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"Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster" is the third episode of the tenth season of The X-Files. Written and directed by Darin Morgan, it aired on February 1. If you prefer your X-Files episodes dark and serious, then this week's joyfully funny, high camp adventure won't be for you. Previously, on “The X-Files” Mulder and Scully are back to being FBI agents, and they didn't just spend years of their lives investigating aliens.
Mulder continues to question his faith in the unexplained as he attempts to gather proof of the existence of the new creature he and Scully investigate before jumping to conclusions.
During an inspection of a truck stop, Mulder, Scully, and an animal control officer named Pasha Kumail Nanjiani seemingly encounter the creature. Eventually, evidence starts to coalesce, and Mulder begins to suspect that an individual named Guy Mann Rhys Darby is actually a murderous were-monster, capable of transforming into a lizard person.
After confronting Mann, his suspicions are proven only half correct: Mann is not a man who turns into a lizard person, but rather a lizard person who turns into a human. Mann apparently became a shape-shifter after being bitten by a human some days before and laments the existential hopelessness of human life, full sentience, and modern society. In the end, it is revealed that Pasha was the true killer, and that Mann was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Upon learning this, Mulder rushes to tell Mann, who quickly brushes off the news.
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He informs Mulder that he will be going into a 10, year hibernation, but that he was glad to have met Mulder.
Then, before Mulder's eyes, Mann turns back into his original lizard person form and scampers off into the night. Mulder thus witnesses a paranormal happening, and his faith is renewed. Background information Edit The speedo Mulder is seen wearing in the hotel is the same speedo from " Duane Barry ". The psychiatrist points at his abdomen and says evil can sometimes be here. This is a reference to Leonard from the episode " Humbug " which Darin Morgan wrote as well.
The tombstones in the cemetery feature the names of Kim Manners and Jack Hardy.
Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster
I Want To Believe. The animal head that Mulder sees Scully through is that of a fox. Normally, as a comic actor, I like to improvise and try and make things funnier than they are on paper.The X Files - Mulder hitting on Scully (funny)
But there was no improvement I could make. Nanjiani was worried that the fans would think he "ruined the show", and he jokingly said, "It's like being in love with a gorgeous woman for 20 years. And then, when you finally go out with her, you end up murdering her.
He later said, "Nobody had any fun filming this episode except for Kumail. He had so much fun that he made up for everybody else. In this episode, he takes to throwing them at the iconic "I Want to Believe" poster.
After single-handedly taking down Pasha, Scully hushes Mulder's concerns, noting, "You forget The graveyard that Mulder and Mann talk in prominently features tombstones with the names " Kim Manners " and "Jack Hardy".
I Want to Believe Mann's dog's name, Daggoo is a reference to Herman Melville 's novel Moby Dickcontinuing a tradition of featuring Melville-inspired names in the series Scully's father used to call her Starbuck ; Scully's former dog—referenced in this episode—was named Queequeg ; and in " Quagmire ", Scully likens Mulder's search for the truth to Captain Ahab 's search for the great white whale.
It scored a 2. Club, awarded the episode an "A" grade. He praised Morgan's writing and direction, stating, "his script and direction in 'The Were-Monster' are as ambitious and funny as one might hope". He called it "a funny, clever, absorbing episode" and praised the guest performances, especially that of Rhys Darby.