Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan and Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter in “The Iron Ceiling” (Episode 1.5 of AGENT CARTER) (In the episode, Carter is finally trusted with a mission and calls upon her trusted Howling Commandos squad (including Dugan) for backup, but her cover is put at risk when Chief Dooley sends Jack Thompson along.)
Neal McDonough (General James Harding) will be Major in MONSTERS OF MAN, a film written and directed by Mark Toia about a robotics company that joins forces with a corrupt CIA agent in an attempt to win a large military contract. Together, they conspire to illegally airdrop four robot prototypes into the Golden Triangle between Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand to perform a live field test on unsuspecting drug lords. One of the bots is damaged in the drop and, as it becomes self-aware, the team loses control of it. MONSTERS OF MAN has completed filming in Cambodia. No release date has been announced.
McDonough will also be the voice of Dum Dum Dugan (aka Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader Dugan) in WHAT IF…, an animated anthology web series (based on the comic book series of the same name created by Roy Thomas in the 70s) that explores what would happen if major moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe occurred in a different way. (The first episode of the new series will pose the question: What if Peggy Carter received the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers?) Narrated by The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright), the ten-episode first season is expected to be released on Disney+ in mid-2021, and work has already begun on a second season.
We don’t get to see Susie (Ksenia Solo) at all, but we do hear about her. General Harding (Neal McDonough) tells General Valentine (Michael Harney): “They still can’t crack her, Jim. They’ve been interrogating her for three days and she’ll only say that she was sent to Ohio to find out about our UFO program.”
Only two women appear in this episode. Jean (Kelly-Ruth Mercier) gives Hynek an eyewitness account of the UFO event, and Faye (Jill Morrison) recognizes Senator Kennedy on sight when he comes to see Hynek and Quinn. Other than that it’s an all-boys episode, and Hynek spends most of it trying to bolster Quinn’s self-image after his relationship with Susie causes him to be placed on Administrative Leave. Continue reading →
Hynek and Quinn head to Utah to investigate an incident at a fictionalized version of the Skinwalker Ranch, which in real life has been the site of many and varied reports of paranormal events including UFO’s, cattle mutilations, invisible magnetic anomalies, and sightings of creatures that look like skinwalkers. UFO researcher and billionaire Robert Bigelow bought the ranch in late 1996 for $200,000, and set up continuous surveillance there, but reported finding nothing. In 2016, Bigelow sold the Ranch to a shell corporation called Adamantium Holdings for $4.5 million. Adamantium has since secured the ranch with guards and barbed wire and all roads leading there have been blocked.
The first X-file, which according to Mulder was created in 1946, dealt with skinwalkers, but Mulder didn’t investigate it until that show’s 19th episode. Titled “Shapes”, the story was (for unknown reasons) set in Montana. Here, Mulder surprises Scully with a piece of skin shed by a skinwalker.
The owners of the fictitious ranch are Rex and Laura Chapman (Jesse Hutch and Spencer Grammer), and since moving to the 488-acre property, their son Billy (Liam Hughes) has taken to sleepwalking. As they followed Billy on one of his nocturnal wanderings, they spotted the alien that let to Project Blue Book’s involvement. When Quinn and Hynek arrive, they discover a skeleton wrapped in animal skins hanging from a tree, which is probably what the Chapmans mistook for an alien. A creepy neighbour (Christopher Heyerdahl) is responsible for the hanging figure, and there are more of them. He says they are wards against skinwalkers, but if they are, they are noticeably ineffective. As Quinn put it after they find little Billy cowering in a cabinet hiding from “the alien”: “Blue lights in the woods, could be ball lightning. Effigy hanging from a tree. But boy in the cupboard?”Continue reading →