I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: in any story involving weird aging stuff, all I really want is to see somebody turn into a baby and then disappear. If that’s not going to happen, wake me up when it’s over.
My all-time worst X-Files episode!
Yeah, this was horrible. This is one of the worst “Actually, The Truth Is” reveals in the entire show.
Check Panel 2; looks like a bit of word salad, unless the parsing part of my brain is totally off-kilter.
“Norwegian the Bermuda Triangle” is the same as “the Norwegian Bermuda Triangle” except the phrase “the Bermuda Triangle” has been lexicalized such that the adjective can precede the article. But now I am explaining a joke.
Wow. That one went way over my head. I blame, um.
What should I blame?
PIKACHU! I BLAME *YOU*!
Well, you can’t blame Shaenon, because she can just say “MUSE!”
Man, that ‘old person shaking’ acting was over the top. I kind of imagine the director shouting, “NO! Act OLDER! MORE SHAKING!” over and over. (Scully does a little of it too.)
Regarding Norwegian the Bermuda Triangle, it’s never really explained why navigation systems go crazy there, is it? Also, I think I missed what happened to the pirate guy.
Drowned in flooded hold.
That was Traitorous American Norwegian Guy, wasn’t it? I’m talking about Evil Pirate Who Doesn’t Get Old Because He Drinks From Toilets Guy. Or did they both die that way?
On an unrelated note, when Scully describes the sardine/lemon juice/snow globe concoction, Mulder’s reaction is easily the best thing about this episode.
Oh, yes. Murdered by aforementioned dude.
Ah! Apparently I was paying extremely close attention to this episode. Thanks.
Oh, I guess there’s a giant metallic meteor that is interacting with the sea water and the ship’s metal parts to make a sort of battery that messes up everyone’s electrolytes and makes them appear to grow old (except for their hair) and simultaneously makes navigation systems go wonky.
It’s almost as bad as the last SG-1 episode. At least we don’t have to listen to Ben Browder try and channel Dr. McCoy. And at least this ep went somewhere. The SG-1 ep was just an hour long shaggy dog story. However, the geezer makeup was much better.
As a Norwegian, this is my favourite X-Files episode. Because it is just so utterly nonsensical and wrong about everything Norwegian. “Henry Trondheim”! And the Norwegian dialogue, where it’s clear they actually made an effort, but somehow missed entirely even so. It is delightful.
oh I know how you feel
everytime they tried something German I was torn between laughing my ass off and vicarious embarrassment.
There was that one episode of Voyager where Kes aged in reverse (along with her temporal reference frame) and turned into a baby and then a fetus and then disappeared… only for things to then get magically resolved when she was re-conceived.
You people are crazy. This episode is great.
In fact, I’ve noticed that there’s a positive correlation between episode quality and the amount of time Mulder and Scully spend on a boat.
You must have liked “Triangle”.
We… will not have arguments on this point.
I remember thinking ‘Triangle’ didn’t have the best X-Files plot ever, but that it was better shot and edited than many movies. It’s a pretty one, and I look forward to watching it again in, uh, I guess about a year and a half.
On the upside: Next week’s episode is ‘Humbug’, the first real Darin Morgan episode, if you don’t count ‘Blood’, which maybe you should!
Excellent deconstruction of a pretty bah episode. It’s like Star Trek’s “The Deadly Years”, only without Chekov. Which is a bad thing. Actually… it would have been neat to put Chekov in somehow.
“Dear Princess Celestia”, heh.
Hey, I *like* this episode — apart from the bad aging make-up and the Traitorous American Norwegian Guy who couldn’t remember his lines (check the bloopers), I thought it was interesting.
I also liked what they did with this episode. It follows the “Mulder and Scully almost die somewhere remote” motif with total commitment and really sells the atmosphere.
As for “Norwegian the Bermuda Triangle,” I took it as Mulder just interrupting himself mid-exposition with the paranormal explanation that he’s rooting for, similarly to how he’s blurted out “ALIENS!” in previous strips.
I think the reverse aging and disappearing thing happened in the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I may be misremembering though.