"El Mundo Gira"
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Title: El Mundo Gira
First screened in Australia: April 23, 1997
First screened in the USA: January 12, 1997
Director: Tucker Gates
Writer: John Shiban
- Ruben Blades as Conrad Lozano
- Raymond Cruz as Eladio Buente
- Jose Yenque as Soldedad Buente
- Simi as Gabrielle Buente
- Mitch Pileggi as AD Skinner
- Pamela Diaz as Maria Dorantes
- Lillian Hurst as Flakita
- Susan Bain as the County Coroner
- Robert Thurston as Dr. Larry Steen
- Tina Amayo as the older shanty woman
- Mike Kopsa as Rick Culver
Mulder and Scully investigate the death of a migrant worker (Maria Dorantes) where the suspect is El Chupacbra, the Mexican Goat Sucker. A fortean event (yellow rain) precedes a number of victims who are killed by a fungus spread by Eladio Buente, the brother of Soldedad Buente, Maria's sweetheart.
My Rating: 8/10
A much-maligned episode that in my humble opinion is really quite good. In fact I've watched (and enjoyed) it quite a few times! There's a lot of humour (see my notable quotables below for some examples) which always appeals to me and the acting is spot on. Ruben Blades is one of my favourite "not famous" actors and it was good to see him on The X-Files. The subject matter is quite interesting - fortean events, illegal "aliens", folklore, different points of view and there's a passionate human story at the very heart of the matter. The special effects are also very good and there are some classic sound bites (Mulder's "Maria, Maria" for example) that are among my favourites and good value in Desktop Themes if you're into that sort of thing. As a "monster-of-the-week" episode I have no problems with it!
When I wrote this review, this episode is ranked as the 4th worst on the GEOS X-Files Episode Guide.
Mulder: Witnesses described a bright flash about 30 degrees off the horizon, then a hot yellow rain fell from a cloudless sky. Fortean researchers call these "liquid falls." Black and red rains are the most common, but there have also been reported cases of blue,purple and green rains.
Scully: Purple rain?
Mulder: Yeah. Great album. eeply flawed movie, though.
Scully: It makes perfect sense, Mulder. Admit it. You fell for it. Your "Fortean Event" turned out to be nothing more than the oldest story in the world. Two men. One woman. Trouble.
Mulder: Iím looking for a man named Eladio Buente. He hasnít been seen for three days and heís not in police custody. I thought he might be in INS custody.
Lozano: He might. (Offers seat to Mulder, takes down a file and opens it.) Letís see. Okay! We have a Jose Feliciano. We have Juan Valdez, we have Cesar Chavez, we have Placido Domingo here. (Mulder smiles.) But I donít see any Eladio Buente
Mulder: They think heís the Chupacabra.
Lozano: That may be, but I will tell you with a tremendous degree of certainty this guy is not Erik Estrada.
Lozano: This guyís *better* than Erik Estrada!
Scully: Did he tell you what happened?
Mulder: Flash of light ... yellow rain ... Maria! (yells) Maria!!!
Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
Ruben Blades (Lozano) has been in numerous movies including "The Untouchables", "Color Of Night", "Predator II", "The Two Jakes", "The Milagro Beanfield War" and was Harrison Ford's partner in "The Devil's Own". He's also an accomplished singer and composer. I have two of his albums including a collaboration with Elvis Costello which is quite good. He won a Grammy for his "Encenas" album and composed the score for the Nick Nolte film "Q + A".
"El Mundo Gira" director Tucker Gates helmed another X-Files episode, "Hell Money", which is rated the fifth worst ep. on the GEOS X-Files Episode Guide. With this episode ranked as the fourth worst, it's no wonder he didn't get any more work on the series.
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