4×11: El Mundo Gira

“These people are invisible. You look at them and you don’t see them. They’re just workers – cheap labor to pick crops and clean houses. To most people they are aliens in the true sense of the word.” – Conrad Lozano

Mulder and Scully head out to California’s San Joaquin Valley to investigate the strange death of an illegal immigrant, and have to contend with the superstition of El Chupacabra.

El Mundo Gira

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Max: “El Mundo Gira,” is not as bad as last season’s god-awful misfire “Teso Dos Bichos,” but it comes pretty damn close. Ostensibly about the pursuit of the legendary creature known as El Chupacabra, the episode is perhaps the clunkiest and most ham-fisted of the MOTWs to tackle social issues of the day, namely illegal immigrants and migrant workers from Mexico.

The deceased immigrant that brought our heroes across the country, Maria Dorantes, was a woman being pursued by two brothers, both of whom loved her and wanted her to be theirs. Her face ravaged and seemingly eaten away, it is up to Mulder and Scully to determine the cause of her unusual demise. Meanwhile, the migrant population lay the blame on El Chupacabra. Mulder, never meeting a cryptozoological theory he didn’t like, sets his sights on capturing this elusive creature. Continue reading