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Title: S.R. 819
First screened in Australia: 14 April, 1999
First screened in the USA: 17 January, 1999
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Writer: John Shiban
- Mitch Pileggi as Assistant Director Walter Skinner
- Nicholas Lea as Alex Krycek
- Raymond J. Barry as Senator Richard Matheson
- Arlene Pileggi as Skinner's Secretary
- Kenneth Tigar as Dr. Plant
- Jenny Gago as Dr. Katrina Cabrera
- John Towey as Dr. Kenneth Orgel
- Donna Marie Moore as ICU Nurse
- Greta Fadness as OR Nurse
- Dan Klass as Forensic Tech
- Susana Mercedes as Driver
- Tim Van Pelt as Young Surgeon
- Keith Coulouris as Intern
- Al Paris as Silk Shirt Man
- Jonathan Fraser as Uniformed Cop
- Julie Hubert as Exam Room Nurse
- Mickey Knox as Trainer
Felled during a boxing workout, Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is taken to a hospital, where he checks out as OK---except for a phone call stating, "It's in you," and he has 24 hours to live.
US TV Guide
My Rating: 7/10
Mmm... I wonder how this fits in with the X-Files mytholgy? What significance does Tunisia have? (That's where Strughold's from). Exactly how did Skinner get infected? A simple touch? That's frightening.
I'm glad I hadn't seen any spoilers before watching this because it was all rather predicatable, but that's not saying I didn't enjoy it. Just an average X-Files episode though (but still better than almost anything else you could care to watch). As far as a Skinnercentric episode goes, it was way better than "Avatar" but not as good as "Zero Sum".
General comment: Better than most John Shiban scripts but some of the characters act a bit "odd".
AD Skinner (opening voiceover): "Every minute of every day we choose. Who we are. Who we forgive. Who we defend and protect. To choose a side or to walk the line. To play the middle. To straddle the fence between what is and what should be. This was the course I chose. Trying to find the delicate balance of interests that can never exist. Choosing by not choosing. Defending a center which cannot hold. So death chose for me."
Trainer: "Don't telegraph that left, Dre. Stevie Wonder would see that one coming."
Skinner: "You are so paranoid, Mulder. You're not even on the X-Files anymore."
Mulder: "This morning, you woke up ..."
Skinner: "I woke up."
Mulder: (looking at the hairs from a wig) "Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful."
Skinner: "I've been lying here thinking. Your quest ... it should have been mine."
Scully: "What do you mean?"
Skinner: "If I die now, I die in vain. I have nothing to show for myself. My life ..."
Scully: "Sir, you know that's not true."
Skinner: "It is. I can see now that ... I always played it safe. I wouldn't take sides. Wouldn't let you and Mulder ... pull me in."
Scully: "You've been our ally more times than I can say."
Skinner: "Not the kind of ally that I could have been."
Skinner: "I've been expecting you to show up."
(A figure in the backseat closes the lid on his "Palm Pilot Of Death" as Tiny Dancer dubbed it.)
Bearded Man's Voice: "You know I can push the button any time."
Skinner: "What do you want from me? What's this about, Krycek?"
(The previously bearded man, now clean-shaven, leans forward exposing his face)
Krycek: "All in good time."
Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
John Towey (Dr. Orgel) is an accomplished stage actor who's also appeared in movies such as "Fearless" with Jeff Bridges and on TV in guest roles on "Party Of Five", "Dream On", "ER", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and many others. For more information check out the John Towey Web Page. He also appeared in "Alien Nation: Millennium" with Jenny Gago (Dr. Cabrera).
Gago has also starred in three other "Alien Nation" movies, "The Udura Legacy", "Body And Soul" and "Dark Horizon" plus other movies such as "The Tie That Binds" with Daryl Hannah and "Under Fire". Her early roles included two Steve Martin comedies, "The Man With Two Brains" and "The Lonely Guy".
Kenneth Tigar (Dr Plant) was a star of "LA Heat" TV series alongside Steve Williams who played "X" on The X-Files. He's also appeared in movies such as "Primal Fear" plus "Lethal Weapon 2", "Lethal Weapon 3" and "Conspiracy Theory" with Mel Gibson.
The Pain Factor:
Mulder and Scully get by OK, which can't be said for Skinner who almost dies from a nanotachnology Krycek-inflicted illness.
Speaking of which, here's a link which explains Nanotechnology and Medicine
http://nano.xerox.com/nanotech/nanotechAndMedicine.html . Basically, it's just what Mulder says, microscopic machines that work within the human body with more accuracy than our current tools.
From Tiny Dancer's X-Files Episode Guide
X-Files Crew News:
A week after this episode screened in the USA, director Daniel Sackheim signed a new deal with Fox that was reported as follows:
Sackheim sacks two-year Fox deal
by Jenny Hontz
Hollywood - Daniel Sackheim has inked an exclusive, two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV that calls for him to develop, executive produce and direct series for the studio and for Chris Carter's Ten Thirteen Prods.
The first project under Sackheim's seven-figure deal is Carter's new Fox drama Harsh Realm. Sackheim will direct the pilot and executive produce with Carter and Tony To (From the Earth to the Moon).
Sackheim directed the pilot and several early episodes of The X Files. He was a producer of The X Files feature film and is a consulting producer on both The X Files and Millennium this season.
Aside from his work with X Files creator Carter, Sackheim has directed episodes of ER, Law & Order and NYPD Blue, for which he won an Emmy Award.
He also directed Robert Redford's HBO mini Grand Avenue, and he's attached to direct a film in development at Redford's South Fork Pictures.
Sackheim's deal was shepherded by Carter, 20th Century Fox TV president Sandy Grushow, Sackheim's reps at CAA and his attorney, Jared Levine.
Posted by alfornos to xf-news