The X-Files: Season 9, Episode 5

Lord of the Flies (16 Dec. 2001)
"The X Files" Lord of the Flies (original title)

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Doggett and Reyes are unsure whether a boy intentionally or unintentionally can control the habits of flies; during the investigation Scully acquires a new 'partner'.



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalie Gordon
Dr. Herb Fountain
Aeryk Egan ...
Camera Dude
Dylan Lokensgard
Mrs. Anne T. Lokensgard
David 'Sky Commander Winky' Winkle
Bill / Cap'n Dare
Dr. Rocky Bronzino


Doggett and Reyes are unsure whether a boy intentionally or unintentionally can control the habits of flies; during the investigation Scully acquires a new 'partner'.

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In addition to two Syd Barrett songs on the soundtrack. Dylan also wears a Syd Barrett shirt and had poster of him in his room. See more »


Natalie pulls away from Dylan after they kiss showing that she had been bitten, her lips and teeth covered in blood. She runs from the house and before she drives off in her car you can see her mouth is completely clean of blood. See more »

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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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A bit of a throwback
4 July 2014 | by (Plainfield, IL) – See all my reviews

After the previous season and a half of character departures, character introductions, retooled mythology, and unyielding darkness and despair, "Lord of the Flies" feels like a deliberate attempt to recapture the lightheartedness and simplicity of a certain subset of pre-Doggett episodes. It would have felt right at home in season 6; the storyline of a misunderstood teenager whose unusual powers alternately empower and complicate his unrequited love for an unsuspecting girl would nestle snugly alongside an episode like "The Rain King."

The cast is pretty good for this one, even if Erick Avari is underutilized as the coroner. Michael Wiseman is a standout as the smarmy, pompous Dr. Rocky; his cocky flirtation with an unreceptive Scully finally gives brilliant comic straight (wo)man Gillian Anderson something to do other than shout about her baby and pine over the lost Mulder. (What that woman could do simply by raising an eyebrow...) Look for future TV stars Jane Lynch and Aaron Paul as a well-meaning single mother and a high school bully with a frat-boy mentality, respectively.

Late television director Kim Manners handles the teleplay's uneven tone deftly, imparting the same understated quality to the humor that brought many a Darin Morgan and Vince Gilligan script to life with such grace. As a prolific veteran of the show, Manners crafts an episode that feels familiar, and very much welcome amidst the inexorable momentum of the unceasingly tense Super Soldiers storyline. On its own, "Lord of the Flies" is by no means a great episode, but in the context of the 9th season it is a pleasant diversion.

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