The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 2

The Host (23 Sep. 1994)
"The X Files" The Host (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder pursues a humanoid, parasitic organism that uses sewage systems as its home.



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Episode cast overview:
Darin Morgan ...
Workman #1
Freddy Andreiuci ...
Inspector Norman
Don MacKay ...
Marc Baur ...
Agent Brisentine (as Marc Bauer)
Dr. Zenzola
Ron Sauvé ...
Ray (as Ron Sauve)
Russian Engineer
Raoul Ganeev ...
Dmitri (as Raoul Ganee)
Federal Marshall


With the X Files still shut down, Mulder is re-assigned from wiretap monitoring to a murder investigation. He finds himself in the sewers of New Jersey and assumes that Assistant Director Skinner is again trying to get him out of the way. Scully offers to perform an autopsy on the dead man and finds a rather large fluke worm attached to the his liver. As the investigation continues, Mulder discovers a human-like creature in the sewer system and Scully believes it is trying to reproduce by finding human hosts. Mulder is also receiving cryptic phone calls from someone stating that he has a friend in the FBI. Written by garykmcd

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Lake Betty Park, where the "Flukeman" first enters the tanker truck, is an actual campground located in New Jersey. See more »


The tanker truck that the "Flukeman" stows away in belongs to A&A Anderson Tank Service. A&A Anderson Tank Service is a real tanker service owned and operated out of Richmond, British Columbia, where much of the X Files series was shot. According to the plot, New Jersey is the site of this episode. In addition, the phone number "277-1628" you can see on the passing tanker truck is the real phone number of A&A. Lake Betty Park, where the "Flukeman" first enters the tanker truck, is an actual campground located in New Jersey. See more »


Scully: Somebody shoved this under my door. I guess you really do have a friend in the FBI. And, Mulder, when you see Skinner to hand in field report, I hope that you know that I'd consider it more than a professional loss if you decided to leave.
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2 June 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This is efficient as b-horror, but ultimately a silly 'monster' episode. We get atomic mutation from the other side of the Wall but somehow the thing ends up in New Jersey sewers, body horror, some murky sewer atmosphere, but it just bogarts belief that they could, and did, get away with an episode such as this. It does feed the conspiracy angle, but so what?

The whole X-File point is that we don't just suspect, we know that something is out there that we can't fathom, of course the series executed several half-baked attempts to muddle the waters with whether or not it is all a big hoax, but the fact remains; we know there's stuff out there that shouldn't be.

So the question raised here, is what does it say about the show that this can be bogged down to a slimy, worm-like monster? It's a creative disaster as far as I'm concerned.

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