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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Episode credited cast:
Bobby Rich
Karin Matthews
Lisa Baiocchi
Bob Dawson ...
Phil Rich
Cynde Harmon ...
Patti Rich
Myles Ferguson ...
Joey Agostino
Kate Robbins ...
Lisa's Aunt
George Josef ...
John Ramirez
Mr. Baiocchi
Christine Anton ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kory Dunlap ...
Joey's croney


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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Talk about putting down roots
21 November 2009 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Schizogeny. What the crap does that even mean? "The localized separation of plant cells to form a cavity (surrounded by the intact cells) in which secretions accumulate. Examples are the resin canals of some conifers and the oil ducts of caraway and aniseed fruits." I assume in context of the episode this is referring to the strange bleeding of the trees? I don't quite know how I feel about this episode. I like some of it for some reasons but there are some flaws that I wish I could ignore but just can't. Well maybe not flaws exactly but rather really far fetched explanations that seem a little too convenient. The story at one level is basically about plants who are killing adults who are abusive to their teenage children. Two children specifically who are friends and happen to be seeing the same psychiatrist. Karen, played by the always creepy Sarah Jane Redmond, we find out has had similar experiences in her past, being abused by her father and was never able to stand up to him. As a result she has developed an alternate personality, ruled by her evil father who has since died. The strange parts come in the form of his corpse being moved into her root cellar by a bunch of tree roots. I like the guest stars in this and I think the storyline is creepy enough, but I get confused by some of the explanation. So were the trees supposed to be protecting the kids? And if so then why did they try to kill Bobby at the end as the evil father manifest through Karen was chasing him? And if the trees are trying to help the kids, then why wouldn't they be trying to help Karen too instead of making her father's corpse suddenly show up in her basement? You see what I mean? And then the whole deal with the woodsman decapitating Karen and pronouncing, "It's done now. No more." What was that all about? It almost seemed like they tried making a real story and in the end decided just to go with a one dimensional horror story that didn't make any sense. Oh well. While I didn't love the story as much, I thought the episode had some good qualities also. I'll give this one a 6 out of 10.

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