The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 21

Avatar (26 Apr. 1996)
"The X Files" Avatar (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Skinner becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a prostitute.

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With his marriage on the rocks and on the verge of getting a divorce, a depressed Assistant Director Skinner meets an attractive blond, Carina Sayles, in a hotel bar and they decide to get a room and spend the night together. When he awakens in the morning however, Carina is laying beside him dead from a broken neck. Scully and Mulder investigate on their own as Skinner would prefer they just mind their own business. When they learn that their boss has been having nightmares of sorts, Mulder believes he is being visited by a succubus, an old woman of legend who takes the life force out of a man. Some in the FBI move quickly to have Skinner removed from his post and it becomes obvious that it's all part of a greater conspiracy. Written by garykmcd

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When Skinner talks about his past in Viet Nam, he says he was "no choir boy; (he) inhaled." This is a reference to Bill Clinton's answer, when asked, that he tried marijuana once in college, but he swore he didn't inhale. See more »

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When Mulder and Scully are examining the dead prostitute, you can see her eyes moving beneath her eyelids. See more »

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[In the posh apartment of a Madam]
Scully: Business must be booming.
Mulder: I think you mean 'banging'.
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Succulent Succubus?
12 July 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

After viewing Avatar, I find it to be on the more underrated episodes of the x-files. I was blown away while watching it recently. I noticed that David Duchovny helped out with this story, and he does a bang up job with Howard Gordon. It starts out with a pretty freaky teaser, Skinner seeing the old woman, and then finding the woman with a grotesquely broken neck. I like when episodes have cool transitions from one scene to another. A scene I refer to here is when it goes from the tape outline of the woman's body to the woman's body at the morgue in the fading tape outline's frame. I really liked the actress who played Skinner's wife, Sharon. Jennifer Hetrick plays the part so naturally. It's a pity they did not recur her character in the series. It was cool to see Skinner with hair in his wedding picture. Other things I liked was having Agent Pendrell make an appearance, and the episode featured touching music. Also, another dimension is added to Skinner's Vietnam death experience. One thing that bugged was the actress who played the hooker's boss. It appeared she spoke through gritted teeth. In the aired episode, CSM only has a non-speaking role. In a deleted scene, however, he has a big conversation with Skinner, which would've altered the episode dramatically, I believe. Commentary by Chris Carter states simply that the scene was unnecessary for the already heightened tension. I disagree. That scene brings up points that are later fleshed out in Zero Sum from season four. Avatar is a deep, touching episode, that explores the other side of Skinner, and does not get enough credit.


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