Day: August 4, 2018

The X Files – tape 2159

Here’s four episodes from season 3 of The X Files.

First, Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose. It’s another episode written by Darin Morgan who wrote the brilliant Jose Chung’s From Outer Space, so I’m hopeful this will be good.

Peter Boyle plays Clyde Bruckman. He’s an insurance salesman who seems to be able to see the future.

We meet the murderer early on – he sees his future, and it involves killing people. He tends to kill people who tell the future.

At one of the murder scenes, the detectives are talking about bringing someone in, who’s been on television, and got good results in strange cases. Then Mulder walks in, and the detective asks “who the hell are you?” The person they were talking about is a celebrity psychic, The Stupendous Yappi, who strides into the murder scene and starts doing his schtick.

He pauses, saying that someone is sending out negative energy. But he goes past Scully and tells Mulder he’s ruining the vibe. Sculley says “I can’t take you anywhere”.

Clyde Bruckman happens to find another victim in his building’s dumpster, and Mulder and Scully soon learn of his predictive abilities. He can forsee people’s deaths. On a drive to find another victim, he tells Mulder “There are worse ways to go, but I can’t think of a more undignified one than auto-erotic asphyxiation.” “Why are you telling me that?” “Look, forget I mentioned it.” I love the way they’re really taking the piss out of Mulder.

This is really good, unafraid to be funny, but also able to be serious and, in the end, quite moving.

Next, The List. It’s set in a prison after an inmate has been executed, promising revenge on five people from beyond the grave.

There’s good value guest-starring, with JT Walsh as the prison warden.

Dawn of the Dead’s Ken Foree plays a prison guard who might just have something to do with the subsequent murders.

There’s plenty of gloopy dead bodies in this, as they all tend to have lots of maggots crawling around.

But ultimately, it’s a prison story, so I’m bound not to enjoy it as much, and the humour of the previous story is mostly absent. It’s not bad, but a step down.

The next episode is 2Shy, another quite icky story. A woman is attacked by her date, and when her body is found later, it’s been stripped of flesh.

Timothy Carhart plays the murderer.

He’s finding his victims on computer chat rooms.

There’s a tense moment at the end when he’s attacking Scully, and he’s shot by the last woman he attacked, who wasn’t killed.

Finally on this tape is The Walk. Patients in a veteran’s hospital are dying or getting disfigured in horrible ways. More gloopy makeup – the show is really strong in this regard.

Ian Tracey plays “Rappo”, a quadriplegic, deeply bitter with his situation. Eventually, Mulder surmises that he’s somehow using astral projection to do all the murders.

One in particular is quite effective as he attacks the young son of a soldier in a sandpit.

And another, as he attacks a general in a room filled with steam.

After this episode there’s the start of an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, and the tape ends during that.

In the adverts, there’s a Special K advert that looks like it was filmed at Gaddesden Place, where I was working at the time. We had a lot of adverts filming there. so I don’t remember all of them, but I’m fairly sure this is one of them.


  • Kenco
  • Privilege Insurance
  • trail: Sliders/Unsolved Mysteries
  • trail: Space: Above and Beyond/The Outer Limits
  • Sky TV Guide
  • Vauxhall Vectra
  • Bird’s Eye Crispy Chicken Dippers
  • Argos
  • All-Bran
  • Pantene
  • trail: Major League II
  • trail: Football
  • Club Mix 96
  • Specsavers
  • Clairol Ultress
  • Roysters
  • Revlon Colorstay
  • trail: Wolf
  • trail: The Outer Limits
  • Bacardi
  • Alpen
  • Muller
  • Bird’s Eye Fish Fingers
  • Safeway
  • Roysters
  • trail: Easter Movies on Sky
  • trail: Space: Above and Beyond
  • Mitsubishi
  • Lego System
  • UK Gold
  • Immac
  • Twelve
  • trail: Rugby
  • trail: The Outer Limits
  • British Gas – Mrs Merton
  • Orbit/Extra
  • Hellmann’s
  • Sainsbury’s
  • trail: Speed
  • trail: Football
  • trail: The Mia Farrow Story
  • Paris
  • Chicago Town Pizza
  • British Gas – Mrs Merton
  • Domestos
  • Paxo
  • Club Mix 96
  • trail: Sightings
  • Walker’s
  • Andrex
  • Special K – Gaddesden Place
  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • trail: May on Sky
  • trail: The Outer Limits
  • The Best Punk Album in the World Ever 2
  • Playmobil
  • Ambi-Pur
  • Persil Washing Up Liquid – James Nesbitt
  • Argos
  • Bird’s Eye Crispy Chicken Dippers
  • Specsavers
  • Take That Greatest Hits
  • trail: Ace Venture Pet Detective/The Mask
  • trail: SF on Sky One
  • Currys
  • Pulp – Different Class
  • National Lottery
  • Currys
  • Tetley
  • Fairy Non Bio
  • Currys
  • trail: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • trail: Jimmy’s
  • Vauxhall Vectra
  • Bird’s Eye Fish Fingers
  • Guinness
  • trail: Beyond The Law
  • trail: Sightings
  • Utterly Butterly
  • Gaviscon
  • Go With The Flow
  • trail: The Outer Limits
  • trail: When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Mobil 1
  • Miracle-Gro
  • National Lottery Instants
  • Persil
  • That’s Life
  • Quavers
  • Raleigh Max
  • trail: Strange Luck
  • trail: 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • Boddington’s
  • Ariel Futur
  • BT – Bob Hoskins
  • Twelve Monkeys in cinemas
  • Zanussi – David Schneider
  • trail: Football
  • trail: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • Dove
  • Sun Alliance
  • Tampax
  • PG Tips
  • Legends of the Fall on video
  • Untitled album
  • Persil
  • Dove
  • trail: Fortress
  • trail: Highlander/Renegade
  • trail: Stand and Deliver
  • Safeway
  • Rimmel
  • Time Out
  • KFC
  • Flora
  • trail: May on Sky
  • trail: Space: Above and Beyond
  • Shredded Wheat
  • Aquafresh
  • Jacob’s Club
  • ICL
  • Budweiser
  • trail: The Flintstones