The X-Files: Badlaa   Rewatch 
August 16, 2020 7:30 PM - Season 8, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Scully and Doggett are called to New York to investigate after a businessman is found dead in his hotel room twenty minutes after checking in upon his return from India, and the only clue is a pair of tiny handprints near the body.
posted by orange swan (5 comments total)
a.k.a. "The Butt Genie episode." And I believe that it was Gillian Anderson herself who coined that term (or at least used it in a few interviews).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:58 AM on August 17, 2020

Deep Roy deserves better, but strong guest starring performance.

Can't tell if Scully's sour face was merely due to Doggett teasing her, or if it was the nature of the corpse, or fallout from hospitalization-worthy abdominal cramps.

A pretty big goof that IMDB didn't pick up - India's "Golden Triangle" is a circuit for tourists. The "Golden Triangle" for heroin are Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. Not an error that Doggett would make.

?! "This is, uh, Special Agent Dana Scully. I am a medical doctor about to perform an unauthorized procedure on a body." Followed by her having enough forethought to have her gun out, only to end up butterbutting it.

Hi Chuck! Yeah, Doggett can be an ass, don't mind him. He usually comes around.

The denouement was a little heavy handed.
posted by porpoise at 2:27 PM on August 17, 2020

only to end up butterbutting it.

....."butterbutting it"?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:51 PM on August 17, 2020

Like butterfingers. She flubbed it, but with her butt.

Which was stupid. She should have had it unholstered and on a stable surface. It's Scully, that's what she would have done.

Anderson's been playing Scully weird. Is this male writers/ directors telling Anderson to act "pregnant?"
posted by porpoise at 12:19 AM on August 18, 2020

Anderson's been playing Scully weird.

You have to remember what Scully's going through. She's pregnant, she can't even explain how she could have gotten pregnant given that she was infertile, there have already been complications with her pregnancy and she probably has fears regarding what might happen to her child or what her child may be like, Mulder is missing, she doesn't know what he might be undergoing or whether she will ever see him again, she's trying to adjust to a new partner who isn't anything like her old partner, and she feels she has to take up Mulder's role in the X-files -- a role that is antithetical to her -- to make sure they get investigated properly.

The episode had its horrifying thrills, but the plot was more than a little muddled. I wish they'd done a better job of explaining what Deep Roy's character wanted/was trying to accomplish. I'm white and not qualified to speak on this, but the show making him a silent, terrifying, inexplicable, magical Other really made me cringe.

You'd think that, as a janitor, Beggar Man would have had access to some WD-40.

posted by orange swan at 6:10 PM on August 18, 2020

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