ruuger: (XF - old school)
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And following the tense "Colony"/"End Game" pair, we get the second weird mytharc-MotW hybrid of the season, though this one is at least slightly more memorable one than "Red Museum" (for its ridiculousness if nothing else).

Writer: Steve De Jarnatt
Director: James Whitmore, Jr.
Originally aired: February 24, 1995

Mulder and Scully investigate a death by invisible elephant.

Memorable Quote:
Mulder: Where's Langly?
Byers: He has a philosophical aversion to having his image bounced off a satellite.


Date: 2014-10-24 04:21 am (UTC)
fueschgast: (The X-Files)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
What's with the invisibility? Did post-abduction-return invisibility ever come up again?

Date: 2014-10-24 05:10 am (UTC)
wendelah1: (2Shy)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
Bad writing? Fortunately--no, this issue never came up again.

Date: 2014-10-24 04:48 am (UTC)
wendelah1: (Checking In?)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
I see this as mostly a failure. The premise is ridiculous even for The X-Files. How anyone could have thought an episode about an invisible elephant was a good idea is beyond me. The tone is preachy, the characters of Meecham and Kyle Lang are both stupid stereotypes. There's no real discussion on the most interesting question it raises: what ideally should our relationship be to the animals who share our planet?

When the best character is the sign-language fluent gorilla you know you have a problem. Despite the script's obvious defects, I still cared about Sophie.

Other good lines:

SCULLY: Mulder, if you're still suggesting that the elephant did this, it just defies logic. Somebody would have seen it.

MULDER: Well, if somebody would have seen it, Scully, we wouldn't be here. Another vehicle would have left evidence of a collision - distress to the metal, or paint. I can see signs of neither of those things. I'd be willing to admit the possibility of a tornado but it's not really tornado season. I'd even be willing to entertain the notion of a black hole passing over the area ... (Scully gives him a skeptical glance) ... or some cosmic anomaly, but it's not really black hole season, either. (he smiles) If I was a betting man I'd say that it was, uh, ...

SCULLY: An invisible elephant?

MULDER: I saw David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear once.

The scene where Scully autopsies an elephant is funny for all the wrong reasons. I know Scully is a brilliant generalist who handles all problems thrown at her with aplomb, but come on. She's a human pathologist not an exotic large animal veterinarian.

The Mulder voice-over at the end was one of the worst of the series.

Date: 2014-10-24 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wish I had my elephant icon!

Yeah, not much to say on this one. Invisible elephant spirits? Hee! Oh, Show. We love you.

Great to the LGM, though!


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