𝑿-π‘­π’Šπ’π’†π’”: 𝑷𝒂𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝑯𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒔 {π‘»π’π’Ž π‘΅π’π’π’π’‚𝒏}.

The brilliant character actor Tom Noonan gives a towering performance as serial killer/child predator John Lee Roche, who may, as it turns out, be responsible for the disappearance of Fox Mulder’s sister Samantha—the entire crux of the series.

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ 𝑋-𝐹𝑖𝑙𝑒𝑠: {π΅π‘’π‘¦π‘œπ‘›π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘†π‘’π‘Ž} – π΅π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘‘ π·π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘“.

The brilliant actor Brad Dourif gives a mind-boggling portrayal of convicted—and soon to be executed—serial killer Luther Lee Boggs. In this story, there’s a catch—a quite big one—in that the murderer claims to have acquired psychic powers, and might be able to help capture a predator who has abducted two people, and has killed ritualistically in the past. Mulder (David Duchovny), for one, is less than convinced.

In these two subsequent scenes, firstly… although Agent Scully would dearly love to converse with her recently deceased father, it’s quite possible that Luther Lee Boggs’ (Brad Dourif loses his mind, in the best possible way) intense aversion to the electric chair has even greater motivational potency. Lastly, in the poignant, haunting final scene (the final scene *we’re* going to present…), the correct warning Boggs had given to Scully ended up saving her life, and convinces her that he’s been telling the truth. He’s only willing to convey her father’s message if she is his witness when he’s strapped to the chair in a few hours. Is this one last trick, one potential last act of cruelty? Or does he truly value the agent whose life he saved? This ambiguity is part of what makes him such an intriguing character…and Dourif’s masterful performance makes Boggs truly indelible.

Amen. Simply one of the greatest performances I’ve seen, ever.

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘€π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘¦ {π΄π‘›π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘€ π‘†π‘π‘œπ‘‘𝑑}.

Actor Andrew Scott turns in a bravura performance as criminal mastermind James Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock. Truly mesmerizing.

πΆβ„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘ π‘‘π‘–π‘Žπ‘› 𝑆𝑧𝑒𝑙𝑙: π‘€π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘› π‘€π‘Žπ‘›.

The sadistic war criminal Christian Szell {portrayed brilliantly by Laurence Olivier} gets up to some nefarious goings-on in Marathon Man…until Dustin Hoffman finally captures him (…on film).

π‘ƒπ‘’π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿ π΅π‘œπ‘¦π‘™π‘’: 𝑋-𝐹𝑖𝑙𝑒𝑠.

The mighty and imposing actor Peter Boyle portrays reluctant prognosticator Clyde Bruckman in The X-Files.

{Existential Moments…}

Mr. Boyle truly turns on the jets, and was nominated for {and won} an Emmy for this indelible performance. Power to spare.

𝑋-𝐹𝑖𝑙𝑒𝑠: π‘ˆπ‘›π‘Ÿπ‘’β„Žπ‘’ – πΊπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘Ÿπ‘¦ π‘†π‘β„Žπ‘›π‘Žπ‘’𝑧.

The brilliant character actor Pruitt Taylor Vince gives an extremely memorable performance as serial killer/lobotomist Gerry Schnauz in this moving {and eerie} episode of The X-Files.

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ 𝐢𝑆𝐼 {π‘ƒπ‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘ πΉπ‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿ}: 𝑆𝑦𝑑 πΊπ‘œπ‘”𝑔𝑙𝑒.

The notorious and ultra-elusive serial killer dubbed {much to the displeasure of Grissom} β€œThe Strip Strangler” is eventually tracked down by the CSI MΓ¦stro, despite the β€œhelp” of the FBI. In this powerful scene, Gil confronts one Syd Booth Goggle (once considered a minor irritant, at best…), who turns out to be the deadly predator. A risky venture: no backup, and close quarters.

𝐢𝑆𝐼 {π‘ƒπ‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘ π‘‡β„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘’π‘’}: π‘†π‘‘π‘Žπ‘™π‘˜π‘’π‘Ÿ.

The great Doug Hutchison.

Slightly off-kilter character actor Doug Hutchison was THE *perfect* choice to play CSI Nick Stokes’s rather creepy antagonist in this episode of CSI, season 2, episode 19.

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ 𝐢𝑆𝐼 {π‘ƒπ‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘ π‘‡π‘€π‘œ}: π‘ƒπ‘Žπ‘’π‘™ π‘€π‘–π‘™π‘™π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿ.

Actor Matt O’Toole gives a remarkable, bravura, iconic performance as serial killer Paul Millander, invoking dread, menace, yet some sympathy (of a sort…) as well. Highly intelligent, and courteous, with a traumatic youth-hood, to put it mildly, Millander nonetheless is that most threatening of characters; always he seems to have the advantage.

π‘‡π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘˜ {π‘†π‘‘π‘Žπ‘Ÿ}: π‘ƒπ‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘ π‘‡π‘€π‘œ.

Three of the Highest Echelon: The Ultimate Computer; Where No Man Has Gone Before; and The Man Trap. Some prose to follow. See which it pertains to!

Gary Mitchell leaves little doubt of his seriousnessβ€”he is most certainly *not* jokingβ€”with Lee Kelso. He then ruminates, with ever-increasing wonder, about his newly found, awesome, and steadily burgeoning powers. Gary Lockwood delivers a masterful performance as the metamorphosing Mitchell.

Towering genius Dr. Richard Daystrom, in the midst of further un-understanding, plans to β€œshow” Leonard McCoyβ€”plans to show everyone, in factβ€”and delivers, in his stentorian manner, a powerfully declamatory oration, all the while teetering on the very brink of sanity/insanity. 

In trying earnestly to persuade the well-nigh legendary (and Great) M5 Multitronic Unit (which displays its textbook Uncompromising Stance) to do, and to not do, certain things, the mighty and almost eternal Dr. Richard Daystrom begins an ill-fated rumination on his life and work, and the all-too-prevalent injustices therein. A last, desperate, titanic, paradigmatic, Γ¦on-defining manifestation of wild grandiosity brings with it predictable results. 

Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) employ a potent cocktail of chicanery and subterfuge to subdue the solitude-defending archaeologist, Professor Robert Crater (Alfred Ryder). They proceed to interrogate him vigorously, mainly/entirely concerning the whereabouts of his wife.