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V/H/S: Viral, 31 January 2016
3/10

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While a viral virus outbreak seems to be spreading across the internet superhighway, as the film follows a teenage young man biking through a city searching for his love who seems to have been kidnapped in an ice cream van (that has seen better days), we are privy to a series of recorded episodes where characters face incredible, supernatural events.

The first tale doesn't follow the found footage format religiously as the fourth wall of the popular subgenre is broken as pieces of it are shot by a "cinematic camera". It involves a trailer park magician-wannabe named Dante (Justin Welborn) who finds a demonic black cape (supposedly discarded by a frightened Houdini!) and exploits what it can do for great success. He records his cape's magic tricks and what the cape allows him to do with his hands and mind when wearing it. However, the cape is a carnivore (I can't make this stuff up!) and demands human nourishment (!) in order for Dante to be given access to perform with its magic. So a number of magician assistants wind up missing, and Dante records (why?) the process of the cape's feeding from them! In found footage, the obviousness of recording events which defy common sense, reeking of implausibility, finds its way into another example of the genre. You just kind of have to accept that what we mostly *wouldn't* record will be in order for us to experience what the characters do. This tale is a special effects showcase where the cape does some amazing things. Arial stunt work (climbing walls, the cape teleporting a person from one place to another and a rabbit from one place to another), bodies of a police task force suffering crushed bones without actually being touched by Dante, a rabbit being split open by Dante with him just moving hands right above it, the cape "eating" victims, and Dante performing fireball maneuvers that develop and fly from just his hands and mind making them appear; the tale has plenty of effects work to dazzle. The stunning red head, Emmy Argo, is the assistant who might just get the upper hand on Dante due to how much he likes her. Her boyfriend's fate is particularly ghoulish. Irony of the cape's feeding habits doesn't stop at just Dante's victims…he had better watch out as well!

The second tale deals with parallel alternate universes *meeting* as two scientist Alfonsos (Gustavo Salmerón) discover each other after building successful dimensional machines in their basements. Exhilarated by their mutual encounter, the two Alfonsos decide to cross over into each other's worlds for a fifteen minute visit. One of the Alfonsos realizes that the alternate universe he crossed over into isn't necessarily to his liking…it seems the people in this universe are a bit biologically different (that is an understatement!). The horrifying addition to this is the alternate Alfonso has a particularly unique penile difference from his counterpart which might have bit of an overbite! Alfonso's alternate wife, Marta (Marian Álvarez), might just also have a biological, anatomical overbite all her own! Just its premise is creepy and unsettling enough to leave quite a Cronenbergian impression hard to forget (even if you *want* to unsee it!). The creation of the basement teleport machines certainly cause more harm than good to their creators!

The third tale features skateboarders traveling to Tijuana for the ultimate experience, but the perfect location to vert presents more than they bargained for: true Mexican occultists in Day of the Dead skull makeup and attire arrive to attack them! An arm pulled from one of the boarders causes blood to leak on this chalk symbol which seems to awaken something evil. Eventually the occultists who die at the hands of the boarders awaken as ghouls! Even a monster seems to emerge thanks to the black magic that responds to the blood of the boarders! Mostly seen through the cameras hooked onto the helmets, with one boarder shooting from a hand-held, this features gruesome violence from skateboards, animal bones, and even a sword! The most virtuoso and exciting use of the POV approach of found footage. The stoner characters aren't exactly ingratiating, but they sure defend themselves well (well, two of them do!).

Other found footage additions include a woman whose nude recording was posted on a website getting revenge on the blogger in a taxi and a Spanish harlem gangster soirée erupting into chaos when the lead hood gets enraged by the fork-stabbing of his pet dog! The wraparound story isn't anything to write home about. It has a young man chasing after a van (a van dragging a biker across a paved road is nuts!), eventually finding it with no one inside, perhaps left with a decision to make which could affect the entire city, maybe even the world!

Terror Tract, 31 January 2016
6/10

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A prosperous real estate agent (John Ritter, in an amusing performance) is in desperate need of a break and hopes a newlywed couple will buy one of three homes he plans to show them on a sunny afternoon...but his duty to abide by the rules to tell of the history regarding each domicile makes the sales pitch especially difficult!

The first home involves an affair, attempted murder, real murder, a cover-up, missing car keys, accidental murder, and a suspicious hanging which might include a vengeance seeking husband from beyond death, rising from the resting place of a watery lake grave.

The second home involves a homicidal monkey and the little girl it loves. The father (Bryan Cranston!) comes between the monkey and his daughter which eventually sends the primate into a violent path where few are safe! Even WCW pro wrestler, Buff Bagwell isn't safe!

The third home involves a "granny" psycho (a wacko who dresses in an old woman wrinkly flesh mask, even speaking the part!) who seems to target women in their thirties (except for his ex-girlfriend, obviously), using a hatchet mostly. A troubled teenage kid, with business minded parents who barely pay attention to the son who certainly needs it, seems to have a psychic link with the killer which carries him right into the crimes as they happen! A psychiatrist listens to his story and wonders if she has the very granny killer right before her...in her office, inside a building seemingly empty!

A nice photographic style, with really flashy visual flair applied to the violent sequences, and a warped sense of humor (particularly the gonzo ending which shows suburbia gone berserk) help to compensate for the unoriginal stories and their predictable outcomes. Ritter is inspired casting and his breakdown at the end due to failure at his job which requires a sale or else a hostage situation would end badly fits the absurd personality of the whole film. Some sparks of shocking violence get the film out of a made for television presentation.

The X-Files - Tooms, 27 January 2016
7/10

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Tooms, the skin-crawling, limb-stretching, yellow-eyed, liver-eating, centuries-old serial killer, played as if a snake in the grass ready to uncoil and strike at any moment by Doug Hutchison (this guy can play creeps and human rodents like a champ), is released from prison thanks to his psych-doc's recommendation (which he will eventually pay with his life for) and "good behavior" (one look at this guy and he cries aloud "Killer"). Mulder knows what he is capable of (and has done; although explaining it to the tribunal with the authority to release him is another matter, entirely), and follows him around, keeping tabs (a definite close eye; Scully interrupts a three-day-without-sleep watch to replace him!), hoping Tooms would make the wrong move that would implicate himself (Tooms eyes this husband in a blue shirt, and the obsessive lust is painted all over Hutchison's face; this actor is impressive in this part). Tooms tries a clever trick to attempt to get Mulder arrested by "squeezing" into his apartment, using a print from his shoe, and hurting himself intentionally (think back to Andy Robinson in "Dirty Harry"). When that doesn't quite work, Tooms will take advantage of his psychiatrist's visit to get a little lunch (Hutchison looks especially unsettling here, and the screams of his doc are quite disturbing), then prepare his newspaper-and-glue cocoon at his old hibernation station (which is now a shopping mall!). Before he goes into a long rest, Mulder and Scully will try to find him and keep him from hurting anyone else.

While Hutchison makes his time on screen count, I think most X-Files fans will come away from this primarily for the FBI office scenes where Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is introduced and The Cigarette-Smoking-Man (William B Davis) speaks for the first time. Skinner is the boss placed in charge over Scully and Mulder (Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny), and his duty to protect them or corral them into complacency are always up for debate. His motivations are questionable because of his "alliance" (well, the first episode sets this up, but Skinner often faces off with him which creates a fascinating dynamic) with CSM. He tries to temper Mulder's rebellious nature with the X-Files, but it doesn't work, while CSM does believe what the agents reports to them is true. Scully's loyalty to Mulder and his line about true love if she brought him an iced tea (and her calling him "Fox") in the car while staking out Tooms make this episode real special...the liverwurst sandwich and the particular bite (and how it is tied to the bite mark on a found skeletal remains found buried in cement of an old factory) taken out of it also lend a great deal to the scene. Nice use of "The Fly" classic sci-fi film (a Fox film, of course) as a midnight movie that is on in Mulder's home when Tooms pays a visit. Skinner's basic interrogation of Scully at the beginning casts a hostile light at Skinner but he does prove down the road that he has her and Mulder's back.

The Bob Newhart Show: Tracy Grammar School, I'll Lick You Yet, 22 January 2016
7/10

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Bob (Bob Newhart) is a bit hurt that his wife, Emily (Suzanne Pleshette), didn't invite him to her third class' "career day" to explain to her students what a psychologist does. With dentist Jerry (Peter Bonerz) and pilot Howard (Bill Daly) excited about the invite, Bob becomes a bit bothered by the exclusion. But when a lawyer backs out (Emily's whole spiel about feeling pity and her conscience getting the best of her regarding her omission of Bob only for him to call her out on it is funny), this could be Bob's chance to make an impression on her students. The bit with the visual aids (the giant tooth, particularly to be presented by Jerry sets up in Bob's craw) and the inability to exactly ingratiate his profession to the kids in a way they won't be bored into a stupor does haunt Bob, inspires him to go again, hoping the second chance will be more of a success. The comments by Jerry and Howard regarding how Bob bombed get some good chuckles, but some of the innuendo that isn't so blatant (the "headache comment" is a gas, and the overheard telephone conversation by neighbor Margaret (Patricia Smith) where Emily was chatting with a police officer, as handcuffs is mentioned certainly gets some easy laughs) I actually found just as hilarious. I think the show was timely as Bob's profession was a rising occupation in big cities where the client list certainly grew as the 70s bore a number of folks needing psycho-analyses and a couch to lay on so they could unload their psychological woe. A minor subplot concerns secretary, Carol (Marcia Wallace), trying to decide on the perfect coffee maker, accidentally purchasing a bean soap machine instead! The occupation ego competition where Bob and Jerry go about counting the number of letters in their job titles is also an amusing moment in the episode. The obstacles that Bob must overcome (how to engage these kids where they will invest in what he has to say), including a fire drill, provide him with his own learning experience: to gauge his own career and life's importance through how others respond when he explains it to the young, success is almost a necessity in order for him to be satisfied.

The Bob Newhart Show: Fly the Unfriendly Skies, 22 January 2016
7/10

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The first episode of the popular 70s comedy sitcom follows psychologist, Robert Hartley (Bob Newhart), as he prepares his "Fear of Flying" patient group for their final test: an airplane trip from Chicago to New York City. What Bob doesn't realize is that his wife, Emily (Suzanne Pleshette), is also afraid to fly, learning this after relaying to her the news he booked her on the flight with him for a weekend in New York City. The format for this show often included neighbors, busybody Margaret (Patricia Smith) and airplane pilot, Howard (Bill Daly) coming over to visit at times, and time spent with Bob and his practice which includes some unique patients (and their various neuroses). In his building in Chicago, there is the unflappable secretary, Carol (Marcia Wallace) and the dentist, Jerry (Peter Bonerz), who works nearby (Jerry has access to Carol's secretarial duties as well).

In this episode, even Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley) pops up as a stewardess. The phone conversation between Bob and an airline booking agent is classic (having to describe how many will be on the flight, the name of the flight, and the date of the flight all kind of get Bob nearly tongue-tied). Bill Daly is such a scene-stealer as the nervy pilot who has his own way of calming those needing the reassurance of flying, but at the same time he can say the wrong things that often inadvertently ruin what Bob set out to dissolve…particularly in the case of his own wife. There's an amusing scene where Bob can't help but giggle when Carol goes all "sitcom weepy" over humiliating her husband in front of his patients when insisting the plane turn around and allow her off. The elevator comment by Howard is hilarious as it immediately created another fear Bob will have to help his patients overcome! Bob realizing that the honeymoon spent in Gary, Indiana, was because of the fear of flying is a hoot. But Bob stutteringly and discomfortingly trying to divert situations that escalate into something worse is what I always loved about the show.

My new interest in the show stems from nostalgia: I used to watch this when I would come home late from one of my first jobs. It'd be on Nick at Night (except much earlier in the morning when I would watch it in my late teens), and the cast of characters that were featured on the show just made it a delight. Being that Bob's practice deals with eccentricities and analyzing the quirks of those looking for answers to the ailments of their psyche opened up unlimited comic possibilities. This show took advantage and some real classic sitcom moments resulted.

Boston Legal - A Whiff and a Prayer, 22 January 2016
6/10

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Well, Reverend Donald Diddum (Kurt Fuller) just won't go away, and he claims "atonement is in order", planning to turn attorney Sara Holt (Ryan Michelle Bathe) into the bar for her flirtatious methods in order to gain a better settlement offer for her boss at the firm, Denise (Julie Bowen). He considers himself a reasonable man: if she will provide her panties to him, all will be forgiven! I guess another creepy pervert priest rears his ugly head! Meanwhile, Shirley (Candice Bergin) and Denise are representing a politician being held accountable for not supporting an anti-assault weapons ban put forth in congress…Denny (William Shatner) is unsure why he is sitting in on the trial considering he is so "pro-weapons" and their client is a—dramatic pause and intense shock-and-awe—Democrat! The big case concerning Catherine's (Betty White) trial for murdering Bernie gets under way and Alan must endure a rather unpleasant "impromptu re-enactment" of the whole crime. Alan will need to recover with a resoundingly powerful closing argument (which he often does; the guy's track record at recuperating a failing case through the amazing closing argument, where he pulls out all the stops, is quite impressive) in order to help Catherine escape from the noose.

Denny's contemplation of retirement while fishing from a sewer near the office (!) as Alan tries to console his crumbling belief in his talents (fading away, with the memory of how great he once was tormenting him) is a dramatic high point in the episode…I think those of us who have experienced watching someone once so phenomenal and brilliant lose access to what made him or her so can relate to what Alan sees and Denny experiences. Denny's pomp and circumstance when closing for the politician, including his musket accidentally going off in the courtroom, in his American Revolution garb, is another real peach of a scene. The whole subplot with Fuller was just rather unsettling to me while the tone seems to indicate this was something to be viewed as kinky and silly…the way priests have been discovered as perverts and sexual deviants, this subplot might not have made it off the script onto screen, I think. Fuller plays it up, though, and Bathe's dilemma at whether or not to adhere to his demands ends rather surprisingly: she doesn't cave (she admits she doesn't wear underwear!) and lets him have a couple of hard slaps to the face, for which he finds pleasurable! It appears as if Rhona Mitra's character has been written out of the show (she was barely in the previous episode and altogether absent in this one; Alan seems to have moved on from her just fine).

Boston Legal - Finding Nimmo, 22 January 2016

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I think there are some clever winks to us considering William Shatner's casting (he plays this very pro-materialistic, conservative, gun-loyal, profit-loving, pro-oil-drilling rich fat cat reputed lawyer that bangs the Pro-America drum when in fact he's almost right the opposite…including being from Canada!), including the nickname of a fish lice killing wild salmon at Nimmo Lake in a Canadian camp called "cling-ons"! When Shatner reacts to that turn of description ("Did you say, "Klingons?"), it just made my day! This episode has two running subplots with a third working as a male-bonding vacation: Denise's attorney-lackeys (Justin Mentell and Ryan Michelle Bathe) work on the reverend lawyer (Kurt Fuller) representing her money-grubbing golf bum husband hoping to get a nice alimony in a divorce settlement, while Catherine (Betty White) goes to Shirley (Candice Bergin) about her killing Bernie.

Bathe will work to exploit Fuller's weakness in the flesh (he has three sexual harassment claims in his past), as Mentell hopes to record this at the benefit of their boss! Denny (Shatner) takes Alan (James Spader) on the salmon fishing trip to get his mind off of his deteriorating relationship (and ultimate break-up) with Tara (Rhona Mitra). When Alan starts catching salmon (flyfishing taught to him on this very trip…talk about beginner's luck!) hand over fist, Denny starts to get jealous as he can't even get the fish to bite! The "bed scene" is priceless! Meanwhile, Shirley approaches her team about Catherine's chances in court. Catherine wants Alan to represent her, but while he is away with Denny, Shirley will work on her behalf…the firm's main vocal protector, Paul (Rene Auberjonois), insists that Catherine turn herself in and save Crane, Poole, & Schmidt from damaging scrutiny (the idea of the firm harboring the secret of a murderer among them—particularly the murder of a client of theirs—doesn't bode well for those working in said firm). While this episode is rather relaxed in its melodramatic story arcs (besides the Bernie murder case), you do get the usually awesome Alan Shore closing argument: the lice-killing-the-salmon monologue is a knockout! It will certainly be fun seeing Alan trying to help Catherine escape a jail term in which the deck seems certainly not stacked in her favor!

The cherry on the ice cream sundae of this episode is the verbal sparring that often results in age-insult daggers between Betty White and Candice Bergin. Betty White getting arrested, having photos taken, and seen in a prison suit, in a cell is just too surreal!

Boston Legal - Schadenfruede, 22 January 2016
10/10

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What is amazing to me is that this second episode is so damn good yet what I think most will go away from thinking about is Betty White clunking Leslie Jordan over the head with a frying pan! Look, Spader's so money during closing argument, that alone makes each episode worth watching, but his anguish at the realization he's losing his girl (Rhona Mitra, considered "special guest star" as to give her character an out when the time comes to leave the show…) is just as potent. No one--and I mean NO ONE--shows the agony of relationship woe like Mr. James Spader. Spader has this amazing scene where he notices Tara (Mitra) yucking it up with her mentor, Malcolm (returning for the next episode, Rupert Everett of My Best Friend's Wedding & Delamorte Dellamore fame), and "greets" them. He then goes to Denny and comments on his about to lose his case (it doesn't look well for getting Kelly (Heather Lockler) off for the murder of her 70-year-old husband) and woman ("She's gone.").

How Alan rallies through his closing argument, pointing out that no other suspect was investigated or possibility realized during the detective's pursuit of the killer—solely aiming for Kelly because of her cold, unfeeling call to 9-1-1 and lack of emotion or care when police and paramedics arrived to scene of her husband, dead—applying the successful use of "damage and joy" (hence, the German word, "schadenfreude" that is the title of the episode) to clarify that it is the severe dislike of his client and the joy the general public would feel if she were convicted that fuels the prosecution against her. Could she be responsible? She sure doesn't go out of her way to make herself sympathetic to the outside world or to the jury inside the courtroom. Alan uses the damage the media has caused (and how the maid held out some of her testimony just for trial as to dig her claws in on Kelly, further) to further his cause about not convicting her based only on circumstantial evidence. Meanwhile, Denise (Julie Bowen) faces a huge divorce case where her "golf bum husband" seeks a large alimony, putting her two young attorneys (Justin Mentell and Ryan Michelle Bathe) on the trail of finding something damaging/incriminating against him (instead, Mentell wants Bathe to attempt to seduce the husband's "reverend" husband (played by recognizable character actor, Kurt Fuller) in order to get the proposed alimony payment downsized!). Also, Malcolm is able to get Tara to assist him on a case (it really doesn't have much of a prayer to be a winner) involving the nephew of singer, Edwin Starr, who was famous for the anti-Vietnam song, "War", hoping to convince the judge in a court of law that he ought to be able to sing the song despite the club owner's demand that he not. The whole "private enterprise" debate is presented with the club owner protesting the song's "message" and not wanting it to be sung in his club, condemning it as "un-American and non-Patriotic!).

Big subplot concerns Alan's elderly secretary (the incomparable Betty White) who has a friendship (much against Alan's protest she shouldn't associate with a cold-blooded killer, responsible for murdering his mom!) with Bernie (Jordan). Bernie freely speaks with her about the "boasts" on the godlike power he felt taking a human life and getting away with it. He comments about how he would have liked to experience the atmosphere of the murder trial, and his confidences in unveiling all of this to White's Catherine Piper concerns her. She knows he'll kill again. She goes to the police, but he is unable to pursue Bernie because of the lack of clear and present danger that might exist (proof, and his admittance to her about his crimes could be seen as privileged only between the two of them)! During another talk about the urge to kill and how it never goes away, White clunks him over the head with the frying pan. Oh, Nelly, her case should be a doozy!

Boston Legal - Black Widow, 22 January 2016
8/10

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Fans of TJ Hooker get a wink and a nod in the first episode of the second season of Boston Legal, as Heather Locklear is introduced as a "Black Widow" (also name of the opening episode), hiring Alan Shore (James Spader, with this character and the later Blacklist, sealing his status as a television icon) to hopefully get her off of the murder of a 70-year-old husband who suffered a coronary as a result (supposedly) of a laced drink. Locklear's Kelly Nolan appeals to Shore in believing in her innocence. He's up against a tough road thanks in part to his high profile case's presiding judge, Judge Harvey Cooper (Anthony Heald, one of the all-time great character actors in terms of portraying snobbish assholes). The stink of contempt that seethes off Cooper towards Shore certainly indicates bias against him. Shore sees a difficult case ahead of him, as not only is the judge a hurdle he may not be able to overcome, the maid who worked for Kelly's dead husband (a *very* wealthy man) has a "dramatic flair" that could benefit the prosecution (her way of depicting Kelly as a loathsome caricature of the lovely adulteress who rubs her infidelities in the aging relic husband's face does carry a weight Alan can't deny) and pictures (taken by a lusting teenage neighbor!) posted online featuring Kelly's sexual exploits with the lover certainly don't help. Also Denny Crane (William Shatner, who never fails to tickle my funnybone with his lustful, openly blunt-force sexism; he's a creature who points to his head, claiming "mad cow" as a means to get away with his geriatric flirting and groping) can't keep away from Kelly, insisting he join the case as Alan's "second" chair (the handsome Marine attorney, Brad Chase (Mark Valley), is third chair).

The second and third cases deal with a company owner proclaiming his innocence when a mute claims he popped out of the shadows on a street and molested her (she communicates on the witness stand through the use of a musical instrument (the cello!), and her strokes on the string, providing pieces that dictate her feelings towards opposing counsel is clever and brilliant!), and a Christian investment firm CEO faces litigation for supposedly "forcing out" (through oppression!) a Jewish employee!

The second has Shore's girlfriend, fellow attorney Tara (Rhona Mitra), opposing her old mentor, prosecutor Malcolm Holmes (Rupert Everett). Malcolm is Tara's former lover as well! Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen; I think this part actually rivaled her Murphy Brown!) notices the heat and chemistry between the two and shows the obvious discomfort (she'd love to be anywhere but around them when they get all "chummy"). The sexual tension highlights this case. The third deals with Denise (Julie Bowen, her Modern Family mom character now overshadowing this particularly good part) representing the Christian CEO, hit with a divorce she was unprepared for, and her rising young lawyer, Garrett (Justin Mentell) who takes advantage of her distracted state of mind to convincingly represent their client (the prosecuting attorney tries to earn a settlement for his Jewish client, but Garrett uses a rather genius video collection of political powerhouses avowing their Christian faith to land an impact).

Alan's uphill battle with the judge who sees fit to make his case as difficult at possible (if you don't want to punch him in the mouth, then color me shocked), and his potential relationship woes (his lady decides to go on a date with her mentor!) sure bookend this episode not particularly in his favor (that and worrying that his secretary played by Betty White might be in danger considering her involvement with a possible diminutive serial killer!)!

The X-Files - Darkness Falls, 21 January 2016
8/10

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This has a particular nostalgic value to me because I watched it at least twice on television when it aired back in 1994. It has this particularly eerie quality and that ending gives me goosebump chills every time. Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious disappearances of two logging camps (one in 1934, and the other in 1994) and "monkey wrenchers" ("tree-hugging ecoterrorists" who make mischief and mayhem towards machinery, roads, and equipment that halt and hinder loggers in forests), soon encountering what caused their vanishing: centuries-old bright lime green mites caused perhaps by volcanic activity. Along with a federal forest ranger (Jason Beghe), who himself (and his fellow rangers) has endured punishment from those attacking the loggers, and the owner of the recently missing logging camp (Tom O'Rourke), disgruntled and annoyed by environmentalists causing his operations harm financially, Mulder and Scully will try and find answers. They do and their lives will be in jeopardy if they stay out of the light.

It is indeed fascinating that while there is this obvious environmental message inherent in the plot, the threat of mites shows no mercy on anyone. The monkey wrenchers who laid out devices to blow out tires cause danger to a lone member of the ecoterrorists still alive (Titus Welliver; "Bosch") when he is able to gas up a running jeep! The trees of old that are "marked" (trees that the loggers are *not* supposed to cut) and cut being the very executioner of the loggers does have its irony! And blowhard O'Rourke, just aggravated by this whole situation (money lost, loggers missing, ecoterrorists just getting in the path of his way of life), avoiding the proclamation that his men were cutting "illegal", off-limit trees, falling victim to the mites as his men did also has quite an irony to it.

The idea that the mites might not be contained within the forest certainly is a scary thought! And the way they cocoon folks is certainly quite unsettling (Mulder, Scully, and the ranger are found in the jeep wrapped in a type of web developing into a cocoon; the three of them were perhaps saved by the daylight and one brief transmission of help made by Mulder after he fixed a radio). I think this is the kind of episode that certainly leaves quite an impression. Scully freaking out when noticing the mites all over her hand is a highlight, as is her argument with Mulder about letting the ecoterrorist go to get the jeep (taking the only gas left, meaning very little was available for the generator to keep the light on in the cabin they were staying over the night).


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