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Nitpicker's Guide to The X-Files
X-Files "NetPickers Guide"
X-Files "NetPickers Guide"
By: Kymberlee Ricke
Well, here it is. The first draft of the ongoing "Netpickers Guide to
The X- Files". Thanks to all who wrote in with their netpicks. For
those of you who can't stand to see a wonderful and well-loved show
picked apart mercilessly - abort now. Also, be warned! This Guide
contains *SPOILERS* and this is the only warning you will get. As I
alluded to before, the contributors love this show and we're doing
this so that the show can improve. Call it, constructive criticism.
Obviously we aren't out just to slam the show. People who hate it
that much wouldn't be watching closely enough or often enough to catch
most of these. For the most part, it looks like it will be hard to
attribute a netpick to a single contributor, since many people are
sending in the same thing in different wording. What will be credited
are original explanations that the editor feels
are...well..."plausable". Or at least worth getting input about.
So, send in your netpicks and if you see one here you think you might
be able explain - explain it. I'll update and repost this every two
weeks or so, starting after the season 2 opener. Also, let me know if
you want season 2 to be in it's own file or appended to this one.
Here it is, making it's debut...
********** The Netpickers' Guide to _The X-Files_**************
If Mulder lost nine minutes, and Scully lost nine minutes,
and the car lost nine minutes, how come Mulder's watch didn't lose
In DT when one of the MIB's removes the magazine from
Scully's gun , there is only one round in the magazine.
Something tells me you would expect them to have more then 1 rnd in
the magazine. Unless she had been shooting at street signs as they
drove down the road :-)
Not only did Graves die on the 5th, and Scully journal in the next ep
was the 4th, but in the security video where Lauren Kyte was attacked
but the isphahan it was dated 09/22/93 (you guys even have the
dates backwards:-) even though it was supposed to be about 2 weeks
AFTER Graves had died.I can only guess they mean 10/22/93.....
When Mulder points the gun at the dog you hear his cocking the hammer on
the gun. The Glock 19 has an internal hammer so unless it makes that noise
when you depress the first stage of the trigger...(having never shot the glock
before I can't say for sure.. Anyone???....)
1. Spinney goes up the mountain to rescue his Mulder, Scully and the Ranger.
No problems with his vehicle. Then when they go down the mountain, they
get a flat because those spikes are in the road. If any terrorists are in the
woods, the bugs are going to get them. So, where did the spikes come from?
Did the bugs set them?
2. Why did Spinney get killed by the bugs when he was standing in the
headlights of the car in "Darkness Falls"
My guess is that the bugs began to swarm on his unlit side,
he panicked, and left the path of the headlights. The bugs did also
seem FAR more aggressive when not in an enclosed space... hmm, this
might have something to do with air currents allowing pheromones to
spread more freely thus promoting swarming, or perhaps the breeze would
remove waste byproducts faster...
3. Why DIDN'T they build a fire?
I could believe that this might never occur to an FBI agent, but
the park ranger (or the ecoterrorist, or the loggers...) certainly
SHOULD have thought of fire. Perhaps they feared burning down the
4. We may also want to mention strange special effects or anomalies. For
example, when they are riding in the jeep down the hill it looks like
there's another vehicle following them. I think this is a reflection off
the camera lens and it looks pretty weird.
1. Where did they put the blood they drained out of the bodies? And what
was the point in the neck wounds? Was this a plot device to throw us off
I think Mulder mentioned that the first murder occlude right before it
rained and the blood was washed away. But if that was the case. why
wasn't the body soaking wet? I'm not sure if there was a mention of
the blood disappearing in the case of the second father. The neck
wounds were the points from which the blood left the bodies.
2. If Tina Simmons had the Eve-strength to get her father into the
swing without leaving signs of a struggle, how'd Mulder manage to
restrain her with one arm and Cindy with the other?
3. Sally Kendrick, the adult Eve said she had *extra* chromosomes
(aneuplody) of normal chromosome sets (I forget which ones she said...
but it doesn't matter) which is absolutely FATAL (in higher animals)
except for X, 13,18 and/or 21, all of which lead to severe
retardation. Multiple extra chromosomes would result in spontaneous
abortion of the fetus very early in development... long before birth.
I don't know about you all, but that jives with my genetics class.
Not only should they have not been super-intellegent, they shouldn't
have been born!
Ghost in the Machine:
How did the Eurisko computer turn on Scully's machine? It takes a
mechanical switch to turn on a computer.
Well, actually, as far as Scully's computer turning itself on in The
Ghost In The Machine (while I thought the episode was rather hokey,
and I must admit I complained about this myself), I have seen devices
that you can hook up to your computer that will turn it on (or off,
presumably ) remotely. I suppose this is for travelling
corporate-types, or people who are running a BBS (so that they can
reset it if it locks up) or some such thing. Anyways, such devices
_do_ exist (although ominously, I can't find any in the catalogs I
have on hand), though I find it difficult to believe that Scully
(a) have one on her system, and
(b) have her machine autoboot to a terminal-esque program anyways.
(Then again, maybe _PC Anywhere_ would do the trick -- a computer
would have little problem trying all permutations of a password).
(Much other speculation not included. If you want to continue on this
one take it to comp.* :)
1. If Dr. Scully is able to tell the paramedics to give Belt 10 mg of
something-or-another, and warns Mulder of an aneurysm, how come when
they first find Belt she just stands there instead of giving first
aid?" She should have been authoritative before and after the break.
2. Why did Mulder call for a Doctor with Scully present in Space?
3. Aren't hospital windows made so that people *can't* jump out of
Young at Heart:
1. Why did Mulder, a trained psychologist, and another psychologist
confuse Multiple Personality Syndrome with Schizophrenia in
Young at Heart. (That was Young at heart wasn't it?)
2. The Kidnappers use Scully's Cellular phone and Mulder says they
can't trace it.
Wrong. :) They can easily triangulate the call fairly quickly. The
NSA maybe but not the FBI agents. I mean have you ever tried fox
hunting :-) someone ?? Maybe if they were on the phone for a few hours
you could send the agents out with a scanner type device, plus you
need the freq its operating on.. I wasn't to into tech babble but its
not that simple. Plus the signal is oh.. however the signal is relayed
though those towers so maybe the phone company could tell you where it
travelled though(the signal) but I find it unlikely...
3. When Scully is trying to convince Jack to be Jack and not Dupree,
she reminds him of his birthday - Feb 23, 1957. Then, when she is
looking at the "Happy 35th" watch, she says that she gave it to him 3
years ago, which would be 1991. If Jack Willis was born in 1957, he
would have only been 34 in 1991, not 35. Did I do the math wrong or
did anyone else notice this?
4. If Jack was a diabetic then why did it take so long for him to go
into a coma without insulin. I didn't keep track of the number of
hours/days since he was "revived", but it was several days. And there
was a brief bit of dialogue that he had passed his medical and
psychological tests with flying colors. How can you pass without the
results of blood and urine tests? If this was a "FBI approved" doctor
who had the agent's history, wouldn't s/he have asked Jack how his
diabetes was getting along which would have been a clue to the dude
inhabiting Jack's body that his new body had a problem he had to deal
5. "Dupree" cut the fingers off his old body in order to get his
wedding ring. Why did it perfectly fit his "new" body?
Can a human being really hold onto a grill by the fingertips
for as long as a few seconds in a thousand-mile-an-hour wind?
Did anyone do a freeze-frame on the sign glimpsed briefly during the
opening car chase of The Erlenmeyer Flash? It says: "Vancouver Drydock
Company Ltd." Oops!
And then there was the CN (Canadian National) engine pulling the train,
also seen during the chase...
And there it is! Send any additions, solutions etc... to
See you in a couple of weeks!
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