The X-Files: Familiar

Case: A vicious animal attack on a young boy.

Destination: Eastwood, Connecticut

Mulder: “I did not see that coming.”

Take a parent's worst nightmare, add a creepy clown and you have your standard X-Files episode.

The X-Files has never shied away from having children as victims and since this reflects reality I'm in favour. And the ultimate horror for most parents is to have a child die. Add to that, it's your fault and it isn't a pretty death. This case would certainly affect Scully and Mulder as parents. I'm using this as the excuse for them falling back into their old roles – Scully the sceptic and Mulder the champion of alternate realities. We have seen this play out over and over again although one would hope that Scully would be a bit more open minded by now. However, as I said before I could see the trauma of a child's death forcing her back into her comfortable scientist place. On the other hand, I may just be thinking up excuses for lazy writing.

It was inevitable that we would have an episode that reflected the tried and true monster of the week formula but I was a bit disappointed by this one. I did not like the cliche of the jealous wife who tries to get back at her husband and his 'chippy'. The whole woman scorned is a bit outdated. It would have been much more interesting to have her be – 1. less inept, 2. more creative, 3. ready to move on. Instead, the poor woman killed everyone including her own child. Witches were/are much cooler than that. I'm not sure what we were supposed to learn from this – don't mess with magic (check – won't do that), don't let jealousy get the better of you (okay I will be the bigger person), make sure your kids have salt in their pocket and know how to use it (wasn't in my parenting manual, thank goodness they're grown).

One of the other interesting messages in this episode was about not jumping to conclusions. The registered sex offender Peters is only saved from being beaten to death because Officer Wentworth goes down to shield him with his body. It doesn't stop the bullet from Eggers though. We are given some pretty heavy clues that it must have been Peters but we find out he was working at a kids party at the time of Andrew's death. I agree that everyone deserves a fair trial and to move beyond their past. What I didn't agree with was the assertion that because it was statutory i.e. the person he had sex with was not of an age to freely consent, that he didn't hurt anyone. There's a reason that he was tried and convicted and put on the registry.

There were some suitably creepy bits. I'm not sure why any parent would let their kids watch Mr. Chuckleteeth, let alone buy a doll. I really don't like clowns and he was a particularly awful one. And let's hear it for those demonic looking teletubbies, the Bibbletiggles. Yikes. The Hellhound was a bit tame looking in comparison. And the witches of Eastwood made me immediately think of the 'The Witches of Eastwick' who were much closer to the kick-ass witches I enjoy. I guess every episode can't be fabulous but I think this one was too much of a throwback to the nineties.

Other Thoughts

The Coywolf is definitely a thing. Apparently we have them here in Canada.

I didn't know that the FBI had jurisdiction over the death of law enforcement officer's family members.

I'm not sure why Melvin Peter's lights weren't working in his house. He was only away for the weekend.


Scully: “Thanks for backing me up back there.”
Mulder: “Yeah, you’re my homie.”

Scully: "He’s potentially John Wayne Gacy with a monkey."
Mulder: "That’s it. It’s too perfect. I don’t like – I don’t like perfect like that, it makes me uncomfortable.”

Scully: “That woman went up in flames.”
Mulder: “Maybe it was the candles.”
Scully: “Maybe it was the gates of hell.”

Mulder: “There is no getting out this town Scully, not these days.”


Billie Doux said...

Yeah, I didn't like it either. Been there, done that. Although the episode was almost worth it for the utter creepiness of Mr. Chuckleteeth and the Bibbletibbles. Ewww.

William Russell said...

I got "Supernatural" vibes though this entire episode.
Did Sam and Dean, sorry, Mulder and Scully always pick their own cases? Can't see the actual FBI sending anyone to investigate this case. Barely an X-file really from the outset.

Dr. Johnny Fever said...

My frustration with the revival overall has been the refusal for the series to have let the characters evolve during the 15 years we were apart (like how Captain Kirk became Admiral Kirk between TOS and TMP). With the characters now older, the X-Files should have become "Longmire" in a supernatural setting.

BUT, because of this lack of overall advancement, this episode being a throwback to the nineties made it awesome! Loved it! If we must have Mulder and Scully stuck in the 90's version of themselves, then bring on the 90's. For the first time during this revival, I felt like I was watching the X-Files I miss.

Kathy said...

I liked this one.

But I have not been happy with this season. I'd much rather watch seasons 8 and 9 then this season! This was the first episode that I was happy with. Probably because it felt like old school X-Files.

And I'm scared of clowns. Only thing worse than clowns for me is snakes. The only thing worse than that is a snake with a clown face. So, I was wondering what kind of parent would let their kids watch those shows! And what kind of kid would watch those shows!