Friday, July 31, 2015

The X-Files - S2:E3 "Blood"

[ S2:E2 "The Host" <<< Season 2 >>> S2:E4 "Sleepless" ]

In this episode, Mulder heads to a small town to investigate a curious case involving locals randomly going postal, and tries to figure out why. Is it mass delusion? Or a sentient (and homicidal) computer? The answer isn't obvious, and either way, the premise is a lot more original than what we saw in season 1's Ghost in the Machine, which demonstrates that the writing on this show is evolving. Mulder seems a bit subdued in this episode, and even though Scully joins him in the field, it doesn't quite feel like they're back in the saddle again yet, but William Sanderson carries the episode with his progressively tortured portrayal of a down-on-his-luck middle-aged man tormented by his fears. We also get to see the Lone Gunmen again! None of this, however, makes the episode terribly memorable.

Memorable quotes:

Sheriff: Things like this aren't supposed to happen here.
Mulder: A 42 year old real estate agent murders four strangers with his bare hands? That's not supposed to happen anywhere.

Mulder: You know, Frohike, it's men like you that give perversion a bad name.

Mulder: Fear - it's the oldest tool of power. If you're distracted by fear of those around you, it keeps you from seeing the actions of those above.

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