There’s something strange in the neighbourhood and who are you gonna call? Mulder and Scully of course. The X Files tackles ghosts for the first time in the second episode from X Files legends Morgan and Wong.
I’ve never been a huge fan of ghost stories and there is a part of me that feels ghosts sort of conflict with the world the X Files exists in (much like when Buffy did an episode with aliens). I’ve always sort of felt the two worlds just don’t mesh but let’s ignore my prejudices and take an objective look at this episode. Wong and Morgan are two of my very favourite writers on the series and I can’t think of an episode they wrote together I didn’t enjoy in some way.
This episode is very average. It’s the exact kind of story you’d expect from a show trying to find it’s feet and fill a ridiculous number of episodes. Much like The Jersey Devil you’re not going to miss out on much if you skip this episode. It’s a story of revenge which is a theme that will reoccur many times over the coming seasons. But there is nothing extraordinary in this episode. It won’t make anyone’s top ten but for anyone wanting to watch the whole series it is at least watchable.
This is the first time Scully’s scepticism becomes a bit harder to swallow. I mean seriously she sees the ghost beat the crap out of our villain! But her unwillingness to believe is something we’re going to have to live with for a lot longer.