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Old Classics #3: Stargate SG-1 8×18 Threads

Posted in Old Classics, Stargate with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by Geek Tv

This is probably the most discussed SG-1 episode EVER! Its title, Threads, is almost literal since a lot of loose ends are tied up in it.. If you are a Sam/Jack shipper, like I am, then this episode was heaven for you.

So what’s it about?

Ba’al is missing, but finally the Jaffa are free after millennia of slavery under false Gods. Teal’c and Bra’tac are knighted Bloodkin by the new Free Jaffa Nation, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a Jaffa, at the Temple of Dakara. When the Jaffa bow to them in respect, Bra’tac makes them stand, for he declares that no Jaffa shall ever bow before another person, and furthermore, never again bow before a false god.

With the Replicators destroyed and the Goa’uld defeated, the SGC is a little more peaceful. Somewhere out there, Anubis remains, but they can ignore that for now. However, perhaps because it’s too peaceful, Jack refuses to accept that Daniel is dead, not wanting to be “tricked” as last time, when Daniel managed to Ascend and then come back to life much later. However, they all know that Daniel was on RepliCarter’s ship when it was destroyed,

which gives him zero chance of being alive.

And as we know from the previous episode, Daniel was indeed killed. However, the visions of Oma Desala which RepliCarter forged for Daniel may not have been as empty as they seemed – for Daniel finds himself in a strange ethereal diner, a cafe, full of people, where the waitress is Oma Desala herself. This place seems to be some kind of strange Ascended metaphor. Daniel seats himself and talks to Oma. She explains that she has once again given him the choice to Ascend and live, or die. If he Ascends, he must accept that he can never help his friends again (as that’s against the rules). If he leaves the diner, he dies. It is a difficult choice for Daniel. He knows that last time he couldn’t resist breaking the rules.

The diner is full of other Ascended Ancients, none of whom will talk to Daniel because that’s beneath them. One other man, however, a large, fat man, seems to be arguing with Oma. Daniel talks to this man, who talks back, calling himself Jim. The man seems some kind of rebel who doesn’t take too much notice of the pedantic rules of the others. Jim is reading a newspaper called The Ascended Times which details happenings in the mortal world. It describes that Anubis is tricking the new Free Jaffa Nation so that he can take back Dakara. If Anubis captures Dakara, the whole galaxy could be destroyed, as Anubis wishes to use the Dakara Superweapon to kill all life in the galaxy. Daniel knows that he must help his friends out before it’s too late, but can’t work out how he can do it. He screams at the others, but they do not even turn.

The Free Jaffa Nation attacks a decoy of Kull Warriors and weakens its hold on Dakara. Against warnings, they do not destroy the Dakara Superweapon. Now Anubis attacks Dakara and takes it back. It is now only a small matter of time before he destroys the entire galaxy.

In the meantime, Sam is ( thank GOD) questioning her decision to marry Pete, even going so far as to visit Jack unannounced to discuss it and is about to spill the beans about how she feels for him, only to find him there with Kerry Johnson (a CIA agent heading up the investigation into Goa’uld still at large after an incident with the Trust), with whom he is in a (secret) relationship with. Jack looks beaten on the verge of drunk, spilling beer everywhere and probably damning the moment he hooked up with Kerry. Awkwardness ensues but then Sam gets a call from the SGC. Her father, Jacob Carter,  informs her that Selmak is dying, and that he will have to die with him, apologising because he will miss her wedding. Until Jacob’s eventual death, she speaks with him and with Jack about her happiness at the closeness she and her father have enjoyed over the past several years. During one conversation with Jacob, he tells her that he wants her to be happy, that she can still have everything she wants, and not to let (the fraking) rules stand in her way, implying that she should leave Pete for Jack. Meanwhile Kerry, though she liked Jack and thought they were “good together,” breaks up with him after she sensed the feelings he still had for Samantha Carter. They parted on good terms; before leaving, she advised Jack that he was making a mistake by letting Air Force regulations prevent them from being happy together, (you go girl, best antagonist ever :P) advising him to retire, and inferring that even as a civilian he could still run the SGC, as a civilian (Dr Elizabeth Weir) had been appointed to run the SGC before. After Kerry leaves, Jack visits the infirmary to comfort Sam, they hug as Jacob is dying and Sam is stroking Jack’s hand. In the meantime the Shippers exploded and the explosion brought out thousands of penguins and soon after, Jacob dies; his last words are to Sam: “I love you.” After Jacob’s death, Sam ends her relationship with Pete.

Back in the Ascended Diner, Oma explains that she has gotten in trouble before for helping people like Daniel Ascend, and she has been punished. There are deep-seated rules in the Ascended universe that not even she would dare to break. There seems to be something sinister about Oma’s connection with Jim, whatever it is. At the last moment, Daniel works it out. Anubis is half-Ascended, and it was Oma that helped him Ascend. Anubis had tricked her into thinking he was not evil, and as a punishment for breaking the rules, the others didn’t totally de-Ascend Anubis, but gave him his current power, the ability to destroy the galaxy and vent his evil. And the final piece of the puzzle clicks in place – Jim is Anubis – Anubis’ chosen manifested form in his half-protrusion into the Ascended realm.

Back on Earth, the gate dials, and they can’t stop it. Anubis has dialed every gate in the galaxy and prepares to unleash the superweapon. O’Neill, Teal’c and Carter can do nothing but wait for their fate. O’Neill begins the SGC’s autodestruct sequence. It looks like it’s the end.

However, back in the Ascended realm, Daniel has persuaded Oma. She must take responsibility for the mistake she made which has caused Anubis to be able to unleash so much evil, and she will not allow him to commit this greatest evil now. She stands up to fight Anubis, and all of the other ancients turn in surprise. Anubis laughs, saying that she cannot possibly defeat him, both of them being equally matched. Oma knows this, but also knows that so long as she is fighting him then he’ll have to fight back, taking him out of the cosmos and locking him into an eternal ethereal battle with her. The two of them collide and disappear in a flurry of light, locked in eternal combat. Anubis is gone from the universe forever.

Then two miracles occur. The Dakara Superweapon shuts down, and the autodestruct at the SGC freezes itself and shuts off. The Stargate’s wormhole closes. It’s over.

Back in the briefing room, they can’t understand what’s happened. Anubis just disappeared. Teal’c and Bra’tac tell Sam and Jack that the Kull Warriors the Free Jaffa Nation were fighting suddenly became confused, as if their master were no longer there to tell them what to do. Anubis’ forces are destroyed, leaving the team wondering whether it was Daniel’s work and thinking that he might have ascended again.

At that moment, they hear Daniel’s voice coming from inside Jack’s office. Jack goes to investigate and finds Daniel naked (as before). Jack hands Daniel a flag (choosing the SGC flag over the American flag) to cover himself up, and Daniel enters the briefing room, alive and himself once more.

The final scene is of Sam and Jack, sitting very relaxed and close to each other, fishing at Jack’s cabin. She remarks on how they “should have done this years ago,” while Jack replies that they shouldn’t dwell on it. We don’t know if they refer to fishing or their relationship but fishing has become the equivalent of intimacy between Sam and Jack (like pie=danger in SPN) anyway. She remarks that there are no fish in the pond, and when Jack agrees she laughs. Daniel and Teal’c appear around the corner carrying lawn chairs and a cooler, having joined them on the trip, and the episode ends as Jack and Sam continue to cast out their fishing lines, smiling and happy.

That was awesome I want to know more!

  • It is thought that Sam and Jack began their relationship at the end of this episode; according to producer Joseph Malozzi: “Still, despite the lack of official confirmation, it was only natural that [she and O’Neill] should get together after the events of Threads and, in my mind, they have been together ever since.”
  • Several times, both Sam and Jacob refer to Jacob’s near-death in “The Tok’ra“, in SG-1’s second season, as being four years ago. Either only four years have passed between the second and eighth seasons, or this is an error, and should be six years. However, it is also possible that his prognosis was that his death would not be immediate, in which case the remarks would be correct.
  • In the paper that Daniel is reading part of a headline which reads: ‘Wraith on the way to Atlantis‘ can be seen, along with a screenshot of the Atlantis Deep Space Scanner display from the Stargate Atlantis episode “The Brotherhood“, showing the trio of hive ships that assaulted the city in the Atlantis episode “The Siege“.
  • The Restaurant Shown at the beginning of Threads is identical (and possibly even the same set) to “Der Waffle Haus” shown in the hit series Dead Like Me. Daniel Jackson is even shown to sit at the same table that the “reapers” favor in their show.
  • Other paper headlines include:
    • Jackson still undecided
    • Astral Diner to be given infinite status.
    • Yoga NOT the path to enlightenment.
    • Ethereal Awareness Seminar to be held in Talnak Quadrant.
    • Edge of Universe Discovered.
    • Anubis plans to retake Dakara
      • Exclusive information on his quest to destroy all life in the Milky Way galaxy
      • He’s back again and he’s badder than ever
    • Consciousness superhighway to go through
      • Cognitive work slated to begin [after] completion of precognitive testing
      • Gondolthian nebula
    • Secret plan revealed
      • Anubis’ dastardly plan to regain Ancient weapon of destruction
    • Memoirs Laundry
    • Family of Four Drowns in Transcendental Waterfall

Was there any important/funny quotes in the episode?

(At Ethereal Diner)
Daniel
: No Menus?
Oma
: We don’t need them here, just order what you like.
Daniel
: Okay I’ll have truth with side order of clarity, please.

Sam: [O’Neill’s arm is around her shoulders and she is leaning into him, for comfort] Thank you, sir.
Jack: For what?
Sam: For being here for me.
Jack: [pauses and looks at her] Always.
(And as always, Shippers explode)

Sam: This is great. I can’t believe we didn’t do this years ago.
Jack
: Yes, well, let’s not dwell.
Sam
: There are no fish in this pond, are there?
Jack
: Nope.

Daniel: Can you tell me why you stopped me from killing Anubis the last time I was Ascended?
Oma Desala
: Because if I didn’t stop you the others would have, and they wouldn’t have been as nice about it.
Daniel
: You mean they wouldn’t have erased my memory and left me naked on a planet?
Oma Desala
: That was your choice.
[Daniel looks at Oma incredulously]
Oma Desala
: Okay, maybe not the naked part.

Sam: Sir, I wanted to talk to you about…
Jack
: Carter.
Sam
: We haven’t heard from him in a week.
Jack
: Doesn’t mean anything.
Sam
: Sir, we know he was captured by replicators. Chances are, he was on board a replicator ship when it disintegrated.
Jack
: All we know for sure is that he’s missing.
Sam
: Sooner or later…
Jack
: Forget it! I’m not fallin’ for it this time.
Sam
: Falling for it?
Jack
: Yeah. How many times have you thought he was gone, and then he shows up… in one form or another? I’m sorry, but we’re not having a memorial service for someone who is not dead.
[to the air]
Jack
: You hear that? I’m not buyin’ it!
[turns back to Carter who is staring at him]
Jack
: What? He’s just waitin’ for us to say a bunch of nice things about him. Next thing ya know, he’ll come waltzin’ through that door, like, right now.
[they look at the door]
Jack
: Waltzing… now…

Oma Desala: Frank, I need a Noah’s boy in a blanket, two hen fruit wreaked on a shingle with a mystery in the alley, a warmy with a moldy lid, and two checkerboards, alright?
Frank: Got it.
Oma Desala
: Oh yeah, hold the pig.

Jack: So… what brings you to this neck of the woods,
on such a fine day, in my backyard?
Sam
: Well actually, I’ve been sitting in your driveway for the last ten minutes, trying to work up the nerve to come and talk to you. The truth is, I’ve been trying to work
up the nerve for a lot longer than that.
Jack
: Oh?
Sam
: Pete put a downpayment down on a house. It’s a beautiful house. But… The truth is, I’m having second thoughts about the wedding.
Jack
: Why?
Sam
: See, the thing is, the closer it gets, the more I get the feeling that… I’m making a big, huge mistake.
Jack
: Look Carter, I don’t know what…
Sam
: I’m sorry to bother you with this but, see, there’s actually a good reason that I’m bothering you with this and if I don’t tell you now, I might never…
Kerry
: Jack, I looked everywhere, but I could not… Colonel Carter!
Jack : Miss Johnson… We were just meeting here, in my backyard on this fine day to discuss the state of affairs. [splashes beer everywhere]
Kerry
: Well this is awkward.
Sam
: Ya think?


Come on! Gimme a trailer! Or some scenes!

Stills?

Always a pleasure

Old Classics #02: The X-Files “Abduction” trilogy

Posted in Old Classics, The X-Files with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Geek Tv

This was the first X-files videotape I acquired. The internet was a rich man’s luxury back then (at least in my country) so all we had left was chunky videotapes that took up several shelves of my bookshelf 😛 I used to watch the Abduction trilogy twice maybe three times per week since I was very into the paranormal and all but didn’t know of any other shows and the ones I knew like Buffy the vampire slayer, didn’t air in Greece. This trilogy though remained my favourite of  The X-Files even after I had the chance to watch all the nine seasons.

So what’s it about?

The first episode is called  “Duane Barry” Mulder becomes involved in a hostage situation with an escaped psychiatric patient who claims to be terrified of frequent alien abductions. The second half of the two parter is called “Ascension” . Scully is abducted by Duane Barry and taken to Skyland Mountain where she disappears. The third part was a standalone episode that was integrated in the trilogy and is called “One Breath” (which might as well be my favourite episode in all the X-files show). In it Scully miraculously appears in a Washington DC hospital in a coma and things don’t look good for her health.

Oh Wow! So how did it all happen?

XF:2×05 Duane Barry

A psychiatric patient named Duane Barry seizes a guard’s gun and kidnaps his psychiatrist, Dr. Hakkie and retreats in a travel agency with three other hostages. Special Agent Fox Mulder is called in on the case and attempts to negotiate with Barry. Eventually, he exchanges himself as a hostage for a man that Barry shot. Mulder tries to gain Barry’s trust while Scully is searching through the FBI records for information on Barry.

Scully discovers that Barry is a former FBI agent who was shot in the line of duty, destroying the moral center of his brain and making him delusional. She goes to the command post outside the travel agency and talks to Mulder through a hidden communication device in his ear. Barry tells Mulder that he has been abducted by aliens and the subject of various tests. He claims that there are implants in his teeth, sinus cavity and his abdomen. After Mulder convinces him to free two hostages, the FBI agents shoot Barry in the chest, seriously wounding him. Barry is taken to the hospital in an ambulance where an examination confirms Barry’s claims about the implants and Scully takes the one that was in his abdomen. While at the grocery store, she scans the piece of metal and the cash register goesnuts .

Barry awakens in the hospital and has a vision of aliens at his bedside. He clubs a guard with a fire extinguisher and escapes. Scully calls Mulder to tell him about what happened with the scanner and is leaving a message on his answering machine when she sees Barry outside her window. The recorder picks up the sound of breaking glass and her cries for help as she is attacked.

XF: 2×06 Ascension

I was lucky I had the episodes ina collection because if I had to wait for a week to see what happened in this episode I’d go nuts.

Duane Barry breaks Scully’s window, attacks and kidnaps her, taking her, her car and her gun. Soon after, Mulder arrives home and checks his messages. He hears Scully’s message cut short by a window breaking and her screaming his name to help her. He rushes at Scully’s home and discovers a crime scene. Scully’s mother arrives, demanding to see her daughter’s apartment and finds Mulder there with blood on his hand.

The next morning at F.B.I. Headquarters, A.D. Skinner is briefing on the search for Duane Barry and Agent Scully. Shortly after, Skinner takes Mulder off the case and orders Krycek to take Mulder home. He disobeys the order. With Scully’s car, Barry is in Virginia on Route 229 until he gets pulled over by the Highway Patrol for speeding. The officer gets out of his car and reconises the vehicle, which was reported stolen. He orders Barry out of the car. Barry refuses, and when the highwayman goes to investigate sounds he hears coming from the trunk of the car, Barry shoots and kills him. At headquarters, Mulder listens to the wire he was wearing when he met Duane Barry, over and over again in hopes of finding a clue. With Krycek’s help, he rewinds to the part where Barry said, “Ascend to the stars.” Fetching a phonebook, he realizes this means Barry was heading to Skyland Mountain and follows him. Krycek informs the Cigarette Smoking Man of this before he departs with Mulder.

Mulder and Krycek arrive at Skyland Mountain and Mulder orders the tram-operator to send him up the mountain despite the fact that the cable was just refitted. When Mulder nears the peak, Krycek kills the tram-operator and stops the tram. When Mulder climbs on top of it, Krycek starts it up again in an attempt to kill him, but Mulder makes it to the top safely. When Mulder arrives at the peak of the mountain he finds Scully’s car empty and a helicopter passing by. Mulder finds Scully missing and Barry laughing maniacally about how she was taken by ‘them‘.

Mulder questions Barry, who claims that Scully was taken by the aliens. Mulder gets upset and starts to choke him. He leaves the room to unwind then finds Krycek talking to him. Skinner arrives minutes later, just as Barry starts choking and dies. Upon returning to Washington Mulder questions the doctor who performed the autopsy who refuses to provide details since it was performed by the military instead of the FBI.

Krycek meets with the Cigarette Smoking Man who explains that they won’t kill Mulder and risk turning one man’s religion into a crusade. Skinner orders Mulder and Krycek to undergo a polygraph test due to Barry’s death. Mulder tries to see Senator Matheson, but X meets him there, telling him the Senator can’t help him anymore. Mulder then spots cigarettes in Krycek’s car. Mulder tells Skinner that Krycek impeded his investigation and is responsible for the murder of Barry and the tram-operator. Skinner tells him that Krycek has disappeared and then tells Mulder he is going to re-open the X-Files. Mulder meets with Mrs. Scully, giving her Scully’s cross necklace.

XF:2×08 One Breath

The episode opens with a voiceover from Scully’s mother, speaking of a time when her daughter was very young. She says she was always a tomboy, and always hung around with her brothers in the woods. For her birthday, her brothers gave her a bb gun, and despite her dad telling her to only shoot cans, one day they shot at a snake in the grass. The snake begins to bleed, and Scully realises what she’s done and begins to cry with guilt. She had taken something that wasnt hers and despite being afraid of snakes, she held it as if pure human will could save it. The snake died however. We now see Mulder saying that they cant give up on her, thats its too soon. Scully’s mother says she know nows how her daughter felt that day in the woods. Then an object is placed on the table, the camera pans overhead and we see it. It is a tombstone, with Scully’s name on it…

Scully later turns up mysteriously at the hospital in a coma. An out of control Mulder is thrown out by security but later calms down and meets with Dr. Daly, who says no one knows how she got there or whats wrong with her. He tells Mulder and Mrs. Scully that she has a living will that dictates she be taken off of life support when she reaches a certain level. At Scully’s bedside Mulder meets her older sister, Melissa. A sequence shows Scully sitting in a boat, attached by rope to a dock where Mulder and Melissa stand. Frohike visits Scully and sneaks out a chart on her, that the Lone Gunmen investigate. The newest Lone Gunman, known as ‘The Thinker’ assists, and tells them that Scully’s blood contains branched DNA that may have been used for identification but now is inactive and nothing more than a poisonous waste product in her system.

The mysterious Nurse Owens visits Scully at her bedside. Later Mulder visits Scully while another nurse takes her blood. When distracted, a mysterious man steals Scully’s blood sample and runs. Mulder chases him down to the parking lot where he is confronted by X, who demands that he stop pursuing what happened to Scully and let her die. He then executes the man who stole her blood. When Assistant Director Walter Skinner calls Mulder to his office regarding the incident, Mulder denies any involvement and claims that the Cigarette Smoking Man is responsible for what happened to Scully. Mulder, calling him “Cancer Man” demands to know where he is but Skinner refuses to provide him with that information.

In another vision Scully sits on a table and is visited by her deceased father. Mulder, sitting with Melissa in the hospital cafetaria is asked by a woman for change for the cigarette machine. When she says that a pack of Morleys is already there and leaves, Mulder opens it and finds the Cigarette Smoking Man’s address inside. Mulder bursts into the Cigarette Smoking Man’s home and holds him at gunpoint, demanding to know why Scully was taken instead of him. The Cigarette Smoking Man claims he likes the both of them, which is why she was returned. Telling Mulder that he’ll never know the truth if he kills him, Mulder decides not to kill him.

Mulder returns to FBI headquarters and types out a resignation letter that he hands into Skinner. Skinner comes down later, telling him of an experience when he was in Vietnam where he had an out of body experience. Skinner refuses to accept Mulder’s resignation and Mulder realizes that he was the one who provided him with the Cigarette Smoking Man’s location. Heading to the parking garage, Mulder is met by X, telling him that he’ll have a chance for revenge that night when men, believing him to have information on Scully, will be appearing at his apartment. Mulder waits with his gun at his apartment when Melissa arrives. When Mulder refuses to leave to see Scully Melissa argues with him over his negative attitude. Mulder decides to head to Scully’s bedside after all. Returning home to find his apartment trashed, Mulder sits on the floor and cries.

The next day, Scully awakens. Mulder is called to the hospital and sees her, giving her a Super Bowl video. Scully tells him she doesn’t remember anything after being kidnapped by Duane Barry. Later Scully asks one of the nurses if she can see Nurse Owens, as she wants to give her cross necklace to her. The nurse tells Scully that no nurse named Owens works at the hospital.

That was awesome I want to know more!

  • In a scene that takes place near the end of “DUane Barry”, Scully buys pickles and ice cream from a supermarket. This is a reference to actress Gillian Anderson’s pregnancy at the time this episode was filmed.
  • “Duane Barry” the first X-Files episode directed by Chris Carter.
  • Three Primetime Emmy Award nominations were garnered for “Duane Barry”: CCH Pounder for her portrayal of Agent Kasdin, John S. Bartley (director of photography) for cinematography and Chris Carter for writing the show.
    One Breath was originally inspired by Mulder actor David Duchovny challenging writers Glen Morgan and James Wong to write an episode that would be similar for Duchovny to what Season 1’s “Beyond the Sea” had been for Scully actress Gillian Anderson.
  • The original intent for One Breath was that it would be based entirely upon Raising the Dead, a non-fiction book that Glen Morgan had read. The book was written by surgeon Richard Selzer and detailed dreams he had apparently experienced while being comatose for twenty-three days in 1991. According to the book, Selzer had also been declared dead during his coma, a fate that Skinner includes as part of his recollections to Mulder in One Breath, before the writer underwent a period of recovery over three weeks. Morgan was fascinated by the book and had been wanting to plan an episode around it, ever since the beginning of 1994. He originally thought it would be a great opportunity for Duchovny, but the comatose character was changed to Scully after the series’ production staff were forced to deal with actress Gillian Anderson’s pregnancy.
  • The writing duo of Morgan and Wong also intended to feature a side of the paranormal that they felt was very hopeful – the phenomena of angels, hope and peace – because the series, so far, had been, at least in Morgan’s opinion, very dark and bleak. Morgan believed that the whole theme of the episode was summed up by Scully’s sister, Melissa, when she says to Mulder, “Just because the belief is positive and good doesn’t make it silly or trite.”
  • One Breath is the first in the series to feature the idea of Dana Scully having a sister and the first in which that specific sibling appears. One Breath is also the second of only two that feature an appearance by the sisters’ father, William, and the only time – apart from a possible background appearance, in a single scene of “Beyond the Sea” – that the sisters’ brother, Charles, appears. Similarly, William Scully was never named before One Breath but the naming of his eldest son – Bill, Jr. – in One Breath marks the first time that his name can be inferred. This is all consistent with the comparatively heavy use and introductions of the Scully family by Morgan and Wong, having previously written “Beyond the Sea”, which not only includes the aforementioned first appearance of William Scully and the possible presence of his rarely seen son, Charles, but also the introduction of William’s wife and his children’s mother, Margaret, who also reappears in One Breath.
  • The role of Melissa Scully, Dana’s sister, was written specifically for actress Melinda McGraw, who had previously worked on The Commish, a series created by Morgan and Wong.
  • The character of Nurse Owens was named after Morgan’s grandmother.
  • The alias “The Thinker” was inspired by the Internet pseudonym “DuhThinker”, used by Yung Jun Kim – a highly knowledgeable online fan of The X-Files.
  • One Breath also marks a development of the character “X”, after frustrations had arisen regarding Steven Williams, the actor portraying this character. Even though Glen Morgan had initially complained that the character was too similar to “Deep Throat”, he believed that Steven Williams was a good actor and that this allowed the writers to include the scene where X performs an execution. Morgan also came to define the two characters by realizing that, whereas Deep Throat had been willing to lose his own life for revealing the secret, X was still scared and his character was figuratively somewhere between Mulder and Deep Throat.
  • Director Robert Goodwin initially instructed Morgan and Wong to minimize the scene in which the Cigarette Smoking Man is confronted by Mulder, due to Goodwin’s assumption that actor William B. Davis would be able to do little more than appear, smoking a cigarette – the task that Davis had originally been hired to perform, for the pilot episode of The X-Files. Despite similar fears from other members of the production crew, Morgan argued that Davis, an acting teacher, was also a capable actor. Goodwin discussed the character of the Cigarette Smoking Man and his role in the episode with Davis, and the director was ultimately impressed by the actor’s performance.
  • One Breath was originally planned to be produced immediately after “Ascension” but was not ready to be filmed when time for its production initially came and “3” was therefore produced first, as an extra episode, resulting in Season 2 ultimately having twenty-five episodes, rather than the twenty-four that was the standard quantity for each season.
  • This was the first episode filmed after Gillian Anderson gave birth to her first child. She spent much of her time on the set lying on tables or beds in a hospital gown. Occasionally, she would fall asleep between takes while filming these scenes. According to James Wong, the biggest problem in the creation of the episode was in postproduction, when the production crew, who unfortunately could do nothing about the problem, realized that signs of Anderson’s recent pregnancy were highly noticeable.
  • One Breath was, according to Chris Carter in or before 1996, one of the most popular episodes of The X-Files. Although Carter thought that some people at Fox didn’t like the episode due to the fact that its paranormal content is minimal, the episode was received on the Internet as one of the series’ best. Director Robert Goodwin noted that the episode was highly unusual for The X-Files because it was more about human emotions, drama and relationships than about the series’ usual material. James Wong admired the episode, appreciating Duchovny’s performance therein.
  • For his work on One Breath, Director of Photography John S. Bartley, was nominated for an Emmy award in the category of Cinematography for a Series.

Was there any important quotes in the episodes?

Scully: Mulder, it’s me. I just had something incredibly strange happen. This piece of metal that they took out of Duane Barry, it has some kind of code on it. I ran it through a scanner, and some kind of serial number came up. What the hell is this thing, Mulder? It’s almost as if… it’s almost as if somebody was using it to catalogue him… Mulder! I need your help! Mulder!

The Cigarette Smoking Man: We tell you only what you need to know.
Krycek: I think I have a right to know.
The Cigarette Smoking Man: You have no rights, only orders to be carried out. If you have a problem with that, we’ll make other arrangements.

Skinner: Tell me what happened at the hospital last night.
Mulder: Are you referring to the tooth found in the cafeteria jello?

William Scully: (to Scully) Hello Starbuck. It’s Ahab. People would say to me, “Life is short. Kids, they grow up fast. Before you know it, it’s over.” I never listened. To me, life went at a proper pace of many rewards. Until the moment that I knew, I understood, I would never see you again, my little girl. Then my life felt as if it had been the length of one breath, one heartbeat. I never knew how much I loved my daughter until I could never tell her. In that moment I would have traded every medal, every commendation, every promotion, for one more second with you. We’ll be together again, Starbuck. But not now. Soon.

Mulder: Sit down!
CSM: How’d you find me?
Mulder: Shut up! Tonight, I ask the questions! You’re going to answer me, you son of a bitch!
CSM: Don’t try and threaten me, Mulder. I’ve watched presidents die.
Mulder: Why her? Why her and not me? . . . Answer me!
CSM: I like you. I like her too. That’s why she was returned to you.
Mulder: You should be the one to die.
CSM: Why? Look at me. No wife, no family, some power. I’m in the game because I believe what I’m doing is right.
Mulder: *Right?* Who are you to decide what’s right?
CSM: Who are you? If people were to know the things I know, it would all fall apart. I told Skinner you shot the man in the hospital, but I didn’t really believe it. And here you are with a gun to my head. I have more respect for you, Mulder. You’re becoming a player. You can kill me now, but you’ll never know the truth. (Mulder wants to shoot, but doesn’t) . . . and that’s why I’ll win. Don’t worry. This’ll be our secret. We wouldn’t want others to . . . start rumors.

Melissa: Only the light . . .
Mulder: Oh, enough with the harmonic convergence crap, ok. You’re not saying anything to me.
Melissa: Why don’t you just drop your cynicism and your paranoia and your defeat. You know, just because it’s positive and good doesn’t make it silly or trite! Why is it so much easier for you to run around trying to get even than just expressing to her how you feel? I expect more from you. Dana expects more. Even if it doesn’t bring her back, at least she’ll know. And so will you.

Mulder: I brought you a present. “Superstars of the Super Bowls”.
Scully: I knew there was a reason to live.

Where can I watch it?

It has been released on DVD and VHS so your best bet lies there. If your country supports it, you can also try Hulu.com. You may also try to find it on youtube although I doubt it will be of very good quality.

Come on! Gimme a trailer! Or some scenes!

Stills?


That’s all folks :3

Old Classic #01: BTVS: 4×10 Hush

Posted in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Old Classics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by Geek Tv

So sue me! Inspired by the latest Doctor Who episode “The Beast Below” I now introduce you (or remind you) “Hush”!

“Hush” is the tenth episode of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was written and directed by Joss Whedon and it originally broadcast on December 14, 1999.

So what’s it about?

Fairytale monsters called The Gentlemen steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale, including the Scooby Gang.

Oh Wow! So how did it all happen?

This is the season when Buffy was in college! We start with Professor Maggie Walsh talking about communication in class and then asks Buffy to come and lie on her desk for a demonstration. Riley steps forward and kisses her and then the sun goes down. Buffy hears a young girl’s voice and walks out of the classroom and into the halls where a girl holding a small box stands singing a creepy nursery rhyme (LITTLE GIRLS ARE CREEPY)

Can’t even shout, can’t even cry
The Gentlemen are coming by.
Looking in windows, knocking on doors,
They need to take seven and they might take yours.
Can’t call to mom, can’t say a word,
You’re gonna die screaming but you won’t be heard.

Buffy wakes up in class. She was dreaming! After leaving the class she calls Giles and tries to research the information she gained from her dream about The Gentlemen. Spike (who earlier in the season had a chip, that prevented him from harming people, planted in his brain) has made himself at home at Giles’  and complains about there not being any more Weetabix (despite having eaten it all himself – again), claiming he likes to add it to his butcher’s blood sometimes for texture. Giles, repulsed by the mental image, tells him he ruined food for him forever.

Xander and Anya arrive, arguing about whether Xander really loves her or  is only interested in sex. Giles informs Xander that he has to babysit Spike for a few days because an old girlfriend of his will be coming over from England. None of them are particularly pleased about the arrangement.

Willow goes to her Wicca meeting but soon finds out that the girls are just wannabes with no knowledge of real magic. One girl, Tara, (who makes her first appearance on “Hush” ) seems to be interested in magic, but is very shy and easily cowed by the other members. After the meeting, Buffy complains to Willow how slowly her relationship with Riley is progressing, while Riley discusses the same with Forrest. Spike ends up tighed on a chair in Xander’s bedroom and starts imitating Anya to annoy Xander. Giles’ girlfriend, Olivia, shows up at his apartment and they get right to kissing. At the clock tower, one of the (creepy as #@$#@@) Gentlemen opens a box, and the voices of all the people in Sunnydale float out of their mouths and are drawn into the box.

The extremely creepy part begins here. I don’t know why silence is always so creepy but the episode hereafter contains no dialogue and is based 85% on music, 10% on body language and 5% on  marker boards XD Buffy and Willow wake up the next morning and find they have no voices and panic. Soon they realise that nobody else can speak either. Xander, similarly panicked blames Spike, who very clearly flips him the finger. Riley and Forrest try to enter the underground lab, but without his voice Riley cannot activate the voice-based security system on the elevator door. Professor Walsh opens the elevator and obviously reprimands them when she points out a sign saying they should have used the stairs in the event of emergencies.

The street vendors’ majesty is shown once more as there’s one selling marker boards for an outrageous price. Buffy and Willow both buy one. A report on tv states that everyone in Sunnydale has come down with a severe case of laryngitis and the town has been quarantined. The threat of chaos looming that night, Buffy goes out to patroland Riley and his team also go out incognito to maintain order. Riley and Buffy meet while walking out on the streets and as Riley is about to leave, he  kisses Buffy for the first time. Later that night, the Gentlemen and their weird minions come out in the night. Olivia wakes up startled and through the window she sees one of the Gentlemen who glide followed by their demon assistants on the ground. Two Gentlemen float through the UC Sunnydale dorms, finding a freshman boy and cut out his heart. The next morning, Olivia draws a picture of the creature she saw, and Giles recognises it and takes out a book of fairy tales. In an extremely funny sequence in a lecture room at the college, Giles tells the story of the Gentlemen through drawings and text on an overhead projector, with musical embellishment. The sound of a real human scream — not a recorded one, despite Willow’s suggestion — can kill them, so they take away everyone’s voices, allowing them to get the seven human hearts they need. Riley suits up and goes to patrol, while Buffy prepares to do the same. Tara is chased by the Gentlemen and she finally makes it to Willow’s dorm and the two girls make a run for it. Riley is attacked by several of the Gentlemen’s demon assistants in the clock tower, until Buffy shows up and starts fighting alongside him. They are both shocked to see each other but they can’t say a thing.

Spike vamps out while drinking a mug of blood at Giles’ house and as he bends down by the sofa on which Anya is sleeping, Xander enters and concludes Spike has bitten Anya and starts punching Spike when Anya wakes up and stops him. Xander then kisses her passionately and Anya realizing he does indeed love her does a very crude gesture telling Xander they should have sex.

Hiding in a room, Willow and Tara combine their magic to move a vending machine in front of a door to protect them from the Gentlemen. Buffy gets caught by the Footmen and the Gentlemen are about to cut into her when Riley electrocutes them. Buffy spots the box of voices on the table and recognises it from her dream. She points it out to Riley who smashes the box. Everyone’s voice returns and Buffy lets out a loud and long scream, which causes the Gentlemen’s heads to explode in a shower of green slime.

The next day, Willow and Tara talk about being real witches, while Olivia  is reluctand to be part of Giles’ scary world. Riley goes to Buffy’s dorm to talk, but they sit in silence as neither knows what to say.

That was awesome I want to know more!

  • Joss Whedon created this episode after hearing repeatedly that the crucial part of his series was the dialogue.
  • Joss Whedon wanted “The Gentleman” to be very nightmarish, hoping that they would be monsters children would remember being scared of later in their lives. He succeeded.
  • Joss Whedon originally planned to produce the Musical episode “Once More, with Feeling” in place of this episode. However, Xena:Warrior Princess had recently shown a musical episode so the idea was put on hold.
  • This episode uses composed music in place of dialogue.  Exactly the opposite of  “The Body” that uses no music and puts focus on Dialogue.
  • The original airing of “Hush” received 6.6 million viewers, the highest rated episode of the season and earned Buffy its first Emmy nomination (for best original writing), but did not win.

Was there any funny quotes in the episode?

Oddly enough (considering this episode has almost no dialogue) yes!

Anya – “You mean an orgasm friend?”
Giles – “Yes, that’s precisely the most appalling thing you could have said!”
_______________

Spike – “We’re out of Weetabix.”
Giles – “We are out of Weetabix because you ate it all. Again.”
Spike – “Get some more.”
Giles – “I thought vampires were supposed to eat blood.”
Spike – “Yeah, well sometimes I like to crumble up the Weetabix in the blood. Gives it a little texture.”
Giles – “Since the picture you just painted means that I will never touch food of any kind again, you’ll just have to pick it up yourself.”
Spike – “Sissy.”
_______________

Buffy – “No actual witches in your witch group?”
Willow – “No. Bunch of Wanna-Blessed-Bes. You know, nowadays every girl with a henna tattoo and a spice rack thinks she’s a sister
to the dark ones.”

Where can I watch it?

It has been released on DVD so your best bet lies there. If your country supports it, you can also try Hulu.com. You may also try to find it on youtube although I doubt it will be of very good quality.

Come on! Gimme a trailer! Or some scenes!

Here you go!

Buffy promo, Supernatural style

I laughed so hard at this scene

Stills?

That’s all folks 😀 I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane! Pop in your Buffy DVDs, or go rent them if you can’t afford them like yours truly and tune in back on next Monday for the next installment of Old Classics.

So sue me! Inspired by the latest Doctor Who episode “The Beast Below” I now introduce you (or remind you) “Hush”!

“Hush” is the tenth episode of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was written and directed by Joss Whedon and it originally broadcast on December 14, 1999.

So what’s it about?

Fairytale monsters called The Gentlemen steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale, including the Scooby Gang.

Oh Wow! So how did it all happen?

This is the season when Buffy was in college! We start with Professor Maggie Walsh talking about communication in class and then asks Buffy to come and lie on her desk for a demonstration. Riley steps forward and kisses her and then the sun goes down. Buffy hears a young girl’s voice and walks out of the classroom and into the halls where a girl holding a small box stands singing a creepy nursery rhyme (LITTLE GIRLS ARE CREEPY)

Can’t even shout, can’t even cry
The Gentlemen are coming by.
Looking in windows, knocking on doors,
They need to take seven and they might take yours.
Can’t call to mom, can’t say a word,
You’re gonna die screaming but you won’t be heard.

Buffy wakes up in class. She was dreaming! After leaving the class she calls Giles and tries to research the information she gained from her dream about The Gentlemen. Spike (who earlier in the season had a chip, that prevented him from harming people, planted in his brain) has made himself at home at Giles’  and complains about there not being any more Weetabix (despite having eaten it all himself – again), claiming he likes to add it to his butcher’s blood sometimes for texture. Giles, repulsed by the mental image, tells him he ruined food for him forever.

Xander and Anya arrive, arguing about whether Xander really loves her or  is only interested in sex. Giles informs Xander that he has to babysit Spike for a few days because an old girlfriend of his will be coming over from England. None of them are particularly pleased about the arrangement.

Willow goes to her Wicca meeting but soon finds out that the girls are just wannabes with no knowledge of real magic. One girl, Tara, (who makes her first appearance on “Hush” ) seems to be interested in magic, but is very shy and easily cowed by the other members. After the meeting, Buffy complains to Willow how slowly her relationship with Riley is progressing, while Riley discusses the same with Forrest. Spike ends up tighed on a chair in Xander’s bedroom and starts imitating Anya to annoy Xander. Giles’ girlfriend, Olivia, shows up at his apartment and they get right to kissing. At the clock tower, one of the (creepy as #@$#@@) Gentlemen opens a box, and the voices of all the people in Sunnydale float out of their mouths and are drawn into the box.

The extremely creepy part begins here. I don’t know why silence is always so creepy but the episode hereafter contains no dialogue and is based 85% on music, 10% on body language and 5% on chalk and blackboards XD Buffy and Willow wake up the next morning and find they have no voices and panic. Soon they realise that nobody else can speak either. Xander, similarly panicked blames Spike, who very clearly flips him the finger. Riley and Forrest try to enter the underground lab, but without his voice Riley cannot activate the voice-based security system on the elevator door. Professor Walsh opens the elevator and obviously reprimands them when she points out a sign saying they should have used the stairs in the event of emergencies.

The street vendors’ majesty is shown once more as there’s one selling chalk boards for an outrageous price. Buffy and Willow both buy one. A report on tv states that everyone in Sunnydale has come down with a severe case of laryngitis and the town has been quarantined. The threat of chaos looming that night, Buffy goes out to patroland Riley and his team also go out incognito to maintain order. Riley and Buffy meet while walking out on the streets and as Riley is about to leave, he  kisses Buffy for the first time. Later that night, the Gentlemen and their weird minions come out in the night. Olivia wakes up startled and through the window she sees one of the Gentlemen who glide followed by their demon assistants on the ground. Two Gentlemen float through the UC Sunnydale dorms, finding a freshman boy and cut out his heart. The next morning, Olivia draws a picture of the creature she saw, and Giles recognises it and takes out a book of fairy tales. In an extremely funny sequence in a lecture room at the college, Giles tells the story of the Gentlemen through drawings and text on an overhead projector, with musical embellishment. The sound of a real human scream — not a recorded one, despite Willow’s suggestion — can kill them, so they take away everyone’s voices, allowing them to get the seven human hearts they need. Riley suits up and goes to patrol, while Buffy prepares to do the same. Tara is chased by the Gentlemen and she finally makes it to Willow’s dorm and the two girls make a run for it. Riley is attacked by several of the Gentlemen’s demon assistants in the clock tower, until Buffy shows up and starts fighting alongside him. They are both shocked to see each other but they can’t say a thing.

Spike vamps out while drinking a mug of blood at Giles’ house and as he bends down by the sofa on which Anya is sleeping, Xander enters and concludes Spike has bitten Anya and starts punching Spike when Anya wakes up and stops him. Xander then kisses her passionately and Anya realizing he does indeed love her does a very crude gesture telling Xander they should have sex.

Hiding in a room, Willow and Tara combine their magic to move a vending machine in front of a door to protect them from the Gentlemen. Buffy gets caught by the Footmen and the Gentlemen are about to cut into her when Riley electrocutes them. Buffy spots the box of voices on the table and recognises it from her dream. She points it out to Riley who smashes the box. Everyone’s voice returns and Buffy lets out a loud and long scream, which causes the Gentlemen’s heads to explode in a shower of green slime.

The next day, Willow and Tara talk about being real witches, while Olivia  is reluctand to be part of Giles’ scary world. Riley goes to Buffy’s dorm to talk, but they sit in silence as neither knows what to say.

That was awesome I want to know more!

* Joss Whedon created this episode after hearing repeatedly that the crucial part of his series was the dialogue.

* Joss Whedon wanted “The Gentleman” to be very nightmarish, hoping that they would be monsters children would remember being scared of later in their lives. He succeeded.

* Joss Whedon originally planned to produce the Musical episode “Once More, with Feeling” in place of this episode. However, Xena:Warrior Princess had recently shown a musical episode so the idea was put on hold.

* This episode uses composed music in place of dialogue.  Exactly the opposite of  “The Body” that uses no music and puts focus on Dialogue.

* The original airing of “Hush” received 6.6 million viewers, the highest rated episode of the season and earned Buffy its first Emmy nomination (for best original writing), but did not win.

Was there any funny quotes in the episode?

Oddly enough (considering this episode has almost no dialogue) yes!

Anya – “You mean an orgasm friend?”
Giles – “Yes, that’s precisely the most appalling thing you could have said!”
_______________

Spike – “We’re out of Weetabix.”
Giles – “We are out of Weetabix because you ate it all. Again.”
Spike – “Get some more.”
Giles – “I thought vampires were supposed to eat blood.”
Spike – “Yeah, well sometimes I like to crumble up the Weetabix in the blood. Gives it a little texture.”
Giles – “Since the picture you just painted means that I will never touch food of any kind again, you’ll just have to pick it
up yourself.”
Spike – “Sissy.”
_______________

Buffy – “No actual witches in your witch group?”
Willow – “No. Bunch of Wanna-Blessed-Bes. You know, nowadays every girl with a henna tattoo and a spice rack thinks she’s a sister
to the dark ones.”

Where can I watch it?

Old Classic Mondays

Posted in Battlestar galactica, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Doctor who, Stargate, The X-Files with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2010 by Geek Tv

Since many of you might be extremely fond of older shows like me- or shows not so old but no longer air, Mondays are going to be dedicated to Old Classics like Buffy, The X-files, Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who (1963) etc.

I hope you will enjoy 😀