The X-Files (1993– )
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The Post-Modern Prometheus 

in this surreal, comical take on Frankenstein, Mulder and Scully arrive in a small rural town to investigate claims of a monster obsessed with Cher that's sedating and impregnating the local women.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Shaineh Berkowitz
Izzy Berkowitz
Chris Giacoletti ...
Jean-Yves Hammel ...
Goat Boy
Tracey Bell ...
Old Man Pollidori
Elizabeth Pollidori
Huge Man
Jerry Springer


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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30 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Chris Owens, who plays the great Mutato in this episode, played the young Cigarette Smoking Man and goes on to play the recurring character of Agent Spender in the series. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

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 deformed hand flips the comic book shut to reveal the book end cover with Carter's credit. See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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A classic episode
22 April 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

My feelings on this episode tend to fluctuate quite a bit. At one point I thought it was brilliant in parts but not anything special as a whole. Upon this most recent viewing I found that I not only loved this episode, but that I really, really loved it, and would count it among my favorites.

The visuals aren't good just because they are in black and white, the episode just looks brilliant in general. Chris Carter had only directed two episodes prior to this, but his work is the work of a professional and pays homage beautifully to the classic Universal monster movies.

The story is unique and fun, as well. You have to love John O'Hurley as a 'mad scientist'. The plot twists and turns and in the end it's just a great feel-good episode.


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