the x-files project: ep 2:18


the x-files

season 2, episode 18, “fearful symmetry”

aired: 2.24.95


in an attempt to find deeper meaning in a very mediocre episode, i googled ‘fearful symmetry.’  it is a line from a william blake poem:

the tyger
tyger! tyger! burning bright
in the forests of the night:
what immortal hand or eye
can frame thy fearful symmetry?

in what distant deeps or skies
burnt the fire of thine eyes
on what wings dare he aspire?
what the hand dare seize the fire?

and what shoulder, and what art
could twist the sinews of thy heart?
and when thy heart began to beat
what dread hand? and what dread feet?

what the hammer? what the chain?
in what surface was thy brain?
what the anvil? what dread grasp
dare its deadly terrors clasp?

when the stars threw down their spears
and watered heaven with their tears
did he smile his work to see?
did he who made the lamb make thee?

tyger! tyger! burning bright
in the forests of the night:
what immortal hand or eye
dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

i recognized the line “did he who made the lamb make thee” from a recent episode of “hannibal” (also, coincidentally, starring gillian anderson). to me, in hannibal and the original poem, it is talking about good versus evil. you could read into it with a paranormal slant. “when the stars threw down their spears and watered heaven with their tears.” that could totally mean aliens, right? the more i thought about the episode in regards to the poem, it did scratch the surface of an interesting thought. although, it did not delve as deep as it could and fell flat, in the end.

it’s an interesting concept. aliens abducting zoo animals, creating their own extraterrestrial “noah’s ark.” why would aliens restrict their exploration of our planet to humans only? and how terrifying is the idea of invisible wild animals? that is so scary, if you think about it. the scenes of the invisible animal attacks were done well. and it was really eerie seeing that elephant appear in the fog. the fog was top notch in this episode. so, kudos to the art department.

the story gets a bit muddled with animal activists and the backstory of the zoo manager and her sign language speaking pet gorilla. all this extraneous stuff causes the really interesting parts to get lost. mulder interrogates a gorilla. the lone gunmen sans langley make an odd appearance via 1995’s version of “face time.” scully does an elephant autopsy. ok, that was totally rad. and made the whole mess of an episode worth it, actually.

rating: 2.5

wandering thoughts:

scully does an autopsy of an elephant! “that’s not really in my job description.”

notable quotables:

s: “that guy really pisses me off!” and her look at mulder when he asks if she’s calmed down.

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this is a random mix of whatever. some book and movie reviews. a lot of fangirling over the x-files. reviewing all episodes, slowly but surely. thanks for visiting!
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