air date: 12-02-01
A middle-aged couple fall victim to shadowy, demonic looking killers.
Authorities find their bodies posed in a ritualistic fashion, and the
FBI calls in Agent Reyes as their resident expert. With Doggett by her
side, she would call it a hoax, if not for the palpable aura of evil
surrounding the site.
It may turn out to be a fluke, but writer/director Frank Spotnitz
has brought us back to the feel of classic X-Files. This could
be an episode about the supernatural, or it could be about an exceptionally
clever man of evil. Only the hairs on the back of your neck know for
Finally the new team gets to be front and center, with their strengths
and weaknesses meant to play off each other instead of the shadows of
Mulder and Scully.
Yes, Scully is still here, largely relegated to her new role as instructor
of forensic sciences at Quantico. (And a smart move that is, too.) Spotnitz
re-defines her as an agent willing to accept the unbelievable, but only
after science has rule out everything else. We may have heard it before,
but it comes as a relief after two episodes in which her incredulity bordered
on the outright stupid.
Reyes gets to remind us that she has occult sensitivities, a fact
which gets played a little heavy-handedly here. She makes up for it,
though, by maintaining a leather ensemble that says she wants to kick
Satan's ass. If The X-Files falters this season, let Fanboy Planet
be the first to suggest Annabeth Gish for the proposed Birds of Prey
The investigation takes them to a mental hospital, where they encounter
Dr. Kobold (James Remar), a meditating inmate prone to hearing voices.
Only incidentally does Doggett reveal the reason for his personal revulsion:
Kobold manipulated eight co-eds into becoming fertilizer for his garden.
While the two killers strike again, this time one at the other, Kobold
claims to be linked to them via Hellepathy. He can lead the agents to
the victims, but for some reason never in time.
Is he truly possessed, or is he still masterfully manipulating a game
in which Doggett, Reyes, and Scully are merely pieces? To Spotnitz'
credit, he leaves it open-ended enough to satisfy those who choose to
believe either way.
This episode also smacks of Spotnitz' directorial bid for an Emmy
nomination. Visually more flashy than the usual X-File, Daemonicus
features a lot of cross-fading of key images. The effect may jar long-time
fans used to a more somber look, but it hurries the pace of the episode
in a nifty fashion.
If we could, in fact, forget about the old episodes for a while, this
would be a good thing. Let Doggett and Reyes find their own footing
investigating these weird cases, and pretend that no conspiracy lurks
Just maybe, this will give them the chance that they deserve.