A creature, possibly from Native American lore, is suspected of killing a man, bringing Mulder and Scully to the Indian reservation where the attack occurred in order to uncover its identity.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lyle Parker
Sheriff Charles Tskany
Jimmy Herman ...
Renae Morriseau ...
Gwen Goodensnake
David Gates
Dr. Josephs (as Paul McLean)


A Montana Native American reserve is the center of attention as Mulder and Scully investigate the strange death of a local Indian man. The shooters claim they saw a monster attack them, and an old legend of lycanthropic nature comes forward. Written by EJS

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1 April 1994 (USA)  »

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Where's the werewolf?
15 August 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Shapes the Limerick:

A shape-shifting werewolf no doubt

Will eat something more than just trout

A man with a gun

Stopped all his fun

Then his son ripped his jugular out.

Alright here goes. Shapes is a pretty bad episode. The teaser is somewhat exciting simply because you realize that the episode is going to be about werewolves. Sweet! But then the episode starts and continues and you watch and watch and nothing really happens. I mean yeah a guy gets bitten by a werewolf and then turns into one himself and this is all seen in the episode but I don't know it didn't seem like you got the same feel as you should with any kind of werewolf story. No howling at the moon or ripping his teenage girlfriend to shreds when the moon comes out or anything like that. I also can't stand the stupid Indian lady that is the first werewolf's sister. I mean first of all he was a werewolf and he was trespassing on their property and was probably going to rip them all to shreds if they didn't shoot him but all she can think about is "they killed my brother." Its not like they went hunting for Indian here get over it lady. It's your brother's fault he's dead. I usually really enjoy Indian culture etc and that was a bit of a plus for me in this episode but I think the writing was terrible. I give Shapes a 4 out of 10. Oh and I kind of wish they had done a Season 8 sequel to see if they could get a better script. But its probably better they didn't try.

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