Jeff Vlaming takes Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) to Cleveland, Ohio to investigate a serial killer that seems to be preying on lonely hearts of a certain body type. Airing on 3 November, 1995, the series introduced us to Virgil Incanto as brought to life by Timothy Carhart.
Incanto seems to be preying on shy, overweight women looking for love. He woos them over with 16th century poetry, and when he finally meets them, he kills them, consuming their fatty tissue in a strange regurgitation of his stomach acids.
It’s a solid episode, mainly for Carhart’s unnerving performance, he’s always exceptional, and it’s great to see Mulder and Scully working a serial killer case, even if it’s got a slightly paranormal bent. It also sees Scully dealing with police officers that feel that some investigations (or jobs?) shouldn’t include women. Scully, takes it in stride, and moves past is easily and comfortably, barely noting it, and excelling at her assignment.
As the pair investigate, even Scully signs on to the theory as they discover the true nature of Incanto’s abilities, and needs.
There’s a look at relationships between men and women, and how we feed off of one another, as well as the glimpse of love versus the reality – best illustrated by the opening sequence that features a beautiful night-time skyline which introduces a supposed romantic interlude with Incanto and a victim, and then the cut to the cold, clear morning the same location is revaled to be a garbage littered dock, the reality versus the illusion.
It’s a nice touch and Carhart is awesome.
The Walk takes the pair of FBI agents to a VA hospital in Maryland to investigate some strange occurrences including murder and attempted suicide. Written by John Shiban, this episode first debuted on 10 November, 1995.
Answering machines are filled with strange messages, people are getting glimpses of a soldiers stalking them, and slowly, but surely the bodies begin to pile up. Mulder has theories when he first begins to investigate, but even he is unsure of what is going on at first, especially when their lead suspect is a quadruple amputee, Leonard ‘Rappo’ Trimble (Ian Tracey).
As Mulder begins to puzzle it out, he throws out an idea to Scully… Trimble is using astral projection to stalk his victims, not to kill them, but to keep them alive, in pain, and suffering, just like he is.
I like this story, I like that it takes a glimpse at the horrible lives some veterans must have because of the things they did for the service they gave their country. I like Tracey, but I really enjoy when Willie Garson pops up in script.
There s more mystery, and investigations to come next week, because (here it comes) the truth is out there…