X-FILES 8.15 FAQ
WHEN DID FOX LAST AIR AN “X-FILES”?
WHAT’S THE NEW ONE CALLED?
Teleplay is credited to series creator Chris Carter and series executive producer Frank Spotnitz.
WHAT DOES TV GUIDE SAY?
”While it's well known that David Duchovny will appear in the rest of this season's episodes, Fox Mulder's return to active FBI duty does not look promising in this installment's opening teaser. However, with Mulder now found, Deputy Director Kersh (James Pickens Jr.) commends Doggett and offers him a promotion out of the X-files. But Doggett demurs, still having questions about the case, which takes a turn when a body is found at sea. The victim: Billy Miles (Zachary Ansley), an abductee from Scully and Mulder's first case together. Evidence shows that the body's been in the water for months. But pathologists are shocked by one other discovery - as is Skinner when he encounters an old nemesis.”
WHAT OLD NEMESIS?
Alex Krycek, who visits Skinner’s office with a remote control that can send dormant nanobots “sizzling” into Skinner’s brainstem at the press of a button. At one point, Skinner tries to snatch the remote away from Krycek, but fails.
WHEN DOES KRYCEK SHOW UP?
About halfway in.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE TEASER?
Fox Mulder is buried as Scully, Skinner, Doggett and the three Lone Gunmen (in a surprise, silent cameo) look on. “I can’t believe that I’m really standing here,” weeps Scully.
DOES THIS MEAN ANOTHER EPISODE GOES BY WITHOUT A SPEAKING PART FOR DUCHOVNY?
Mulder chokes out a few words at episode’s end.
WHAT? I THOUGHT YOU SAID MULDER WAS DEAD!!
Yeah, and Doggett was dead before some guy ate him and then vomited him into a Doggett-shaped hole in the ground. Do grow up.
HOW LONG DOES MULDER STAY BURIED?
THREE MONTHS? IS SCULLY STILL PREGNANT?
She is. A much larger Scully appears after the opening teaser. It’s mentioned that she’s six weeks from her maternity leave.
WHAT ARE THE PATHOLOGISTS SHOCKED BY?
After three months in the water, Billy Miles’ lips are still trying to form words. Because Miles and Mulder disappeared at about the same time, the news causes Skinner to exhume Mulder’s three-months-buried body within hours.
WHAT’S IN MULDER’S CASKET?
Mulder. And by the time we’re back from commercial he’s hooked to a heart monitor and surrounded by puzzled doctors.
WHAT ELSE ISN’T TV GUIDE TELLING US?
There’s a fresh new Billy Miles inside the rotting, water-damaged Billy Miles. When Miles unexpectedly awakens, he just showers off the old body.
Mulder and Miles were apparently prepped to house extraterrestrial bodies. We soon learn that Krycek has told Skinner he has a vaccine that can prevent an alien virus from taking over Mulder’s body as well.
WHAT DOES KRYCEK WANT IN RETURN?
He wants Skinner to ensure that Scully never delivers her baby.
DOES SKINNER TAKE KRYCEK’S DEAL?
Let’s just say that Skinner does something pretty shocking.
This body-snatcher stuff has been done a lot better in many other circumstances, but the episode was redeemed somewhat by Krycek’s bizarre demand. There’s also a swell scene with Doggett, who has learned of Krycek’s demand, going after Krycek in a parking garage. But Doggett’s continued skepticism in the face of all that he’s seen and done in the past six months itself continues to strain credulity.
TELL US HOW TO SQUANDER OUR SUNDAY, O HERCULES!
CBS’s “60 Minutes” at 7:00, the premiere of USA’s “Eco-Challenge Borneo” at 8:00, HBO’s “The Sopranos” at 9:00 and ABC’s “The Practice” at 10:00. Tape Fox’s “Futurama” at 7:00, Fox’s “King of the Hill” at 7:30, Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle” at 8:30, and Fox’s “The X-Files” at 9:00.
HERC’S RATING FOR “X-FILES” 8.15?
The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:
**** better than most motion pictures
*** actually worth your valuable time
** as horrible as most stuff on TV
* makes you quietly pray for bulletins