The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 5

The Post-Modern Prometheus (30 Nov. 1997)
"The X Files" The Post-Modern Prometheus (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder and Scully travel to a small town after Mulder receives a letter asking for his help in solving a mystery. The townsfolk believe there is a Frankenstein-type monster living in the woods and many claim to have seen him. One of the locals has even created a comic book on the creature, which he's called the Great Mutato. Scully of course thinks it's all nonsense but soon changes her mind when they see what appears to be a hideously deformed man in the woods. The episode is filmed in black and white. Written by garykmcd

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Dr. Pollidori was named for physician Dr. John Pollidori, who was the personal physician of Lord Byron. Lord Byron is the man who suggested the ghost story competition that inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein. See more »

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Dana Scully: Why are you humoring them Mulder?
Fox Mulder: I'm not humoring them, Scully. This is a very serious crime.
Dana Scully: So is perjury. So is calling out F.B.I. agents under false pretenses.
Fox Mulder: For the purpose of what?
Dana Scully: Isn't it obvious? I think what we're seeing here is an example of a culture for whom daytime talk shows and tabloid headlines have become a reality against which they measure their lives. A culture so obsessed by the media and a chance for self-dramatization that they'll do anything in order to gain a ...
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Almost every episode ends with a fade to black and the words "Executive Producer Chris Carter." At the end of the episode "D.P.O.," a character is flipping through channels on television, and stops on one showing Carter's credit. At the end of the episode "Post-Modern Prometheus", the final shot of Mulder and Scully turns into a comic-book frame, and a hand flips the comic book shut to reveal the book end cover with Carter's credit. See more »

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a great re-telling of the Frankenstein story...
23 March 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Critics and fans raved about this episode. TV doesn't get any better than this episode of the X-Files - it is quite simply a masterpiece. In the DVD "extras" Cher passed on the script, she didn't get it. It seemed too weird...but she did give permission to use her music and a body double. Then when she actually saw the episode she was astounded! Cher said: "Shit! I wish I would have done that!" Probably the best hour of television I have ever seen. It is a heart-warming re-telling of the Frankenstein story. Chris Carter raised the bar of television beyond what anyone could hope to achieve, absolutely wonderful! The X-Files had many very good episodes, very clever, great imagination, but IMO nothing compares to this. The ending made me cry, and I don't cry easily. It deserves 20 out of 10. Or 100 out of 10. Sheer perfection!


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