The X Files Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (1993– ) watch online HD
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The story was inspired by a Superman comic book story called Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography.
In this episode it is revealed that Deep Throat's first name is Ronald.
When CSM is out on the street looking for the magazine that published his work, there is another white magazine that references Darin Morgan on the shelf.
In the episode the killing of Dallas police JD Tippit by Lee Harvey Oswald is shown. In the movie Jack Ruby - Im Netz der Mafia (1992), David Duchovny plays Officer Tippit.
In one of the magazines in the kiosk we can read "where the hell is Darin Morgan", in reference to the famous writer of the series, who had left the series.
James Wong earned the series' first ever directing Emmy nomination for this episode.
Chris Owens, who here plays a younger version of the Cigarette Smoking Man, would go on to play the recurring role of his son, Jeffrey Spender, in later seasons.
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny were delighted to learn that they would not be needed for this episode, giving them a 10-day break.
William B. Davis, during a talk at Cornell University, considered these events apocryphal for CSM's background since the syndicate that employs him, 'would not just allow him to submit a resignation letter.'
In the Dec 24, 1991 flashback, CSM wants to make sure the Bills never win a Super Bowl. In the early 1990s the Bills had lost four straight Super Bowls (a record), and as of 2018 have never won a Super Bowl.
Curiously, neither young Bill Mulder nor young CSM are played by the same actors as they are in Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI: Apocrypha (1996). Even though the events in the two episodes are only a few years apart.
This is the first episode in the series in which David Duchovny does not appear at all. Gillian Anderson does briefly, but in archival footage edited from the pilot episode.
Costumes, including Jacqueline Kennedy's pink suit, were borrowed from the production team of JFK: Tatort Dallas (1991) to recreate the Dealey Plaza assassination.
Frohike is overheard on the surveillance saying he won't continue until the CSM-25 countermeasure filter is activated. CSM obviously to block the Cigarette Smoking Man. The CSM flips a switch which, of course, blows right through the static caused by the CSM-25 countermeasures.
James Wong's first credit as a director.
It is implied that CSM gave the Soviet Olympic Hockey team's goalie a surreptitious Novocaine injection, giving the Americans an advantage in the "Miracle on Ice" game of the 1980 Winter Olympics. In the actual game, Vladislav Tretiak, considered by many to be the world's best goalie, was pulled by Soviet coach Vasily Tikhonov after only one period (for reasons that remain unclear), and the Americans went on to win.
In the Kennedy assassination scene, Jacqueline Kennedy is shown grasping awkwardly towards the trunk of the car. This action can be seen in the famous Zapruder-Film (1963). Many people believe that, in a state of shock, she retrieved a piece of her husband's skull or brain tissue that had been thrown back there. In her testimony before the Warren Commission, Mrs. Kennedy claimed that she could not remember climbing out of the back of the car.
Although this episode is centered around his character, William B. Davis has no dialogue for the first half.
Frohike refers to CSM as, "the most dangerous man in America." Henry Kissinger referred to whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg that way and it later became the title of the documentary Der gefährlichste Mann in Amerika - Daniel Ellsberg und die Pentagon-Papiere (2009).
Just after Frohike quotes "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation", a quote from Thoreau's Walden, and refers it to CSM, CSM calls Pivotal Publications and asks to speak to "Walden" Roth.
This is the first episode with Chris Owens in which he stars in black and white. The other is Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI: The Post-Modern Prometheus (1997).
The story was originally intended to end with CSM killing Melvin Frohike, but the show's executive staff vetoed the idea.
In Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI: E.B.E. (1994), Deep Throat mentions to Mulder that he's one of three men to have killed an alien. This episode features a flashback to such an instance when he has done so.
Bill Mulder tells CSM in one of the flashbacks that his son Fox has just said his first word, JFK. In the real life, David Duchovny studied with JFK's son, the late John Kennedy Jr.
In a link to the CSM's pen name, "Raul Bloodworth", the real life James Earl Ray (the man convicted in the assassination of Martin Luther King) claimed at trial that he was not responsible for the shooting. He stated to have been the result of a conspiracy led by an otherwise unidentified man named "Raul."
In Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI: E.B.E. (1994), one of the Lone Gunmen, says he "had breakfast with the guy who shot John F. Kennedy". Here it is revealed that the person that actually shot JFK was CSM.
Deep Throat references UN Resolution 1013 when he and CSM discuss killing the alien. Ten Thirteen is Chris Carter's production company. Carter's birthday is October 13th.
When Glen Morgan wrote this, it ended with CSM putting a bullet in the brain of Frohike, thus showing him to be a killer. However, a new ending was shot, with the CSM lining him up in his sights and saying, "I can kill you whenever I please, but not today." CSM even says at one point, "This isn't the ending that I wrote, it's all wrong!" Morgan would write only one more script for The X-Files.
This episode shows the clear inspiration of the character of CSM in a real persona, Howard Hunt, and old CIA agent too, who tried to be a writer and who just before he died, confessed his supposed implication in Kennedy's death. And when Lee Harvey Oswald is talking to CSM, he refers to him as "Mr. Hunt"
CSM is linked with four real-life assassinations. In addition to the assassinations of both JFK and MLK as shown, his recruiters mention the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba of the Congo and Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, both of whom were assassinated (with suspected CIA involvement) in 1961.
In the first flashback they speak about extraordinary men as the men who accept the control about their beliefs referring to CSM's father, executed because he was a communist. They say that they believe it runs in the family, something premonitory not only because of CSM, but because of Mulder, his secret son.
One can clearly see on CSM's manuscript under the name Raul Bloodsworth is (nom de plume) which translates to "pen name".
In the beginning flashback, a young CSM is reading The Manchurian Candidate. This story has many parallels to CSM. The Manchurian Candidate is about a soldier who was captured and brainwashed, then used as an assassin by the Communists to infiltrate the American government. CSM was a solider before the CIA approached him to be an assassin to control events. Also, CSM's father was a Communist.
CSM tells Deep Throat that he has never killed anyone, despite being called "the killer" by Deep Throat; yet earlier in this same episode, CSM is seen killing people.
|Episode complete credited cast:|
|David Duchovny||-||Fox Mulder (voice)|
|Gillian Anderson||-||Dana Scully (voice)|
|William B. Davis||-||Cigarette Smoking Man|
|Morgan Weisser||-||Lee Harvey Oswald|
|Chris Owens||-||Young Cigarette Smoking Man|
|Donnelly Rhodes||-||General Francis|
|Tom Braidwood||-||Melvin Frohike|
|Bruce Harwood||-||John Fitzgerald Byers (voice)|
|Jerry Hardin||-||Deep Throat|
|Dean Aylesworth||-||Young Bill Mulder|
|Paul Jarrett||-||James Earl Ray|