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First screened in Australia: on my birthday 11 March, 1998
First screened in the USA: 30 November, 1997
Title: Post Modern Prometheus
Director: Chris Carter
Writer: Chris Carter
- Pattie Tierce as Shaineh Berkowitz
- Stewart Gale as Izzie Berkowitz
- Chris Giacoletti as Booger
- Chris Owens as Mutato
- John O'Hurley as Dr. Francis Pollidori
- Miriam Smith as Elizabeth Pollidori
- Vitaliy Kravchenko as J.J.
- Dana Grahame as Reporter
- Jean-Yves Hammel as Izzy's Friend
- Tracey Bell as Cher Impersonator
- Lloyd Berry as Old Man Pollidori
- Xantha Radley as Waitress
- C. Ernst Harth as Huge Man
- Jerry Springer as Himself
Townspeople in rural Indiana believe a Frankenstein-like creature roams the countryside.
My Rating: 10/10
A brilliant episode. What's not to love?
A lot of people I know complained about this episode being filmed in black and white but I have absolutely no problem with that. In fact, it adds to the atmosphere (like an old mad scientist B grade movie from the 50's) and is really like an extra character.
The episode is very funny in places (Mulder's 1-900 number, Shaineh, Jerry Springer, the diner), very touching (Mutato's speech about how Cher loved that boy ...), very shippy (the dance scene), very x-filish (the experiments and impregnations), very good! I particularly like the way the characters are portrayed like their animal counterparts - very clever and some great acting and casting.
Special Note: The scene in Pollidori's house after Elizabeth has been impregnated with Mulder staggering around is hilarious.
I've lost count on how many times I've watched this episode and it seems to get better and better each time.
Mulder: Scully, do you think it's too soon to get my own 1-900 number?
Shaineh Berkowitz: You know what this thing is, don'tcha Agent Mulder?
Mulder: Why do you say that?
Shaineh Berkowitz: Cause. You're all quiet and stuff. And you know something you're not saying, about alien abductions. They said on Jerry Springer you're like an expert.
Mulder (short laugh): I ... ahhh ... I don't think this has anything to do with alien abductions. I don't even know if I believe in that stuff anymore.
Shaineh Berkowitz (laughs): Oh, come on! (smacks his arm playfully) Really?
Mulder (After the waitress "accidently" spills coffee in his lap: That's not a place you wanna burn a guy.
Shaineh Berkowitz: You can't plant a seed in a barren field.
Scully: Isn't it obvious? (He shakes his head "no") I think what we're seeing here is an example of a culture for whom daytime talk shows and tabloid headlines have become a reality against which they measure their lives. A culture so obssessed by the media and a chance for self-dramatization that they'll do anything in order to gain a spotlight.
Mulder: Yeah, but what harm would it do to reduce these people to a cultural stereotype? Not everybody's dream is to get on 'Jerry Springer'.
Scully: Common sense alone will tell you that these legends, these unverified rumours, are ridiculous.
Mulder: But none the less, unverifiable. And, therefore, true in the sense that they're believed to be true.
Scully: Is there anything that you don't believe in, Mulder?
Mulder: But, given the power, who could resist the temptation to create life in his own image?
Scully: We already have that ability, Mulder. It's called procreation.
Mulder: It's alive.
The Great Mutato: Alas, my father was a simple man, his heart close to the soil he worked, the animals he tended. (Scully and Mulder look at each other, then at a horse, making noise in its stall, the camera pans over to Booger, as he turns his head to look, his silhoutte with his long hair making him look horsey) The experiments he attempted too advanced, the science too complex for his understanding. The results of his experiments unsatisfactory. (a chicken clucks loudly, we see the chicken, then the newspaper reporter, a goat makes noise and we now see Izzie's other friend, a man with a goatee)
Shaineh Berkowitz: I still ... You mean Izzie? ... But, who's the father? (a pig oinks loudly, her eyes widen)
The Great Mutato: Suffice to say his experiments failed.
The Great Mutato: What we did was wrong, but in our trespasses we gave you a loving son and in your homes I went places Iíd never dreamed of. With your books, and your records and home media centers, I learned of the world and of a motherís love that Iíll never know. Cher loved that boy so much.
Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
John O'Hurley (Pollidori) had the continuing role of J Peterman in "Seinfeld".
Yes under all that make-up, Mutato is played by Chris Owens, also seen as the young Cigarette Smoking Man and later Jeffrey Spender.
Pattie Tierce's (Shaineh) only other role (to 1999) was in a movie called "Replacing Dad".
The Pain Factor
Mulder has some hot coffee poured on him. Ouch! That's not a place to burn a guy.
As a bonus for "Seinfeld" fans Pollidori's "creation" is nick-named Boscopedia, after George's Bosco password in the "Seinfeld" episode featuring Peterman and his dying mother.
The episode is an homage to Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" which was written following a party also attended by Polidori who was Byron's doctor. Everyone had to write a horror story as part of a contest. Polidori ended up writing "The Vampyre", a novella that pre-dated Bram Stoker's "Dracula".
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