The X-Files: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster
Director & Writer: Darin Morgan
Staring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rhys Darby
Synopsis: 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.
The Good: This is probably my favorite episode of this season so far. There was everything you need for a good time, there was death, a monster, some comedy and a twist for good measure. Darin Morgan’s spin on humanity is the real monster was fantastic. His story in this episode of a creature that was bitten by a person and then turns into one during the day was nice surprise from the typical were-animal story. The graveyard scene between Mulder and Guy Mann, the creature that shifts into a person, confesses what is happening to him was so well written. Rhys Darby who played Guy Mann was absolutely my favorite part of this episode! His delivery on how ridiculous the human life was and how natural it was becoming for him just because he shifted into a human. It was also nice to see the show expressing how things have changed from when the original show was on tv. At the start of the episode, Mulder is going over old cases and expressing to Scully how a lot of the unexplained from before has now be debunked. Mulder continues his with his doubt as him and Scully get to the scene of the killings. My favorite question he asks being, why did no one take a picture of the creature considering everyone has cameras with them now? This of course led to Mulder chasing the creature around with his phone constantly taking photos while looking for this lizard creature. All in all, the episode did a great job of telling a story of Mulder going from rational skeptic to a believer and getting to see the truth when Guy Mann turns back into his true form before running off. Side note, kudos to Darin Morgan for the name Guy Mann, though redundant, it’s a very funny name for the creature in his human form.
The Bad- I don’t have much bad to say about this episode, but less is better when it comes to seeing the creature. Without a crazy budget, though, there isn’t much you can do, but the show pulled it off.
Final Thoughts: Like I said I didn’t have much bad to say about this episode. It was a good time all around. If anyone is looking for a easy episode to introduce friends too, this is the episode to do it. Also it is clear to see Duchovny and Anderson are getting more comfortable with each other on camera, their chemistry is flowing much better with each episode, making it feel more like old times.
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