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      A young boy whose drawings come to life with grisly consequence provides the premise for this episode; a relatively straight forward stand alone that neither excites impresses.

      For a start, the storyline once again feels like something out of a more fantastical show than an X-Files episode, showing that the writers aren’t thinking too deeply about the scripts

      they’re expecting us lap up.

      In actual fact this almost comes across like a slightly scarier than usual children’s show… the storyline of the child with strange powers has the potential to be creepy, but a poor casting choice means it’s not realized. The special effects are also clearly CGI and dog down what little scares there are.

      • Returning recurring cast member Leyla Harrison brings the only bit of light to this episode, but even that’s only a novelty value. She herself is written badly and performed without any real gusto by Jolie Jenkins.

        Too many characters become embroiled in a silly plot that becomes a clumsy mishmash of comedy and horror that doesn’t quite work.

        The dialogue is particularly bad in this episode and neither Annabeth Gish or Robert Patrick get much in the way of a chance to shape themselves up as the new leads of the show. Gillian Anderson does get the chance at a meatier role in this one, but even she can’t pull this above a poor, forgettable stand alone.

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