Hynek and Quinn head to Utah to investigate an incident at a fictionalized version of the Skinwalker Ranch, which in real life has been the site of many and varied reports of paranormal events including UFO’s, cattle mutilations, invisible magnetic anomalies, and sightings of creatures that look like skinwalkers. UFO researcher and billionaire Robert Bigelow bought the ranch in late 1996 for $200,000, and set up continuous surveillance there, but reported finding nothing. In 2016, Bigelow sold the Ranch to a shell corporation called Adamantium Holdings for $4.5 million. Adamantium has since secured the ranch with guards and barbed wire and all roads leading there have been blocked.
The first X-file, which according to Mulder was created in 1946, dealt with skinwalkers, but Mulder didn’t investigate it until that show’s 19th episode. Titled “Shapes”, the story was (for unknown reasons) set in Montana. Here, Mulder surprises Scully with a piece of skin shed by a skinwalker.
The owners of the fictitious ranch are Rex and Laura Chapman (Jesse Hutch and Spencer Grammer), and since moving to the 488-acre property, their son Billy (Liam Hughes) has taken to sleepwalking. As they followed Billy on one of his nocturnal wanderings, they spotted the alien that let to Project Blue Book’s involvement. When Quinn and Hynek arrive, they discover a skeleton wrapped in animal skins hanging from a tree, which is probably what the Chapmans mistook for an alien. A creepy neighbour (Christopher Heyerdahl) is responsible for the hanging figure, and there are more of them. He says they are wards against skinwalkers, but if they are, they are noticeably ineffective. As Quinn put it after they find little Billy cowering in a cabinet hiding from “the alien”: “Blue lights in the woods, could be ball lightning. Effigy hanging from a tree. But boy in the cupboard?”Continue reading →
The Fixer (Ian Tracey), having kidnapped Hynek, allows him to call home (under supervision) to reassure his wife that he’s all right. Hynek tells Mimi to kiss Joel goodnight for him, and that tips her that something’s wrong, since Joel hates being kissed goodnight. Mimi calls Quinn and tells him that Hynek’s in trouble. Quinn goes to Daniel Banks (Jerod Haynes) and explains the situation, suggesting that Rebecca (the clairvoyant from the last episode) might be able to help. Rebecca (Hayley McLaughlin) scribbles a lot and makes a multi-layered picture of the artifact that Hynek stole for The Fixer in Episode 1.6. When Rebecca draws the alien artifact in layers, does that indicate that the device is naturally divided that way? It might give a hint to how the thing functions. Continue reading →
At the start of the episode, Hynek (Aidan Gillen) and Mimi (Laura Mennell) are in their car watching IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE. Hynek is visibly irked by the film’s scientific inaccuracies, while Mimi is trying to figure out which actual UFO sighting the film is attempting to dramatize. At the end of the episode, Susie aka Mishka (Ksenia Solo) is in her car watching SHANE. She sees three young people in the car next to hers seemingly mesmerized by the gunplay on screen and shakes her head. Mishka’s new handler Daria (Sofia Milos) arrives and more or less accuses Mishka of going native. “You’d think Americans would be tired of Westerns by now,” she says. “Same thing every movie. First sign of trouble, someone starts shooting. Was that where you got the idea to killing Cal?” The two Soviet spies and J. Allen Hynek have, apparently, at least one thing in common — a disdain for American pop culture. Continue reading →