The X-Files (1993– )
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The Host 

Mulder pursues a humanoid, parasitic organism that uses sewage systems as its home.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Marc Baur ...
Agt. Brisentine (as Marc Bauer)
Foreman (as Ron Sauve)
Russian Engineer (as Dmitri Boudrine)
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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23 September 1994 (USA)  »

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The look of the "fluke man" appears to be strongly based on a birth defect known as harlequin-type ichthyosis. Babies with this birth defect are born with extremely dry, cracked skin resembling scales or armored plating due to a defect in the gene that directs skin cell division, causing them to divide and grow far faster than the body's ability to shed them, also causing their mouth to be pulled into a wide, circular gape due to the tightly pulled skin, and giving them an "alien" appearance. In all except a tiny handful of cases, babies born with it don't live longer than a few days (a week at the most) because the skin cells divide so rapidly, their bodies simply can't consume and process enough nutrition to keep up with cellular division. See more »


After the tanker drives by agent Mulder (the morning at the park) there is a sequence that was clearly shot at night. See more »


Walter Skinner: The Justice Department has asked the suspect be transferred to an institution for a full psychiatric evaluation.
Fox Mulder: This is not a man, it's a monster! You can't put it in an institution.
Walter Skinner: What do you do with it, Agent Mulder? Put it in a zoo? It killed two people.
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Referenced in The X-Files: My Struggle (2015) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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2 June 2013 | by 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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