Sunday, August 30, 2015

The X-Files - S3:E7 "The Walk"

[ S3:E6 "2Shy" <<< Season 3 >>> S3:E8 "Oubliette" ]

Mulder and Scully investigate the case of a war vet who, after multiple attempts at suicide, is convinced that some kind of ghostly presence is preventing him from dying. Scully thinks it's a classic case of post-traumatic stress disorder - until the General calls their investigation off, piquing her curiosity. Scully suspects some kind of military coverup, but Mulder connects the paranormal dots and concludes that some kind of phantom killer is involved. The plot thickens further when we're introduced to a rather moody quadruple amputee (an unhinged Ian Tracey), who Mulder believes may be capable of astral projection. Nevertheless, it is Scully who really takes point in this episode, driving the case forward like she has a grudge to settle. There's a pool scene that reminded me of Poltergeist III, and a boiler room-like scene that had shades of A Nightmare on Elm Street, but the closing reflections on the psychological aftermath of war ultimately left me feeling a little cold.

Memorable quotes:

Therapist: We all know how you feel.
Leonard: No, you don't. How the hell could you possibly know how I feel? There's only one way you could ever know, and I can only pray to God that he'll come down, and take your legs and your arms away, and give you a little taste of what it feels like!

Mulder: You really think the General's got something to hide?
Scully: No. I think he's got everything to hide.

Scully: That's insane!
Mulder: Sometimes the only sane response to an insane world is insanity.

Leonard: Now if you're through questioning me, I'd like to get a little shut-eye.
Mulder: No sleepwalking.

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