After two rather dark episodes of the new series we were given a break as the mood lightened for the comedic episode of the series. Writer and director Darin Morgan returns to give us an episode that takes the piss out of the genre, out of the formula and ultimately out of itself. We have a true believer doubting himself and everything he has believed in.

We are re-introduced to two stoners from previous Morgan written episodes getting high on spray paint fumes who hear noise and see a green man monster fleeing from his victims whose throats have been torn out.

We’re back in the old office with Mulder throwing pencils into a “I Want to Believe” poster complaining that mystery no longer exists and he is finished with chasing monsters. This episode Scully informs him that he better start believing again as they have another monster on their hands.

Mulder attempts to figure out his new Smart Phone that reveals comical and unintentional selfies and even has the X-Files theme song as its ring tone. But he does manage to capture the monster in its human form as another victim appears and the two agents have lead.

The fun is back with Rhys Darby of Flight of the Concords fame playing our tortured character perfectly cast as a confused creature that turns into a human after being bitten by a man. His inability to adapt to the mundane aspects of human life, such as mortgages, pensions, even buying a dog, is very enjoyable and his name being Guy Mann was hilarious. His wide-eyed innocence, confusion and therefore likability uncovered the underlying message that it is man is who truly monstrous.

The episode is filled with throwbacks to many other X-Files episodes, the previously mentioned stoners, reference to Scully’s unfortunate dog Queegueg, and even fans sexual fantasies about Scully are made fun of as Guy Mann lies about their sexual encounter because of his human urge to lie about sexual conquests.

The self-aware, self-parodying aspects really elevate the episode that tie into Scully beginning to enjoy herself again doing autopsies of victims of bizarre deaths, as Mulder mopes around having lost his enthusiasm and becoming sceptical of all around him. This switch of enthusiasm is rectified when Guy Mann reveals his true green lizard man to hibernate for 10,000 years Mulder is given unshakeable proof that monsters to exist and his groove is restored.

A light-hearted tongue-in-cheek episode that was funny and enjoyable but in a season of only six episodes it cannot feel anything but a bit of a waste.

2/5

Dir: Darin Morgan

Scr: Darin Morgan, Chris Carter

Starring: David Duchovny, Gillain Anderson, Rhys Darby, Kumail Nanjiani, Tyler Labin

Prd: Chris Carter, Grace Gilroy

DOP:Joel Ransom

Music: Mark Snow

Year: 2016

Country: USA

Run time: 44mins