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    "The Empty Hearse" was not a sequel to "Reichenbach Fall." It is essentially a reboot, a la "Day of the Doctor," whereby Steven Moffat destroys a backstory—one created largely by another writer—that interferes with his new plan for the show. I am referring to the fraud plot, which is the part of TRF’s plot most obviously made up from whole cloth by Stephen Thompson—and which is to all intents and purposes erased and forgotten in "The Empty Hearse."

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    The show’s painful demise, in other words, is all over this film, steaming from all of its pores and filling our nostrils with the scent of rotting autumn leaves. Chris Carter wants to believe that this show can come back to life. But he can’t, really; and you can slice into this film at any point and find evidence of his own lack of faith. I Want To Believe is not a development in an ongoing story; it’s a post-mortem, a coda or epilogue in which Carter reflects on the problem named in the film’s title—something which he always intended to be the main question of the show, before it got away from him.

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    Cubitt is in a bit of a bind here. He wants people to be fascinated by the show so they will keep watching. He doesn’t want to be glorifying the destruction of women. He therefore has taken steps to make his killer the opposite of omnipotent and infallible. Yet he must continue to fascinate to some extent, or else why’s anyone watching?

    His way out of this bind, as far as I can tell, is to comment rather judgmentally on our fascination with his own creation.

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    I turned in this for a grade at an accredited university. A study of the treatment of traumatic memory in fandom and the experience and possible diagnoses of Bucky Barnes. (Warning: contains reckless application of psychological profiles to fictional characters.)

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    What it says on the tin.

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    My impression of the Daily Mail is that it’s not anyone’s go-to rag for incisive cultural criticism. Still, I found Christopher Stevens's hysterical rejection of “The Fall“‘s first season interesting, in part because it’s almost a photographic negative of my own reaction to it. And because I think it bears out the old saying: “When a man tells you something is misogynist, it’s probably not.”

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    In which I talk about something that nearly every critic of this show seems to be ignoring, which is the show's deliberate attempt to correct some of the serial killer narrative's most problematic conventions--and what that means for Stella Gibson's character.

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    Bleakly calculating the chances Maria Hill dies in "Age of Ultron". With pictures. And bitterness.

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    Links to the various pictorial commentaries I've put up on Tumblr. Enjoy.

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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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