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If you hate metaphors and love this episode it’d be wise to take a pass. Josh is surrounded by devils this week, and they whisper corrupt influences into his ear. Will he have the power to resist? Can he find something to like in this – what could be – series finale? Is Dean’s voice among the ranks of the angels or the wicked devils? Don your spiritual armor ‘ole faithful X-Files fan, and take a trek through Hell with us.
Spin the wheel of wacky X-files episode types and you’ll come up with a variety that seems a bit incongruous. Kind of like this episode which has some great moments, but is rather… silly. Is this an episode that is lifted beyond how good it is by the likes of Fox and Scully?
The X-Files goes back to its wooded roots with “Familiar” and the lads dig it. Listen on as they try to figure out rampaging cops, Chief Strong’s angular features, and predators both sexual and canine. Pro tip: don’t let your children watch Biggletiggles or Mr. Chuckleteeth.
Josh says he’ll never shake a robots hand, but Dean contends that if he did (in the not too distant future) – he wouldn’t ever realize it. Are you pro-robot? Are you a dirty collaborator? If you watch BSG then you know what happens to them. Lots going on this week, but woe to the robot sympathizer – you’ll get no quarter here.
A Skinner-centric episode that goes way back to NAM, and Josh and Dean are onboard. They’ve always been big fans of Skinner, and this week continues the trend. This episode is … good, but by no means great. Are there inexplicable moments? Yes. You may wonder, “Is that the fat version of the “I see dead people” kid actually setting John Rambo traps by himself?” Answer — it appears so. Are there silly tropes? 100%. But “Kitten” does manage to give us a glimpse into a fan favorite in Skinner. Something never really done (with this much focus) before this season.