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"Jose Chung's From Outer Space" is the 20th episode of the third season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. The episode first aired in the United States on April 12, 1996, on Fox. It was written by Darin Morgan and directed by Rob Bowman. "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" earned a Nielsen household rating of 10.5, being watched by 16.08 million people in its initial broadcast, and also received praise from critics.
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After leaving the diner, Mulder returns to their motel and finds the men in black seen earlier (played by Jesse Ventura and Alex Trebek), in Scully's room. Scully appears to be in a trance, and has no memory of seeing the men in black. The next morning, Mulder, Scully, and Detective Manners hear about the crash of an Air Force plane and head to the crash site, where the dead bodies of the two Air Force pilots they met earlier are recovered. Mulder visits with Chung, pleading with him not to publish the book since it will further discredit UFO researchers and witnesses by making them look ridiculous. Chung dismisses Mulder and publishes the book anyway, which Scully reads in her office. In his book, Chung describes the fates of the various people he interviewed: Roky has moved to California and founded a spiritual cult based on the teachings he believes he received from Lord Kinbote, Blaine has replaced him as a power company lineman and continues to search for UFOs most nights, Mulder (whom Chung describes as "a ticking time bomb of insanity") watches video footage of Bigfoot and it's implied this is the only source of his pleasure, and Harold professes his love to Chrissy, who rejects him and tells him she no longer has interest in romance, as her UFO experience has given her a new commitment to philanthropy and helping humanity. The voice-over ends with Chung concluding that evidence of extraterrestrial life remains elusive.
"Jose Chung's From Outer Space" premiered on the Fox network on April 12, 1996. This episode earned a Nielsen rating of 10.5, with a 19 share, meaning that roughly 10.5 percent of all television-equipped households, and 19 percent of households watching television, were tuned in to the episode. This totaled 16.08 million viewers.
In the police interrogation room, a Dr. Fingers hypnotizes Chrissy while her parents, Mulder, Scully and Detective Manners watch. Describing her observations to an unseen Dr. Fingers, Chrissy sees herself strapped to a grid-like vertical table in a darkened area she refers to as a "spaceship", surrounded by Grey aliens standing in the same positions as her human observers with a seemingly drugged Harold Lamb on a similar table next to hers, in the same position where, inside the interrogation room, a box of donuts sits on a table. The aliens, according to Chrissy, do not visibly speak, although they argue and do something to her that the leader claims is for the good of her own planet but that she does not like, describing it as being like he is inside her mind and is stealing her memories.
The operation, conducted by Scully, is filmed through Blaine's handheld, amateur camera and the footage is hosted by The Stupendous Yappi. As the host is speaking, the footage suddenly rewinds; Chung has been watching it on a television in the X-Files office. He interestedly continues to watch it with Scully, who is embarrassed about the video and complains that all her significant findings have been edited out of the footage.
Mulder's quarry is meanwhile at home, watching his video taped footage, when the two Men in Black arrive, forcing their way into his apartment and removing his video. Blaine encounters the more mysterious of the two men before uttering the same uncooperative statements he made upon being restricted from entering the autopsy room, repeatedly citing "Roswell!". He is finally knocked unconscious by the first Man in Black. As his dazed body lies on the ground, Blaine relates that he lay there for an unknown duration before something caused him to regain consciousness. Mulder slaps him and he awakens. Blaine is forced, by an uncharacteristically violent Mulder, to reveal that the "other Men in Black" took the video and is threatened by Mulder that, if it is learned that he has lied about the video, he will be "a dead man".
There are a lot of problems with The Truth. The most obvious structural problem is the trial at the heart of the episode. It is the most glaring issue with the feature-length series finalé because it just saps the momentum out of the episode and accomplishes absolutely nothing. The X-Files was always praised for its cinematic production values and its feature film sensibilities, but so much of The Truth is spend in a small room with a bunch of extras providing an excuse to watch clips of earlier (and often better) episodes.
Directed by Kim Manners, "Humbug" takes place in Gibsonton, Florida, home to a community of former circus sideshow performers, including Dr. Blockhead and The Conundrum (played by Jim Rose and the Engima from the Jim Rose Sideshow Circus), Mr. Nutt (Michael J. Anderson of Twin Peaks fame), and Lanny (Vincent Schiavelli), who has a conjoined twin named Leonard. Mulder and Scully make their way to Gibsonton after the latest in a series of attacks that have occurred sporadically over the course of the past 28 years. Morgan watched a video tape of the Jim Rose Sideshow before writing the episode, so it's no wonder that he hired Rose and the Enigma for the cast, but in addition to that street cred, Morgan also utilized "Frenzy" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins for the soundtrack, which is a wonderfully off-kilter and slightly disturbing musical selection.
For TV viewers, there's nothing more frustrating than watching the season finale of a series that ends in a cliffhanger, and for fans of The X-Files, this was arguably the most frustrating season finale of the show, if only because it made for the longest summer everrrrrrr while waiting for season three to begin. To be fair, though, you know things are going to be bad when an episode begins with a bad-news phone tree that ends with the Cigarette Smoking Man saying, "That was the phone call I never wanted to get."
If you've somehow managed to go this long without seeing "Home," we don't really want to spoil the experience for you, especially since it holds the honor of being named by Vulture as the most terrifying television episode to watch on Halloween. Suffice it to say that Mulder and Scully travel to the small town of Home, Pennsylvania and meet with Sheriff Andy Taylor (Tucker Smallwood) about the discovery of the body of a baby born with severe birth defects, which leads them to the Peacocks, a family with a long history of... uh, well, let's just say they have a close family relationship. Very close.
One of the key moments in Fox Mulder's history that drives him throughout the series is trying to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of his sister, Samantha, when they were kids. (He was watching the short-lived Bill Bixby series The Magician at the time. But you probably already knew that.) While the presumption throughout the majority of The X-Files is that she was the victim of alien abduction, this episode takes a beat to contemplate a different possibility: what if she was actually the prey of a child-molesting serial killer?
In which I watch tv shows and write posts about whether or not each episode passes the Bechdel, along with other observations on the quality (or lack thereof) of their female representation (as well as anything else that feels important to me, and hey, a little about the quality of the episodes themselves, because I'm just a big damn fan of tv). We all know the Bechdel is not (and was never intended to be) the be-all-and-end-all for judging the feminist content of a text, it's supposed to represent a bare-minimum hurdle that all-too-many things still completely fail to step over. Within the context of this blog, it remains a bare minimum - even if the episode gives me nothing else worth talking about, I can at least note whether or not it passes the B. Since you could theoretically pass the Bechdel eight times over and still be churning out the most misogynistic content ever encountered, this blog will also endeavour to evaluate that content when and where possible, offering a positive content rating out of five (five being excellent, one being atrocious, and three being the baseline standard from which so few episodes dare to deviate), and details of these observations and others under the spoiler-cut.
Mulder relays his findings at each crime scene by phone to Scully, convinced something is amiss. But Scully shoots down his theories with a reasonable medical explanation for each death. Mulder also meets an entomologist, Dr. Bambi Berenbaum (Bobbie Phillips), with an intriguing hypothesis about UFOs. The scenes between Mulder and Dr. Berenbaum are fun to watch as Mulder tries to impress the beautiful scientist despite his hatred of insects. 041b061a72