Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The X-Files - S2:E15 "Fresh Bones"

[ S2:E14 "Die Hand die Verletzt" <<< Season 2 >>> S2:E16 "Colony" ]

I'm definitely noticing some improvement in the monster-of-the-week episodes, as they're getting to a point where they're not just filler to sit through between mythology episodes, but are becoming quite enjoyable to watch on their own. In this episode, a marine stationed at a Haitian refugee camp in North Carolina suffers from horrifying hallucinations, but the cause may be something stranger than a simple case of PTSD. Mulder and Scully get roped into a case with hints of military conspiracy, much like in the setup to the episode Deep Throat. But this time it involves not UFO technology, but a voodoo curse. Mulder's informant, X, even makes an appearance - surprisingly making a "house call" (loosely defined), like Deep Throat used to do, despite indicating in the past that he wouldn't do such things. Is he softening up? Voodoo legends abound in this creepy and atmospheric episode that is very reminiscent of The Serpent and the Rainbow. I appreciated the appearance of a black cat when the little boy seemed to vanish into thin air, as I have read that in some voodoo traditions, the usage of a black cat bone is said to be able to render the bearer invisible.

Memorable quotes:

Mulder: A certain ritual sign was found at the scene of both deaths. Is there anything you can tell us about that?
Colonel Wharton: Not much. Apparently, it's some sort of voodoo marking.
Mulder: But you haven't investigated it as a possibility?
Colonel Wharton: Possibility of what?

Pierre Bauvais: My country was born on the blood of slaves. Freedom is our most sacred legacy.

Pierre Bauvais: They will only warn you once. After that, no magic can save you.

Mulder: But you said there was no trace evidence, and security's practically impossible to breach.
Scully: Well, I was only suggesting that whoever did it was clever and thorough. I wasn't suggesting that some kind of spirit did it.

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