The X-Files #288: Home Again

"The people on the streets, the homeless, the street people, they ain't got no voice, right? They get treated like trash."
ACTUAL DOCUMENTED ACCOUNT: Scully is called to her dying mother's side while Mulder investigates a creature killing to protect the homeless.

REVIEW: Glen Morgan's turn at the wheel features another monster of the week, a piece of street art imbued with life, who becomes a garbage golem that travels by garbage truck or turns into graffiti, and who acts as the homeless' guardian, ripping nasty single-serving coffee users (and other nasty types) to pieces. It's a bit of a jumble, frankly, and given the episode just stops when we run out of victims we've met within the episode, one without a real resolution. The awkwardly-named Band-Aid Nose Man keeps us guessing as to his nature, but that's the script cheating. There's no real internal logic at work. And perhaps because I've just watched the X-Files/Millennium/Lone Gunmen canon, but Morgan's old trick of playing an ironically happy song to herald a dark killing irritates more than amuses. Its overuse is still fresh in my mind.

I'm also bristling at the connection the episode makes between Scully giving her child up for adoption and the way the homeless are discarded and shuffled about by gentrifiers, like so much trash. The moral of Home Again is that one should take responsibility for one's actions and not avoid and ignore those problems. The episode draws a link between landfills, the homeless problem, being estranged from a parent, euthanasia, and an adopted child (sent away so he could be safe from the Conspiracy), which doesn't sit well with me. And I don't much appreciate the William/creature parallel (two sons with lives of their own), or the visual Scully/creature parallel created by giving both characters the same strapped-on camera shot (nonsense).

Little William still weighs heavily on her, and her mother's death brings the issue into sharper focus. I just don't buy the guilty conscience. The Scully-Mulder scenes, however, I completely buy. The support Mulder shows her. The way they find humor in their strange, unusual lives. Scully's panic attack and begging to be put back on the case. Quite touching, and raw. But if that was the real A-story, and the monster less important, then ITS mysteries should have been solved. There's perhaps too much here for a single episode, and resolutions escape the script's grasp.

Some stand-out performances and an intriguing monster keep this one afloat, but don't expect answers or even logic.



Blog Archive


5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Class Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers FW Team-Up Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Orville Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Shut Up Star Boy Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Streaky Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zero Hour Strikes Zine