Season 2, Episode 24: “Our Town”
Okay, let’s be honest here. “Our Town” is absurd. But you know you love it anyway.
There’s always someone who doesn’t like something, I know. But I honestly can’t see how anyone could not like this episode. It’s too ridiculous to be taken seriously, scary enough to be interesting, and…I don’t know, it’s just fun.
The good citizens of Dudley, Arkansas are members of a cult that eats people. Oh, and they run a chicken farm. Put the two together, and you have what may be yet another subtle commentary on the downsides of eating meat. What I want to know is, who’s the vegetarian behind the scenes? Was it the story editor? The writer? Chris Carter himself?
I’m usually terrified by occult things, but I think this is the episode I realized why the scary stuff on The X-Files doesn’t scare me as much as it might in a horror movie or another show. It has to do with the fact my subconscious is aware that Mulder and Scully are going to make it out okay. Whatever horrors they face, those horrors (at least, in the MOTW episodes) can be defeated. Knowing that, I can just sit back and enjoy the ride.
What makes “Our Town” work is the stark contrast between the people of Dudley, Arkansas and the type of activity they engage in. The people seem like your typical small-town southern farm community, innocent, familial, and not enormously complicated. Yet at night they gather together to eat human remains. Which they get served in bowls, around a bonfire. It’s this sick, twisted combination between southern and cannibalistic lifestyle, and it creates an atmosphere of fantastic unbelievability.
A lot of people take issue with the fact that Scully has to be rescued by Mulder in this episode. To this I respectfully refer you to this link. Seriously, though, if you haven’t realized by now that Mulder and Scully are intellectual equals and that Scully is more than capable of handling herself, I feel sorry for you. Keep watching and there’s no way you’ll be able to miss it.
We’re down to Season 2’s final stretch, folks. Oh, boy. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Final score for “Our Town” is 8/10. Come on, guys. How can you not love this one?
- I always laugh when they unmask the guy with the axe and you find out it was the sheriff.
- The beginning might be a little too ridiculous. “You’ll have to catch me first?” Who says that after preschool?
- Shipper moment: Mulder brushes Scully’s hair aside after he saves her from the cannibals. 🙂