Season 2, Episode 6: Ascensionon February 8, 2013 at 12:01 am
This episode features the Nick Cave song “Red Right Hand,” which I love. It’s also used in the Scream movies, but The X-Files did it first. Speaking of which, I heartily recommend tracking down the old X-Files soundtrack album Songs in the Key of X, which is so great that “Red Right Hand” isn’t even the most amazing track. That would be William S. Burroughs doing a spoken-word reading of R.E.M.’s “Star Me Kitten.”
Yeah, excellent use of Nick Cave! I also have a note here that says ‘enchance’, which I think refers to the FBI’s use of imaging technology to figure out that Scully was in the trunk of the stolen car.
It’s kind of ambiguous but I took it that Krycek was killed dead, dead, dead by the conspiracy.
Skinner eventually kills Krycek when K is attempting to kill Mulder. But don’t worry, his ghost makes a comeback. He’s harder to get rid of than a Soap Opera villain.
Aha! This is what I get for not watching the series when it originally aired.
When my mom sent me a tape of a bunch of episodes while on deployment at sea, she had last week’s episode on it, but not this one. We had to wait a month to find out what happened. That’s just cruel. THANKS MOM!
That’ll teach me to forget calling on Mother’s Day. That woman has a long memory.
I totally agree about “Songs in the Key of X” – it’s one of my all-time favorite albums. Elvis Costello! Sheryl Crow! (Her dogs are named Scully and Angel, btw.) I’m really enjoying your comic.
Ahh, it’s been years since I watched TXF but reading this it’s all coming back to me! You capture their expressions perfectly, Mulder’s big excited people-died-awfully-isn’t-it-awesome eyes and Scully’s oh god what is it THIS time!
And next ep is One Breath, my teen self’s most favorite of all (oh the ANGST!) – can’t wait for it!
Songs in the Key of X is truly worth hunting down, as a musical time capsule if nothing else. And the booklet features very lovingly done coloured pencil art.
The roughly contemporaneous Mark Snow soundtrack album is also nice to have, but suffers from the 1990s fad for slapping dialogue clips over the score in places (see also the official Blade Runner soundtrack release).
…I did not know that a William Burroughs spoken-word R.E.M. cover was a thing that existed. The world is full of wonderful things.
I got Songs in the Key of X slightly after it was released and I was slowly driving my neighbours mad playing “Unmarked Helicopters” over and over and over again… ROFL!