The X-Files (1993) – Eve, and Fire

Eve continues to deliver on the exemplary episodes we’ve come to expect from The X-Files. Written by Kenneth Biller and Chris Brancato, this episode debuted on 10 December, 1993.

Mulder (David Duchovny) pulls Scully (Gillian Adnerson) in on a case that he believes is UFO related, when a body is discovered exsanguinated (a word I didn’t even know until I saw this episode originally). However, when they are summoned to another crime scene with the exact same evidence they find that the case may be linked to two identical little girls (Erika and Sabrina Krievins) and things get downright scary.

The episode gives us a riff on the Bad Seed trope of evil kids while marrying it with the science of genetics and cloning. Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin) shows up to bring the audience and Mulder up to speed and reveals the Litchfield Experiment.

It seems there was a series of genetic experiments carried out by the government in response to Russia attempting their own cloning and interbreeding experiments, and the result were a series of male and female clones known as Adams and Eves. One of the Eves (Harriet Samson Harris) escaped and continued the experiments through her own genetic work with in vitro fertilisation.

The girls play innocent through it all, killing at whim, using their superior iq and their young age to outsmart everyone, including Mulder and Scully. Something that may cause the agents their lives…

A great episode that works brilliantly well, and plays all the more frighteningly because you think it’s going to be a UFO story, and then the horror becomes a lot more grounded.

Fire is not neccessarlily a favourite episode of mine, despite the exemplary use of guest star Mark Sheppard. Written by series creator Chris Carter, Fire first aired on 17 December, 1993.

We get a glimpse of Mulder’s life previous to Scully, as we are introduced to Phoebe Green (Amanda Pays) a Scotland Yard investigator and a former lover. The pair met while Mulder was continuing his education in the UK.

She’s come to the States and asks for help in a strange arson case. She’s on assignment and seeing over Sir Malcolm Marsden (Dan Lett) and his wife (Laura Paton), who are the focus of the ire of a suspected arsonist, but in fact, a firestarter, Cecil L’Ively (Sheppard).

Sheppard is right on point, and he gives a truly unnerving performance, and pointing he and Mulder head to head is a lot of fun. Especially after we learn that Mulder’s irrational fear is that of fire, something Phoebe is more than willing to exploit.

I like a number of people, was not a fan of Green, and that caused me some problems with the episode in general. I found the rest of the story solid, but Green’s involvement with the story and Mulder just didn’t work for me. I also feel like they there was no real chemistry between Duchovny and Pays.

The episode delivers a solid monster of the week story and reminds us that the truth is out there. something I will do more next week as I explore more of The X-Files.

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