The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 18

Shapes (1 Apr. 1994)
"The X Files" Shapes (original title)

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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... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lyle Parker
Sheriff Charles Tskany
Jim Parker
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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Wolfman, Werewolf, Manitou...Whatever You Want To Call It
14 April 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Anyway you look at it, Shapes is an episode about a man turning into a werewolf. It's a standard werewolf story, with no real twist to it to make it more interesting. Having it be set among American Indians is the only thing that makes the story unique. As always, I try to find a silver lining even in the not-so-great episodes. Good things to look for in this episode includes some good Mulder and Scully dialog. I especially like when Lyle Parker describes how things around the ranch have been giving him the creeps lately. Scully says, "The creeps?". Lyle responds, "Yeah, the creeps. Don't you ever get the creeps?". It's funny because it makes Scully look like she's out of touch with the common man because she apparently doesn't recognize this common term. She's so used to using these huge vocabulary words, she doesn't recognize common slang words. I also like the special effect of the man transforming into the werewolf. I think it was well done. So, if you're into werewolf stories, Shapes is a passable episode for you.

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