Thursday, July 23, 2015

The X-Files - S1:E23 "Roland"

[ S1:E22 "Born Again" <<< Season 1 >>> S1:E24 "The Erlenmeyer Flask" ]

This episode starts with a bang, when a mentally-handicapped janitor at a jet propulsion laboratory unexpectedly starts killing scientists in brutal yet creative ways. Mulder and Scully arrive on the scene, first to determine who's responsible for the murders, and then to figure out just how - and why - it's happening. The explanation may appear to involve yet another case of revenge from beyond the grave, but the mechanics of it, and the scientific rather than criminal environment this time, prevent it from feeling too samey. I've mentioned the music on this show already once before, but this episode features a beautiful and haunting piano theme that plays in the background, like something from one of the more sensitive moments in a Silent Hill game.

Memorable quotes:

Scully: Okay, but how is this an X-File? Mulder, you don't think this has anything to do with UFO technology...
Mulder: There's something unexplainable here, Scully, but it's certainly not unidentifiable.

Roland: People die. They go away. And they're not supposed to come back.

Mulder: You got a brother, don't you, Scully?
Scully: Yeah, I've got an older one and a younger one.
Mulder: Well have you ever thought about calling one of them all day long and then all of a sudden the phone rings and it's one of them calling you?
Scully: Does this pitch somehow end with a way for me to lower my long distance charges?

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