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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None of the episode was filmed in Browning Montana, despite supposedly being set in the northern Montana town. See more »


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Manitou out and free is bad.
18 February 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

An episode that could be tagged as "the werewolf episode", although it's specifically about a manitou, this is another X File that manages to reach just above average, thanks to some of the wittier moments, and in this case some decent special effects in the third act.

Mulder and Scully are called in when a young man is killed by someone who insists that he was shooting at an animal. As the agents try to conduct their investigation, they are hampered by the stubborn attitude of the local Native American people, who have good reason to mistrust them. Meanwhile, the local Sheriff (Michael Horse) tries to keep a balance between his role as an authority figure and his respect for the local traditions and beliefs.

While it does have a lot of interesting elements to it, not least the interpretation of the familiar werewolf activity in terms of the lesser-known manitou, this episode suffers from a cast of characters that it's hard to root for, and a surprisingly lame script (by Marilyn Osborn).

The direction by David Nutter is competent enough, but this is am episode loaded with the potential to be great before falling a bit flat. It doesn't help that all tension is removed due to viewers always being one step ahead of all of the main characters and one of those clichéd finales that leaves Scully a bit disorientated and able to miss enough of the weirdness to create her own version of events while writing up her case notes.

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