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The X-Files: Little Green Men/The Host

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Little Green Men  Original Broadcast Date : 9/16/94  Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong  Directed by David Nutter   The X-Files have now been officially closed down and Mulder and Scully have been reassigned to … see full wiki

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"Little Green Men" is lame, "The Host" is superb

  • Dec 1, 2008
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The first episode on this tape is one of the lamest, most unimaginative shows. Scully and Mulder are working separately and the X-files have been closed. Mulder continues to pursue the case when he gets a mysterious message to investigate data at an abandoned radio telescope in Puerto Rico. Mulder has relived the abduction of his sister and when he is told that there is evidence of extraterrestrial contact at the facility he disobeys orders and travels to Puerto Rico.
He breaks into the building and finds that there is no power to the lights but the equipment is still working on automatic. Mulder finds a signal similar to the famous "Wow!" signal that is referenced. A scientist once spotted a significant anomaly on a paper printout of signals from space and got so excited he wrote "Wow!" on the paper.
Mulder finds a local man there and when the aliens arrive, the man flees outside, only to die of fright. The aliens enter the building and render Mulder's firearm inoperative and him unconscious. Scully arrives, Mulder regains consciousness, cannot find the paper with the signal, grabs a magnetic tape supposedly containing the data and they flee while being pursued by a task force of soldiers authorized to shoot to kill. When they get back home, Mulder finds the tape is devoid of data.
The reason why I dislike this episode is that the scenario of:

1) Mulder finds some data
2) Mulder encounters aliens that simply appear for no real purpose
3) Mulder flees from a team of U. S. soldiers that will shoot to kill
4) Mulder discovers that he has no data

is repeated so often with nothing really new being added to the continuation of the story.
However, the second episode on this tape is one of the grossest most engaging episodes ever to appear on television. For reasons that are not quite understood, a parasitic being that is the size of a human and lives in sewage is attacking humans. It bites them and injects eggs into their body. These eggs grow into a fluke worm in the liver that exits out of the mouth, killing the host. As someone who took a course in parasitology, I can state that the images were very scientifically accurate.
In order to combat the creature, Mulder is forced to enter an aged underground sewer that is a tunnel. The action is so tense that my wife grabbed my hand and started when the creature appeared. It reminded me of the parasitic lamprey; possessing a mouth that is clearly one designed to suck blood out of the victim.
This episode also has one of the funniest lines I have ever heard on television. Mulder is speaking with the director of the city sanitary sewer system and when he asks if this facility serves the entire city, the director responds, "Yes, every day 560,000 people dial my office on the porcelain telephone." Without question, this is how terror on television should be done, gross, engaging and with humor.

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Genre: Television, Horror
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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