Monday, February 1, 2016

Miniseries, Episode 3: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-monster


During a full moon, a couple of burnouts in Oregon witness a three-eyed monster attacking an animal control officer and find that another person has been killed. Mulder has grown more skeptical about the unexplained phenomena in the X-Files, considering that they can be explained away as pranks and unreliable sightings. Scully lets him know about the Oregon case, where local police have found three more bodies.

A prostitute near the crime scene is attacked by a creature, but says it only has two eyes. Mulder and the animal control officer are also ambushed by a creature, and Mulder gets some footage of it on his smartphone. The agents pursue the creature into a portable toilet and find a dapper gentleman; unbeknownst to them, the man seems to be in the final stages of transitioning back into a human.

Based on the phone footage, Mulder thinks the creature has shot blood from his eyes like the horned lizard. At the motel, Mulder hears the owner screaming about monsters and discovers that the establishment has a secret hallway for peeping on guests. The owner confesses that he saw a guest transform into a two-eyed monster who looks similar to the man they saw in the portable toilet. Mulder quickly reverts to his numerous paranormal theories, much to Scully's delight.

Mulder visits with a psychiatrist who prescribed the lizard man, also known as Guy Mann, some anti-psychotic medication. Scully finds Mann working in a cell phone store, but he flees as soon as she tries to ask him some questions. After Mulder tracks him down in a cemetery, Mann says he was bitten by a man and changed from his natural form into a human, after which he felt helplessly compelled to dress himself in human clothes, get a job, eat a hamburger, and watch porn. He says he's been transforming into a human each morning and plagued by various midlife crises.

Mann says that he saw the person who infected him and witnessed him kill another creature. He also recalls how the prostitute attacked him and some weirdo took a picture of him in the toilet. And that Scully seduced him in a cheesy pornographic setup, at which point Mulder begins to doubt his story. Mann begs Mulder to put him out of his misery, but gets offended when realizes that Mulder is an FBI agent.

Scully is attacked by the animal control officer, who turns out to be a serial killer. Mulder finds Mann just as he is stripping naked to go into hibernation, which he says will last for 10,000 years. Mulder apologizes for considering him as a suspect, but still doubts Mann's story. However, he is pleasantly surprised when Mann says he is glad to have met someone like Mulder, then transforms back into lizard form and disappears into the woods.

Alex Diakun, who plays the motel manager, previously appeared in the X-Files episodes "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space,'" "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," and "Humbug" as well as The X-Files: I Want to Believe. If the stoners look familiar, it's because they've been getting high and encountering strange things since the episodes "The War of the Coprophages" and "Quagmire." This episode also features a notable Easter egg in that the gravestones in the cemetery include ones for Kim Manners, who directed 52 episodes of the show and died in 2009, and Jack Hardy, the assistant director who helped direct several Chris Carter series as well as the second X-Files movie; he too has since passed away.

Episode Body Count

Four victims: discovered by the Oregon authorities after an attack on an animal control officer

Another victim: found by Mulder and Scully soon after they arrive in Oregon

Dear Friend George: Mann says his buddy was gored by a jackalope. Mulder points out that jackalopes aren't real, but Mann is rather insistent about it.

Humans: 6
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (202/202 episodes, 2/2 movies, 3/6 miniseries episodes)

Humans: 2,327
Creatures: 132
Aliens: 66

Monday, January 25, 2016

Miniseries, Episode 2: Founder's Mutation


At a biotech company called Nugenics, a scientist named Sonny Sanjay has a freakout during a meeting after hearing some high-pitched noises. He locks himself in a laboratory, accesses a computer terminal, and fatally stabs himself in the head when his colleagues try to get him out.

Mulder and Scully arrive to investigate Sanjay's death. The company refuses to give up the hard drive of the computer Sanjay was using before his death, saying it's classified information belonging to the Department of Defense. They also aren't too keen on having the agents visit "The Founder" of the company, one Augustus Goldman.

During the autopsy, Scully finds that Sanjay has written "Founder's Mutation" on his palm. At Sanjay's apartment, the agent's find several files on children with genetic abnormalities. Mulder suffers the same high-pitched noise, which he soon interprets as the words "Find her." The files are quickly confiscated, again on the basis that they're classified by the DoD, and Mulder suspects that the genetic abnormalities might be the result of a DoD experiment.

The agents try to make contact with Goldman through the hospital where Scully works; he agrees to meet with them after Mulder asks him to weigh in on Founder's Mutation. Mulder suspects that Goldman's connections to a hospital that helps destitute young pregnant women might be part of the overarching conspiracy mentioned in the last episode.

Goldman says his company is working to help children who are suffering from several horrific genetic abnormalities. Scully speaks with a young boy named Adam, who was included in Sanjay's files and has been in Goldman's care since he was a baby; she wonders why he hasn't been released, and posits that Goldman might be after some alien DNA. A young pregnant woman from Scully's hospital is run down by a car, and the agents find that her fetus has been surgically removed.

Mulder and Scully find that Goldman's wife, Jackie, has been committed to a mental institution for murdering her child. Jackie recalls how she witnessed her daughter Molly breathing underwater about 10 minutes after falling into a pool. She says was nine months pregnant at the time, and tried to flee. When she got into a car accident, she claims that she experienced the high-pitched noise and cut open her womb to free her son.

The agents realize that a janitor named Kyle Gilligan has been present at the incidents of high-pitched noises, and that he is Goldman and Jackie's son. He says he didn't mean to kill Sanjay, who was trying to help him, but has been working as a janitor at hospitals to try to find his sister. Kyle reunites with Molly, and the siblings quickly focus their powers to disable the agents, kill Goldman, and escape. The DoD quickly takes over Goldman's lab, but Mulder has managed to sneak a vial of Kyle's blood out.

Aaron Douglas, who plays Lindquist, played Chief Galen Tyrol on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. Doug Savant, who plays Augustus Goldman, might be best known for playing Tom Scavo on Desperate Housewives and Matt Fielding on Melrose Place. Vik Sahay played Lester Patel on Chuck before appearing as Gupta in this episode. Fans of Dead Like Me might recognize Christine Willes, who plays Sister Mary, for her role as Delores Herbig (or Agent Karen Kosseff in the X-Files episodes "Irresistible," "The Calusari," and "Elegy").

Episode Body Count

Dr. Sonny Sanjay: stabs himself with a letter opener

Agnes: run down by a car in a D.C. tunnel

Deer: Jackie recalls how she got into a car accident after striking an animal in a road

Augustus Goldman: given that Mulder says his eyeballs exploded under the high-pitched assault by Kyle and Molly, it seems likely that he didn't make it

Humans: 3
Creatures: 1
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (202/202 episodes, 2/2 movies, 2/6 miniseries episodes)

Humans: 2,321
Creatures: 132
Aliens: 66

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Miniseries, Episode 1: My Struggle


A mere half-hour after Fox decides we've had enough post-game football BS, and we're back again!

Mulder gives us a recap of how he came to work with the X-Files and work with Scully. He says the FBI closed the X-Files in 2002, but he remains committed to pursuing whether aliens might exist. "Are we truly alone, or are we being lied to?" he asks. The good old opening kicks in. In New Mexico in 1947, a military bus brings a doctor to visit the crash site of the Roswell UFO.

In the present day, Scully is now working in a hospital and gets a call from Skinner. He wants to see if Mulder is familiar to an wealthy online conspiracy theorist named Tad O'Malley. Mulder is less than impressed with O'Malley's rantings, but agrees to a meet him with Scully. O'Malley takes them to a remote cabin in Low Moor, Virginia, to meet a young woman named Sveta. She claims that she was abducted and impregnated by aliens multiple times, and that the aliens took the alien-human hybrid babies from her.

In 1947, a military team guns down an alien that survived the UFO crash, much to the doctor's horror. In present day, Sveta surprises Scully by correctly noting how Mulder and Scully were once a couple and had a child together. O'Malley takes Mulder to an undisclosed location with a Faraday cage containing what seems to be an alien spacecraft powered by zero-point energy and containing a gravity warp drive.

Mulder goes to meet with Sveta and finds that humans were involved in the theft of her children. He calls Scully and suggests that there might not be an alien conspiracy at all, that they've been led to believe in a lie and that Sveta is the "key to everything." At the FBI headquarters, Skinner and Mulder pay a visit to Mulder's old abandoned office. Skinner says the country has gone in a very odd direction since the 9/11 attacks and suggests that Mulder should do something about it.

Mulder meets with the elderly Roswell doctor, who has promised to confirm Mulder's theory if he ever manages to put all the pieces together (he says Mulder hasn't even come close with his "warring aliens lighting each other on fire and other such nonsense"). Mulder suggests that 2012 kicked off a countdown, in which a conspiracy of men are using alien technology against humanity. The doctor/informant says Mulder is "nearly there."

Although Mulder is eager to use O'Malley's show to broadcast the conspiracy to the world, Scully is worried that this is yet another time where Mulder thinks he's made a breakthrough and actually has nothing. In a meeting between Mulder, Scully, Sveta, and O'Malley, Mulder outlines his conspiracy theory: UFOs were drawn to Earth by the threat of nuclear weapons and concern about humanity's self-destruction, plus tests involving alien tissue and spacecraft technology.

The question is just what the conspirators hope to accomplish, though O'Malley and Mulder suggest that the aim is to try to take over the world. The possible signs include the Patriot Act, perpetual warfare, FEMA prison camps, corporate takeovers of food and takeovers, data collection, and even obesity; Mulder and O'Malley posit that the takeover may involve the disappearance of digital money, the detonation of EMPs blamed on terrorists or Russia, or a simulated alien invasion. Scully dismisses all of it as "fear-mongering claptrap isolationist techno-paranoia so bogus and dangerous and stupid that it borders on treason" and says it would be irresponsible for O'Malley to broadcast it. She reveals that Sveta's blood test came back negative for alien DNA.

Though O'Malley has promised to reveal "the truth" on his show, he is unable to do so when Sveta publicly accuses him of bribing her to make up stories about alien abduction. A military team raids the Faraday cage warehouse and blows up the spacecraft. O'Malley's show is apparently shut down. Mulder meets with Scully, and says that she actually sequenced all of Sveta's DNA to confirm the results. She also tested her own DNA because of what she observed with William, suggesting that she too might have alien DNA as a result of her abduction. Skinner sends an urgent text message saying he needs to meet with Mulder and Scully.

Sveta's car loses power as an alien spaceship hovers overhead. It turns out that they're not there to abduct her, but to blow her up. Soon after, a familiar figure takes a drag on a stoma and says there's a problem at hand: the X-Files have been reopened.

Joel  McHale, who plays Tad O'Malley, might be best known for his role as Jeff Winger on Community or the host of The Soup. Lauren Ambrose, who plays Agent Einstein, appeared on many episodes of Six Feet Under as Claire Fisher. Fans of The Americans will recognize Annet Mehendru, who plays Sveta, as the actress who plays Nina Krilova. Gardiner Millar, who is credited simply as Man in Suit, is returning for his second role on The X-Files after first appearing as Mr. Baiocchi in the episode "Schizogeny." Andrew Morgado, who plays Charlie Scully, has a few acting credits to his name but is more involved in sound work, having worked as an ADR and foley mixer on a ton of shows.

Episode Body Count

Autopsied alien: Mulder references how Dr. Edgar Mitchell has referred to secret studies on extraterrestrial bodies, one of which is shown

Roswell alien: Gunned down by soldiers

At least four scientists: Blown up when the soldiers detonate the spacecraft

Sveta: Blown up by a UFO


Cigarette-Smoking Man: Well I guess he was just very badly burnt.

Humans: 4
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 2

Cumulative Body Count (202/202 episodes, 2/2 movies, 1/6 miniseries episodes)

Humans: 2,318
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 66

Screenshots are from

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The X-Files Body Count returns in two weeks

I wrote what I thought would be the last entry in this blog at the start of 2010, after watching The X-Files: I Want to Believe and tallying up the final body count. In the time since that post, I got a new job, got laid off from that job, started another job, and got married. It's amazing what can happen in six years, right?

The traffic to this site has been fairly modest, as may be expected for a niche topic on a TV show that ended nearly 14 years ago, but it's been mentioned in some interesting places. It was cited on the X-Files Reddit page, and Popular Mechanics gave it a shout-out as well.

But enough about me. Anyone visiting this site has no doubt heard that The X-Files is returning with its original cast for a miniseries. In the United States, the first of six episodes will air in two weeks, on January 24.

And yes, I'll plan on updating this blog for the six episodes set to air. When I originally watched these episodes, I employed the simple strategy of having the episode run in one window and keeping a tally and summary going in another window. This time around, I'll probably just start up the episode, open up my laptop, and go to town in a similar way. I'm not sure how easy it will be to access screenshots, so those may have to be added a day or two after the original post.

Among the characters who have been slated to return are the Cigarette-Smoking Man and The Lone Gunmen. Perhaps I'll need to update the UNDEAD'D category, or maybe they'll just show up in visions like the finale.

Yes, I'm still a hopeless nerd six years later. But at least I have a wife who appreciates that now.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Final Tally

(Give or take several thousand)

Humans: 2,314
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 64

Ugh. It seemed like there were some inconsistencies, and so I went through the entire count. It turns out a few things were under-counted or miscounted, so the total now includes two more humans than was originally shown.

While the tally takes into account every confirmed death as well as estimates of the occasional pile of corpses that shows up, it's probably a little low. I didn't estimate on vague statements, such as the assertion that Luther Lee Boggs killed every animal in his housing project when he was a child. Or the almost certainly under-counted fatalities aboard the USS Allegiance and USS Ardent (not to mention the disappearance of the crews of nine other ships in the Bermuda Triangle of Aging). And though I counted small tallies in wartime situations, I made a Gimpy Rule excluding mass counts, which nullified Mr. X's claim that over 4,000 people were killed in Vietnam by a sleepless Marine unit. Given Michael Kritschgau's assertion that aliens are a giant hoax, as well as the fact that he turns out to be wrong, it is unclear whether the treasure trove of alien bodies Mulder comes across at the Department of Defense should increase the alien count quite a bit. And thanks to Cancer Man's historical killing spree, I also counted a few mentions of dead celebrities. Except Elvis, of course. And finally, a couple of humans could conceivably be transferred to the alien tally, assuming the super-soldiers are not quite human.

By the Season

Season 1: 181 humans, 10 creatures, 9 aliens
Season 2: 323 humans, 19 creatures, 35 aliens
Season 3: 388 humans, 28 creatures, 3 aliens
Season 4: 316 humans, 23 creatures, 8 aliens
Season 5: 206 humans, 8 creatures, 5 aliens
The X-Files: Fight the Future: 18 humans, 1 alien
Season 6: 122 humans, 16 creatures, 1 alien
Season 7: 173 humans, 10 creatures, 0 aliens
Season 8: 376 humans, 15 creatures, 2 aliens
Season 9: 196 humans, 2 creatures, 0 aliens
The X-Files: I Want to Believe: 15 humans

Top 10 Deadliest

In increasing order:

10. The Red and the Black (50 humans net and 3 aliens)

Over 50 humans are incinerated by alien rebels at the Ruskin Dam. A couple of the rebels are killed by the alien colonists, and at least one more is killed when his spacecraft crashes on an Air Force base. The reason it's a net count is that Cancer Man was confirmed to be alive, after being presumed dead for a run of episodes.

9. Humbug (53 humans and 2 creatures)

Mulder and Scully join the case to investigate the latest in a string of murders that has claimed 48 lives over the course of 28 years. It turns out to be from a circus employee's internal twin, who kills a few more people before finding a new home. This also marks the first time I counted historical deaths, and mention of a dead faux-mermaid created from a monkey and fish sewed together counted as two creature deaths.

8. Patient X (62 humans)

Prior to the Ruskin Dam deaths, alien rebels torched at least 61 people between Kazakhstan and Skyland Mountain, and a doctor in Tunguska ends up dead as well.

7. Per Manum (67 humans and an alien)

A room full of fetuses dead of horrific birth defects takes up most of this tally, along with the human mother of an alien, the alien infant, and a man who died in 1970.

6. Closure (77 humans)

The episode opened with the unpleasant discovery of 24 kids who had been murdered by a child molester. It grew to include a number of ghosts and children taken by "walk-ins," including Samantha Mulder.

5. Release (85 humans)

This might be a conservative estimate. Most of the toll comes from the Wall of Death kept by Stuart Mimms. Though it includes hundreds of photos of victims of violent murders, many seem to be duplicates, with five of Luke Doggett alone. Based on that, I guessed there were at least 77 individuals. The count was further increased by a couple of recent victims, some cadavers at an FBI training facility, and the deaths of Luke's murderer and the person whose identity Mimms takes.

4. Our Town (91 humans)

Life-lengthening ritual sacrifices in a chicken plant community end up claiming the lives of dozens of people within a 200-mile radius of the town over the years. The participants begin to turn on themselves shortly before the agents investigate and put a stop to the practice.

3. Badlaa (125 humans)

A chemical plant disaster in India claims 118 lives, with a beggar's son dying later as a result. The beggar's vengeful killing spree and Doggett's recollection of seeing his first body as a Marine increases the count by six. The ending is quite confusing, as the beggar is seen in India after being shot dead by Scully. I say she got him and he has a twin, or something like that.

2. Tempus Fugit (135 humans and an alien)

A commercial jetliner crashes after the military shoots down a UFO conducting a mid-flight abduction, and all 134 people on board (including Max Fenig) perish. The suicide of a military air traffic controller and an alien Mulder finds in the UFO wreckage bump the count up even more.

1. Piper Maru (139 humans)

Only seven sailors in the 144-strong crew of a World War II submarine survive a black oil infection and subsequent radiation poisoning. Trigger-happy French agents and a Gulf War training death add a couple more to this deadliest single episode.

All told, these 10 episodes (about five percent of the total episodes and movies) account for about 35.5 percent of the total fatalities.

Most Mourned

The Lone Gunmen: this lovable trio of geeks never let Mulder and Scully down, and were popular enough to get their own short-lived spinoff. They were symbolic of the Three Wise Men after William's birth, for crying out loud. At least they went out in style, sacrificing their own lives to stop a viral outbreak that would have killed thousands.

Agent Pendrell: another likable geek, Pendrell was an FBI lab tech who was infatuated with Scully. Pendrell also goes out somewhat heroically, if unintentionally so, when a bullet meant for a witness Scully is protecting ends up in his lung instead. He was popular enough that at least one memorial site dedicated to him survives from the earlier days of the Internet.

Max Fenig: the show liked introducing and killing off geeks that fans liked, apparently. The multiple abductee trailer gypsy with a keen insight into government conspiracies and a liking for Soul Coughing was killed in a plane crash (or rather sucked out of the plane when the Air Force shot down a UFO that was returning him to his seat) while trying to get an alien artifact to Mulder. He only made two appearances, but overall he left a pretty lasting impression on the show, also earning a memorial from the ancient days of the Internet.

Queequeg: Scully's pet dog, given to her by Clyde Bruckman after his owner (and Bruckman's neighbor) passed away. The little Pomeranian was gobbled up by a Georgia crocodile, or perhaps the not-quite-mythical Big Blue monster. He also has at least one old memorial site, and his untimely death was subtly referenced in the British comedy Spaced.

Clyde Bruckman: a curmudgeonly psychic and reluctant helper to Mulder and Scully, he commits suicide after leaving a note bequeathing Queequeg to Scully. Bruckman appears to have made a big impression on the fans; quite a few visitors to the site came looking for something related to him, and his name is dropped in the second movie. Seeing Peter Boyle in the role is also a little more poignant since the actor's death in 2006.

Mulder's entire family: Mulder's work has some pretty dire consequences for his immediate family. His father (sort of) is killed by Alex Krycek, his mother commits suicide, and he finally comes to accept that his sister is dead. Mulder himself spends three months under a tombstone before he is exhumed and treated for an effort to turn him into a super-soldier.

William and Melissa Scully: Scully also lost a few family members. She was most affected by the loss of her sister, who was fatally shot in a botched assassination attempt on Scully herself.

Deep Throat: a kindly old Syndicate informant and friend of Mulder's (sort of) father, he was killed when the Syndicate realized what he was up to. He had his dark history, but was a good help to Mulder, who kept him alive in his memory.

Mr. X: a much more abrasive informant who came into play after Deep Throat's death, X nevertheless proved to be a terrific character...even if he wasn't above murdering people and leading Mulder on. Like Deep Throat, the Syndicate takes him out once they realize he's involved with Mulder, but he goes out like the badass he is, writing a clue in his own blood to lead Mulder to Marita Covarrubias.

Alex Krycek: well, not so much mourned as established as a character deeply imbued with the X-Files identity. A conniving free agent who played the X-Files team, and the Syndicate, and the Russian gulag, and the FBI conspirators all to his own ends. He also used bloodborne nanobots to perpetually blackmail Skinner; the Assistant Director didn't much care for that, and Kycek met his end when Skinner put a bullet between his eyes in the FBI parking garage.

Cancer Man (C.G.B. Spender): OK, so maybe Mulder and Scully weren't too upset to see him go, and Doggett and Reyes never got to drop into the pueblo to say hello, but it was a little sad when he was finally killed. From the cool, collected way he belittled Mulder's efforts to uncover the truth to the sinister way he hung out in the background to the fact that he may have committed the two most notorious assassinations of the 1960s, Cancer Man stands as one of the best villains to grace the small screen. After not one but two brushes with death, he is finally blown up by a pair of black helicopters while hiding out in New Mexico.

Signing Off

What a long, paranormal trip it's been. I hope those of you who have been checking this out have enjoyed it. I'll wander back when the third movie comes around!

Friday, January 1, 2010

The X-Files: I Want to Believe


An FBI agent named Monica Bannan is kidnapped from her home in West Virginia by two men, though she manages to get in a few shots with a rake to one of them. Using the help of a supposed psychic, Father Joseph Crissman, an FBI team discovers the injured kidnapper's severed arm in a field. Scully has returned to the medical field, and a heavily bearded Mulder is romantically involved with her but still hiding out from the bogus charges resulting from the Knowle Rohrer case. Agent Mosley Drummy offers to drop them if Mulder helps in the search for Bannan. Mulder reluctantly takes the offer and he and Scully are introduced to Dakota Whitney, the lead agent on the case.

Crissman, a convicted sex offender, claims to have seen a vision of Bannan's kidnapping in which he heard dogs barking. He is taken to Bannan's home, where he fails to impress the agents with any real intuition of her whereabouts before he starts to bleed from his eyes. Scully, meanwhile, has a crisis of faith because a young patient with Sandhoff disease isn't going to live. Another woman, Cheryl Cunningham, is abducted after a creepy Russian man (one of the people who nabbed Bannan) runs her off the road. Since Crissman mentioned barking dogs in one of his visions, Mulder gives him a little more credence when Scully says animal tranquilizer was found in the severed arm. Scully thinks that Mulder's new obsession with the case has to do with finding his sister, even though Mulder now believes that she's dead.

Crissman leads the FBI to the same field where the arm was found and this time discovers a body, part of a larger stash of corpses that also have traces of animal tranquilizers. While there, he tells Scully not to give up. The Russian, Jane Dacyshyn, takes his latest abductee to a place that looks to operate as both a dog kennel and shady operating room; it includes the injured kidnapper, Franz Tomczeszyn, who is also bleeding from his eyes. Scully riles up the administration at the Catholic hospital by suggesting stem cell treatment for her patient. The FBI looks into Cunningham's disappearance and discover that both she and Bannan have the same rare blood type and swam at the same pool, leading to the conclusion that a black market organ harvesting operation is going on. Scully wants to declare this the end of her criminal investigative career, and breaks up with Mulder when it becomes clear that he'll never be able to leave that line of work.

The boy's parents ask to stop the treatment and let God take over, and Scully recalls how Crissman told her not to give up and urges further treatment. She visits Crissman, demanding to know why he said that; he says he doesn't know and, after quoting a Scripture passage, starts seizing. Dacyshyn is questioned by the District Attorney's office for possible organ trafficking but released; that leads the FBI to find the name of Tomczeszyn, Dacyshyn's employer. Mulder is convinced that Crissman identified Dacyshyn in one of his visions, but Drummy says the only connection there is that Tomczeszyn was one of several choir boys molested by Crissman. The FBI raids their offices, but Dacyshyn manages to escape, killing Whitney and leaving Bannan's head behind.

Mulder and Scully visit Crissman, now hospitalized with terminal lung cancer, and decide that he's probably a fraud since he still thinks Bannan is alive; he also claims to have some sort of connection with Tomczeszyn. At the facility, we see that Tomczeszyn's head has been grafted onto Bannan's body. Mulder vows to find Cunningham, thinking she's still alive. He manages to track down Dacyshyn after seeing him purchasing animal tranquilizer, but Dacyshyn realizes Mulder is following him and pushes his car down a hill with his snowplow. Scully's stem cell research happens upon grafting experiments on dogs that are being done in Russia, and she calls Mulder to say that she thinks the kidnappers are doing the same thing only on humans...meaning Bannan, or at least part of her, might still be alive as Crissman predicted.

Mulder pulls himself from the wrecked car and heads toward the facility, picking up a weapon along the way. Bannan's body apparently isn't turning out to be a good match, as Dacyshyn and the other doctors at the facility prepare to transplant Tomczeszyn's head to Cunningham's body. Scully calls in the big guns to help find Mulder: Skinner! Mulder sneaks into the facility, where he demands a stop to the operation; however, one surgeon manages to inject him with tranquilizer after he is distracted by seeing Tomczeszyn's removed head open its eyes from a bucket of ice. After finding a letter addressed to a doctor in a mailbox with Crissman's Scripture number and hearing the sound of barking dogs, Scully and Skinner arrive at the facility. Scully saves Mulder from decapitation, and Skinner stops the surgical procedure while Cunningham still has her head on.

Mulder and Scully apparently get back together. Crissman dies, and Mulder is miffed that a newspaper article on the crimes neglects to mention his psychic role. He thinks that Crissman was connected to
Tomczeszyn, and suspects that he died as soon as the blood flow to Tomczeszyn's head was cut off. Scully is upset because she's put her patient through rigorous surgery as a result of Crissman's "don't give up" advice when he actually meant that she shouldn't give up on finding Mulder. He thinks it may have had a larger meaning and urges her to continue with the surgery, which she does.

Amanda Peet, who might be best-known for her roles on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Jack and Jill, plays Special Agent Dakota Whitney here. Billy Connolly, who plays Father Joseph Crissman, also played Il Duce in the two Boondock Saints movies. Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner, who plays Agent Mosley Drummy, is a rapper who formerly hosted Pimp My Ride. Donavon Stinson, who plays the "Suited Man," also plays Ted in Reaper. Chris Carter makes a cameo as a man sitting in a hospital hallway. Dedicated to the memory of Randy Stone, who did casting for the movie and several episodes and died in 2007.

Episode Body Count

Corpsicle: a woman's severed head is found in a block of ice in a field in West Virginia.

Ten other bodies: Mulder says 11 discrete human limbs have been found in the field; he tells Whitney that she has a chance to solve a dozen murders, but he's probably just rounding up.

Monica Bannan: her head is found in an organ donor transport bag by Drummy.

Special Agent Dakota Whitney: impaled on a steel bar after Dacyshyn pushes her from high atop a construction site.

Father Joseph Crissman: dies of lung cancer.

Franz Tomczeszyn: it seems that he's being kept alive through various body transplants, but Mulder mentions how Scully removed the tubes supplying him with blood, suggesting that he died at the same time as Crissman.

Scully's discovery of the Russian research includes a photo of a severed dog's head, but considering that it appears to have been successfully transplanted to another body I guess I'll let that one go.

Humans: 15
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (202/202 episodes, 2/2 movies)

Humans: 2,314
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 64

Grand Total: 2,509

And there it is! I'll return for one last post to do a bit of a statistical analysis.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Body Count in the News!

This summer, while searching for websites to link this site to, I came across X-Files News. It seems like the show went off the air before the Internet became the massive powerhouse it is today, so fan sites are few and far between now. This one is quite impressive, keeping tabs on the actors and directors and various references to the show.

When I asked to be linked on their site, I was pleasantly surprised when editor-in-chief Avi Quijada asked if I would do an interview. She's been understandably busy with work and moving between countries and whatnot, so between the interview and now I've advanced from the first introduction of the black oil (and the deadliest episode of the series) to the end of the episodes. But the interview has appeared, and is available here.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe is ready to go, but right now I'm planning to check it out on Friday, since I intend to check out Sherlock Holmes with a friend tonight and ring in 2010 on Thursday. Stick around after that post for a final wrap-up!