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 ... See full summary »

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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's wife, Elizabeth, was named so because the infamous Dr. Frankenstein's wife was also named Elizabeth. 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 Post-Modern Episode
11 October 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

The Post-Modern Prometheus is a charming little episode. With the comic book story framing and shooting in black and white, it lends a very fairy tale quality to it. This episode is not meant to be taken seriously, and if you do, you'll miss the boat. Chris Carter actually wanted Roseanne as Shaineh Berkowitz and Cher as herself in this episode, but they were both unavailable. The actress replacing Roseanne was born for the part. And, of course, John O'Hurley is enjoyable as the mad scientist. Jerry Springer brings a nice white trash-feel to the episode as well. The boys who played Izzy and his friends were non-actors, just locals. The chicken lady reporter is also well acted. Talk about casting luck. The carnival music was good, bringing an other-worldly feel to the episode. The effect of the lightning flashes was cliché, corny, and ...perfect. I love the scene where Izzy's mom is confronting him, then Scully bends her head into the frame, then Mulder does also. Very funny. While watching Post-Modern Prometheus, don't worry about the real world implications of it. It's a harmless fairy tale, that makes for good escapist fun.


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