X-Files Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster Is My New Jam

X-Files Mulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster is my New Jam

X-Files Season 10 comedy episode is full of eggs and laughs

Recap and Review by Walt Frasier @waltfrasier

X-Files has been my favorite show for all of my adulthood. So when Darin Morgan inserted this many Easter Eggs – and amazingly funny moments – into one episode, I just have to say, thanks. The episode is equally a tribute to many X-Files moments of yore and wonderfully creatively written.

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The episode starts with Stoner #1 (Tyler Labineand Stoner #2 (Nicole Parkersniffing paint from a brown bag. I spent the next hour cackling at the gags and jokes. Stoners 1 & 2 of course have previously appeared in Quagmire and War of the Coprophages (both 1996). It is interesting to note, both episodes were directed by Kim Manners, who we will talk more about later.

Our paint bag stoners hear a noise and discover a giant lizard man wrestling with animal control agent, Pasha (Kumail Nanjiani, X-Files fan and podcaster). The lizard hisses and runs away, through our stoner couple. DUDE! A lot of dudes have been attacked and killed, with teeth marks to the throat, and one missing their clothes.

When we first see Mulder, he is using the I WANT TO BELIEVE SIGN as a pencil dart board. No more room on the ceiling?

“Mulder, what are you doing to MY poster?” Scully enters to Mulder oozing self doubt in his past beliefs.  Mulder admits he is middle aged and his new wisdom is causing second guessing.

“Mulder, have you been taking your meds?” Scully.

To be truthful, the comedy is a little forced. But I was immensely entertained, so who cares?

CUT TO Mulder and Scully in the woods looking for monsters. Mulder for once is trying to find reasoning without paranormal explanations.

“Aw Scully, I gave up profiling before I gave up monsters. You’ve seen one serial killer you’ve seen them all!” Mulder.

The were-monster is next seen attacking a truck stop transvestite hooker. As they hear a scary roar, Mulder and Scully run to the action while the animal control officer runs the other way.

The ongoing theme in this episode is Mulder’s “SMART PHONE” camera app acting up.

They chase the were-lizard into a port-o-potty where they only find what seems to be a traveling salesman (Rhys Darby). Perhaps a nod to Darin’s own time in a camp side john as the Flukeman, Host Season 2.

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Mulder is very impressed with smart phone camera techniques, including video of himself scream hysterically.

“The internet is not good for you” Scully says of Mulder’s explanations.

Back at the motel, Mulder suddenly wakes by screaming manager, drunk on rubbing alcohol. “Please go away or I’ll kill ya.”

I was cracking up at the bear rug on the wall. Mulder finds the former guest room torn apart, leading to a hidden passageway, with Fox peering at Scully though a huge dead wall-mounted fox’s eyes.

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Of course this is when we see the Motel Manager checking out Mulder sleeping in his red briefs, before witnessing the were-monster’s transformation.

This is a cheeky nod to the famous Mulder speedo scene from Season 2 episode, Duane Barry.

Mulder is beside himself as he tries to convince Scully of the truth, with a few theories, and the need to check out of the motel immediately.

David Duchovny’s arguing with himself was perfectly performed with impeccable delivery of both Mulder’s reasonings and Scully’s rebuttals.

“Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder” Scully. “Your bat crap crazy”

Mulder tracks down the witch doctor / psychologist via Guy Mann’s prescriptions.

“Werewolf was my patient on Monday” Doc.

The doctor tries to give anti-psychotic drug prescription to Mulder for believing the were-lizard’s story.

After meeting Scully at the SMART PHONES IS US store, Mulder finds Guy Mann at the cemetery, where we also see a head stone tribute to late Kim Manners. This brought an emotional response from the entire fandom.

The following monologue and interchange was absolutely brilliant. Scully SexFrom Guy Man trying to get Mulder to kill him, to his origin story (a human bite turning him from a reptilian creature into a were-lizard), to lying about having sex with Scully (fell out of chair here), to being driven by the desires/fears of a middle aged man (job, burgers, morning coffee, depression, revenge, lying about sex life, etc).

Guy Mann got a dog. “…the only way to be happy as a human, was to spend all your time in the company of non humans” Guy Mann loses dog.

Guy explains his confrontation with the trans-gendered professional.

“She hit like a man” Guy

“Because she used to be a…” Mulder

“I’ll do the surgery” Guy

“They cut off your genitals” Mulder

“That’s a but too far…” Guy

“I’m just looking for some internal logic” Mulder grasps for understanding.

“Why, there is no external logic” Guy

By the end Guy is running off calling Mulder the monster.

Mulder drinks away the moment.

“Let’s Kick It In The Ass”

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Mulder wakes to his X-Files ringtone sleeping at the base of Kim Manner’s headstone. It’s Scully at the animal control center. Scully gets attacked. Mulder runs to save her, but Scully already apprehended the killer. Mulder runs off to see Guy. Scully steals the dog.

Will the puppy survive the season?

The puppy’s name, Daggoo, is also a character from Moby Dick. “He reminds me of Queequeg” (The Pomeranian Scully adopted in “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and lost in “Quagmire” to Big Blue).

“I did not know reptile hibernated” Mulder

“That’s racist. I’m not a reptile” Guy

Mulder seems content seeing the actual transformation.

“I’m glad to have met you” Guy

“Likewise” Mulder.

Thank you to Darin Morgan and the gang for delivering what might be my new favorite episode. Brilliantly written and wonderfully performed by David, Gillian and Rhys.

In fact, going one step further, I would like to start the Award Season Buzz here. I nominate Rhys Darby (https://twitter.com/rhysiedarby) for special guest Emmy. Do I have a second?

 

 

 

 

X-Files: Founder’s Mutation Recap and Review

X-Files: Founders Mutation Recap and Review

Overview and Review by WALT FRASIER @WALTFRASIER

X-Files is really back now. My Struggle was a bridge to get the gang back together. Founder’s Mutation is business as usual. This is the X-Files we all missed. Thanks to James Wong for bringing us home. NOT “HOME” but to a place we all love and find comfort.

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ BEFORE WATCHING EPISODE!!!

So right off the bat, is this the first time we have heard Mulder – or anyone – narrate the “previously on X-Files” segments? Chris Carter often said “Previously on the X-Files” for two- and three-parters. I suppose Mulder’s recap is more for those that have not been rewatching all summer.

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Our episode begins with a seemingly distressed Dr. Sanjay (Christopher Loganheading to work at Nugenics. His coworker (Omari Newton – Continuum) notices things are a little off. “Rough Weekend?”

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Having difficulty focusing in the board room – due to a terrible ear ringing, he storms out, perhaps freaked out by the flock of birds gathering, and heads over to the computer banks to seek data for some unknown voice in his head. Unable to deal with ever intensifying sound, self lobotomy by letter opener is Dr. Sanjay’s gruesome end.

HEY THERE’s SKINNER AGAIN!!! (in the credits)

This feels like 1993 all over again.
We jump right into Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Andersonat the scene of the “Crime.”
M: “What do you see here Scully?”
Scully states the obvious. Mulder smiles and reveals a few less than obvious revelations. Scully gets the last word. “GOOGLE!”
And of course there is a local cop Security Guard (Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Gallactica). 

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WE ARE SO BACK!!!!

Glad to see comedy is still at hand. Mulder almost has a GRINDR moment in the can.
Mulder learns where the truth truly lies.
Garry Shandling almost learned which side it falls.
Every gay philes fantasy almost came true.

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SCULLY BACK STUDYING POST MORDEM

I did not realize how much I missed the autopsy scenes. While none will ever be as fun as BAD BLOOD, I loved being back in the examination room with Scully explaining the findings.

Watch out for kid crossing the road. You know this is not an accident, right. That kid must mean something.

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WHAT’S OLD IS NEW

When Mulder breaks down with his own ear problems, I am called back to season six finale into season seven premiere when Mulder seems to go crazy. Did he not experience a similar sound effect and torture? Two scenes later Mulder reveals the harsh sounds continued until focusing on the words “FIND HER”

SKINNER’S OFFICE

This is so familiar. Mulder and Scully at Skinner’s (Mitch Pileggi) desk with a DOD blowhard (Ryan Robbins – Arrow, Continuum) breathing down necks brings us right back to where we once belonged. I can only imagine Murphy running off to tattle tale to CSM.

Mulder’s office seems a lot cleaner. It actually looks like a place two agents would study filed video footage. Apparently Scully still doesn’t have a desk, or a name on the door. aAt least Gillian finally has equal pay, right?

Clearly a lot of the old files were not recovered. Someone get Mulder a new poster, pronto! . Scully realizes Mulder’s experience at Sanjay’s home was similar to the doctors final moments before suicidal act.
“Mulder, this is dangerous.”
“When has that ever stopped us before?”

Scully brings Mulder to her hospital Our Lady of Sorrows and calls upon her friend, Sister Mary (Christine Willes AKA Agent Karen E. Kosseff 1995-1997 various X-Files episodes). As the administrator goes to inquire about Dr. Augustus Goldman (Doug Savant Matt Fielding), Mulder and Scully are confronted by a scared and pregnant, Agnes (Kacey Rohl Abigail Hobbs form Hannibal).

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE, SCULLY

Mulder and Scully finally get to see Dr. Goldman and his line up of patient children suffering from a number of genetic defects or “mutations”. Goldman thinks he is doing the right thing isolating the children. Clearly Scully is at odds.

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Agnes is later discover killed by a hit and run car with the baby missing. This again brings me right back to the pilot, when a girl (presumed invalid) escapes hospital care and dies in the road. 

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Mulder ties the case into former Alien-Human hybrid cases to explain how a baby might survive the experience.

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The duo visit Goldman’s wife, Jackie (Rebecca Wisocky American Horror Story season 1 Burned Man’s wife) at St Elizabeth’s Hospital.

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Jackie shares her story of losing her underwater breathing 2yo daughter, Molly, and her unborn son in a gruesome series of events, including a self performed C-section. GROSS!

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Recognizing a janitor’s outfit, Mulder and Scully find Jackie’s son, Kyle (Jonathan Whitesell also plays Brian on “The 100” on CW), living with an “adoptive mother.

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As Mulder has another break down, Scully talks Kyle down. They arrest Kyle and bring him to meet his father.

Kyle finds his sister, Molly (Megan Peta Hill). As in a tweet I posted during the live viewing, this feels like a prequel to ESCAPE FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN. Like Mulder before, Kyle attacks his father to a more finite end. The kids get away. Mulder and Scully are left behind the tape when DOD steps in…

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

I purposefully skipped over a particular scene to discuss in tandem with the episode’s final moments.

Earlier Scully had a vision, a waking dream, of a life with William. He is about 10 at first. In a series of tableaux, Scully ages as does William, leading to an accident and William heading off in an ambulance with scrapes and possibly a few broken bones…

At the episode’s end, Mulder has a similar vision, ending in William’s alien abduction. The episode ends fading at Mulder pondering over Williams baby picture.

Two things

  1. Both Scully and Mulder are in a very similar place emotionally.
  2. Neither has the other in their respective visions of William.

Do they both imagine a world as single parents? My experience is that there are no coincidences with Chris Carter. No matter how subtle, there are underlying motives to the creators madness.

OH YEAH AND THIS HAPPENED

 


This episode feels like home. Not like HOME, but where we remember loving to be every Friday, then Sunday night for 7 years. While dealing with Mulder and Scully’s 2016 lives, Chris Carter has dialed back the Mulder / Scully clock, almost as if Seasons 8 & 9 never happened. Almost…

Stay tuned for a Duchovniacs PODCAST on the subject.

MORE FROM WIKI…

Founder’s Mutation
The X-Files (miniseries) episode
Episode no. Episode 2
Directed by James Wong
Written by James Wong
Production code 1AYW05
Original air date January 25, 2016
Running time 44 minutes
Guest actors

 

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Another genius script or edit FUBAR – Scully is in dire need of comforting, Mulder blows her off and walks away… he does come back but reluctantly LOL This is Chris saying all that touch feely stuff in the pilot and ICE meant.

Just partners taking care of each other, right? Not this time!

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