Wednesday, February 03, 2016

TV REVIEW: The X-Files - "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster"

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[SPOILERS AHEAD]

Critics have been raving about 'Were-Monster' for weeks and now, I know why. This Darin Morgan penned episode was funny, deep and moving. It really, really is funny. Truly hilarious! More importantly, it had a touch of philosophy--on finding oneself, acceptance, and life in general.

Darin Morgan just has that gift--a balance of comedy and depth. He's not just being funny for the sake of being funny. It's silly, yes. But, we learn from his stories. He clearly is a comedic genius, yet he makes us think about life and the choices we make. That is his gift. A great storyteller who makes us laugh, think and understand--all at the same time  in one episode!

It's easier to believe in monsters out there in the world than to accept that the real monsters dwell within us here... and sometimes here. Maybe sometimes here. (chuckles) Not everything can be reduced to psychology. That's what you think.

Read more at: http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=174&t=24987
And speaking of gifts, Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster is indeed a gift given to us fans. We spotted the 'Easter Eggs'--War of the Coprophages, Quagmire (Queequeg!), Moby Dick (Daggoo), Red Museum and Psycho (peeping Tom!), Scully and Mulder's tie (oh, she loves playing with them ties), RED SPEEDOS (come on!), Kolchak (that outfit!) and a whole lot more! The Kim Manners homage was everything! I thank you, Darin Morgan. Kim means so much not only to the people involved in the show, but to the fans, as well. We miss you, Kim Manners! ♥

Now, onto my favorite scenes because there are a lot of them.

The scene between Mulder and Dr. Rumanovitch about humans and psychology, for me, was eye-opening. It made a point. It made me realize, "yeah, that is so true".

Dr. Rumanovitch said,

It's easier to believe in monsters out there in the world than to accept that the real monsters dwell within us...

whereas Mulder replied,

Not everything can be reduce to psychology.
It's easier to believe in monsters out there in the world than to accept that the real monsters dwell within us here... and sometimes here. Maybe sometimes here. (chuckles) Not everything can be reduced to psychology. That's what you think.

Read more at: http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=174&t=24987
It's easier to believe in monsters out there in the world than to accept that the real monsters dwell within us here... and sometimes here. Maybe sometimes here. (chuckles) Not everything can be reduced to psychology. That's what you think.

Read more at: http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=174&t=24987

Now tell me that ain't superior! Darin Morgan speaks superior script and we have tons of that in this episode.

Even when Guy Mann was talking about the only thing humans can understand--revenge. That speaks reality in this world. Our vengeful instinct. We see other people as monsters but fail to look at ourselves. We refuse to see the monster within us. This whole 'monster within us' have always been part of The X-Files philosophy as can notably be seen in Irresistible or Milagro. It's something we often overlook and this show challenges us to examine these realities about humans and monsters. For me, this episode effectively gave that message. It did. To me.

Too many things to contemplate about life in this episode. It gave us a glimpse of what would happen if we stop looking for our own purpose in life, or if we're simply convinced that there's nothing more to life...

Because if there's nothing more to life than what we already know, then there's nothing but worries, self-doubt, regret and loneliness.

Again, that speaks superior script.

Darin even took time to address people (maybe, indirectly) who might think that the whole episode is silly. After all, it's been Mulder's life. Some people think his theories were really silly and in a way, Mulder kind of mocked them by mocking his own theories. Heh

Mulder: Sounds a bit silly, doesn't it? 
Scully: Yeah. 
Mulder: You're really enjoying yourself, aren't you, Scully? 
Scully: Yeah. I am. I forgot how much fun these cases could be.

Indeed, it is fun. I've missed seeing them investigate such fun cases. Remember Bad Blood, Jose Chung's, War of the Coprophages. Live a little, people! Take time to laugh! I think it's what makes this show different from others--it can go all dark, scary, intriguing, and dramatic, or go all light, funny, and silly, or best, do both. The X-Files has always been able to do everything. It crosses all genres and I call that The X-Files magic!

Finally, my favorite moment from Were-Monster, the motel scene. The one where Mulder was debating with himself in front of Scully. Haaaaa! He knows her too well. Good thing FOX uploaded a clip of that scene. Watch it here. I can't help but laugh every time Scully tries to interject her ideas, but she just can't because Mulder knows what she was gonna say.

David did a great job in this scene. Gillian just really had great timing. This speaks CHEMISTRY. Out of this world chemistry. Unequaled. Unparalleled.

Because I truly love this scene, I have a couple of gifs for you! ♥

All I'm saying is...


And she simply says,


Yeah, we feel you, Scully. Your Mulder. It didn't end there! Mulder goes on and says, "So, you're agreeing with me?" To which our classic Scully exclaimed, "NO!"

YOU'RE BATCRAP CRAZY!

TOO FUNNY. 

Darin Morgan brought back a true fun classic X-Files episode. Most importantly, for bringing Mulder's mojo back--his willingness to believe. That last scene said a lot"I want to believe", says Mulder. It what makes this episode very significant. It was moving. Again with that Mark Snow music. He truly knows how to end a scene so beautifully.  

Thank you Mr. Darin Morgan! Here's to more

There will be more.

Believe it.

I know it.

2 comments:

  1. Don't know anyone who's much of a fan as you are (not that it's a bad thing, of course) I think it's really cool. I so wanted to comment but I have not seen a single ep so.. :) Konti na lang siguro, I probably will start watching this series too hahaha

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    1. I hope you do! ;) The X-Files is arguably the most influential series from the 90s. Many shows out today would not have existed if it weren't for The X-Files and as a fan, I am so proud of that. Hahaha! :)

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