Now this felt a lot more like the earlier seasons of the X-Files. I really enjoyed this episode. I love when a drama brings the funny and this was, in a knowing, meta-ish, kind of way. Gillian and David still have great comedic timing and still play off each other’s strengths wonderfully. Their snarkiness didn’t feel forced or unnatural. The events they were involved in were unexpectedly funny too.
This episode packed a lot into its 40 minutes. There are were-monsters, fretful animal control agents, peeping tom motels, red speedos, interviews with trans-women and sex fantasies.
This time the dynamic is switched up a bit. Mulder is having some kind or existential burnout and now doesn’t even want to believe, while Scully keeps giving him the side eye and calling him on it. She thinks all of this is fun. At one point, she just straight out tells him, the internet is bad for him.
The agents get a call about a monster that’s out in the boonies, attacking people and find the situation to be nothing like it seems. They find the monster but it turns out the creature is a rather benign, sad, angry and upset thing. He used to just be a lizard-man but having been bitten by a human, he turns into a middle-aged white guy every morning. He had a relatively care free life and now he has to go to work, and worry about his mortgage, whatever that is.
Its not just Mulder and Scully who make this episode especially funny. Its full of great characters, like the Peeping Tom motel owner, the Animal control agent who has had enough of this shit, and the two huff-heads who filed the initial report. Mulder trying to explain a transgender woman to a were-lizard-man is a top moment in the show.
Mulder doesn’t want to believe anymore and decides he’s just going to take blurry videos of everything, which he does and then tries to show Scully who is, naturally, unimpressed by shakey-cam.
One of my other favorite moments is Mulder interviewing the monster in the cemetery, next to Kim Manners headstone. I loved that little nod to the creator of some of my favorite shows (and I miss him). I also loved the monster’s little add-on tale, featuring Scully as a sexpot, in a scene that was over-the-top ridiculous and right out of Playboy’s best true-lies, and a shot of David Duchovny’s red speedos, from his old, erotica show, The Red Shoe Diaries.
This episode totally captured the flavor of the some of the funniest X-Files episodes of the past, like Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, Bad Blood and my personal favorite, X-Cops.
I’m trying to give as much of it away without giving any of it away, but if you missed the comedies or stand-alone episodes of the X-Files, this one is just for you.