“You don’t fool me, Mulder. That bowl is your Holy Grail. Encoded in its ancient ceramic grooves are the words Jesus spake when he raised Lazarus from the dead– still capable of raising the dead 2,000 years later. Proof positive of the paranormal. You could no sooner destroy that than let the redhead die.” — Cigarette Smoking Pontiff
When our heroes get assigned to a case with mystical-slash-spiritual possibilities, their Assistant Director pairs them up with a college roommate looking for movie material.
Max: “Hollywood A.D.” is Duchovny’s second time around in the writer-slash-director’s chair, and while it doesn’t hold the same kind of magic that “The Unnatural” did last season, the peculiar way in which fact and fiction collide keeps me entertained throughout the episode.
What starts as a pretty typical case for the employees of the X-Files division becomes anything but when Walter Skinner foists his college pal Wayne Federman on Mulder and Scully. Federman, a writer-slash-producer in Hollywood, is jonesing for some real FBI flavor for his “Silence of the Lambs meets Greatest Story Ever Told type thing” that he has cooking. To this end, he tags along as our agents investigate the bombing of a crypt of a local DC church. The church’s leader, Cardinal O’Fallon, is a powerful man with Vatican-size ambitions, and takes Mulder and Federman on a tour of the wreckage. The moment they find a body allegedly of famed counterculture icon Micah Hoffman and the remains of some apocryphal relics (including a bowl that apparently has an etching of Christ’s voice), things begin to get (in Federman’s words) a little fahkakte. Continue reading