Season 3, Episode 22: Quagmireon November 29, 2013 at 12:01 am
All in all, I was pretty lucky to be born into Generation X. I came of age in a time of peace and prosperity, I cast a vote for the first black President, I’ll probably live to see humans land on Mars, and in fifth grade gifted class we watched the shipwreck episode of “Voyage of the Mimi” and there was a scene where two teenage boys strip down and get under a blanket together to prevent hypothermia.
That said, I was such a nerd that I was more excited by the part where we learned how to desalinate seawater.
Poor Queequeg. It deserved more screen time.
That being said. I didn’t feel that the reveal was a dissapointment, but also it didn’t feel like a win. The production could have done the alligator a little bit stranger for it to really feel like an X-File.
VOYAGE OF THE MIMI! And this episode! Together at last! This is my favorite MotW so far.
I want that frog so bad, and I don’t even really like frogs.
Being a Boomer, I had to look up “Voyage of the Mimi.” I knew Ben Affleck was a child actor, but had I no idea that he did a TV show. It sounds really cool. On the other hand, when I was in school we had amazing Disney educational cartoons like “Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom,” so I’m not jealous.
Queequeg Much Respect We Miss You Son.
How delightful that this most adorable of episodes falls on Thanksgiving? Well done as always 🙂
One of my favourite episodes for the humour. I’m liking the alien scriptwriters – that’s an inspired concept, though I’m hoping it doesn’t get overused. Good subliminal of the kid licking the frog in the second last panel.
I’ve never heard of The Voyage of the Mimi. I suspect it’s never been aired in Australia.
Cryptozoology hack- when in doubt, call it “some unknown species of archosaur.” That way, you’re covered for crocs and birds as well as dinos and pterodactyls.
“Gnathostome” is another useful one.
Who did not foresee tragedy for the dog as soon as it showed up? Little dogs in shows like this are like the unheard of, under-developed wrestler taking on the 7′ tall, 300lb man-mountain named KrushQillAnoTor at the Wrestling show. A little sad, rather pathetic, and definitely doomed!
He actually lasted quite a few episodes since she adopted him. I’m supprised a Scully’s lack of distress over his death.
In her Reddit AMA (a kind of crowd-sourced interview), someone asked if Gillian Anderson thought Queequeg deserved better. She said: “No. That dog killed people with its farts and it deserved to die a nasty death in the mouth of that alligator or whatever it was. Ugh. I had to shampoo it, or walk away every few seconds, because these puffs of nastiness kept happening.”
So maybe there’s a reason Scully didn’t miss the little stinker..
OMG, Voyage of the Mimi? I hadn’t thought about that show in years, but here it is! And, yeah, I remember the method they had for collecting fresh water, and the hypothermia sequence and that was Ben Affleck?! WOW. Further proof of this comic’s awesome. 😀
Darin Morgan being involved in the episode explains the presence of Queequeg and the other cast members from other Morgan episodes, I guess. But that in turn makes me wonder — was each individual writer responsible for continuity within the series? I am too lazy to look it up now, but when it becomes relevant I will have to see if the same person wrote the episode where Mulder gets a waterbed and the episode where he stops having a waterbed.
I like the part where Mulder is jealous of a dog. “She’s not paying enough attention to meeee!”
Actually, looking at those alien writers’ hands again more crefully, shouldn’t it be a high four?
Panels 4/5 remind me of a Shadowrun game I was in once.
I’m still surprised that I’ve never seen Queequeg-Ishmael shippers on tumblr, which I guess only proves that tumblr has shippers of everything but Moby Dick. I bet there’s fanfic for it out there somewhere.
And being from Gen. Y, 9-11 defined my high school years and we only got to watch that safety video with the one kid getting acid on him or something and having to strip down to get in the chemical shower while his lab partner watched him like he was watching a porno or something…Voyage of Mimi sounds cooler.
Kate, I couldn’t resist the challenge of that search:
Wow. And the reviews are just icing on the cake. Soooo, apparently the shipper name is Quee-Ish. You win. Now I think I may have seen everything.
I love the scene with them on the rock (and your jab at it had me in stitches), but my biggest problem with this episode was that if it turns out they were in shallow water the whole time, how did the boat completely sink?
Also, the final reveal of the lake monster is confusing in that we don’t know if it was the one eating people, or the alligators were. And if it was the sea monster, then won’t people continue to be eaten? Good job Mulder and Scully, you really fixed that one!
Well, presumeably the monster has been there for a while, so there should have been earlier reports of human-eating if it were the guilty party. (Of course, perhaps the monster we see is actually an escaped creation of the Secret Government or a lost alien pet and isn’t the _historical_ Millikan county lake monster, which is hiding out at the earth’s core with lord Kinbote)
Aren’t the writer/aliens technically giving each other a High Four?
I sort of thought that, with Chris Carter, a rational, comprehensible, even possible explanation *is* a stunning surprise development.
More evidence for my theory that the quality of an X-Files episode is directly proportional to the amount of time Mulder and Scully spend on a boat.
At first I thought there were multiple variables in determining episode quality, but now I’m pretty sure it’s just boat-time.
Here’s my equation so far :
Q(5*) = TB * k
Q : Quality of Episode (out of five stars)
TB : Time on boat (in seconds)
k : Undetermined constant. (More research is indicated.)
Awesome comic–I am now going to have to READ THEM ALL. Hooray for Darin Morgan punch-ups! I’m still sad we didn’t get a Darin Morgan comedy episode of “Fringe” (he was a consultant on season 1).
Shameless self-plug: Darin Morgan’s comedy is a major influence on my own writing, and I’ve released a comedy webseries called WRNG in Studio City, about reporters making up fake news stories. The boss, Tess, is smart and skeptical, and the host, Stan Blather, is a tall man prone to loopy ideas. You know, if you like that dynamic. 🙂 Click my name for link.