Friday, July 17, 2015

The X-Files - S1:E19 "Shapes"

[ S1:E18 "Miracle Man" <<< Season 1 >>> S1:E20 "Darkness Falls" ]

Sometimes, "monster-of-the-week" is a figurative term - miracle healers, serial killers, pyromaniacs. Surely, people can behave like monsters. But sometimes, the term can be applied more literally (although even then, the monsters are often humanoid, probably on account of the limitations of the TV budget for special effects). This time, the monster is a kind of werewolf, preying on cattle in Montana, that Mulder traces back to the very first X-File (initiated by J. Edgar Hoover himself), and even further - to legends told by members of the Lewis & Clark expedition about encounters with shapeshifting Indians possessed by evil spirits. This isn't the last time we'll see Native Americans on the show, and notable is the scene where one of them points out the Native American origins of Mulder's first name (Fox).

Memorable quotes:

Lyle Parker: I can feel it. Something not human. Out there, watching me. The air was more still, the night animals more quiet, it was like nature herself was terrified. It gave me the creeps.
Scully: The creeps?
Lyle Parker: Yeah, the creeps. Don't you ever get the creeps?

(Did I mention how much I love the writing on this show? Although credit goes to the actors as well for really selling these lines).

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