The X-Files (1993– )
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Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster 

Mulder questions his faith in the unexplained. He attempts to gather proof of the existence of the new creature he and Scully investigate before jumping to conclusions.

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... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Guy Mann
... Pasha
... Stoner #1
... Annabelle
... Dr. Rumanovitch
... Manager
Ryan Beil ... The Werelizard
... Stoner #2 (as Nicole Parker-Smith)
... Truck Driver
Jade Pawluk ... Naked Lair Victim
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When a dead body is found in the woods, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate whether it was an animal attack, a serial killer or just maybe a strange creature as described by eyewitnesses. Meanwhile, Mulder is able to confront some of his own demons about feeling disillusioned with his life's work. Written by vhavnal

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Trivia

Scully mentions her dog Queequeg. The dog first appeared in Darin Morgan's episode The X-Files: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (1995) and again in another episode of his The X-Files: War of the Coprophages (1996). The dog met his ultimate demise in The X-Files: Quagmire (1996) when Big Blue, the lake monster eats him. In The X-Files: Alone (2001) while packing her things to go on maternity leave Scully finds his collar in her desk drawer. See more »

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At the beginning, we see Mulder throwing pencils into the "I Want To Believe" poster and clearly see one in the letter N in Want...When he removes them, there is not even a hole in the letter N. See more »

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Guy Mann: My transformation wasn't just physical but mental. I heard a voice in my head. My voice. I became conscious of my own self-consciousness, and then I had my very first thought: I'm naked! I became overcome by some irrational need to cover up.
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References Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) See more »

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The X-Files
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Doesn't take itself seriously for all the wrong reasons
3 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

I knew something was amiss with the new X Files but until the third episode I couldn't exactly work out what it was. At first I thought it was poor pacing and a tired David Duchovny that made the show seem less interesting and less fun ... and while that is still somewhat true the primary problem is this;

The XFiles is now a comedy. A bad, cheesy comedy for all of the wrong reasons. It seems that somewhere along the line the people responsible for the Xfiles revival have decided that monsters, aliens and conspiracy theories are all a little bit embarrassing. To be sure the idea of a grown man (now 50ish) believing in such things is silly ... it always has been. But the original series tackled this somewhat silly premise with a seriousness that gave it charm. It was exciting to watch, bit by bit, as Mulder's childish fixations on fantastic beings and situations are justified - his tenacious quest for the truth, no matter how crazy, was serious business. The fact that Mulder believed in monsters was absolutely embarrassing to all of those around him ... but the unabashed presentation of these monsters, aliens and conspiracies as, ultimately, truth (Or as close to truth as the XFiles can get) is what made the XFiles exciting. As a result the show itself was never embarrassing. There was a belief and commitment to the fictional world of the XFiles from the creative folks behind the series.

This is glaringly absent in the new series. Particularly this episode. The script writers seem embarrassed. Mulder doesn't speak the way Mulder would speak - he speaks the way a script writer embarrassed by silly monsters and aliens would talk. In fact - EVERYBODY talks that way in this episode. Why? Because, clearly, the premise of the XFiles has been declared embarrassing and unfit to be presented seriously (Similar to the original Evil Dead). As such it has been retooled as a comedy that seems self-aware of how cheesy it is. It's no wonder David Duchovny seems to really not want to be in front of the camera every time we see him.

This is probably long-winded but I was really excited to see the XFiles making a return and I'm very disappointed by what I have seen so far. I do hope the series picks up but it seems like this is a conscious choice to take the series in this direction. Fox Mulder deserves so much more than this.


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