Recap: The X Files S 02 E 15 Fresh Bones

When a marine employed at a Haitian refugee camp kills himself, his widow calls in the FBI, convinced that his death was no suicide.

Tropes:

  • Buried Alive: Colonel Wharton is being buried alive at the very end, conscious and panicking.
  • Cats Are Magic: Chester Bonaparte, a young Haitian boy, disappears very suddenly near a pier as Mulder is chasing him, a black kitten is seen meowing at the end of the pier. The black kitten appears at the climax of the episode, implying the kitten is Chester.
  • Dead All Along: Chester Bonaparte, a boy who befriended Mulder and Scully, is revealed to have been killed a year ago.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: The basis for this episode's Monster of the Week, but the use of zombie myths and voodoo symbols is quite inspired.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: The evil colonel wants our agents out of the investigation.
    Colonel Wharton: Since both matters are being handled internally Iíll assume your business here is finished.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Wharton's aide, who only helps the Colonel because he believes Bauvais killed Mc Alpin and Gutierrez.
  • Voodoo Doll:
    • One is apparently used on Mulder at the climax.
    • Scully got one as protection from Chester. It's a Chekhov's Gun that truly helps Scully.