Anyone watching Fox during the last week has been bombarded by a booming
heralding this special episode of the X-Files written by horror guru
Stephen King. Did anyone
notice the voice-over just before the episode aired? The booming voice
wasn't quite as
intense in announcing the "special new episode co-written by Stephen King
and series creator
Chris Carter." My theory is Carter read King's original script, vomited,
then quickly set
to saving his show by adding his own touches.
"Chinga" wasn't much for plot: It was your typical
-misunderstood-child story (please see the "Chucky" reference Mulder made).
Thank God Carter
got his hands on this one, for the comedic interplay between Mulder and
Scully made it all
Unintentionally, "Chinga" ranks as one of the series' funniest episodes.
It's rare when we
see Mulder and Scully outside work, and there's a reason for that -- Scully
X-file magnet and Mulder is a socially inept workaholic. Once again Scully
tries to get away
for a while (I think she deserves a longer vacation considering that whole
cancer thing), but
an X-file inevitably finds her, as does Mulder, who's bored out of his gord
while his partner
is away. Mulder's boredom was the highlight of the show, particularly the
shot of him planted
in his office, intently watching the "Too Hot for TV" version of "The
World's Deadliest Swarms."
I'd bet a good chunk of cash that Carter was also responsible for this
show's deft character
advancements. At one point
Scully suggests the police must examine "extreme possibilities," which was
mantra in season one. Later in the show, Mulder offers a "scientific"
explanation for the town's lunacy. In the last scene, Scully finally asks
"I Want to Believe" poster; something she could have done five seasons ago.
is becoming the believer while Mulder is learning to accept science as an
I think we were all hoping for a better effort from Stephen King, but the
show did hold value
as a comedy. I bet next week's episode, written by tech-God William Gibson,
will mark a return
to form for the show.
Note: This review originally appeared at Ontap.com. It's reprinted here for archival purposes.