Season 3, Episode 5: The Liston August 2, 2013 at 12:01 am
The X-Files has to strike a balance in how far Mulder and Scully are allowed to succeed: they can’t unequivocally save the day and get hard evidence of monsters and psychic powers and the Conspiracy and stuff, because then the show would be over, but it helps if they accomplish something. Otherwise I start to wonder what I’m paying my shadow taxes for.
Seems like there’s a bunch of episodes where Mulder and Scully just sort of follow the spooky stuff around.
Mulder: “Like there’s a LIVING CORPSE walking around. Oh there really is a Santa!”
and I shall be saying “once again we’ve failed, even by our low standards” ALL WEEKEND
It’s the method all Great Detectives use: if you can’t catch the killer, wait for more murders. Gives you time to think. If you solve the case, you then get the kudos of catching a badass who slaughtered ten people rather than a wimp who just killed one.
It’s the Midsomer Murders theory of crime solving: Just wait until the perp has finished off the entire population of the village/hamlet/castle/renovated fairground but for him/herself and you’ve got your man!
(Just came across this strip from someone’s link on Skin Horse on Friday. It is excellent!)
Covered in mites, heh, nice callback. This episode really could have done with more Voodoo. But then it’d be just like that Voodoo episode… ah well.
I was wondering when you’d get a chance to acknowledge the Tommy Westphall nature of the X-verse. Now I can’t wait for Det. John Munch’s cameo.
If the people in TV land were actually effective, then TV land would be boring! I couldn’t yell at the screen nearly as much!
Silly. Your shadow taxes go toward important things; like Mulder’s porn collection and Cancerman’s 80 pack a day habit. Seriously, there’s like special checkboxes on their expense reports just for them.
I am happy to know that the onomatopoeic depiction of someone being killed is “kill.”