season 2, episode 24, “our town”
“our town” is a sufficiently disturbing episode about cannibalism. looking back on this episode, i always related it to “red museum” from earlier in the season. but, there are not many similarities besides the role meat played in the town. in this episode the meat comes in the form of chaco chicken, a kentucky fried chicken type manufacturer. the small community is a cannibalistic cult. they believe that consuming humans helps slow the aging process. one victim who looks about 20 is actually pushing 50. now bear with me on my mulder-like “theory.” gillian anderson is a cannibal. she played bride of hannibal on nbc’s hannibal. maybe that explains the fact that she never freakin’ ages! have you seen these recent photos from the revival? she looks damn good. this is an x-file in itself. and on the subject of hannibal, i could not help thinking that dr. lecter would have been appalled at these tacky cannibals turning their precious human meals into crude fast food.
ok, that’s all a bit of silliness, really. this episode did kind of spook me. the tribal mask, scully witnessing the beheading, the girl falling dead in ground up chicken matter. the nail-biting climax where scully is about to be beheaded, too, is nerve racking.
scully with the bucket of chicken. brilliant.
chaco chicken slogan: “good people. good food.”
did you know? behind the scenes:
many of the guest starring characters are named after real life cannibals.
s: “i didn’t think anything gave you nightmares.”