‘The X-Files’ went back to its roots in the third episode to give the fans what they want: a creature feature! The FBI has officially reopened the X-Files, and that means Scully and Mulder are back on the road to find the spooky and strange!
This is The X-Files that we missed! Scully and Mulder (Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny) are dispatched to determine whether or not a couple huffing paint in the woods have stumbled upon a ferocious monster that kills everyone in its path, or just…a mountain lion. Obviously, this was bound to be good from the beginning!
It’s a really lousy time for Mulder to stop believing. While the biggest skeptic and conspiracy theorist in the United States has started to doubt himself, a menacing lizard creature has unleashed itself upon the citizens of a small mountain town. Scully attempts to get Mulder out of his funk by trying to take this monster down. It’s not as easy as it used to be!
The agents hit the road to investigate after a couple, busy huffing paint in the woods, see a terrifying lizard man murder two people. This is exactly what Mulder needs, because he immediately starts forming theories about were-creatures, because of course he does. What unfolds is a little different than what either he or Scully expected, though.
At their motel, Mulder discovers that a man was staying there that same night who fit the sketch description of their lizard man — he only had two eyes, though. The clues align to lead him to Guy Man (Rhys Darby), a New Zealander who immediately explains everything to Mulder: he’s a lizard man, but that’s his natural form; a human bit him and turned him into a were-human. Okay, first Mulder was intrigued, and now he’s interested.
Through a whole lot of heart-to-heart, Guy explains to Mulder how he came to be, and what his journey has been like living this dual life. It’s frustrating for Mulder, because he wants to believe (Blame Mulder; he says it loudly in this conversation), but something this ridiculous makes him question all his beliefs, yet again. Thankfully, level-headed Scully knows that she needs to let Mulder do his “Spooky Mulder” thing, and has been busy solving the murder this whole time. Teamwork!
Mulder’s getting his original fire back piece by piece each episode. Clearly, the years of being led down dead ends have taken a toll on him. But if Mulder doesn’t believe, then who will? Bonus points in this episode for the goofy callbacks: Mulder’s ringtone is The X-Files theme, and the episode opens with him throwing pencils at the I Want to Believe poster. It’s Scully’s, btw.
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