4×22: Elegy

“What is a death omen if not a vision of our own mortality? And who among us would most likely be able to see the dead?” — Fox Mulder

Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders after a witness reports seeing an apparition of one of the victims. Soon, Scully finds herself seeing ghosts as well.

20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

Radhika: Not shockingly, as its title suggests, “Elegy” is a bit of a melancholy outing. While there is a spooky, initially intriguing mystery at the center of this Monster of the Week, its standout qualities really lie in Gillian Anderson’s performance as a character grappling with her mortality, as well as the exploration of the Mulder and Scully partnership, providing it with a bit of extra emotional heft.

We meet Angie Pintero, a bowling alley owner, and the autistic Harold Spuller who works for him. After telling Harold to go home for the day, Pintero ends up spotting a woman wedged inside a pinsetter and runs out to get help. He realizes a crowd has gathered around the body of a woman who looks exactly like the woman he just saw in the bowling alley.

When Mulder and Scully come in to investigate, they uncover the words “She is Me” on the bowling lane near where Pintero saw the woman, adding to the mystery. There have been other murders of a similar nature as well. Continue reading