The X-Files: Our Town   Rewatch 
April 14, 2020 7:02 PM - Season 2, Episode 24 - Subscribe

Mulder and Scully investigate the strange disappearance of a man in Dudley, Arkansas, a town that prides itself on its meat processing.
posted by orange swan (4 comments total)
I always confused this one and Red Museum, but I like this one and don’t like the other one.
posted by Monochrome at 12:32 PM on April 15, 2020

Arguably a little bit prejudiced, but I generally enjoy the MotW stories set in small towns with secrets where the monster is just people.
posted by porpoise at 6:09 PM on April 15, 2020 [3 favorites]

I always confused this one and Red Museum

In "Red Museum", Mulder and Scully try the ribs; in this one, Mulder and Scully don't try the chicken.

Walter Chaco keeping a freaking human skull and suspiciously old photos of himself in a cabinet in his front foyer, to say nothing of his collection of shrunken heads in a locked cabinet, was more than a little contrived. That was a big house -- he would have kept those things somewhere more unobtrusive.

It can't have been much fun for Gabrielle Miller ("Paula") to wind up face down in a vat of pulverized chicken offal. I hope they paid her more than scale.

The townspeople seemed to cook up Doris very quickly. Did they use a microwave?

Shipper moment: Mulder shoots the man who is about to behead Scully, frees her from that head brace contraption, asks if she's all right, and then smooths her hair back.
posted by orange swan at 10:56 AM on April 16, 2020 [2 favorites]

The core plot (white American man visits Pacific island, adopts the evil magical rituals of the natives, brings them back to the US and takes over a small town whose inhabitants he ropes into a cult around those evil rituals) is basically HP Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" without the miscegenation. You already threw away one ridiculously racist part of the story, now discard the other!
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:17 PM on July 7, 2020

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