What when one city can contain the whole United States, all Mulder’s and Scully’s destinations ? It’s like a glass ball with the universe closed inside. When you shake it the stardust begins dancing.
How to explain the mysterious feeling “Squeeze”, since the very beginning has been awaking in me – I don’t know. Exteter street must be light blue, foggy as the 30’s are every time I close my eyes. And perhaps, me aswell in the previous life, living in a tenement somewhere in North America, among the first skyscrapers, coming to life blues music and with a murder mystery behind.
The episode opening scene, an urban scenery during the golden hour of sunset, with a waterpond on the foreground and modern buildings on the distance were filmed from the area around the Main Street station. Once, when I desperately wanted to escape from the poor EastVan I went to take a look at a small narrow room for 600 bucks a month, where was no space for a proper table or shelves and only a wooden bed could fit in, but there’re was something instead these everyday facilities: one wall was completely replaced with windows so at night and during the day, from the 16th or 19th floor you could see the whole city under your feet, as in the ‘Squeeze’ first scene.
Eugene Tooms’ tenement (the external filming location) and the whole mystery of the name Baltimore and Exeter street finds its embodiment on W Hastings 51, 52. Hastings street is quite long and its Eastern part was close to my place on East 26th avenue.
-Dear sister! Guess what! Tooms is my neighbor!
-Please, make sure you have closed all vents and back doors well.
-Fortunately we don’t have a fire place.
Nevertheless Eugene Tooms isn’t my neighbor.
The house number 51 is located on a far part of Hastings at the crossroad with Abott street and however it’s just few steps away from bold Vancouver Downtown, it’s not a happy place. The closer you walk to the point where East & West Hastings come together the more homeless people you see. I was probably warned not to walk there but it’s a bright day and the streets are full of cars and ordinary people so I hold my bag tighter and decide to keep walking.
Although I grew up in a not so rich part of the planet the scenery of Hastings falls deep into my heart. Even at this moment I feel the whole of that sadness.
Mostly these people won’t hurt you. Some of them are begging, the other ones living their own lives, sleeping in their wheelchairs, chatting with fellows, arguing about something with imaginary enemies. Once I saw a happy someone: a toothless old man smiling while hugging his dog… so everytime I was walking through Hastings I was looking around to see him again, an evidence that love between a human being and an animal exists regardless of place where you live and the person who you are. But I haven’t seen him anymore, only that one time.
It’s not easy to recognize Toom’s house. Several years ago the building has been renovated and lost completely its abandoned, haunted look.
The old picture you can see here: Tooms’ apartement season I
Fortunatelly the back alley has saved more of the creepy atmosphere. The walls are stiil a little bit dirty and old looking. Although it’s a sunny afternoon and not a foggy night, you feel it’s wiser not to stay there for too long.
I decided not to visit the Noodle House 🙂 because I doubted if anyone would let me in.
It’s also pretty impossible that the interior is being kept in the same ruined state as it was in 1993. Another filming location is the building where Usher were killed. In the garage where Mulder and Scully catch Tooms for the first time, on a red wall behind Mulder you can see an arrow pointing the direction of Columbia Street.
This is a real existing place in Vancouver. A lot of building near Toom’s tenement radiate the same dark, mysterious sadness of 30’s.
a little bed time gossip: when Scully comes home (before she will be trying to take
that unlucky bath) we can see the building on Jarvis street which was her Washington’s home filming location. It’s interesting if we realize this scene must be still in Baltimore if Tooms comes to attack her.