The first episode of “The X-Files” was a little overstuffed, while the second was certainly emotional. For the third episode, the show decided instead to just have a bit of fun. “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” was a complete hoot of an episode, and a nice homage to some classic monster episodes we’ve seen on the show in the past.
The story for the hour was fairly simple: After a series of perceived animal attacks, Mulder and Scully kicked off an investigation to figure out just what caused the incidents. Eventually, Mulder managed to pinpoint it on a person named Guy (Rhys Darby in a brilliant performance), who claimed that he was actually a lizard man who transformed into a human on a fairly regular basis as of late. He was in some ways a victim as much as anyone. There was some really great satire in here on standard human behavior, such as the need for smartphones and the inability of some men to tell the truth about their love lives.
In the end (and in classic show fashion), it was actually a animal control man (Kumail Nanjiani) who was behind the killings, and in another hilarious moment nobody but “The X-Files” would do, nobody would let him do the traditional evil monologue! That was the end of that, and again Mulder figures out something that nobody else wants to believe quite as much as he did.
This is an episode that is hard to describe using any term other than “vintage.” It was thoroughly enjoyable, hilarious, and while not exactly the most meaningful hour of television in the world, we didn’t need it to be. this was “The X-Files” as we remember and as we love it. Grade: A-.
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