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    If you have no idea who Leyla Harrison is it’s probably because you bailed on the show before Season 8 or because you’ve been skipping the Reyes/Doggett Monster of the Weeks. She’s introduced in the season 8 episode “Alone” as Doggett’s new partner. I had assumed, from the fact that she was obviously going to be temporary, that Agent Harrison was basically just monster bait (since the episode involves a scientist who’s turned himself into a slimy reptilian monster who lures his victims into an underground labyrinth). Alas, it’s worse than that. Leyla Harrison is a representation of X-File fandom. Which is why it kind of pisses me off that she’s an incompetent, not very bright, annoying pain in the ass.

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    In which I ponder the bizarrely wrong and obscurely painful last moments of the Lone Gunmen.

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    In which I go through and find an image of a then-cutting-edge, now-obsolete piece of 1990s technology for each letter of the alphabet and put them all together.

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    Basically, what made The X-Files great was that underneath all the craziness, there was Chris Carter’s perception of an important and (pace Al Gore) very inconvenient truth about the society that he was part of. And what made it go out—from a mythology point of view—with such a pitiful whimper is the fact that Chris Carter just could not handle that truth.

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    For the GPB square 'enemies', an annotated timeline of the Bloody Duke's conquest of Obelanth.

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    For the GBP square 'scars'. On how Bellmeade survived the Bloody Duke's reign and ensuing war.

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    An analysis of Tauriel's storyline in DoS and how it follows the Heroine's Journey template.

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    ARGH! Does ANYTHING about "William" make sense? Is it even possible to extract a coherent meaning from the ending of Scully's long, long, LONG struggle with fertility?

    Yes. It is. I can tell you exactly what kind of sense "William" actually makes of this whole crazy storyline. But I'm going to warn you right now: you're not going to like it.

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    I’ve been saying all along that Doggett is a decent character but not right for the X-Files. The same could be said (by people who are not as turned off by Gish and by New Age fuzziness as I am) about Reyes. Just as his natural habitat is the cop show, hers is the Twilight Zone.

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    I’ve decided that the number of words expended on the meta should be proportional to the quality of the episode. So my review of the mid-season 9 arc, “Provenance”/”Providence,” will be done entirely in haiku.

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    Mulder and Doggett are different enough and their strengths are complementary enough that could make an effective and entertaining team (in “Vienen,” for instance). “Lord of the Flies” more or less proves that if you have Scully on the case, you really don’t need Reyes. There’s nothing that Reyes can do that Scully can’t; and there’s a lot that Scully can do that Reyes can’t.

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    This series premiere is made almost entirely of recycled parts, patched together unconvincingly. Moffat’s playbook is tattered and his Doctor Who idea bank is empty. It is time for him to pack it in. Or for some public-spirited BBC executive to, metaphorically speaking, throw him out of the restaurant and impale him on a steeple.

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    In “Daemonicus,” the Satan-possessed doctor tells Doggett he’ll never be able to compete with Mulder. I think the bigger problem here is that Reyes is completely unequipped to compete with Scully. But at any rate, Doggett & Reyes, as a partnership, cannot even come CLOSE to competing with Mulder & Scully. "4-D" is not a bad plot. It's not badly written. But you just can’t watch something like “4-D” without thinking about how much better it would have been with Mulder and Scully in it.

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    Review of Martin Freeman's "Richard III" at Trafalgar Studios in London for Trafalgar Transformed.
    The show runs from 1 July to 27 September 2014.

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    John Doggett is a decent character. He's just on the wrong show.

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    Pity the man who only ever had that one really good idea.

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    So. I am about halfway into the horror that is Season Eight. I am assured that Season Nine gets worse.

    I was thinking to myself, well, obviously giving these guys a pregnancy storyline was a really bad idea. And I’ve always hated the “Biogenesis” crap. But really, after the conspiracy is wiped out in “One Son,” what else was there to do? Could there have been ANY way to string this show along for another few years that wouldn’t have ended in the same misery?

    And I thought: I know what I would have done.

    I would have brought back Samantha.

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    Jesus, Vince. Pregnancy scares you guys, doesn’t it?

    I mean, that’s what I assume from the fact that once Scully is pregnant the first thing that occurs to you to do with her is write a nice little episode in which she’s forcibly impregnated with a slug that’s supposed to be the Second Coming of Christ.

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    In other words, Batboy and Mulder really share some kind of cosmic affinity, and an episode about a half-human half-bat creature with Mulder in it, written by either Darin Morgan or Vince Gilligan, would have been awesome. And all along, I really wished I was watching that episode. Because an episode about a half-human half-bat creature who is taken deadly seriously by everyone involved, including the humor-challenged John Doggett and the in-no-mood-to-laugh Dana Scully (who surely misses Mulder 1000X more painfully than the viewers do)…well, that episode really kind of sucks.

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