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(Onion AV Club)   An examination of the most controversial episode of The X-Files, "Home"   (avclub.com) divider line 63
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2013-10-16 08:05:30 PM
That was the one where Scully quoted the secret sheep code from "Babe," right?
 
2013-10-16 08:13:48 PM
That episode was awesome. How often does a show actually manage to get under your skin like that?
 
2013-10-16 08:28:29 PM
www.crbs.umd.edu
 
2013-10-16 08:51:58 PM
I thought they killed the newborn because it was male and they were hoping for a girl to replace dear old Mom.
 
2013-10-16 09:15:55 PM
Jesus, this one and the one with the dude that eats livers and squiggles through walls...Tooms? I think? Totally creepy. Loved that show
 
2013-10-16 09:30:48 PM

what_now: Jesus, this one and the one with the dude that eats livers and squiggles through walls...Tooms? I think? Totally creepy. Loved that show


And that creepy guy went on to marry this:

www.crushable.com
 
2013-10-16 09:31:14 PM
I remember watching that episode. My roommate and I had decided to take a night of drinking, just stay in, watch some TV. At the end of that episode, he looked over at me and said  "OK, I don't know about you, but I need a drink"
I seconded that emotion.
 
2013-10-16 09:31:29 PM
I hated that episode.
 
2013-10-16 10:10:17 PM
My favorite episodes were the ones with the alien invasion arc until I figured out that they had no idea where they were going with it.

/Gillian Anderson is still hot
 
2013-10-16 10:13:27 PM

Mugato: My favorite episodes were the ones with the alien invasion arc until I figured out that they had no idea where they were going with it.


That show set the absolute platinum standard for the "we have absolutely no idea where this is going but feel confident that if we keep layering in enough bullshiat it'll all eventually come together" theory of television writing, and it held that title without question until the third season of Lost happened.
 
2013-10-16 10:23:30 PM

Pocket Ninja: Mugato: My favorite episodes were the ones with the alien invasion arc until I figured out that they had no idea where they were going with it.

That show set the absolute platinum standard for the "we have absolutely no idea where this is going but feel confident that if we keep layering in enough bullshiat it'll all eventually come together" theory of television writing, and it held that title without question until the third season of Lost happened.


True, and they didn't even paint themselves into that big a corner compared to Lost. Aliens,government cover-up. The movie even made sense, sort of. But Lost was just completely off the rails.
 
2013-10-16 10:37:13 PM

2wolves: I thought they killed the newborn because it was male and they were hoping for a girl to replace dear old Mom.


I definitely thought that. That the episode's director said they killed the baby to stop the genetic line or whatever makes no sense at all. I don't care if that's what this discussion says is the reason. It only makes sense that they were desperately trying to continue the line and needed a female. That's the only way it makes sense at all.
 
2013-10-16 11:45:57 PM
I thought the most controversial episode was when they replaced that Evolution guy with the T-1000.
 
2013-10-17 02:35:04 AM
Pilot Viruet ?
 
2013-10-17 02:52:22 AM
Home certainly was great but the best episode was "Jose Chung's From Outer Space". Such a clever and funny script.
 
2013-10-17 02:54:43 AM

what_now: Jesus, this one and the one with the dude that eats livers and squiggles through walls...Tooms? I think? Totally creepy. Loved that show


I agree, I loved both of those
 
2013-10-17 03:18:23 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: what_now: Jesus, this one and the one with the dude that eats livers and squiggles through walls...Tooms? I think? Totally creepy. Loved that show

I agree, I loved both of those


I liked the cancer guy that barfed himself out of his own mouth IIRC, and the healer dude that ate people and barfed them out into moulds. Lots of barfing in that show.
 
2013-10-17 03:24:48 AM
One of many awesome episodes. I'd go on my favorites list but I'm sure they've all been mentioned by now.

/he sang the shaft theme. I DID NOT!
 
2013-10-17 03:31:20 AM
Fun Fact: One of the Peacock brothers was played by Gillian Anderson's boyfriend at the time.

My wife and I have been watching all the non-mytharc episodes in random order: we skipped this one when it came up. We also skipped the one with the volcanic fungus, which was a shame because I wanted to see it...
 
2013-10-17 03:33:15 AM
I wish I had seen it.

Well, off to bittorrent...
 
2013-10-17 03:33:34 AM

Shedim: Fun Fact: One of the Peacock brothers was played by Gillian Anderson's boyfriend at the time.

My wife and I have been watching all the non-mytharc episodes in random order: we skipped this one when it came up. We also skipped the one with the volcanic fungus, which was a shame because I wanted to see it...


divorce
 
2013-10-17 05:51:14 AM
The episode wasn't scary, it was perfectly executed.
 
2013-10-17 05:51:32 AM

fusillade762: what_now: Jesus, this one and the one with the dude that eats livers and squiggles through walls...Tooms? I think? Totally creepy. Loved that show

And that creepy guy went on to marry this:

[www.crushable.com image 850x1027]


At first glance, I was going 'Dolly Parton?'
 
2013-10-17 05:58:01 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: 2wolves: I thought they killed the newborn because it was male and they were hoping for a girl to replace dear old Mom.

I definitely thought that. That the episode's director said they killed the baby to stop the genetic line or whatever makes no sense at all. I don't care if that's what this discussion says is the reason. It only makes sense that they were desperately trying to continue the line and needed a female. That's the only way it makes sense at all.


Just because they (might) have wanted a female doesn't answer why they'd kill a male.

They could have:
Eaten him
Fed him to the pigs
Given him a proper burial

Peacocks are known for their outlandish displays of virility. What better way to show themselves off than to bury the baby where it would be found: at home (plate).

Ok, even I don't buy that...
 
2013-10-17 05:59:59 AM
I figured they got rid of the baby because it was too inbred messed-up to grow into a big healthy monster....
 
2013-10-17 06:07:43 AM
I like the fact that it was too much for Johnny Mathis, the creepiest motherf*cker ever.
 
2013-10-17 06:38:18 AM

AaronSynn: I figured they got rid of the baby because it was too inbred messed-up to grow into a big healthy monster....


That's what I thought too.
 
2013-10-17 06:49:31 AM
FTA:   Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong, the guys behind Space: Above And Beyond

That was a great show too.
 
2013-10-17 07:25:37 AM
Damn, I just read the wiki entry and that freaked me out. Really, it's scary because it could happen in real life. The monsters in Home aren't aliens or mythical creatures, they're just backwoods hicks. God, I always remember this episode whenever I travel trough the country. When I'm coming up on some dilapidated crapshack that was last maintained in 1912 I can't help but think "Yep, there probably is some horrifically inbred clan of serial killers who have lived here for generations and the only thing they have to do for fun is disappear local travelers."
And then the car engine starts sputtering...
 
2013-10-17 08:47:57 AM
"Home" is what I instantly think of whenever I hear Johnny Mathis' "Wonderful, Wonderful." Didn't quite ruin the song for me, but made it unnerving.
 
2013-10-17 08:51:04 AM

Mugato: Pocket Ninja: Mugato: My favorite episodes were the ones with the alien invasion arc until I figured out that they had no idea where they were going with it.

That show set the absolute platinum standard for the "we have absolutely no idea where this is going but feel confident that if we keep layering in enough bullshiat it'll all eventually come together" theory of television writing, and it held that title without question until the third season of Lost happened.

True, and they didn't even paint themselves into that big a corner compared to Lost. Aliens,government cover-up. The movie even made sense, sort of. But Lost was just completely off the rails.


The problem with X Files was they layered just a little too thick to get it completely out of the weeds by the end. In so far as writing they almost completely wrote themselves out of the hole they dug but just barely missed nailing it.
 
2013-10-17 09:23:17 AM
This and "Irresistible" are pure nightmare fuel. A psycho obsessed with fingernails and hair from young women...who of course works in a farking funeral home. And gets caught collecting the hair of a recently deceased teenage girl under his care.
 
2013-10-17 09:23:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KCYCHPhXa8&feature=player_embedded


Yeah.....that car is coming down your street.

Don't hide under the bed. That's where they hide things.
 
2013-10-17 09:28:30 AM

AaronSynn: I figured they got rid of the baby because it was too inbred messed-up to grow into a big healthy monster....


That's what I thought back when it was on TV and what I thought last month when I watched it on Netflix.

Great episode; definitely stuck with me far longer than most.
 
2013-10-17 09:37:21 AM

thamike: The episode wasn't scary, it was perfectly executed.


This.  One thing about the X-Files, it was so well made.  The lighting, the music, just everything.  Even though there were episodes that were just complete nonsense, well I just didn't care.  It was still great.
 
2013-10-17 09:56:15 AM
How about: they killed the baby because it was both too deformed and not a girl, as mom's eggs were drying up... that's how I understood it.

And the follow up sequels to this episodes weren't that bad, at least the first one... after that, they really took a Wrong Turn.
 
2013-10-17 09:56:56 AM
I loved to mess with my wife about that one as it supposedly took place about 10 miles from where  she was at Grad school.
 
2013-10-17 09:56:58 AM
To this day, this is the only episode that my wife and I refuse to watch again.  We only saw it once and that was enough.
 
2013-10-17 10:05:01 AM
It's interesting to read the impressions of people who have never seen an "X-Files" episode before. However, the fact that there are people paid to write about TV who have never seen "The X-Files" is just wrong. Wrongitty wrong wrong.
 
2013-10-17 10:06:41 AM

Richard C Stanford: Damn, I just read the wiki entry and that freaked me out. Really, it's scary because it could happen in real life. The monsters in Home aren't aliens or mythical creatures, they're just backwoods hicks. God, I always remember this episode whenever I travel trough the country. When I'm coming up on some dilapidated crapshack that was last maintained in 1912 I can't help but think "Yep, there probably is some horrifically inbred clan of serial killers who have lived here for generations and the only thing they have to do for fun is disappear local travelers."
And then the car engine starts sputtering...


Something similar has happen in real life.

The Goler clan in Nova Scotia had been practicing incest and child molestation for generations until one of the children finally told a teacher, who called the cops.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goler_clan
 
2013-10-17 10:39:01 AM

Mugato: My favorite episodes were the ones with the alien invasion arc until I figured out that they had no idea where they were going with it.

/Gillian Anderson is still hot


Have you seen The Fall?

She is aging very well.
 
2013-10-17 11:15:01 AM
Loved that episode. Kind of pissed when they decided not to air it in reruns because of its content, I didn't think it was all that bad. I guess creepy, wrong, disgusting implied sex is worse to the censors than all the gross out crap they'd done up until that point. That episode ruined that Nat King Cole song for me though. Can't hear it now without getting the heebie-jeebies. Yeesh.

I don't remember the episode but my favorite moment from the show was:

Scully: "I'm special agent Dana Scully..."

Guy She's Interviewing: "WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT YOU!!?!"

Still cracks my shiat up when I think about it.
 
2013-10-17 11:15:43 AM
Yeah, "Home" was creepy. The creature in "The Host" episode creeped me out too.
 
2013-10-17 11:36:29 AM

Pocket Ninja: Mugato: My favorite episodes were the ones with the alien invasion arc until I figured out that they had no idea where they were going with it.

That show set the absolute platinum standard for the "we have absolutely no idea where this is going but feel confident that if we keep layering in enough bullshiat it'll all eventually come together" theory of television writing, and it held that title without question until the third season of Lost happened.


Absolutely. I can't even watch the "mythology arc" episodes anymore.

AverageAmericanGuy: I wish I had seen it.

Well, off to bittorrent...


You could just watch it on Netflix streaming, and the people who made the episode would get a little bit of money.
 
2013-10-17 11:46:59 AM

Mike Chewbacca: AverageAmericanGuy: I wish I had seen it.

Well, off to bittorrent...

You could just watch it on Netflix streaming, and the people who made the episode would get a little bit of money.


Tell Netflix to support Japan and I'll be right there with them.

In the meantime, I'll enjoy their artistic endeavors. Which, if you think about it, is why artists do what they do.
 
2013-10-17 11:51:17 AM
I just finished watching the whole series again, and "Home" is a creepy episode. My ex-wife and I used to live near a house just like that one, and the people who lived there were not unlike those in "Home".

So I have a particularly creepy feeling when I watch it. Those people were my neighbors for a while.
 
2013-10-17 12:22:59 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Mike Chewbacca: AverageAmericanGuy: I wish I had seen it.

Well, off to bittorrent...

You could just watch it on Netflix streaming, and the people who made the episode would get a little bit of money.

Tell Netflix to support Japan and I'll be right there with them.

In the meantime, I'll enjoy their artistic endeavors. Which, if you think about it, is why artists do what they do.


Get either unblockus or HOLA unblocker for chrome.
 
2013-10-17 02:01:43 PM
My fave is the Flukeman who hid in a Portapotty. Also Humbug was pretty creepy. But Home does take the cake for just being effed up. I liked the mythology eps in the first 3 or 4 seasons but then it got too darn confusing..
 
2013-10-17 02:08:35 PM
there must be something wrong with me, because i watched the entire x-files series and home didn't even phase me enough to recall it specifically. then i saw people on the internet talking about it like it was a shared nightmare, so i went back and checked that i had watched, and re-watched it to be sure and i still just felt it was incredibly meh. no reaction at all.
 
2013-10-17 02:28:06 PM

tlchwi02: there must be something wrong with me, because i watched the entire x-files series and home didn't even phase me enough to recall it specifically. then i saw people on the internet talking about it like it was a shared nightmare, so i went back and checked that i had watched, and re-watched it to be sure and i still just felt it was incredibly meh. no reaction at all.


You have to keep in mind this was before CSI and Criminal Minds, so it's a little extreme for its time.
 
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