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First screened in Australia: 22 April, 1998
First screened in the USA: 11 January, 1998
Director: Ralph Hemecker
Writer: Jessica Scott and Mike Wollaeger
- Chad Lindberg as Bobby Rich
- Bob Dawson as Phil Rich
- Cynde Harmon as Patti Rich
- George Josef as John Ramirez
- Katharine Isabelle as Lisa Baiocchi
- Myles Ferguson as Joey Agostino
- Gardiner Millar as Mr. Baiocchi
- Sarah-Jane Redmond as Karin Matthews
- Kate Robbins and Lisa's Aunt
- Christin Anton as Teacher
- Laurie Murdoch as Coroner
A man is found buried in mud in a standing position, and his teenage stepson is the prime suspect. Mulder and Scully, however, become convinced that a greater evil may be lurking in the community.
My Rating: 3/10
Every season seems to have a shocker and this is it for season five. Bad, bad, bad.
Basically, I just had trouble following what was going on and what I did understand wasn't very good. Admittedly there were a couple of good effects but it still gets my vote for easily the worst episode of season five. I read an interview with David Duchovny and he explained that the councillor had repressed her anger so much it had infected the soil and trees, if thatís any help!
In 1998 This episode was ranked as the 13th worst on the GEOS X-Files Episode Guide.
Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
Chad Lindberg (Bobby Rich) has been in movies such as "The Rookie", "October Sky", "City Of Angels" and "Mercury Rising".
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Karin Matthews) was evil-incarnate in the "Millennium" series and also appeared in the "Aubrey" episode. She's had starring roles in "Smallville" and "Da Vinci's Inquest" and appeared in an episode of "Harsh Realm". Movie roles include "Disturbing Behavior" and "The Invitation".
The title is from the German word "Schizein", meaning to cleave or cut, and the suffix "-genic" means suitable for.
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