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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.

Date: 2014-10-14 06:59 pm (UTC)
tree: mulder and scully from the final scene of 'jersey devil' where she threatens to hurt him like that beast woman ([xf] peace love and a)
From: [personal profile] tree
once again mulder demonstrates how little attention he was paying in class. that's not what the collective unconscious means, mulder.

Date: 2014-10-15 01:42 am (UTC)
fueschgast: PotterPuffs-style drawing of me in Hufflepuff robes, text reads "Hufflepuff pride". (:O)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
Wait, a woman wrote that?! Argh, there's nothing more annoying than people who are part of a certain group perpetuating stupid clichés about that group.

Date: 2014-10-15 01:55 am (UTC)
fueschgast: PotterPuffs-style drawing of me in Hufflepuff robes, text reads "Hufflepuff pride". (FueschPuff)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
I tend to skip everything that's below the image in these rewatch posts. :oS

But I finally have more time and just looked at it now. Really liking that Opinionated Review so far, hehehe.

Date: 2014-10-14 11:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fueschgast
Oh, hellooo, Terry O'Quinn! Always nice to see you!

Did Mulder just make a blowjob joke?

"A woman senses these things." Don't make me scowl at you, Scully!

So you have a bunch of cases of women with "sister" carved into their chests and then you have a male victim who also has something carved into his chest ...and you don't come up with the idea that the word in the guy's chest could be "brother"?

Date: 2014-10-16 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
Just typing as I watch -

I can't stand stories about adulterers. I have zero sympathy for cheaters. Just saying.

BJ just finished telling Scully in the bathroom that Locke, I mean Tillman, would kill her if she told anyone about her pregnancy. So what does Scully do in the very next scene? Yep, blab it right to Mulder. Wow.

Kinda loved the conversation in the car about Mulder having extreme hunches. They almost seemed like they were laughing as themselves, not their characters.

I loved Cokely's big old house! I've always wanted one like that. Except... now I've watched so much TV and so many movies where Bad Things happen in big old houses like that, that I don't think I could ever sleep in one.

Also, houses with staircases. Nothing good ever comes of them.

Terry O'Quinn needs to be on my TV each and every day. Forever.

Huh. I'd forgotten the explanation of Mulder's sunflower seed habit!

It's interesting how Scully in her case summary voiceover at the end refers to BJ's unborn "child" and "son". I thought it was a blob of tissue and not a child?

The idea of being a murderer/serial killer being biologically determined was an interesting one. (Even though the way it was played out was ridiculous.) I wonder if such a defense will start being used in real life cases? After all various people claim to be "born that way", when there's zero evidence for any such thing. Why not serial killers?

Other than that, meh. Just another ep where a bunch of things are thrown together and none of it makes much sense.


I never thought about it much, but I think this show is the reason why I can watch other shows and not be too bothered when things don't seem to follow logically, or make sense. (Hello, LOST!) Even though I am by nature the super-analytical type, a lot of times I just watch the pretty scenes go by and try not to think about it too much because I know it'll just frustrate me and give me a headache.

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