TV Review: The X-Files 1.4 “Home Again”
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The X-Files
Season 1 Episode 4: “Home Again”
Written & Directed by Glen Morgan
Created by Chris Clark
Starring David Duchnovy, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Robbie Amell, Joel McHale, Lauren Ambrose.
Air Date: Monday, February 8th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week, the newly reunited Mulder and Scully reminded fans how wacky and insane The X-Files can be, as they squared off with a werewolf-inspired horned frog man. But what was more important than the creature was the impact on Mulder’s psyche. Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) has been the poster-child for “true believer” since The X-files first debuted in 1993. His office was adorned with “The Truth is Out There” posters, and he told everyone who would listen about witnessing his sister’s abduction. The new conspiracy detailed in this 6-episode run of the series has laid siege to Mulder’s theories of alien conquest. Thankfully, the horned frog man gave him a much needed boost of confidence. Scully (Gillian Anderson) has always been the yin to Mulder’s yang. She is a scientist, a surgeon, and a skeptic. Her mindset this season has been to both calm Mulder’s lunacy all the while being distracted by past choices. Her and Mulder had a son, and gave him up for adoption to keep him hidden from government involvement. This episode again forced Scully to deal with uncomfortable personal issues from her past, while an X-Files case is literally tearing it up in the streets.

Spoilers below.

On the streets of Philadelphia, members of H.U.D. are clearing the homeless off the streets to gentrify a neighborhood. When a mysterious garbage truck follows one of them back to the office, the result is a gruesome murder that no human being could pull off… pun intended… the victim’s body was completely pulled apart by a foul smelling humanoid. Mulder and Scully notice a bizarre piece of street art hanging outside the crime scene, but when Mulder investigates the security footage, he sees the street art is new, put up the morning after the murder and signed by the Trash Man. Scully gets a call, her mother had a heart attack and is in the hospital in DC.

The episode wonderfully combines the crazy X-Files plots we are accustomed to seeing (Trash Man monsters), with a truly emotional side-plot about Scully trying to get closure with her dying mom, and Mulder being there for her. These two characters have been through everything together on a personal and professional level. Mulder does all he can, but the inevitable happens and the acting in that scene is really strong and believable.

Back on the heels of the Trash Man, they follow a lead and find an underground artist (Tim Armstrong), who claims his sculpture of the “Band-aid Nosed Man” is the killer, because of some Buddhist monk ability to transfer consciousness into objects. Listening to Trash Man describe the process of bringing art into the world, gives Scully flashbacks to having and giving her baby up for adoption. From day one of this season, Scully pines for her child, and is convinced the conspiracy has something to do with him.

“Home Again” was an interesting episode because it blended two totally different aspects of The X-Files. On one hand, you had the Trash Man story about a killer wax sculpture ripping people apart, but then you had the juxtaposed story of Scully going through horrible loss, and dealing with the desire to reunite with the son she gave up. With only two episodes left in this season, I have to assume the angle of William Scully, and a reunion with his parents is going to come… or at least be a carrot for next season. I need more Mulder and Scully, and 6 episodes is simply a tease for fans, so I for one would actually not hate a cliffhanger ending.

The X-Files “Home Again” debuts Monday night at 8:00pm ET on FOX.

FOX’s synopsis:

MON FEB 8 8/7c

Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate the murder of a city official, which it seems no human could have committed. Meanwhile, Scully deals with deep feelings about the child she gave up for adoption in the all-new “Home Again” episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Written and Directed by Glen Morgan

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THE X-FILES | Intruder from “Home Again”

Joseph is murdered.

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