X-Files: Home Again
Director & Writer: Glen Morgan
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Sheila Larken, Tim Armstrong, Daryl Shuttleworth, Peggy Jo Jacobs, Alessandro Juliani
Synopsis: Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate the murder of a city official, which it seems no human could have committed. Meanwhile, Scully deals with a personal tragedy, which brings up many old feelings about the child she gave away for adoption.
The Good: This week’s episode is more emotional than the previous episodes so far. With the tragic call about Scully’s mother, the only bit of comedy in the episode is Mulders comments about the city of brotherly love. The episode kicks off with a pretty gruesome death of a city official that is ripped apart… literally. This weeks monster, known as the Trashman, rips its victims arms and head from their bodies. Some pretty cool effects were used to make this look real, it was gross, I loved it! While Mulder is trying to solve this case, Scully is going through one of the hardest things a person can go through, dealing with her mother passing away. My favorite quote of the episode, “I don’t care about the big questions right now Mulder, I just want one more chance to ask my mom a few little ones.” Gillian Anderson’s delivery of that line was priceless, anyone watching felt it.
The Bad: This episode slowed things down for sure and I kind of feel like it may be to early in the season to slow the pace after such a good build up with the first few episodes. The story delivered its purpose to bring up more doubts about their son William, which is clearly going to be a season long theme, but through the episode I was starting think they were laying it on just a little too thick. The ending for this episode also seemed to be missing, is the Trashman gone? We don’t really know, like if it appears does it have a happy face now as it kills you? The ending just wasn’t there for the monster of the week. The final words by Scully’s mom was a little awkward as well, honestly it just felt forced. I understand the purpose of them, even before Scully talked about it at the end. With how much of each episode is focused on their son, those final words from her mother really weren’t needed.
Final Thoughts: While I felt more could have been done with the Trashman, the importance of what Scully went through in this episode will be more important than the monster of the week. I’m really curious with where things are going with William. Eventually there will have to be an appearance from the son of Fox and Dana, the question is when and what will be the circumstances? The little dab at that old flame between Mulder and Scully was nice to see as well. It was a subtle reminder of old times and how their relationship has evolved over the years.
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