TSOMOV on "Unruhe":

WELCOME TO SUNNY VANCOUVER: CC must have really enjoyed using the rain machine while filming the pilot for Millennium... It makes another (obvious) appearance...

A STEP UP FROM RUBBER HOSES: thought the stungun/Bruno Hauptmann reference was pretty funny...

MUST BE THE MISSING LETTER FROM ED MCMAHON: must have been short on their Canadian content quota -- how many uniformed cops (as opposed to Crime Scene Unit) did they have searching the Lefante house?...

THAT'S WHY I DON'T CARRY A PEN: would you keep one of those pointy awl things in your pocket, especially when you're up on extend-a-legs? I sure as hell wouldn't...

LEE PRESS-ONS?: Scully seems to have fairly long fingernails for her job or am I mistaken...

AS THE TICK'S SIDEKICK, ARTHUR, WOULD SAY, 'NOT IN THE FACE!!!': not that it matters at all but the officer was shot in the throat not the chest...

SO NICE, WE GOTTA SEE THEM TWICE: this is the second consecutive episode in which we get to see a close-up of Gillian Anderson's feet (or those of a 'feet double' )...

DO THEY GET ONE BULLET EACH LIKE BARNEY FIFE?: blame it on writer Vince Gilligan but it seemed as though Mulder had a very low opinion of the local police -- telling them to do the most basic things like check for other addresses for Gerry (which they had already done)...


TSOMOV on "The Field Where I Died":

WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU MA'AM: so much for foreplay, that must be one of the shortest teasers (opening scenes) ever, just over 1 minute by my watch...

AT LEAST SHE DIDN'T DROP IT: pretty bad gun handling by Scully as Mulder is climbing into the bunker -- she is pointing her weapon right at his back...

STILL NEEDS TO WORK ON THE CROTCH GRABBING: nice loogy from Kristen Cloke! just like a real pro athlete.

LOOSE LIPS...: how can Scully practically give up their source, Sidney, during their interview with the cult leader? If he wasn't dead before, he will be now...

WHY CAN'T THE DRIVER'S LICENSE PHOTOGRAPHERS BE THIS GENEROUS?: Melissa apparently is able to have a second set of mugshots taken -- in the first shots she is wearing her wedding ring...

SHE HAS THE LITTLE KNOWN ABILITY OF EYELID-READING: good thing Mulder covers his eyes and not his mouth when he leans over to tell Scully something during their interview with Melissa.

SHE'S AN UBER-DOCTOR!: why don't they bring in a psych specialist when the need is so obvious? Sure Scully is a doctor but her specialty isn't psychology, is it?... Then again, they should be using metal detectors to help locate the guns and/or seismology equipment to find the bunker...

WHY DON'T YOU JUST ADMIT YOU'RE LOST AND ASK FOR DIRECTIONS?: Mulder and Scully really arguing while driving brings back so many memories.

AGAIN WITH THE PHOTOS: that sure is a modern, glossy finish on the photo of Sarah Kavanaugh (is the K spelling more common than the C?)... And why would Melissa take it (which she did, it is Biddle's photo left on the table) after she tears it in half?...

I'M SURE HE WOULD WIN BEST OF BREED: DD isn't trying to cry, he's doing his impression of a Chinese Shar-Pei (the wrinkly dog).


TSOMOV on "Sanguinarium":

THAT'S WHY I DON'T MAKE MY BED IN THE MORNING: why bother scrubbing before surgery when you need to touch a door handle to get into the operating room?...

AT LEAST IT ISN'T ASBESTOS: I'm surprised patients aren't dropping dead of infections with all the dust in the operating rooms -- it looks like it's snowing when Mulder and Scully examine the first crime scene...

THAT WOULD HAVE SHUT HIM UP: when Mulder first brings up the idea of witches, Scully should have shot back that they weigh all the suspects to see if they weigh as much as a
duck (ref. Monty Python's Holy Grail)...

JUNIOR MINTS -- THEY'RE VERY REFRESHING:: what kind of nurse wears a name tag and pins on her scrubs? At least when Seinfeld's Kramer drops a Junior Mint inside a patient it has a chance of being digested...

BET THEY CAN'T SEE OVER THE STEERING WHEEL: are the two older, non-speaking-role doctors at the 'gathering' shrinking? The woman has to reach UP to put her hand on the table...

HENRY MOORE, JR.: when does Dr. Ilaqua find the time to drill a hole THROUGH the patient's head considering the laser has a tough time with the skin.

MR. POTATOHEAD: Mulder's concern over his appearance is amusing, Especially his search for a new nose...

PROBABLE CAUSE THIS: why do Mulder and Scully even bother with 'probable cause' concerns? They haven't had an alleged perpetrator make it to arraignment yet this season -- they all either escape or die (or are about to)...

DON'T WITCHES BELIEVE IN ELECTRICITY?: after announcing their presence with authority by kicking in Nurse Waite's door, why don't Mulder and Scully TURN ON A LIGHT for once!...

WHERE'S VINCENT PRICE AND BORIS KARLOFF?: why don't Nurse Waite and Dr. Franklyn just have a duel with their 'powers' like in 'The Raven' instead of the pedestrian knife fight?...

COULD USE SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH: apparently Nurse Waite isn't a very powerful witch -- she fails to protect any of the patients, now or 10 years ago, and loses her struggle with Dr. Franklyn...

FREE BIRDSEED!: the pentagram on Dr. Franklyn's foyer floor hardly needs to be seen from a height (unlike the picture in Conduit)... And it is extremely unnatural for Mulder to stay up on the landing while he tells Scully to 'Stop right there' (while I pick up this anvil )...

LATE-COMERS WILL NOT BE SEATED UNTIL A BREAK IN THE PERFORMANCE: Scully, a doctor who should know better, is so concerned about Dr. Shannon that she rushes into the operating room without even so much as a mask and turns Dr. Shannon's innards into a giant petrie dish...

DOES GEORGE HAMILTON DO THAT?: Dr. Franklyn's face-peeling escape reminds me of Hannibal Lecter in 'Silence of the Lambs', for me the most horrific scene of the film...


TSOMOV on "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man":

Just some ramblings about Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (who I have decided to call Spanky for no particular reason)...

AND GUEST STARRING CLAUDE RAINS: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson could have phoned this one in -- literally... The only shot of either Mulder or Scully in this episode is a clip from the pilot episode...

ANOTHER DOGGIE SNUFF FILM?: how can Mulder reassure Frohike with, 'You're just a little puppy dog,' after what happened to Queequeg?...

AN HOUR LATER YOU'LL FEEL THE URGE TO ASSASSINATE AGAIN: having Spanky read 'The Manchurian Candidate' is a bit unsubtle but it raises a lot of interesting points... Sure there's the obvious assassination angle, but what about the brainwashing and controlling idea -- puts a whole new spin on Spanky and Mulder's relationship!, and not to mention the smoking of yak dung...

WHEN IT (DOESN'T) RAIN, IT...: smokes... Apparently DP Jon Joffin has traded in the rain machine for some smoke generators... At least it's a change, but I feel for the actors and crew, those smoke machines are hell and they make a real mess on your glasses...

THOSE FOX EXECS ARE FOOLS!!!: Morgan Weisser shows them up again... Damn I really miss 'Space: Above and Beyond'!!! I miss hearing 'take a chance', 'payback's a bitch' and especially, 'classified compartmentalized'...

IT MUST BE THE AMBIENCE: why does Spanky stay in the overflow outlet until he hears that JFK is officially dead? What's he doing -- hunting for sewer alligators -- or Flukemen?...

WHY NOT 'BUCK NAKED'?: c'mon, Raul Bloodworth is the best Spanky can come up with for a pen name?...

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS: hopefully Spanky never dies if it means the Bills never win a Superbowl... And he really should pay attention to the Academy Awards -- the big films of 1991 were 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'JFK'...

TWELVE DAYS OF X-MAS?! ONE'S TOO MANY: ties? -- they must have been out of the Old Spice gift set...

LAUNDRY DAY MEANS A ROCK BY THE RIVER: it's the '90s Spanky! put that typewriter away with your 8 Track and Beta VCR...

ABOUT AS SUBTLE AS DON KING'S HAIR: 'Security Council Resolution 10-13', yeow, that hurt...

WHERE ARE HIS RED HAIR AND BIG SHOES?: Deep Throat's name is Ronald?!!!... Pretty clown-like to fire a gun in an oxygen-rich environment...

MUST CUT DOWN ON HIS TOLL CHARGES: pretty good phone service Spanky has -- he can dial New York from Washington without dialing the area code...

THIS AIN'T A LIBRARY: crafts dept. having some fun again with magazines like 'Writer's Block' and 'End Credits'... Some of the coverlines: 'Write a Teleplay in O(nly?)...', 'Don't Throw Away Your Typewriter', 'Where the Hell is Darin Morgan?', 'How to Overcome Rejection: Don't Let Those Nasty Letters Ruin Your Life', 'Mastering Writers' Block' -- do we sense a trend here?...

WHAT ABOUT CRUNCHY FROG?: the 'Life is Like a Box of Chocolates' scene is a nice tie-up to the whole 'Forrest Gump' idea...

MAYBE THIS WILL HELP LETTERMAN -- IF HE EVER WATCHES THE SHOW: obviously the most heinous organizations in the world are the cigarette companies, all the bad guys smoke and smoke and smoke...


TSOMOV on "Tunguska":

WHERE'S AL D'AMATO?: do civil servants/government employees forfeit their rights when appearing before a Senate Select Subcommittee? They are all over Scully about being an FBI agent when she is stonewalling them...

TELLER TALKS!!!: the courier with the 'weasel in my pants'-look in Honolulu reminds me of Teller of Penn and Teller fame... Maybe he taught Cancerman some slight of hand -- CM's cigarette mysteriously moves from his right hand to his left while he is talking to Well-Manicured Man...

WELL, HE IS A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE: that U.S. Customs agent is a moron! Someone tells you it's biohazardous material, so the first thing you do is open it just because there's no paperwork or warning labels -- ever heard of smuggling?! Then butterfingers drops the vial, releasing the contents all over his new boots and he just stands there... My question is did he go into biostasis like Dr. Sacks? And if he did, how come no one noticed he was standing still and not breathing for hours on end?...

STUPID ASS HAIR: i) Scully could desperately use a velvet scrunchie or even an elastic band to gather her hair when she is wearing the helmet; ii) Who's Mulder to knock Krycek's hair? ...

GUNFIGHT AT THE (NOT) O.K. CORRAL: that is one of the stupidest shoot-out scenes I've seen in a while... The militia guys can't hit a single target even though the SWAT team is nicely grouped together, duh!, and haven't the SWAT guys heard of shooting back?!!!...

'TIS BUT A SCRATCH: 'Doctor' Scully is pretty quick to pronounce the truck driver dead... All she can see is the blood on the window and the driver's slumped head, I don't think she can see any bullet wound nor could she have heard the shot -- Krycek used a silencer... Maybe the driver just lost control and banged his head against the window...

THE BETTER TO STRANGLE YOU WITH: is it standard procedure to handcuff someone with their hands in front of them? And with cuffs with a long linking chain...

DIPSTICK - 'OIL'LIEN, GET IT?: Krycek may be 'An invertebrate scum sucker whose moral dipstick is about 2 drops short of bone dry' now, but not too long ago he was full of 10W40...

COMMERCIAL MEMORY: courier number 2's jaunt through the airport reminds me of O.J. Simpson's commercial for Hertz Rent-a-Car... And how do Mulder and Scully get all the way to the end of a jetway without setting off a single metal detector with their guns? Or maybe they left their guns in the car -- didn't need them with Mulder and his LONG coat looking like Batman and his cape...

'WHAT DID YOU GET FOR HALLOWEEN, CHARLIE BROWN?': if Krycek is Charlie Brown (and got a rock for Halloween), then is Scully his little red-haired girl?... And didn't Lucy grow up to be a stripper? ...

AND HE WAS THE INDIANS REAL ESTATE AGENT WHEN THEY SOLD MANHATTAN: Dr. Sacks' claim that the probable Mars rock is 'relatively worthless' is ironic considering three Martian meteorites were offered for sale that weekend and bidding ended at $1.2 million (I think) -- which didn't meet the min. so weren't sold...

HAMLET HE AIN'T: Mulder's seeming willingness to team up with Krycek is really strange considering he still thinks he killed his father...

HE TRAVELED FAR: funny that when the coroner was taking away courier number 2's body, the head of the stretcher was raised like he was reclining...

FOR THE FRENCH: apparently the French make Mulder a little more wolfish when they dub the show... They could really have some fun by simply cutting out the shot of Mulder's watch face when Marita asks him how much time he has (which Mulder thinks about carefully) -- so instead of 3 minutes, it could be 2 1/2 hours Mulder spends in Marita's apartment 'looking at her etchings' ...

DID HE DIE IN THERE, TOO?: the doors leading to Marita's bedroom (I assume) are the same as the door that leads to the Temple of the Seven Stars field in 'The Field Where I Died'...

HMMM, MULDER ENDS UP IN BED WITH KRYCEK (METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING): Marita says she is helping Mulder 'because there are those of us who believe in you, believe in your search for the truth'... Didn't Mulder's new best friend, Krycek, use almost those exact same words when they first started together?...

YOWSZER!!!: let's see, Laurie Holden in a crisp white dressing gown -- mmmm... Steven Williams in a crisp white dressing gown -- ehhh?... Jerry Hardin in a crisp white dressing gown -- oh my gosh, i'm blind!!!! ...

MOVIE MEMORY I: Mulder punching Krycek in the car is right out of 48 Hrs...

STOWED HIM UNDER THE SEAT: while Mulder has UN paperwork for his flight to Russia, I guess Krycek is going as carry-on baggage...

HE'S A RENAISSANCE MAN: Krycek plays many roles in this episode.. He is a punching bag for Mulder and Skinner (Mulder 2 punches, 7 manhandles; Skinner 1 punch, 1 manhandle); Mulder uses him as The Club -- handcuffed to the steering wheel of the car in New York; 'a known felon' according to Skinner even though he has never been convicted (or even charged) of anything; one thing he doesn't do is act as a human rug -- he could have laid across the razor wire and let Mulder walk over him...

MOVIE MEMORY II: when Mulder and Krycek are ridden down by the gulag guards, it reminds me of Planet of the Apes -- 'Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!' - George Taylor (Charlton Heston)... Maybe this is what Krycek is saying to the guard in Russian ...

NEXT ROLE -- JIMMY DURANTE: what a schnoz on David Duchovny! And with it sticking out of the chicken wire, it looks like a Play Doh Fun Factory.