Flights of Fancy? NOT!

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Twenty years ago, Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz wrote a truly intriguing screenplay for the 03/04/2001, debut episode of The Lone Gunmen (TLG: an X-Files spinoff); a storyline that had, no less, foreshadowed the 9/11 attacks.

They had amply demonstrated how writing genius can unleash a vast array of intense, emotional responses from deep within us; i.e., whenever well-chosen words, cleverly crafted sentence structure and a knack for instilling suspense all conspire with superb cinematography and five-star acting skills.

Beyond that nuts and bolts deconstruction, of course, was / still is the heartbreak of 9/11’s death and destruction, itself, and… must there always be an “and”? Sorry to answer that affirmatively, but there’s still more…

Factoring in the narrowly averted, Trumpian overthrow of America this past January 6th; how it’s orange, autocratic architect is still at large, it’s not hyperbole for me to echo the adage, “no truer words were ever spoken” when referring to TLG character Bert Byers, a top tier government agent, offering up the following fatherly summation / counsel to his journalist son, John:

“I know you & your friends are fighting for the
American Dream. Just don’t expect to win it.”

Lone Gunmen Screenplay Writers Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz • Episode 1 • Air Date: 03/04/2001

Speaking of intense, emotional responses, my merely typing out that quotation (btw, from memory) tears at my heart, tears up my eyes AND redoubles my resolve for taking whatever NON-VIOLENT action is needed to say, “NEVER AGAIN!” to anti-American Donald J. Trump and every other Fascist bastard of his seditious ilk.

Beyond that, I had never fully realized the magnitude of my patriotism until witnessing America almost perish; right before my very eyes; and in real time!

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By-the bye:

For anyone who’d like to see this full episode, copy
these Search Parameters ~ The Lone Gunmen: Pilot
and paste them at YouTube. Run Time = 44 minutes

OR, click to my homepage’s blog Archive: July 2016;
TITLE: 99 Word Blog (#009) Writers Predicted 9/11

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Bye-Bye!

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Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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99 Word Blog (#009) Writers Predicted 9/11

“I don’t think that anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile.” — Condoleezza Rice 05/16/2002

WRONG Condi! The Lone Gunmen FOX TV series screenplay writers, Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz had predicted an eerily similar scenario… that episode’s airdate… 03/04/2001!

Whether or not this TV program had inspired 9/11’s architects, I suppose we’ll never know.

Watch full episode here or climactic scenes below…