Insomnia and the X-Files

I had some serious insomnia last night. It may have been caused by the two cups of regular coffee I had at dinner while out with a friend. Normally Anne and I restrict our evening coffee to decaf only.

I stood up way late watching the SyFy channel (hate the new spelling, by the way, it just looks WRONG). After a rerun of an episode of “Lost” ended, I was treated to an episode of “The X-Files” that I’d clean forgotten about. As luck would have it, it was an episode involving Vodou.

Mulder and Scully are investigating the death of a military man who worked at a temporary internment camp detaining a group of Haitians, including one man who is known to be a bokor (Vodou priest skilled in dark magic). As the story unfolds, we learn that other soldiers stationed there have committed suicide or died, and there are allegations of abuse of the detainees by the U.S. military. I’m not going to describe the episode in detail, because there might be someone out there who has not seen it, and those of you who like spoilers can always consult Google. The episode name is “Fresh Bones.”

As I watched Mulder and Scully’s investigation, I was again reminded why “The X-Files” will always be one of my favorite television series. (Not many others even come close, the notable exception being the re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica.” These are the only two television series I own or plan to own in their entirety.) The writing was always so good, and a decent amount of research was done on the subject matter. Mulder even mentions Wade Davis, author of “The Serpent and the Rainbow.”

Unlike the horrible film version of that book, this episode of “X-Files”  refrains from overusing special effects or simple good guy/bad guy characters. Instead, we are treated to a tale of hallucinations, zombis, oppression, deception and Vodou, all with the dark supernatural overtones that make the show so delightful.

A fun bit of trivia: Callum Keith Rennie, who played the Cylon Leoben Conoy on Galactica, guest stars as the groundskeeper of a cemetery.

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