Mulder and Scully investigate a series of violent killings committed by seemingly normal residents of a small town.

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Edward Funsch
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Sheriff Spencer
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Bonnie McRoberts (as Kimberly Ashlyn Gere)
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Larry Winter
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Kathleen Duborg ...
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FBI agent Fox Mulder is called in by a small-town sheriff to investigate a raft of inexplicable killings. The acts are random and committed by well-respected members of the community. Scully performs an autopsy, and Mulder turns to the Lone Gunmen with her findings. He concludes that the local municipality is using a banned pesticide that could lead to psychoses. Having found an electronic device smashed at every killing, he begins to suspect someone of making subliminal suggestions. Written by garykmcd

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The story was inspired by writer Glen Morgan's own hematophobia as well as controversy over malathion spraying in Southern California. See more »

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The post man at the beginning is clearly not typing in the zip codes that show up on the monitor. See more »

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Richard 'Ringo' Langly: Obviously, you haven't read our August edition of TLG.
Mulder: Oh, I'm sorry boys. It arrived the same day as my subscription to Celebrity Skin.
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"Frustrated Jehova's Witnesses?"
7 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Writer and producer Darin Morgan's first writing contribution to "The X-Files", although only a story credit and not a teleplay (that was written by Glen Morgan and James Wong), is an unjustly forgotten and much-ignored X-Files episode with an interesting concept, a darkly comic nature, and some excellent individual scenes. While the first season concerned itself primarily with the sort of thing you could see on any other supernatural show, the second season has already given us a flukeworm-man-thing and this episode about people driven to kill by a chemical sprayed on the local farms and they even have subliminal messages play a part.

"Blood" is really, really well-directed by David Nutter, who creates a fabulous atmosphere of tension and claustrophobia, and crafts certain scenes especially well. My favorite is the scene where the woman who is paranoid about rape goes to see her mechanic and the scene is initially constructed to make us feel what she's feeling, to make us think feel how lonely this garage is and how this greasy mechanic is lurking in the shadows but then slowly we realize how innocent and friendly the guy actually is, and our expectations are subverted when he becomes the victim as opposed to the aggressor. Brilliant stuff.

I would have liked to see what Darin Morgan would have done had he written this episode, as I am sure that it would have been even more bizarre and much funnier, although this is still quite darkly comic and features some great dialogue between Mulder and Scully ("Frustrated Jehova's Witnesses?" is one of my favorite Mulder one-liners) which tends to be included in even Morgan and Wong's darkest episodes ("Home", for instance, not only features funny dialogue, but is also very, very darkly ironic, especially with the use of music). William Sanderson plays the main guest character of Edward Funsch and although I'm not crazy about the climactic stages of the episode "Blood" is still a great and sadly neglected X-File.

9/10


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