Sunday, April 18, 2010

The X-Files: Sleepless (2.4)

By far the best moment of the episode for me was the really moving phone call between Mulder and Scully. There's once again some almost flirtatious banter, as they reminisce about the "old days", Scully expressing a certain amount of jealousy over Krycek, and Mulder's joking "I'm surprised I put up with you for so long". Aww, man. They're so made for each other.

The Krycek subplot is almost spoiled by the revelation of his true allegiances. I'm guessing it was rushed to accommodate the fact that Gillian is now twenty-eight months pregnant, but it probably would have been more effective to delay the big reveal for at least a couple of episodes. Because, otherwise, he's a great addition to the show, and very believable as a possible new ally of Mulder's, who has looked up to him for years. Nicholas Lea also makes a great first impression as the character, slipping into the X-Files world with relative ease.

The main storyline for the episode was really intriguing, helped by some great guest actors, in particular Tony Todd, who's essentially the go-to guy for vengeful murderous folk on sci-fi TV. It had some great moments, from the opening "dream" to the ghosts of the dead Vietnamese haunting their killers. Pretty effective stuff. Rating B+

Guest stars Mitch Pileggi (A.D. Walter Skinner); Nicholas Lea (Alex Krycek); Jonathan Gries (Salvatore Matola); Steven Williams (X); Tony Todd (Augustus Cole)
Writer Howard Gordon Director Rob Bowman

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