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The X-Files: Herrenvolk/Home

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Destined to become the most collectible video among fans ofThe X-Files, this two-episode cassette is from the show's excellent fourth season--the first episode presenting a pivotal chapter of the series' conspiratorial "mythology" and … see full wiki

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"Herrenvolk" increases the convolution of the story line of the series while "Home" is the most disturbing episode

  • Jan 24, 2010
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"Herrenvolk" is a continuation of the previous cliffhanger and while it relieves some of the carryover tension, the events also increase the level of convolution pervasive in the series. Mulder's mother is in the hospital and near death while Mulder is trying to track down an alien man that possesses healing powers. The healing man was at a fast food restaurant when there was a shooting and he healed the victim by simply laying his hands on him.
There are hints that the "Cigarette Smoking Man" has had a personal relationship with Mulder's mother and an alien assassin is trying to track down the man with healing powers in order to kill him. "X" is also involved in his enigmatic way and it is also clear that the healing man is only one of many such people, all of whom work for the Social Security Administration. For reasons that are unexplained, the healers were involved gathering data on people given smallpox vaccinations. Like so many other episodes of the "X-Files" there is a muddled ending, even though one of the recurring characters is killed.
"Home" is my candidate for most disturbing episode in the series, even though it contains some unusual humor. Boys playing sandlot baseball in the small town of Home, Pennsylvania uncover the body of a dead baby and the local sheriff calls in Mulder and Scully. As Scully conducts an investigation of the gravesite, Mulder plays with a baseball and enters a mindset of love for the small town; he even mentions the town of "Mayberry", the fictional site of "The Andy Griffith Show." Mulder is surprised when the local sheriff arrives and introduces himself as "Sheriff Andy Taylor." Furthermore, the first name of his deputy is "Barney" and of course Sheriff Andy does not carry a gun.
The dead baby was clearly murdered and the body exhibits an enormous number of genetic defects. Their investigation takes them to the residence of the Peacock family, a reclusive group of grotesque individuals that grow their own food and never associate with others. When the Sheriff and his wife are brutally clubbed to death in their home and Deputy Barney knows that the Peacocks are responsible, the Barney, Scully and Mulder operate on the assumption that a kidnapped woman may have been the mother of the infant.
The reality is much more disturbing, it appears that the genetic defects are due to a great deal of inbreeding inside the Peacock family. After some deception, Scully and Mulder are able to enter the booby-trapped house and learn the truth. There is an extremely tense scene as there is a murderous confrontation between the raging Peacock brothers and Scully and Mulder that has you on the edge of your seat.
As an Iowa farm boy, I have spent some time in hog lots so I can appreciate the willingness of Duchovny and Anderson to do whatever was necessary for the show. The diversion that gets the Peacock brothers out of the house is Mulder and Scully releasing the pigs from their pen. To get the pigs out it was necessary for them to get in the pen and physically push the hogs out. To put it mildly, that would be very dirty and smelly business.

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