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Recap: The X Files S 02 E 21 The Calusari

Tropes:

  • Badass Preacher: The Calusari. Also a Badass Crew.
  • Creepy Child: Charlie has his moments, but Michael is so much worse. That little actor was damn good.
  • Enhance Button: Sort of, with the photo from the funfair. Pressing a few buttons and applying a few filters apparently produces proof of a ghostly presence.
  • Evil Twin: Charlie's twin Michael died at birth, and is essentially haunting the living brother, killing people around them.
  • Good All Along: Grandmother and the Calusari.
  • Hollywood Exorcism
  • Infant Immortality: Horribly subverted. Teddy was just a two-year old boy and he died during a teaser. His mother has lost another child before that.
  • Munchausen Syndrome: Scully initially suspects this is the case, with the grandmother being the perpetrator.
  • Non-Nazi Swastika: Used by the Grandmother and the Calusari.
  • Ritual Magic
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Averted. Scully thinks they need to get Charlie away from his family (specifically his grandmother). Karen Kosseff, an FBI therapist who appears in several episodes, tries talking to Charlie.
  • Spooky Photographs: A digitally enhanced photograph shows a blur leading the balloon that lures Teddy towards the train tracks. It's the "spectral snap" type of the trope.
  • Ultimate Evil/Satan: Michael is implied to be Satan.

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