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The Post-Modern Prometheus


Added Wed, 16/06/2021
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The X-Files (season 5, episode 5)

The X-Files

TV Show|1993
The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries that debunk Mulder's work and thus return him to mainstream cases.

The X-Files (Season 5)

TV Show Season|1997

"The Post-Modern Prometheus "is the fifth episode of the fifth season of the American science fiction television series The X – Files. The episode belongs to the "monster of the week" type and is not related to the main "mythology" of the series.

The plot of the episode is largely based on Mary Shelley's" Frankenstein " and, in particular, on the film version of James Vail, released in 1932.

Frankenstein, or Modern Prometheus

Mary Shelley

Book (fiction)|1818

The story begins in St. Petersburg and Arkhangelsk, where the English Explorer Walton goes to the North pole in order to map these unknown lands. Among the ice, his ship picks up an emaciated European named Victor Frankenstein. With a little strength, Frankenstein tells Walton the story of his life and how He got to these places.



Dr. Henry Frankenstein attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster, but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

Mulder receives a letter from Shine Berkowitz, a single mother who claims that 18 years ago, she became pregnant in an unknown way while she was unconscious, resulting in the birth of her son Izzy. Recently, history repeated itself, and she is pregnant again. She has heard about Mulder's experience in studying the paranormal from the Jerry Springer Show and wants him to investigate her case.

Mulder and Scully drive to rural Albion, Indiana. They meet Shine and her son Izzy and find out that the description of the creature that attacked the woman with a lumpy head and two mouths corresponds to the appearance of the comic book character invented by Izzy. His monstrous creation called The Great Mutato is inspired by a mysterious creature that many locals have seen. Izzy and his friends accompany the agents to a wooded area, where they themselves see Mutato from afar.

Following the monster, they meet an old man who angrily declares that monsters do not exist, and sends them to his son, a geneticist named Francis Pollidori. Dr. Pollidori shows the agents the results of his genetic experiments on the fruit fly Drosophila. This presentation includes images of a mutated fly with legs growing out of its mouth. He tells the agents that the same experiment could theoretically be performed on a human. Afterward, Mulder tells Scully that he believes Dr. Pollidori, acting like a modern-day Victor Frankenstein, created the Mutato.

Later, Dr. Pollidori's wife Elizabeth passes out in her own home and is attacked in the same way as Shine. At the crime scene, Mulder and Scully find traces of a chemical used in agriculture to anesthetize animals. This leads them to suspect Dr. Pollidori's father, who is a local farmer. Dr. Pollidori comes to his father's house, fights with him, and kills him. Later, Mutato, who lives with Pollidori Sr., finds his corpse and buries it in a shed with tears in his eyes.

Mulder and Scully go in search of Pollidori Sr. and find a shallow grave and photos of the dead man with Mutato. Meanwhile, Dr. Pollidori leads an angry mob of townspeople to his father's house, demanding that Mulder and Scully hand over the alleged killer.

The agents discover that Mutato is hiding in the basement while the crowd gathers upstairs. Someone accidentally sets fire to the barn, and in the resulting confusion, the townspeople suddenly realize that the agents are hiding a monster in the basement. As the people descend, Mutato addresses the crowd and explains that he was created 25 years ago as a result of Dr. Pollidori's genetic experiment. Unbeknownst to his son, Pollidori Sr. saved Mutato and took care of him, but was unable to provide the boy with a friend or life partner. All these years, the old man tried to repeat the experiments of his son, a scientist, creating hybrids of people and farm animals.

Mutato asks Dr. Pollidori to create a woman for him, but the scientist states that he cannot do this, and that Mutato's appearance was a mistake. The townspeople realize that the Great Mutato is not a monster, and Dr. Pollidori is arrested for the murder of his father.

Mulder believes that the ending of the story is unfair for Mutato, and demands a meeting with the author of the comic – Izzy. Mulder and Scully take matters into their own hands and take Mutato along with the townspeople to a concert by his favorite singer Cher. The episode ends with a slow dance between Mulder and Scully.

Phenomena in artwork: Land creatures

The episode tells the stories of two women from the small American town of Albion in Indiana, which happened to them within a few days of each other. They were home alone when they suddenly started to hear music; soon the room would be covered in fog and a strange monster with two mouths would appear. After that, the women lost consciousness and woke up only a few days later pregnant.

As a result of the investigation, it turns out that the monster was the result of a genetic experiment by a local scientist who conducted experiments on human embryos. Growing up alone, the creature craved love and used farm animal sleeping pills to gain access to the female body.

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