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X-Files: Clyde Bruckman & War of Coprophages

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This pair of third season episodes from the irreverently inventive pen of Darin Morgin have become fan favorites. Peter Boyle stars in "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" (episode 4) as the reluctant psychic Bruckman, whose flashes of future events inevitably … see full wiki

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Outstanding episodes, I would give this video six stars if possible!

  • Mar 7, 2010
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"Clyde Bruckman" is arguably the best episode of the "X-Files" ever created; Peter Boyle turns in a superb performance as insurance salesman Clyde Bruckman, aman that possesses genuine psychic powers, he can see the means whereby people die and he considers it a curse rather than a blessing. A psychopathic killer is murdering and dismembering fortune-tellers and Scully and Mulder are on the case. After Mulder dismisses a flamboyant psychic they encounter Bruckman and it is not long before Mulder is convinced that Bruckman is a true psychic. Scully retains her skepticism.
What is unusual about this story involving a psychic is that Bruckman is not always precise in his impressions; he is accurate in his statements, yet they can be difficult to interpret. Especially intense is when he predicts Mulder's death from a knife attack and that Bruckman will be "in bed" with Scully, not in the sexual sense precisely, just that he will be in bed and Scully will be holding his hand and have tears in her eyes.
Subject to some interpretation, both events do come true as the killer is discovered and dealt with. The ending is somewhat sad, leading to Scully having ample reason to cry. Boyle's mannerisms as a reluctant psychic and overall likable man really makes this show work.
"War of the Cophages" is both disgusting and hilarious as it involves a village under attack from cockroaches. It is also an episode where we see some glimmerings of a romantic link between Scully and Mulder, Scully is clearly jealous of a female scientist named Bambi that Mulder is working with.
Mulder has decided to take a night off so he drives to a small town in New England where there have been reports of UFO sightings. His relaxing time is shattered when people begin dying when encountering large numbers of cockroaches that appear to be able to coordinate themselves. When Mulder learns of a USDA research facility in town that is fenced off, he breaks into the house and encounters a beautiful entomologist named Bambi. She is studying the cockroaches so the house is swarming with them. Mulder is with her when she is examining one of his captured specimens and she comments on the size of its' genitalia. Her love of insects approaches the level of sensual and you can see how Mulder is beginning to respond to it.
Scully discerns Mulder's growing condition in her phone conversations with Mulder and it is clear she is growing jealous. Finally, Scully packs her suitcase and drives to the town to "assist" Mulder. In their examination of the roach specimen, Bambi identifies that the roach is constructed of metal and contains small computer chips. This leads them to speculate that roaches may be the elements that alien species would send to explore a planet before making any attempt to travel there themselves.
There are several disgusting scenes where the roaches are crawling on and in the humans and when Mulder is exploring an alternative energy research facility where the scientist is producing methane from animal waste. The scientist is crazed and fires a gun at Mulder setting of a chain of events that leads to it blowing up, spraying manure over Mulder and Scully. The scatological jokes that follow are hysterically funny. This is the best two-episode tape of "The X-Files" that I have ever seen.

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Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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