Season 2, Episode 23: Soft Lighton June 7, 2013 at 12:01 am
The X-Files has so many before-they-were-stars moments. In addition to featuring Tony “Monk” Shalhoub (or, as Andrew knows him, Tony “Scarpacci from Wings” Shalhoub), this was the first X-Files directed by Vince Gilligan, who went on to create Breaking Bad. So, pretty solid talent here.
I normally am the non-commenting lurker, but these are beyond amazing. I’m starting to love this comic even more than I love the X Files (except Scully. I will always love Scully.)
“Ι got Dr. Manhattaned”… *bows*
Mr. X was such a jerk.
This was one of Jeff Wells’s picks for ‘top five episodes not written by Darin Morgan’. Hopefully it is OK for me to repost his notes here, particularly since it provides an outstanding example of when it is appropriate to use the word “frikkin'”:
‘The always-reliable Tony Shalhoub turns in an outstanding performance
as harrowed Dr. Chester Banton, who, because of blah blah technobabble
blah blah, has a SHADOW THAT FRIKKIN’ EATS PEOPLE, which, I’m sure you
will agree, makes for a pretty great Monster Of The Week. Look, I
know the science is absolutely off the hook in this one, but if you
can muscle through that, it’s really an enjoyable episode. Plus,
composer Mark Snow is at the top of his game in this one; the quiet,
rolling theme that sets up the train station scene is my favorite
single musical bit in the series, aside from the Cher tunes in
“Prometheus,” mentioned above.’
All of Jeff and Shaenon’s picks can be found here: http://skin-horse.com/2010/todays-comic-321/ . Unless I’ve missed one, this is only the second of the ten episodes they picked to be covered in ‘Monster of the Week’. Lots of good stuff to come!
Oh come on. Everybody should think of Tony Shaloub as Fred from Galaxy Quest.
Thank you! I never bothered with Monk, much less Wings. Tony shall always be Galaxy Quest for me, plus an appearance on the NPR show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.
The Long Arm of the Log! That still cracks me up.
…or Jeebs from MIB. Dude’s had an awesome career.
Scully’s face in Panel 6 is, by a factor of like twenty-eight, the most hilarious thing I’ve seen all day. Nicely done, madam, nicely done.
That ol’ Bloom County influence is showing through, there…
just got hear wish i could have posted this for s2 e23
The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife
ah song stars at 1:50
This is my favorite episode ever, because it was the only episode to have ever truly terrified me. After watching it for the first time I couldn’t go to sleep until I had thought of a detailed plan for handling the situation better. And that ending, oh god. That gave me nightmares.
It’s just the concept of having your body/existence forceably, permanently transformed into an unstoppable killing machine that you can’t control really got to me. Monsters I can handle. Killer shadow, I just can’t.
Personally I like Scully better in these comics than I did in the show, because it seemed to take her forever to start accepting what was right in front of her face, and she was smarter than that. That was the only part of her character development I didn’t really like
Panel 3 made me howl so loud that my dogs jumped on me. Having seen the lines for the Oyster Bar, that hit home!