The Host | The K Files | The X Files Podcast | Case File 202
It’s season two of the K-Files, and you know what that means: a visit from the Flukeman. Katie and guest, Kryzzalia Lopez, watch fan favorite monster-of-the-week episode, The Host, react to news of the return of the X Files in 2015, and review the comic book season 10 series from IDW Publishing.
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“The Host” is the second episode of the second season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on September 23, 1994. It was written by Chris Carter, directed by Daniel Sackheim, and featured guest appearances by Darin Morgan. The episode is a “Monster-of-the-Week” story, unconnected to the series’ wider mythology. “The Host” earned a Nielsen household rating of 9.8, being watched by 9.3 million households in its initial broadcast. The episode received positive reviews, praising the creepiness of the villain.
The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. In the episode, Mulder and Scully investigate a body found in sewage after being reassigned to different departments. Their inquiry results in the discovery of a bizarre fluke-like man—the product of the Chernobyl disaster—that soon goes on a rampage in the sewers of New Jersey.
Series creator Chris Carter claimed to have been inspired to write the episode based on three incidents; his dog having worms, his readings about Chernobyl, and the extinction of species during the 1990s. The Flukeman character was portrayed by Darin Morgan, brother of executive producer Glen Morgan. Darin Morgan would become a staff writer for the show later in the second season. In addition, “The Host” also introduced the character of X, the successor of Mulder’s former Syndicate informant Deep Throat.
On a Russian freighter off the coast of New Jersey, a crewman trying to fix the ship’s toilets is pulled into the septic system. His half-eaten body appears in the sewers of Newark days later. Fox Mulder is assigned the case and visits with a Detective Norman in Newark, being shown the still-unidentified body. Mulder angrily confronts Assistant Director Walter Skinner, feeling he has been given the seeming “wild goose chase” as a form of punishment.
That night, Mulder talks to Dana Scully, telling her that he’s thinking of leaving the FBI. He shoots down Scully’s idea that he request a transfer to Quantico, believing the FBI doesn’t want them working together. Scully performs the autopsy on the crewman’s body, finding a Russian language tattoo on his arm and a flukeworm inside his liver.
In Newark, a city worker named Craig is pulled underwater in the sewers but is rescued by his co-worker. He believes he was attacked by a python. He decides to visit a doctor (with Mulder observing) and complains of a weird taste in his mouth. An abnormal four-pointed wound appears on his back during a medical examination in Sayreville, New Jersey. Scully shows Mulder the flukeworm she found, whose mouth, though much smaller, matches the wound on the city worker’s back. Mulder receives a call from a mysterious man telling him he has a friend at the FBI. That night, the city worker coughs up a flukeworm in his shower. Mulder visits a sewage processing plant and finds a large humanoid with a fluke-like mouth.
At Quantico, someone slips a newspaper article under Scully’s door enabling her to identify the original body as a crew member on a Russian ship. Mulder and Scully meet at the processing plant and they look at the strange, fluke-like man. Skinner wants to prosecute the creature and subject it to a psychiatric evaluation, which Mulder thinks would be difficult. Skinner tells Mulder of Craig’s death and admits that this would have been an X-File had they still been open. Mulder raises his discontentment claiming that with X-Files, a certain pair of agents could have saved a life. Skinner simply responds saying everyone takes their orders from someone, implying the decision was not his and came from higher up the chain of command.
That night workers put the flukeman into a U.S. Marshal’s van unrestrained, but it kills the driver and escapes to a local campsite. The flukeman hides in a portable toilet and is pulled into a truck the next day when the toilet is drained. Mulder receives another phone call from the mysterious caller. When he questions Scully about it, she denies any involvement. The flukeman is brought back to the processing plant. Scully believes that the flukeworm she found in the body is a larva, attempting to reproduce. One of the men at the processing plant is pulled underwater by the flukeman while investigating a storm drain overflow. Mulder heads in and saves him, apparently killing the flukeman by closing a sewer grate on it, slicing it in half. Scully concludes her investigation, thinking that the creature was brought to the U.S. by a Russian freighter that was hauling salvage from Chernobyl, and that the creature was created in a ‘soup’ of radioactive sewage. Elsewhere, the flukeman’s remains open its eyes.
The Truth is Already Here.