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Doggett! Part Deux

It's nice to see that Chris Carter has put the "Previouslys" back where they belong -- at the beginning of the episode. Last week: we met Agent Doggett; Mulder found himself under the drill at the office of the universe's worst oral surgeon; Skinner and Scully and Doggett all chased after an alien-human hybrid child, Gibson Praise, and were all equally flummoxed when he turned up on the top of a mountain holding Mulder's hand; and Scully did a lot of staring at herself in reflective surfaces.

You know, the Scully voice-over is a funny thing. Sometimes, it's good, and sometimes, not so much. For example, I think the voice-overs that inhabited those episodes in which Scully battled the apparently not so terminal cancerous growth between her eyeballs? Those were pretty good. Of course, that was back when this show was pretty good. And tonight, well...how does one recap a voice-over, other than to transcribe it? Don't say I never did nothing for you:

"We live in a darkness of our own making, blind to a habitant world all but unseen by us. A world of beings, traveling through time and space, imaginable to us only as flights of fancy. Who are these beings we dare to imagine, but fear to accept? What dark work goes on inside their impossible machines, cloaked from us by invisible forces? If they know our secrets, why can't we know theirs?"

Yeah, this one is in that "not so much" category. What does that even mean? Seriously. I'd like to know. "Habitant world"? Dude. This voice-over reminds me of emails I get from this guy in Biz Dev who I refer to as Thesaurus Guy, because everything he writes reads like he wrote it out and then went through it using the thesaurus function in Word, so, for example, if he asks me to write some copy for a sale on Comedy Central's site, his email reads, "When you descry interval, please inscribe a laconic proclamation for Comedy Central regarding their Yuletide Clearance." It's very annoying.

All of this, by the way, is over the sight of a spaceship, presumably somewhere in the desert, coming closer and closer to the ground, and, um, shining some light, like, really brightly on the ground (it looks like someone ought to be getting abducted, or dropped off -- I feel like Chris Carter's concept of the alien ship is similar to, like, BART, or something --but I don't actually see anyone. Maybe the yahoos in Special Effects forgot to add him. Or her. Whatever), and then going all shimmery and disappearing.

Credits. What dark work goes on inside Chris Carter's head, cloaked from us by invisible forces? If he knows what the hell is going on, why can't we? Why is that picture of Gillian Anderson in the credits so ugly? She looks like she smells something rancid. Maybe it's this episode's writing.

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