Recap: The X Files S 05 E 05 The Post Modern Prometheus
"The Post-Modern Prometheus", as the title implies, is an episode with a not-so-serious take on Frankenstein. Mulder and Scully are sent to rural Indiana after he receives a letter from a single mother who claims to have been mysteriously impregnated, while unconscious, by an unknown presence 18 years ago.
- All Just a Dream: It's been debated by several reviewers whether the episode's happy ending, or even the entire episode itself, ever actually happened.
- Animal Motif: People from the town look and act like certain animals. The reporter acts like a chicken, young Berkowitz looks like a pig and his room corresponds to that, his friends look like a goat, and so on and so forth.
- As Himself: Jerry Springer.
- Clucking Funny: Clucking hens appear in the Old Pollidori's barn, but the reporter's mannerism and chicken-like movements top them.
- Convenient Slow Dance: The final scene.
- Deliberately Monochrome: As an homage to the Frankenstein movies.
- Dramatic Thunder: Played for Laughs.
- Fanboy: Mutato is one of Mask, to the point he even plays Cher during his romantic escapades.
- Framing Device / Book Ends: A comic book.
- Frankenstein's Monster: The Great Mutato.
- The Grotesque: Mutato.
- Homage: To Universal Horror, Frankenstein in particular. Mask also plays a major part.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Pollidori.
- Real After All: The comic book character turns out to be a real mutant.
- Scooby Stack: Mulder and Scully sheepishly look into Izzy's room and the audience see only their heads.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Mulder demands that the authors write a better ending.