A professor/inmate in a psychiatric ward may be influencing other men to kill ritualistically. Though Doggett sees it as pure manipulation, Reyes can't help but suspect none else but the devil himself possessing the professor's body.

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A professor/inmate in a psychiatric ward may be influencing other men to kill ritualistically. Though Doggett sees it as pure manipulation, Reyes can't help but suspect none else but the devil himself possessing the professor's body.

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The Guard outside Dr. Kobolds room is reading an American Ronin magazine previously seen in the episode Pusher. See more »

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John Doggett: You planned this whole thing. I wanna know why.
Josef Kobold: I've been thinking a lot about you, Agent Doggett.
John Doggett: You're not answering my question, Professor.
Josef Kobold: About why someone so ill-suited would draw this duty. Clearly, you have feelings for her.
John Doggett: You ordered Dr. Richmond to kill these people, didn't you?
Josef Kobold: But you can't compete with the long lost Agent Mulder. His easy good looks, his Oxford education...
John Doggett: This is about you, Professor!
Josef Kobold: Mulder has what you can't have, but you stumble forward, the flat-footed cop...
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In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »

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5 November 2007 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

I don't recall Dæmonicus every being a favorite episode of mine. But I really liked it this time around.

Dæmonicus was written and directed by Frank Spotnitz. I think he does an excellent job of writing a great mystery that isn't revealed until the very end. I also liked the way he directed it, especially with the scene transitions. The sped up cloud scenes are very interesting and different looking. The demonic faces fading into Josef Kobold's face is nothing new but I really liked the chessboard scene transition, hinting that the agents were involved in a chess match.

Dæmonicus has hints of 'Pusher' and 'Beyond the Sea' in it. Pusher, for Kobold controlling other people with his mind, and Beyond the Sea for an inmate trying to help the agents catch an at-large criminal. Though they're not close enough to say he ripped off his idea from those two episodes. It just has those small elements in it.

It was odd to see Reyes getting advice from Scully to go with her instincts. It seems Reyes does that anyway. I like that Doggett was right all along about Kobold manipulating them all, but Reyes and Scully refused to believe him. It's a small consolation to him in the end when he is proved right, because the villain gets away.

The one qualm I have with this episode is at the end when the agents are explaining the case with the chalkboard and the word 'Dæmonicus'. Apparently, Kobold used the word to choose his victims because parts of their names were in that word. But that only explains four of the six victims. I think that Spotnitz wanted to tie in the whole episode into that word to make it look really cool, but it doesn't quite work, since it doesn't account for all the victims' names.

Other than that, I was intrigued with Dæmonicus from beginning to end. The vomit scene is probably the grossest scene I've seen in the X-Files. Kudos to Frank Spotnitz for this well-conceived episode.


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