The X-Files (1993–2018)
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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.


Chris Carter


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
John O'Hurley ... Dr. Pollidori
Pattie Tierce ... Shaineh Berkowitz
Stewart Gale ... Izzy Berkowitz
Chris Giacoletti Chris Giacoletti ... Booger
Chris Owens ... Mutato
Dana Grahame ... Reporter
Jean-Yves Hammel Jean-Yves Hammel ... Goat Boy
Tracey Bell Tracey Bell ... Cher
Lloyd Berry ... Old Man Pollidori
Miriam Smith ... Elizabeth Pollidori
Xantha Radley ... Waitress
C. Ernst Harth ... Huge Man
Jerry Springer ... 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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The episode is filmed entirely in black and white, with the exception of the X-Files theme song opening and a credit showing Chris Carter as the executive producer. See more »


At least one DVD subtitle set misspells the name of Ingolstadt, Germany as the meaningless "Egostadt", ruining an important Frankenstein allusion. 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 spotlight.
Fox Mulder: ...
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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 »


References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves
Written by Bob Stone
Performed by Cher
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This episode takes the cake… Self-hating people will love it!
29 March 2012 | by evimchineSee all my reviews

You know when you sit alone in your dark room, and think that nobody must like you, because of what a horrible monster you are? And when you then start to fantasize about how you'd struggle to be loved, get hunted down, saved, and finally every­body loves you and every­thing is gloomy and wonderful? ({sarcasm}Who would have predicted *that*?{/sarcasm})

Well, imagine one writer being that person and having that daydream/nightmare. Imagine he's from the 50s, has the typical cheesy, stereo­typical, predictable and fake style, is the biggest admirer of Ed Wood… but just not as "good"… Now make it all very much over the top… especially the histrionic dialog… and garnish it with a fine selection of true trash music like Chair. Then you have an idea what to think about this episode.

Admittedly, if you are that kind of self-hating person, love shows with point­less singing and dancing scenes, and in general love trash and anti-good stuff… (in other words: if you're a hipster) … then you will love this episode.

But if not, then while feeling slightly nauseous, all you can think is: Who writes this crap?! Would it be possible, I'd give it negative stars. The shark jumping is incredibly strong in this one.

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Release Date:

30 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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Black and White | Color (some sequences)

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16 : 9
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