Oct. 14th, 2014

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Let's cut to the chase: I hated this episode. In "Aubrey," we find that Detective "B. J." Morrow commits heinous murders that mimic those committed two generations earlier by her genetic grandfather, convicted murderer Harry Cokely. Not only does Detective Morrow commit these copy-cat murders, she has dreams about his previous crimes, and commits the murders while in a trance state, believing she's Cokely!

Except, since she was adopted, she has never met Cokely and has no idea she's related to him! Cokely is still alive, so his demon spirit isn't possessing her. That would be ridiculous too, but at least it would be the kind of supernatural explanation we've come to expect from this show. Instead, Mulder believes that Morrow inherited a murderous gene from her grandfather which was triggered somehow by her pregnancy and caused her to commit these crimes—even using the exact same technique as Cokely.

MULDER: Jung wrote about it when he talked about the collective unconscious. It's genetic memory, Scully.

Oh, brother.

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Writer: Sara B. Charno
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: January 6, 1995

Synopsis:
Mulder and Scully head to Aubrey, Missouri to try to solve an old missing persons case. In 1942, two FBI detectives disappeared while investigating a serial murder case. Three women murdered, all left with the word "Sister" carved on their chest. Mulder is intrigued when the bones of one of those missing agents are discovered in a field in that same small town, by one of their police detectives. As Mulder and Scully will soon discover, the murders have started up again.

Most Memorable Quote:
BJ: My father was a cop. A good cop. That's all I ever wanted to be. He'd say what we're doing here is nonsense. That you can't solve a crime from a dream.
MULDER: Well, I've often felt that dreams are answers to questions we haven't yet figured out how to ask.

Links:
Transcript
An Opinionated Review at BLIP TV by SciFi Debris. His verdict: watchable but just barely.
Sarah Stegall loves loves loves it, however. Humph! There is simply no accounting for taste.
And a 2014 entry in the critics lineup:
The m0vie blog. His verdict in a nutshell: the episode ties in well with The X-Files overarching themes but it doesn't make any sense at all while doing that.

Which brings me to my other issue with "Aubrey." I can't watch it without thinking of all of the reproductive horrors already visited on Scully and other female characters, and all of the horrors yet to come. And I'm sick to death of it, plain and simple.

Fanfiction:
Well, there's always "Seeds of Synchronicity" by Mountainphile. Not a favorite of mine but a lot of people seem to have enjoyed it.
Summary: Six years after the events of "Aubrey," Scully and Mulder revisit the Missouri town to confront old demons and lay new ones to rest. Found at Gossamer.

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