 episodes.  Aired 2 episodes on back to back nights per week.   One Movie : Batman : The Movie was a summer blockbuster after season 1.

   #1 show of all-time (soon to be replaced by Lost once it’s finished :

     THE WIRE :  debuted on  June 2, 2002.   5 seasons – 60 episodes.  Probably the best TV show ever made.  The series finale was the best finale I have ever seen.

They put the actor in acting.

They put the actor in acting.

X-Files season 1 episode guide and ratings :

Currently I’ve started an X-File rewatch.  I’m starting with season 1 and I’m going to continue to the end of the series.  I will also watch the 2 X-Files films : Fight the Future and I Want to Believe. After I’ve completed watching a season, I’m going to talk about that particular season on THE FILM LIST podcast.   AGENT DONALD from Re-opening the X-files podcast, Anna In Indiana,  Agent Shadow and Agent JD Man  join me on The Film List podcast on Thursday July 2nd 4pm est on talk shoe to talk  about season 1.   Dowloaded the episode on itunes or click here to listen : X-Files season 1 podcast.

I will also give each episode my rating out of 10.  I will save my discussion of why for the podcast.  Here are the ratings so far :

episode 01 : “Pilot”   rating (9.6 out of 10) 
First episode of this amazing 9 year run premiered on September 10, 1993.    Special Agent Dana Scully is partnered with Special Agent Fox “Spooky” Mulder to validate his work on a special project called The X-Files. While he is a believer in the paranormal, fueled by a lost memory where his sister was abducted by aliens; she is a scientist and prefers to look for rational, logical explanations. Their first case takes them to Oregon, to investigate the unsolved deaths of several high school classmates, which Mulder believes are linked to an alien abduction. 
 
episode 02 : “Deep Throat” (9.6)
Mulder and Scully head to Ellens Air Force Base to investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behavior. While on the case, Mulder meets a mysterious man dubbed ‘Deep Throat’, who claims to have classified information about his investigations into the paranormal.
Deep Throat, great episode.

episode 03 : “Squeeze” (9.1)

One of Scully’s friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear point of entry. Mulder realizes that this is similar to a series of X-Files case that have occurred every thirty years, and joins in the investigation to stop the latest cycle.

episode 04 : “Conduit” (8.6) 

As Section Chief Blevins expresses his concern with the direction of the X-Files department, Mulder becomes obsessed with solving a case that closely parallels an ‘encounter’ he experienced as a child… the abduction of his kid sister, Samantha.

episode 05 : “The Jersey Devil” (9.2)

Mulder’s trip to Atlantic City doesn’t take him to the glittering casinos or luxury hotels. Instead, he plays a dangerous game of hunter-and-hunted with the maneater that haunts the back alleys and woods surrounding the city. However, it’s not long before even Scully, the eternal skeptic, is lured back by the mounting evidence Mulder manages to drag out of tourist-wary local law enforcement agencies.

episode 06 : “Shadows” (8.1)

When an unseen force commits several murders where a young woman is present, Mulder suspects that it is the spirit of the woman’s former boss protecting her, while Scully believes the boss merely faked his own death.

episode 07 : “Ghost In The Machine” (8.3)

A new intelligence gropes its way to life in the depths of wires and circuit boards – only to find itself perched on the edge of immediate extinction. When it fights back, killing Mulder’s former partner in the process, he and Scully must find a way past its considerable defences.

X-Files episode "Ghost In The Machine" 

episode 08 : “ICE” (9.8)

When an Arctic research team mysteriously kills each other and themselves only days after drilling deeper into the ice than ever before, Mulder and Scully accompany a team of doctors and scientists to investigate. They discover an organism which infects living creatures and amplifies the host’s feeling of anger and paranoia, and the new team starts to deteriorate as they wonder who among them are killers.

episode 09 : “Space” (7.5)

Mulder and Scully are contacted by a communications specialist from NASA who shows them evidence of sabotage in the space programme. Mulder’s youthful hero-worship is shaken by the apparent involvement of a high-ranking astronaut.

episode 10 : “Fallen Angel” (9.3)

When a tract of lonely woodland is cordoned off between laser fences, and rapidly changing explanations are rampant, Mulder’s curiosity carries him beyond the bounds of official jurisdiction-and into the middle of a UFO cleanup. Scully’s attempts to protect Mulder from himself are only marginally successful, and neither agents seem capable of protecting the one innocent on the scene- Max Fenig.

episode 11 : “EVE” (9.3)

When two fathers on opposite sides of the country are unexplainably murdered at the exact same time in the exact same way, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate. When they discover that both of the fathers eight-year-old daughters are identical twins, they realize that something even stranger is going on.

episode 12: “Fire” (8.7)

When an old Oxford girlfriend of Mulder’s asks for his help in an international case concerning the unexplainable execution of several British dignitaries they encounter an assassin who can produce fire from his bare hands.

episode 13 : “Beyond The Sea” (9.5)

Scully has a brush with the paranormal when her recently deceased father appears to her in a vision. Meanwhile, Mulder becomes a skeptic when a death row inmate he helped send to prison claims to be a psychic and offers to lead the agents to a serial killer.

episode 14 : “Gender Bender” (9.2)

Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders where the suspect seems to be both male and female. Their investigation leads them to the small town of Stevenston, Massachusetts, where a group called the Kindred have set up a village back in the woods.

episode 15 : “Lazarus” (9.1)

When FBI Agent Jack Willis is shot during a bank robbery, Agent Scully takes drastic steps to resuscitate him while the bank robber, Warren Dupre dies on the operating table. Afterward, Agent Willis begins to exhibit behavior strangely reminiscent of Dupre.

episode 16 : “Young at Heart” (9.4)

Mulder becomes the target of someone from his past, John Barnett, a jewelry store robber with an itchy trigger finger that Mulder sent to prison when he first joined the Bureau. The only problem is that Barnett died four years ago.

episode 17 : “E.B.E.” (9.4)

A dramatic increase in UFO sightings and a bizarre attack on a transport truck convince Mulder that he’s on the trail of a live alien being covertly transported cross-country. For her part, Scully, equally wary of the involvement of the Lone Gunmen as she is of Deep Throat, suspects a rather more earthly explanation.

episode 18 : “Miracle Man” (7.9)

A rash of deaths under the Miracle Ministry’s traveling tent brings Scully and Mulder into the realm of miracles and shysters. When Samuel, reputed raiser of the dead and healer of the sick, indicates he has some knowledge of Mulder’s long lost sister, Scully’s convinced the young man is setting them up. Mulder isn’t so sure.

episode 19 : “Shapes” (9.1)

Mulder and Scully travel to an American Indian reservation to investigate the death of an Indian man who was mistaken for a wild animal and may have been the legendary Manitou, a man who can shapeshift into a beast.

episode 20 : “Darkness Falls” (9.7)

When a group of loggers in the Washington State National Forest disappear in the same way that another group disappeared 50 years ago, Mulder and Scully go along to investigate and find themselves trapped in a cabin surrounded by flesh eating insects that only attack at night.

Great episode with 'Losts' Titus Welliver 

episode 21 : “Tooms” (9.4)

Eugene Tooms, the genetic mutant, is released from the sanitarium and Mulder becomes personally involved to ensure that he is caught in the act of getting the last human liver he needs to go into hibernation for another 30 years.

episode 22 : “Born Again” (8.0)

After a detective and his former partner die in unexplained circumstances, the accidents are linked to a little girl who witnessed both deaths and Mulder believes that she may be the reincarnation of a policeman murdered by his colleagues.

episode 23 : “Roland” (7.4)

When a series of murders occur among a group of scientists working on advanced propulsion technology, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate. All evidence seems to point to the janitor Roland, who is mentally handicapped.

episode 24 : Season 1 Finale : “The Erlenmeyer Flask”  (9.6)

When Deep Throat points out a news story about a fugitive who apparently drowned, Mulder and Scully cannot see what makes the case special but they follow it up anyway. With Deep Throat’s insistence, they discover evidence of secret government project code-named Purity Control, which uses human test subjects and infects them with extraterrestrial DNA. However, the evidence and everyone who has seen it is quickly being eliminated.

Season 1 Total ranking out of 10 :   9.0   A-

 

**special thanks to TV.com

 

Donald Chavis was the first ever guest to appear on the Film List twice, and currently holds the record for 5 appearances.  He is dedicated and a lot fun to have on.  We like to go back and forth playing little reindeer games, but he always starts it.  But honestly, he is a great friend and has 2 amazing podcasts : Donald Is Lost and  Re-opening the X-files.  For his age, he is actually very intelligent and has a big bright future in the world of podcasting.

Now as far as his TV list, he followed the same criteria I did for my list.  So to make Donald’s film list : The show has to be completed, the strength of the finale plays a part in show ranking, has to be more than 2 seasons, and he had to have seen every episode.  Hence, why Lost and a few other shows are not on the list.

Donald’s List is interesting.  But whether you like it or not, he has a strong passion for his list.   After talking with Donald about his list, I started watching Veronica Mars.  Donald had got me hooked on that show.  He is one for one.  he has even reopened the X-Files for me and I’ve started another X-Files rewatch.  Thank you Agent Donald.

Donald’s Top 10 all-time favorite films was recorded on The Film List  on June 15, 2009.  Subscribe on iTunes or for instant Donald Satisfaction :  Donald’s TV List

 Honorable mentions to : Bones,  House,  Doctor Who.

Donald Chavis’ Top 10 Favorite TV shows of all time :

Donald's in The Dead Zone

Donald's in The Dead Zone

10.   The Dead Zone

 9.   That 70’s Show

 8.   Quantum Leap

Donald takes a Leap...

Donald takes a Leap...

 7.   Martin

 6.   Angel

 5.   Veronica Mars

Donald got me hooked on this great show.

Donald got me hooked on this great show.

 4.   Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 3.   Friends

Is that Mikail in the background?

Is that Mikail in the background?

 2.  Seinfeld

  Donald Chavis’ Top TV show as of June 15, 2009 :

                                     #1.   The X-Files

Donald will always leave the X-Files open!

Donald will always leave the X-Files open!

Check out Agent Donald’s podcast : Reopening the X-Files with Agent Donald.

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 :

X-FILES PODCAST : SEASON 1

Donald Chavis (Donald is Lost, Re-Opening the X-Files) joined me on The film List to discuss his Top 10 favorite films of all-time.  It’s always a pleasure to speak with Donald.  He’s a great friend and really has a great perspective on the world of entertainment.   Below is his list.  

The guests on the Film List podcast come from a wide range of fandom.  You can really tell the background and taste based on someone’s particular list.  Donald loves comedy, is a child of the 90’s, and is a huge Peter Jackson fan.  Thus it’s reflected on his list.  Remember the list is about  favorite films.  Not necessarily the best films, but ones that you just love.

If you haven’t listened to this podcast with him yet, you’re in for a real treat.  In the podcast we also talk about Bruce Willis, Michael J. Fox, the evolution of Airplane, and what worked and didn’t in the film X-Files : I Want to Believe

Donald’s Top 10 Favorite Films :

10.   The Frightners

09.  Die Hard  *with honorable mention of Die Hard 2.

08.  Back to The Future   *with honorable mention of Back To The Future 2.

Donald is 'Back in Time"

Donald is 'Back in Time"

07.  Groundhog Day

The Price is Right?

The Price is Right?

06.  Happy Gilmore

Go to your home....

Go to your home....

05.  Billy Madison

04.  Airplane!

03.  X-Files : Fight the Future

"Is that Agent Donald?"

"Is that Agent Donald?"

02.  Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers

#1.  Lord of the Rings : Return of the King

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