The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 5

The List (20 Oct. 1995)
"The X Files" The List (original title)

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After death row prisoner Napoleon "Neech" Manley is executed in Florida's electric chair, a number of prison guards are the victims of gruesome murders. Scully and Mulder are called into ... See full summary »

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Sammom Roque
Badja Djola ...
Napoleon 'Neech' Manley
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John Speranza
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After death row prisoner Napoleon "Neech" Manley is executed in Florida's electric chair, a number of prison guards are the victims of gruesome murders. Scully and Mulder are called into the case and there are rumors in the prison that there is a death list with five names on it. They learn from Manley's widow Danielle that he had promised to return from the grave and exact revenge but they look for for a less supernatural explanation for the events. They think they've found when they learn that Danielle has been living with one of the guards, Vincent Parmelly. For Mulder however, the final explanation just doesn't sit well. Written by garykmcd

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Mitch Pileggi, who plays A.D. Skinner, also played "Horace Pinker", a character in the movie "Shocker", who like "Napoleon 'Neech' Manley" in "The List", promised to return from the electric chair to kill. See more »

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Mulder and Scully park in a car outside of the Manly's home. When Vincent looks at them through the blinds, he looks at Scully who is on the passenger side. In the next shot, Scully and Mulder are looking out Mulder's driver side of the car as they watch the house. See more »

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Fox Mulder: Every major world religion encompasses the idea of life after death. That means millions, even billions, of people believe in some kind of transmigration or rebirth of the soul.
Dana Scully: I'm sorry, Mulder. That's not what I learned in catechism.
Fox Mulder: Well, even Christianity teaches about the resurrection and ascendancy of the heavenly body.
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"Howz it feel to be on death row warden?" Season 3 thriller!
6 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The list is one of the best episodes of season 3 possibly the best season in X files history.

It tells the story of Napoleon Neech Manley a man on death row convicted under dubious circumstances of double murder. Its clear Neech is a powerful is only influential man within the prison and much anticipation and perhaps fear surrounds his execution. As he is taken to the electric chair he vows to seek revenge in a decidedly cold manner on five men that have wronged him.

Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate when a death row guard is found dead in the cell Neech used to occupy. Apparently the guard appears to have been strangled. Mulder interviews John Speranza a prison inmate who explains the power behind Neeches claims "The man was electric pure energy!" Even going so far as to say he witnessed Neech walk past his cell.

Characteristically Mulder finds the idea of Neech actually returning for revenge from beyond the grave enthralling, Scully who brilliantly by Gillian Anderson is portrayed as being uncomfortable in a male prison environment and the warden delivered with cold hypocrisy by classic on screen villain J.T Walsh are less convinced of Neeches claims.

There is much conspiring taking place throughout the episode, the warden coldly murders inmates who may be part of Neeches murders, Scully suspects a conspiracy not of inmates but of guards involving Parmelly (Ken Foree), a black prison guard who is shacking up with Neeches wife.

As More dead bodies begin to surface including some decidedly shocking images of decomposing bodies infested with maggots and beheaded corpses being placed in offices, Mulder fails in his attempt to piece together much evidence or explanation for events but is desperate to engage with the notion of reincarnation.

Chris Carter gives only his second directorial effort and succeeds in creating a most oppressive prison environment, the dark nature of the cell blocks where the murders are taking place serves as stark contrast to the strange settling sun that often occupies any action outside the prison.

The best things in this episode are the performances by some of the supporting cast, Ken Foree is suitably edgy and defencive over the matter, J.T Walsh's performance is dripping with hypocrisy something of a more violent albeit less impressive version of Bob Guntons Samuel Norton in the shawshank redemption.

On the negative the list lacks some punch for much of the third act, there is some rushed dialogue and most importantly the plot doesn't have much emotional bearing on either Mulder or Scully.

On a whole the list is a very good episode of the x files much maligned by critics it still serves consistent tension and dark atmosphere, along with one of the best actual stories of the third season. Given the subject matter it could have been one of the very very best of the shows stand alones, but still serves as a well played out dark thriller. Some people will be turned off by the lack of actual events pertaining to Neeches return whenever he is seen it is quickly shown that the character perceiving him could have been mistaken. But the X files often serves up most chills when this is the case and the final scene is in my estimation very well placed, we have Mulder and Scully both in their own frustrated ways admitting defeat in proving little, and then amidst this J.T Walsh finally meets his comeuppance the actual action could have been perfect if we had not even seen Neech Manley but just been given an implication that a glimpse of his was caught by the warden this questionable fault is made up for though by nice camera work to pan over the wardens corpse with eerier music showing that no one is in fact there with the warden at all.

This X files episode is clearly underrated and for story and creation alone should be appreciated.


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