The X-Files (2000) – Invocation, and Redrum

David Amann pens Invocation, which first debuted on 3 December, 2000.

Agents Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Doggett (Robert Patrick) are drawn to a case that sees that a young boy who was abducted seven years ago, has been returned. The same age he was when he was taken.

Doggett isn’t too interested in the hows and whys of the case, he’s only intent on finding out who took young Billy (Kyle and Ryan Pepi). He seems to have a personal interest in the case, and that is hinted at because he has a personal loss in his own life; we get a visual mention of his son, Lucas, for the first time.

The investigation leads to Ronnie Purnell (Rodney Eastman), who definitely has a connection to the case, but the agents can’t quite suss out what. And when Billy seems to be harboring some bizarre tendencies, that are frightening his family, the case gets stranger by the moment.

Billy and Ronnie are somehow connected, and there is something very odd going on that neither Doggett nor Scully seem to be able to sort out, initially. Billy seems to have strange abilities relating to his family, and those around him, including Ronnie. As Doggett pushes Ronnie, he discovers the truth.

Ronnie’s stepfather, Cal (Jim Cody Williams) is the true villain, and Billy is dead, and has been working at leading people to the truth; he’s a portent, a symbol… a ghost.

I like how the story plays out, it definitely plays to the mystery side of the series, and also sets up Doggett as a more layered character.

Redrum boasts two great guest stars, Joe Morton who stars as Martin Wells, the main subject of the story, and Danny Trejo. Written by Steven Maeda from a story by Daniel Arkin, this story first debuted on 10 December, 2000.

Wells is in prison, about to be transferred, when he is shot, and on death’s door, just to start living the past five days of his life in reverse, to discover that he is the main suspect in the murder of his wife. He has no clue of what happened, he knows John Doggett, but has no recollection of events that have happened in the past, now his future.

The narrative sticks with Wells – a nod to that famous writer and his time traveler – throughout the episode, with Scully and Doggett popping up only when Wells encounters them.

He has trouble relating to the people around him as his relationship with them progresses in his timeline, but regresses in theirs, and he works to clear his name, even as the moment of his wife’s death draws closer. As he lives through the events, he begins to understand what happened, and who the real killer is. But if he can stop the murder, will everything change?

In the episode, we get a look at Doggett’s apartment, and it looks like a bit of a redress of Mulder’s apartment.

I like this episode, but, I like a good temporal tale.

The search for Mulder and more continues next week, because the truth is out there…

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