Friday, July 10, 2015

The X-Files - S1:E12 "Fire"

[ S1:E11 "Eve" <<< Season 1 >>> S1:E13 "Beyond The Sea" ]

Scully gets jealous when an old flame of Mulder's from Oxford invites him to investigate the case of a pyrokinetic targeting members of British parliament, in a series of deaths that suggest spontaneous combustion. It's interesting to see Mulder working with someone other than Scully - someone who more readily believes his theories, and yet is a more toxic influence on him - and to see him in a position of vulnerability, as he is ultimately forced to face his childhood fear of fire. Mark Sheppard is incendiary in the role of the mad pyrokinetic.

Memorable quotes:

Arson specialist: I've seen fire bend around corners, seen it bounce like a rubber ball. Fire's got a certain genius, you know, a certain demon poetry. It's like it's got a mind of its own. But I've never seen one that can defy the laws of physics, not when you figure it out.

Mulder: Sooner or later a man's gotta face his demons.

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