Thursday, July 2, 2009

Season 2, Episode 18: Fearful Symmetry


Some unseen force tramples property and a construction worker in Idaho; an elephant shows up on a road somewhere nearby, and dies soon after. Investigating the worker's death, Mulder concludes that an invisible elephant is really the only explanation for the construction worker's death. Willa Ambrose, a naturalist and head of the zoo the elephant escapes from, is attempting to improve the zoo's conditions, which have earned the contempt of an animal rights group. Ambrose is also fighting a lawsuit to keep a gorilla named Sophie from being returned to Malawi.

The Lone Gunmen tell Mulder that the zoo is known for strange disappearances, and isn't far from a UFO hotspot. An activist is killed by an invisible tiger shortly after he sees a brilliant flash of light. The zoo's funding is cut after the tiger shows up at a construction site and has to be put down. Meanwhile, the animals that have disappeared and reappeared are found to be inexplicably pregnant; Mulder suspects UFOs might play a part.

Sophie is abducted soon after telling Mulder in sign language, "Man save man." She is hit by a car and killed after returning. Mulder reflects that aliens might be seeking to conserve animals to protect them from humans, and wonders if man can save man.

Jayne Atkinson, who plays Willa Ambrose, went on to play Karen Hayes in 24.

Episode Body Count

Construction worker: trampled by an invisible elephant.

Ganesha: an elephant that dies after apparently running herself to exhaustion

Animal rights activist: mauled by an invisible tiger.

Tiger: shot and killed by zoo employee Ed Mecham after showing up at a construction site and trying to attack Ambrose.

Kyle Lang: evidently killed by Ed Mecham after walking in while Ed was taking Sophie away from the zoo. Ambrose is also implicated in his death.

Sophie: hit by a car and killed after being abducted.

Three animal fetuses: I counted an alien fetus, after all. All of the animals that died were impregnated.

Humans: 3
Creatures: 6
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (42/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 304
Creatures: 24
Aliens: 23

Grand Total: 351

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