Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The X-Files - S1:E22 "Born Again"

[ S1:E21 "Tooms" <<< Season 1 >>> S1:E23 "Roland" ]

Paranormal themes return in this episode where poltergeists and telekinesis are suggested as possible explanations when an 8 year old girl apparently manages to toss a police detective through a window - without laying a finger on him. The motive, however, involves a complicated web of fraud and corruption in a New York precinct, and a little bit of revenge from beyond the grave. One inevitably makes comparisons to several episodes from earlier in the season, particularly Shadows, and Eve - which also featured a creepy little girl (or two) - with shades of Lazarus, and Young At Heart. It would be tempting to say that the show is running out of ideas this late in the season, but it's not like we haven't had multiple episodes on the subject of UFOs and alien abductions (although that is kind of the show's main theme). Still, it's not a terribly memorable episode.

Memorable quotes:

Mulder: Why is it still so hard for you to believe, even when all the evidence suggests extraordinary phenomena?
Scully: Because sometimes, looking for extreme possibilities makes you blind to the probable explanation right in front of you.

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