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  • I think that this, even more so than the two previous episodes, acts as a proto-typical X-Files episode
  • The aforementioned atmosphere also helps and, of course, Mark Snow's amazing score is the cherry on top of this particularly creepy sundae
  • It might be for the best, the scenes in the climax where he started growling did come off as rather silly
  • It's a darn good watch and I highly recommend it


    • by David Finniss

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      I think that this, even more so than the two previous episodes, acts as a proto-typical X-Files episode. It has all the things that X-Files fans love. It’s far more atmospheric than the other two and has a stronger story to tell compared to the other two.

      It even does a better job of living up to the show’s premise. While aliens aren’t really that far beyond the realm of possibility, Tooms really is. While they handwave it with “genetic mutation”, Tooms is a far better indicator of something that goes beyond the realm of science than UFO’s.

      As such, it’s quite a bit creepier and


      does a better job of building suspense. The aforementioned atmosphere also helps and, of course, Mark Snow’s amazing score is the cherry on top of this particularly creepy sundae. Oddly enough, Tooms doesn’t appear all that much. We see his glowing eyes as he lurks in the shadows, and he pops up from time to time, but he doesn’t really have a major role. It might be for the best, the scenes in the climax where he started growling did come off as rather silly.

      This episode did a decent job of breaking away from the formula of the last two. While Mulder was, and usually is, the person to give Scully the necessary background information on a case, this time it was a different agent who knew Scully before. This agent, not only allows for an exposition dump, but gives us a look at how other agents view Scully’s assignment.

      Maybe it’s just me, but I think that the X-Files would be an awesome assignment. You get to investigate all the cool stuff and come across all sorts of weird things that you just don’t see all that often. They should covet her position, not mock her for it.

      I also can’t help but feel like Mulder’s reputation is unwarranted. Yes,


      • The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 3: Squeeze
      he’s fascinated by the paranormal, but I get the sense that the agents don’t really get him. His whole speech about “reticulants” was clearly a joke. He’s obviously yanking their chain for his own amusement and they’re reacting like he’s being serious. It’s kind of sad on their part as they are supposed to be FBI agents, you’d think they’d be able to pick up on a bit of sarcasm.

      Tooms makes for some great nighmare fuel. Not only does the whole body contortion thing make viewers squeamish, but the idea that he can bust into any building or home, no matter how secure is enough

      to make you question your own safety, which is what any scary story should do.

      This episode managed to stand out above the rest and is regarded as one of the classics. It introduced the first, and still one of the more iconic, monsters of the week, and really cemented the format of the show. It was thoroughly creepy, but still had some humor in there to keep it from getting too heavy. The dialogue was spot on and the nature of the enemy was unlike anything we had seen before, making for a far more compelling episode. It’s a darn good watch and I highly recommend it.




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