My favorite part of this episode is how blase the two meatheads are about one of them having lightning powers. They know it will result in no meaningful improvement in their crappy lives, and they roll with that.
I think I read textualization of this one once.
It was pretty good.
This was the first X-files episode I ever saw. From there I ended up watching basically every episode until season 7ish. Also, if he were a REAL teenager the episode would be titled A.S.S.
We’re not all cut out to be heroes, heck most of us don’t really have what it takes to be a decent villain. These guys have a pretty good grasp of that. If I could call down the lightning I’d still have to get up and go to work in the morning. I might see about the concept of a lightning powered car to save on gas, but that would only serve me.
I remember parts of this episode. Mostly the traffic lights and TV without remote at the end.
… That was in there, wasn’t it?
“Covered in bees” heh. Bees man, bees. Imagine lightning and bees in one episode.
I liked the fulgurite in this one. Some real, and really cool, science.
This episode is great.
I totally have an irrational love episode, too! For me it’s “Folie a Deux”, the one with the call center and the.. ah, I won’t spoil it, we’ll get there eventually.
This episode plays a lot of “Hey Man Nice Shot”, too, doesn’t it? X-Files had some pretty kickin’ tunes.
I like that Giovanni Ribisi spent most of the episode trying to impress his teacher with his lightning powers and it just didn’t work.
Yes, yes, exactly!
Ribisi was much more effective at impressing his teacher on Friends!
Part of the creepy factor that went up for me after reading the cast on Wikipedia was who played the teacher.
The scene where we meet her, and then the cut up magazine are jokes I missed as a teenager, and took the magazine to just be another jib of Scully at Mulder’s vices.
“Well, I suppose there’s Winsor McCay, Alan Moore, Jeff Smith; but more importantly, stuff I once saw on TV and forgot all about.”
I’m pretty sure this is how influences actually work most of the time.
I imagine most of the X-Files obsessives out there have read the Guardian’s list of must-see X-Files episodes? http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2013/jul/18/san-diego-comic-con-x-files Admittedly any such list that leaves out any mention of Darin Morgan is fundamentally flawed, but that, and the weird inclusion of “Ghost in the Machine”, aside, it seems like a pretty solid list (though it includes a couple of episodes I haven’t seen yet).
‘Lo Pan steals your liver’
Shaenon, I think we can all agree that Giovanni Ribisi is an accomplished and versatile actor, but if you make me think of him every time I look at Nick, I SWEAR I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU!!!!!
When Shaenon discussed this episode a few years ago, she described Ribisi as “an amazing actor in any role you care to give him but especially if it’s someone who’s kind of a dick.”
True that, but for me it comes down to esthetics. I just think he’s icky looking.
Obviously he lacks Nick’s raging sex appeal.
*note to self* Rewatch this episode!…it’s been far too long. Good stuff in this one!
I hate to say it but I can’t think of my “irrational-love” episode. Might end up doing some late night pondering on that one seeing how I have so many favorites.