The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 9

Schizogeny (11 Jan. 1998)
"The X Files" Schizogeny (original title)

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Scully and Mulder investigate the death of a man who seems to have been buried alive. The main suspect is the man's stepson as the two of them had a argument the evening the man dies. The ... See full summary »

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Scully and Mulder investigate the death of a man who seems to have been buried alive. The main suspect is the man's stepson as the two of them had a argument the evening the man dies. The autopsy reveals the dead man had over 12 lbs of dirt in his stomach and it's obvious that he was buried alive. What's not so obvious is how the stepson could have done it. When a second parent is killed, this time after an argument with his daughter, the FBI agents begin to believe there is something far more sinister going on especially after a school counselor tells them both of the children were being abused. Written by garykmcd

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"Schizogeny" is the scientific term for asexual reproduction. See more »

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The first time he talks to the boy, Mulder translates "Ich bin ein Auslander" as "I'm an outsider" but it actually means "I'm a foreigner" as in "I'm from another country." See more »

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Fear eats the soul....
26 September 2013 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

Heh, to me it was fairly obvious "what the crap" the title, the nonsense word "Schizogeny" meant. It's a simple combination of the words "schizo", referring to the split personality of Karin Matthews the insane psychologist, and "progeny", meaning the troubled kids and their problems with their parents, especially Karin. For me this was a deep and emotional episode that was all about what I saw as mainly fear, and in the uncanny case of this story how an entire lifetime of unconquered fear and unresolved anger can consume a human mind to the point where a victim(perhaps) unwittingly becomes what they are afraid of in order to escape it... And in this tale of old woe and angst in classic and awesome 'Files fashion, all the accumulated suffering and mental anguish concentrated in one seriously disturbed human being literally takes root, twisting nature and subconsciously manipulating the dead vines and creepers of the very earth to wreck vengeance on the perceived abusers of vulnerable children, an outward physical expression of something distinctly spiritual. I thought it was a bit strange and over-the-top having a pointless woodsman hovering around. They could've took the time to explain how he knew about the stuff he claimed to... The little touch of that character was something almost fantasy-like. Some of the elements of this one did feel a lot like a kind of fairytale gone psycho at certain points. My favourite part is the scene in which the pretty girl in distress overhears an unnaturally deep and spiteful voice in the dead of night, verbally humiliating 'poor' Karin. To me it was a very grim, foreboding and intense dark scene. ::: I didn't really sympathise too much with either of the two teens, they didn't seem to have parents that were particularly cruel, it probably would have been a much more complex and involving story if they had done. At first it makes you think it is they who are killing with supernatural powers-a sort of "D.P.O." angle, only with trees instead of lightning bolts! "Bobby" just seemed like a lazy punk with a perpetually stoned expression, and the girl was fine, she was just kinda there as the sweet, slightly-troubled girl in distress... Maybe it shouldn't have been, but all my pity was for the villain. I didn't she was 'possessed' by her dead father's spirit or anything like that which is silly, and is not the case here. To me far more intriguing and scary is the idea that through years of continual unconfronted rage, she has obsessed so much over her hatred and dread of her father that at some point she's had a psychotic break, and 'empowered' herself by becoming him in her own mind. How do you keep the dead, the memory of the dead alive? To what extent will you go to do that? And in this case Karin's gone to the extreme of the extremes, she's gone over the edge. It was so twisted the way she was implanting the kids with the memories of her own abuse, putting them through her nightmare in order to keep the cycle alive. She sought revenge in the worst, most demented way. The haunting final scene, in which the long-suffering and damaged being that Karin has become is slowly pulled down into a cold mire of her own making is such a profound and heartbreaking visual metaphor to me. As she's sinking down into the murk it's almost as if a huger emptiness looms below her, like the earth itself has taken pity on her, and swallowed her up to finally extinguish the memory of her pain at last... It's dark, disturbing, and to me also kind of beautiful. The psychological aspects of this episode, and how it touches upon painful themes of abuse and its far-reaching effects is where it really hits home for me. It's not perfect, but I think it's more than disturbing and evocative enough to satisfy. I love it for its visuals, performances, and mainly for the emotional resonance.


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