A classic X-Files aired last night. More below.

Cast

Gillian
Anderson
as Dana Scully
Robert
Patrick

as John Doggett
Annabeth
Gish
as
Agent Reyes
Jolie
Jenkins
as Agent Leyla Harrison

Crew

Written by Thomas
Schnauz

Directed by Dwight
Little

Original Airdate


Scary Monsters
originally aired on
Sunday,
April 14,
2002.

Synopsis

Leyla Harrison, now back to the accounting
division, drags Doggett and
Reyes out to a cabin in hopes of protecting a
friend’s grandson. The
three are soon trapped at that home, where they
start to realize that
they are in mortal danger. The boy has a twisted
mind and an active
imagination that seems to come to life.

High Point

The introduction of “Spanky.”

Low Point

After all this time, Gish still hasn’t sorted out
her character.

The Review

This episode scores high for
originality. This is unlike any
previous episodes. In fact, the only other TV
entry that this reminds
me of is the short lived Jeffrey Jones sitcom
called The People
Next Door
. This used the same concept in a
very different way,
though. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects this week were decent, but
there was no question
about what was and wasn’t CGI. I give it 4 out
of 6.

The story was very well laid out. The
true identity and
nature of the beast was unexpected. Agent
Harrison was used very
well, once again representing the fans. (She was
named after a
prominent fan who died a premature death.) I
admit that I was
interested, and unsure about the exact nature of
the demon until the
final act. It also finally felt like the torch
had truly been
passed. 5 out of 6.

The acting this week was great from all
but Gish. The guest
cast was wonderful, as was Robert Patrick. I
give it 4 out of 6,
dragged down by Gish.

The emotional response this inspired in
me was pretty high.
I laughed when I was supposed to laugh, and I was
definitely glued to
the screen. Very well done. I give it 5 out of
6.

The production was excellent. Great
direction, excellent
lighting, a Mark Snow score with some truly fresh
moments, and some
excellent editing and pacing really kept the
episode moving. 6 out of 6.

Overall, a great addition to the series,
and one of the high
points of the season. Too bad the series is
already canceled. I
give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Scary Monsters received 34 out
of 42.

The Coming Weeks

On April 21, we get Jump The Shark,
which finally resolves
the cliffhanger from the final episode of The
Lone Gunmen
.
On April 28, we get the David Duchovny directed
William,
which deals with an interesting possibility about
the whereabouts of
Agent Mulder. On May 5, we get Release,
which looks to bring
up some old demons regarding John Doggett’s son.
On May 12, we get
Sunshine Days, about a guy who is
obsessed with The Brady
Bunch
. On May 19, the broadcast starts an
hour earlier than
normal for the two hour series finale, The
Truth
.