Recap / The X-Files S03 E16 "Apocrypha"

Tropes:

  • Black Eyes of Evil: It means you were infected with the black oil.
  • Body Horror
  • Buried Alive: Krycek ends up locked in a top secret silo several storeys under the ground. The trope is also used thematically, as Scully recalls what she was told in the prior episode about the dead always speaking to the living.
  • The Conspiracy
  • Flashback: The opening scene with the sailor explaining what happened on the submarine.
  • Flashback Within a Flashback: The submarine scenes (most of which had been featured in the prior episode).
  • Genre Savvy: The Well-Manicured Man is certain the man who shot Skinner is one of CSM's underlings. He also advises CSM to clean up the mess before Skinner can ID the shooter, as nothing then would be able to stop an arrest.
    • Mulder puts the pieces together to ascertain what really happened to the submarine crew.
  • He Knows Too Much: CSM's hitman is found dead in his cell via Never Suicide.
  • It's Personal: The guy who killed Melissa Scully also shot Skinner. Scully is determined to bring him to justice.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Krycek is left to rot.
  • Myth Arc
  • Monochrome Past: Used briefly for events in the submarine. Averted in a scene with young Bill Mulder and young Cancer Man though.
  • Oh Crap!: The Well-Manicured Man when Mulder reveals Krycek has been selling secrets off the tape.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Syndicate meets to discuss the events of the prior episode and to upbraid CSM's handling of Skinner.
  • Orifice Evacuation: The black oil leaves Krycek through every hole in his head.
  • Orifice Invasion: The black oil will get to the body through eyes.
  • Professional Killer: Cancer Man's hitman who shot Melissa and Skinner.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Discussed. The Well-Manicured Man surmises that Mulder wants to kill Krycek to avenge his father.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Krycek.
  • The Virus: The black oil.
  • Wham Line: "I can trust you to do that, can't I, Mr. Mulder?"
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