I love this episode. They should’ve done a follow-up where Mulder and Scully fight the genetically-engineered twenty-legged KFC chicken of urban legend.
You know, of the two of them, the only one that can shoot straight is Scully, You’d think that would make her less peril-able.
I used to work in a chicken processing plant that slaughtered and packaged the chicken for KFC. We never found any 20 legged chicken but we did occasionally get some 4 legged ones. They had an extra set of limbs between the wings and the legs that could have been either.
And that’s the last time I eat fast-food chicken.
It’s just regular mutation. It happens.
I had to look up what a “Double Down” was.
OHMYGOD!!! That’s the scariest thing in this comic!!
Also, from the Wikipedia page about Double Downs:
Grant Ellis, CFO of New Zealand KFC operator Restaurant Brands, said that despite these sales the Double Down “did cannibalise some of our better-margin products.” (emphasis added)
Even scarier: it’s not even the unhealthiest thing on the KFC menu. The pot pie and any meal with crispy-style chicken are fattier.
Scully is In Peril so often this season, she reacts to getting kidnapped and cooked with a look of bored disdain. “What, no psychotic shape-shifting mutant vampire alien serial-killer?”
Fistbump for the Patton Oswalt reference.
I love how you always have Scully pigging out whenver there is food involved with an X-file. She DOES love her southern meats.
This is my favorite episode because it is nearly science (why the immortality?), and Scully was mostly right. Scully needed to be right more often. No, Mulder, it’s not all aliens, there are weird science-based things, too.
Man, I love this comic. There were quite a few that didn’t actually recap the episode, which I don’t care for as much, but they seem to be drifting back into the recap realm, which is what got me hooked in the first place. I try to re-watch the episode the weekend after I read the comic, which makes watching it even better.
Creepy old chicken dude drawn as Colonel Sanders just made my day. Week. Hell, year.
Honestly, the Scully in Peril aspect of this episode always made me dislike it strongly—seeing Scully strapped down to a gory head-holder thing disturbed me, and even knowing the show’s not gonna kill one of the leads in a MOTW episode, that scene just dragged out way longer than it should’ve.
Then again, the tension *was* undercut by the hilarity of Mulder parking a safe distance away, having the presence of mind to kill the lights, and THEN running to the scene of Scully in Peril. If my partner were in jeopardy, surrounded by a large number of people standing around a bonfire, and I’m only one guy with one gun, I’d be flooring the pedal and trying to scatter the crowd with the car, which might also help me from getting shot. Plus, you know, I’d get there faster.
I found the SIP quite disappointing too. I’d been looking forward to the “town full of cannibals,” episode all damn season – or actually, since I started watching the show – and was madly hoping that they would try to have a Mulder and Scully community feast. But then when it was just Scully, the damselification kinda killed my buzz.
If Mulder was getting kidnapped just as often, it’d be a different story. But he isn’t, so.
Shaenon, speaking of twenty-legged chickens, have you read Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake? The chickens were one of the creepier elements in a massively disturbing dystopiary.
This particular Scully in Peril situation had a massively cute “Mulder brushes a strand of Scully’s hair out of her face” moment, though. That’s always a winner in my book.