Season 5, Episode 4: Detouron February 23, 2018 at 12:01 am
The Emmy for worst performance in the entire X-Files goes to: Vancouver playing the Florida Everglades in this episode. I’m sorry, but this is well beyond Vancouver’s range.
It’s a meh episode, but I like the chipper, team-player FBI agents carpooling with Mulder and Scully. The female agent’s name is listed in the credits as Carla Stonecypher, and I can’t believe they didn’t bring her back for that reason alone.
You left out the part where Scully awkwardly sings Joy to the World to Mulder to stay awake.
My favorite thing I left out is where the other FBI agents assume they made up the monster attack so they could expense their trip.
“I’m gonna X-File all over the woods” sounds dirty.
Wasn’t Anthony Rapp also in this episode, as some sort of ghost hunter?
This was my very first Senseless ‘Shipper Survey.
It all had to do with Scully singing “Joy to the World” to Mulder.
Also, the part of Florida they were in – the Panhandle – is north enough to have that kind of vegetation.
But I doubt it was the Conquistadors.
It was aliens.
Episode was set in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apalachicola_National_Forest and that’s Panhandle, not ‘Glades. Sorry.
The thing is, while there are actually pine forests all across Florida, they’re made up of a local species of really thin and spindley pines that grow super tall and have relatively few branches, and in many places most of the vegetation is actually the dense scrub of the forest floor.
If Shaennon’s depiction of big, broad, fat pines and firs is accurate to the episode, then yeah – wrong species entirely, and wrong biome entirely. Florida forests, despite the heavy annual rainfall, tend to not retain a lot of water and are actually fairly dry places. (If you ignore the 100% humidity of the air, but that’s kind of everywhere, so you might as well ignore it.) The forests themselves tend to have a lot of dry, dead pine needles on the floors, and a lot of dry, scratchy brush that is unfortunately flammable and densely grown.
But yeah, it looks NOTHING like the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.
Nah. It was alternate universes.
Also, I like “Chameleon Swamp CHUDs.”
Shaenon, you come up with some of the best rock band names ever.
Chameleon Swamp Chuds. That’s gotta be a southern rock outfit, I swear.