Thursday, July 16, 2015

The X-Files - S1:E18 "Miracle Man"

[ S1:E17 "E.B.E." <<< Season 1 >>> S1:E19 "Shapes" ]

And we're back to monsters-of-the-week! This series definitely has a rhythm, but that's probably a good thing. In this episode, Mulder and Scully head to Tennessee to investigate a miracle healer linked to a series of murders. Could his good touch have gone bad? This time it's Mulder's turn to have his vulnerabilities exploited, as he begins to see visions of his abducted sister after speaking with the gifted young preacher's son. We learn a little bit about Scully's religious upbringing (although nothing is yet made of the clash between her skepticism and her belief in God), and I think this might be the first time we see her perform a full-scale autopsy, all decked out in her surgical scrubs.

Memorable quotes:

Sheriff Daniels: 99% of the people in this world are fools, and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.

Scully: A few thousand grasshoppers does not constitute a plague.

Scully: I was raised a Catholic, and I have a certain familiarity with the scripture, and God never lets the Devil steal the show.
Mulder: You must have really liked The Exorcist.
Scully: One of my favorite movies.

Mulder: I'm not delusional, Scully.
Scully: Mulder, don't discount the power of suggestion. A healer's greatest magic lies in the patient's willingness to believe. Imagine a miracle and you're halfway there. We learned that in med school.

Scully: What exactly are we trying to find?
Mulder: Clues.

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