This episode’s idea of how British people talk is hilarious. That said, Amanda Pays is excellent as crack agent and Mulder ex-girlfriend Phoebe Green. I would watch X-Files: Scotland Yard.
Plus, I found the villain truly scary. Mark Sheppard fills L’ively with such menace and malevolence that it compensates for some of the episode’s other weaknesses, like, as you said, its terrible attempt at British.
First I thought, the only BBC shows I can think of that are vaguely in that area are all from the point of view of the shadow government (e.g. Torchwood). Then I thought, that would bother Shaenon why?
I always found the fire suit effect HILARIOUS. Apparently, when the human body catches on fire, not only does every square inch of you go up like a roman candle, but you gain about 50 pounds. Also, those on fire don’t run around screeming in searing pain like you would think, but just sort of stumble around and fall to their knees, like they just thought, “Screw it, I’m done. Put a fork in me.”
It ranks up there with the car flipping when it runs into another car as the most stupid, but funny special effects of all time.
Please keep these up, they are brilliant. Great to see X-Files fandom alive and well in 2012.
These cartoons are the awesome. I really hope you keep this up until you’ve done all the episodes. Then you should have them made in to a book and invite people to give you money in exchange for a copy. I would not be at all disappointed if you stopped at season 7 though.
That “Oi, guvn’r!” line really made laugh!
If you’ve never had a chance to see it, you should find a dvd copy of thr film Stunt Rock. Not only is it the best film ever, it has an awesome on fire falling off a cliff fire suit stunt.
>>I would not be at all disappointed if you stopped at season 7 though.<< LOL, Bob! I feel ya!
As a poster to alt.tv.x-files noted back in the day, Mulder having childhood trauma involving keeping looters away from a burnt out house is a bit South Bronx for a guy who’s otherwise portrayed as having a much more cottage-in-unpronounceable-New-England-town, dad-works-for-the-State-Department kind of upbringing.
Meanwhile, his phobia of fire doesn’t amount to much more than an unwillingness to walk through open flame, so it’s just as well that we never hear of it again. X-Files continuity: you win some, you lose some.