season 3, episode 6, “2shy”
next up in the trio of weak episodes is “2shy.” it shows its age with internet dating being relatively new. unlike “the list” it has more cool moments, but it still is aggressively average. the idea is along the lines of “squeeze” and “tooms”, but it is nowhere near that caliber. the monster of the week is a mutant that preys on women to feed a hunger. he basically pukes slime on them and then eats their fatty tissue? i’m a little unclear on his “process.” yeah, this episode is really gross. ellen, the lonely heart, is whiny and pathetic. i’m glad she cowboys up at the end. virgil incanto is really creepy. i don’t understand how women see him as some sort of don juan. because he can read italian poetry? besides it being unsettling and disgusting it’s not super scary. the blind girl bit is sad as is the whole plot. these poor desperate women who can so easily be misled by some kind words and attention.
there are some parts i did like. scully standing up to the detective’s misogyny was great. he’s dancing around his own sexism and scully calls him out on it. i loved that she put him in his place with such grace and decorum. i also love karate scully. she really gets knocked around by incanto, but puts up a great fight. mulder didn’t have much to do in this episode. maybe to give the power to the female characters. he makes up for it by being pretty cute when he tells scully his theory, “ok, so it’s not yet the finely detailed insanity that you’ve come to expect from me. it’s just a theory, but what if he’s not doing it out of a psychotic impulse, but rather some physical hunger. maybe he needs to replenish this chemical deficiency in order to survive.” scully retorts, “from a dry skin sample your concluding, what, that he’s some kind of a fat sucking vampire?” she is so flawlessly sarcastic and skeptical, that we don’t care when she ends up being wrong.
i love when the autopsy is out of the norm. this one falls into that category.
mulder puts his arm around scully and ushers her out of the room to tell her his theory and then when they are in the hallway (*sigh* they do hallways so well) he touches her arm. it’s like he can’t help himself because there is no reason to touch her, but he does.