X Cyclopedia: The Ultimate Episode Guide, Season II

47. OUR TOWN
WRITER: FRANK SPOTNITZ
DIR.: BOWMAN
An Arkansas town with a thriving poultry business must account for the disappearance of an FDA inspector. Let's just say there's a reason why the chicken factory's slogan is ''Good People, Good Food.'' Critique: Scary — but mostly because of what transpires in a chicken processing plant. Talk about your mystery meat. C+

48. ANASAZI
WRITER: CARTER STORY: DUCHOVNY/CARTER
DIR.: GOODWIN
In the first installment of a three-episode arc, an anarchist hacker breaks into the MJ documents (''the holy grail''), detailing the government's knowledge of UFOs for the past 50 years. Mulder's acceptance of the documents on a digital tape creates far-reaching — even worldwide — consequences and gets him trapped in a burning boxcar in New Mexico, presumably about to die. Creative casting: Chris Carter as an FBI agent. Historic moments: Mulder hits Skinner, Scully shoots Mulder, Mulder's father is assassinated — and that's not even the important stuff. Critique: This mind-blowing if frustrating season ender made fans want to fast-forward through summer. A

Originally posted Nov 29, 1996 Published in issue #355 Nov 29, 1996 Order article reprints
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