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A young boy abducted 10 years ago is suddenly found again at his school.
- The song that is being heard throughout the episode is "All the Pretty Little Horses" (also known as "Hush-a-bye"). It is a traditional American lullaby.
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Then, we follow Doggett and Scully in yet another new investigation without Mulder. Once more, this episode is a great addition to the excellent and strong beginning of season 8. The themes are quite dark and the episodes work extremely great. It's always a pleasure to see the dialogues between Doggett and Scully.
Also, the mystery of the episode is very well implemented. You want to know the secret until the very end.
I give the episode a 6: Very good.
Robert Patrick is a great actor, playing Doggett at 200% and the plot gives him the possibility to run and scream and I love when Robert do that.
I also like the photography of this episode.
The story of the rapture echoes some of the best episodes in the series:
Above all, this episode echoes Samantha's kidnapping. The emotional alibi is very simple: in order to better love Dogget, the writers wanted to create a story about the disappearance of a loved one -in this case his son- to make a kind of continuity of a missing Mulder. Emotional continuity in the mind of a skeptic.
The Dogget Scully relationship is at its peak of arguments, opposing opinions, and it is with a certain enjoyment that we appreciate this new relationship. Scully's masculinity makes her shine as a woman; and Mulder's femininity at times too much in emotion is replaced by a doggetian virility that plays with Scully's electric batteries. This magnificent repulsion, in addition to a successful story and a very x-files photograph, as Gruic rightly says, gives us a superb survey. In addition, Dogget's frustration and Scully's response sum up perfectly the spirit of the show.
The secondary characters are very well played. The lost leader and the follower-victim also lost are perfect in their records. The good woman and her trailer give a popular side that contrasts very well with the American family and classic residential. We have the social side that X files often picks up; sometimes more adroitly than others. But this is very well found.
I give a 9/10 for all these reasons.