The X-Files

Season 3 Episode 6

2Shy

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 03, 1995 on FOX
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7.9
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  • 2Shy was creepy!

    8.0
    2Shy was a great creepy episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story was interesting and definitely had some scary moments. There was a good message underneath the story to be careful trusting strangers you meet online. His reason for attacking the women was not very clear but the idea was interesting. Scully was attacked yet again though saved by the woman she was trying to help. I liked how every thing played out though I wish there was more information about the killer. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!
  • 2Average

    7.5
    Another standalone episode, but with an interesting police procedural style. In contrast to the previous episode, however, this one "fleshes out" the background of the victims so we at least care when the killing starts. Again, we are given no explanation as to the how or why of the killer, which creates a certain emptiness to the episode. I liked that Scully was given more of the spotlight in this episode. She was allowed to show some emotion and she looks absolutely radiant. Mulder has little to do in this episode and he basically phones in his performance. The killer's make-up was well done, especially in the final close-up of his face. Creepy stuff.

    As in many previous episodes, it is unexplained why the FBI is called in so soon on what would otherwise be a routine murder investigation. Think about it, Mulder and Scully show up the very morning after the murder, even before the discovery that the body had been sucked of all its fat.
  • Mulder and Scully chase a man who is killing women by meeting them on the internet

    7.4
    It's funny looking at a show made in the mid-nineties tackling a plot revolving around internet dating and online dating services. Back then, they weren't much, but it's interesting to see their take on it. Unfortunately, the episode itself was pretty lackluster, and despite the villain being interesting, there wasn't much to him, just a lot of creepiness and no back-story.

    I did enjoy the explanation of how he kills his prey, even if it's left pretty unexplained. It's a horrifying way to die; being wrapped up in some sort of stomach acid lining and then being evaporated after death. It's the kind of gross thing that X-Files pulls off perfectly.

    There was just a little too much familiar stuff going on: the annoying local cop who gets in the way and doesn't believe or understand anything, the villain who is never completely explained, the victim who seems to die until she or he is saved in the last four minutes of the episode. Shows like this are supposed to follow this format, but I feel like this episode just wasn't as well done compared to others.
  • vampirish creature preys on single women.

    4.0
    Good music is the only plus in what is an ineffective episode. The first 50 minutes have only about 6 minutes of real content. Basically, a vampirish creature connects with women in online chatrooms, impresses with his literary mind, then either preys on them or not (points for an ep about chatrooms in '96). Scully and Mulder come down and do their thing, and the local detective has doubts about a woman's ability to deal with this kind of case. SPOILER
    The ending is interesting compared to the rest of the episode. The creature claims that both he and his victims were acting out of a need, and that the dead are no longer lonely, but the episode as a whole failed to make an effective statement about loneliness.
  • It doesn't suck!

    8.4
    Proving that "The X-Files" is probably at its most comfortable when dealing with a genetic mutant killer, "2Shy" as an episode goes exactly where you expect it to go, and is no less an episode because of that. This time the genetic anomaly in question is, as Scully so succinctly puts it, a fat-sucking vampire. Funny how Mulder never expostulates his theories in quite the same put-downable away as his partner, though in this episode he rather delightfully prefaces it with "it's not the fine line of insanity you've come to expect from me". The best thing about these mutant episodes is that they're usually pure out-and-out gross. From the opening teaser when the deliciously named Virgil Incanto posits some kind of goop in his intended's mouth, we know we're in for some fairly nasty scenes. And the best of those is undoubtedly that gruesome moment when Scully pulls open the morgue drawer to find that the victim has essentially melted. No one does slop quite like this show! But gore is not the only reason why an episode like this is so satisfying. A lot of it rides on the quality of the guest star's performance, and, in this respect, Timothy Carhart doesn't let us down. Incanto is a man of few words in his private life, and carries himself with a stillness that is quite unnerving. Of course when he's moving in for the kill, he's much more eloquent and charming – the ultimate description of a vampire, in fact. Either way Carhart brings just the right level of intensity to his performance to make Incanto a significant villain in the X Files universe. (And doesn't cinematographer John S. Bartley do a fantastic job of lighting him in the final interrogation scene?) Of course we don't really get any kind of explanation why or how he does what he does, but that's the reason for the episode. It's here to scare us. And also to prey on one of our secret fears: that you can never really know the person you're with. And that's even harder when you mask your identity behind the smokescreen most of us make on the Internet. Using the World Wide Web as a murder weapon is a bit of a novelty, but its very nowness means it feels just right for the show. And this episode does deal in a universal truth, that there is a large percentage of the population who have real hang-ups about their weight. Someone who can allay those misgivings for murderous purposes would be highly dangerous and predatory. Another of the pleasures of this episode is the Mulder and Scully interaction. They don't actually spend much time together but their communication is good and Scully is almost quite willing to tolerate this week's wacko Mulder theory. If anything, this is Scully's episode. True, the fight with Incanto looks like one she might lose if it wasn't for Ellen's intervention (Mulder was conveniently out of the way on a red herring), but the most interesting aspect of her behaviour revolves around how she deals with the inherently sexist attitude of Detective Cross. And the truth is, it doesn't faze her in the slightest. You would imagine that she has encountered this kind of stance a lot in her journey up through the FBI, but if anything she actively confronts Cross about it. And by directly asking him if she can brief the task force, she is tackling the issue straight on. They don't make a big deal about this in the episode (Mulder doesn't even notice), but the fact that it is quietly addressed adds another level to a most enjoyable episode. 8/10
  • One of the creepiest episodes and lots of nastiness. You'll never look at Weightwatchers the same way again!

    9.0
    I do like this episode. The subject matter is gross - a fat sucking vampire kind of deal. But it's also rather charming and moving in a weird kind of way. The idea of the shy, overweight women who think they have found love, only to realise that Mr Right is very definitely Mr Wrong, not to mention Mr Would You Mind If I Ingested Your Adipose Tissue is quite sad. And this being one of the earlier episodes, it's very funny looking at how the computers work - everything from green screen to the very slowly downloading police sketch.

    Timothy Carhart was creepy enough playing Marg Helgenberger's husband in CSI, but he definitely ups the ante here. The only odd thing is that his disease/hunger is not actually explained. Why does he need fatty tissue to live? And even Scully must have understood that his compulsion was real, but there's no exposition about his reasons or anything.

    Still it really hits the yuck factor and is probably a cautionary tale about meeting people on the Internet! This is not a guy you'd want to take home to meet the family!
  • Comparison between this episode and the last.

    8.1
    The question occurred to me as I began to review this episode and the answer was intriguing, so I thought I'd devote this review to comparing this episode and the last. In The List, which only received a 7.0 from me, there was no real human interest. I believe that was a large reason why I could not feel involved in the case, and perhaps a reason why I felt Mulder and Scully were not invested in the case either. In 2Shy, there was a specific class of victim and a goal in trying to prevent their deaths. Adding their loneliness and the fact that the killer was taking advantage of their vulnerability added that human component, and I believe it also helped to make it seem like the agents were personally committed to catching the murderer. The internet stalker genre was a really "ripped off the headlines" type of idea, something which is still very relevant today although nowadays it's more about child pornography and more insidious things. Still, a very on-topic and bold choice. For once, I did not expect the "Scully in Distress" twist that occurred because I was completely fooled by Mulder chasing that graffiti artist into the alleyway. When the killer came out of the shower, I fell for that surprise - hook, line, and sinker.
  • Hard Candy

    8.0
    “2SHY” see’s a killer prey on insecure women through an online dating service. But, Mulder and Skully determine theses killings to be far from ordinary after their fat starts to dissolve. The victims are covered in a puke like substance that the killer hurls on to his prey before death. This is a great X- Files episode with a moral- will you meet / fall for someone off the internet? This issue is more important now than ever before, and this episode goes to show how people like this work (not that they will puke on you or make you dissolve- but that they are very manipulative.) 8 out of 10

  • "The dead are no longer lonely"

    8.0
    Or so he says...

    This epsiode is about a man named Virgil Incanto, a social incapable man who has an unordinary physical handicap. Somehow his body lacks certein bodyfats therefore he needs to go out and harvest the fat of other people.

    He meets "big women" via the internet under the nickname "2shy", meets up with them and then devours their bodyfats.

    I must say that this episode was a typical X-File as in that it's pretty gross. Decomposed bodies and how the guy eats the fat straight out of the women is pretty nasty to look at.

    Mr. Incanto is potrayed perfect. The way he talks to people, the way he looks... real creepy.

    All and all a solid, exciting and tense episode.
  • The one with the fatty goodness

    7.5
    This is a pretty weak episode for the X-files. There wasn’t much to hold on but it did have it’s highlights.

    It’s all about a guy who needs the fat of woman he meets on the internet. When he kisses them he sucks something out of their mouth and there is some acid and then they turn into some sort of skeletons that go into pieces.

    It begins with a guy in a movie with a girl, she is very insecure but he says the right things and when he kisses her she died or something. Later in the episode when he meets another woman who sets him up, he goes to a prostitute and kills her but is caught before the woman is entirely sucked out.

    Anyway, when the detective with this case goes to the man’s house, he sees his hand that it’s injured and remembers that the killed prostitute had parts of the man under her nails. But it was too lat for him, soon goes a woman to his house and when she enters the bathroom she finds the dead detective in the bath tub. The man is just behind her and it’s also too hate for her. When her blind daughter enters, she smells her mother but doesn’t say anything and instead calls Mulder and Scully who find the bodies.

    When the guy goes back to the woman who had stood him up, she lets him enter but when she opens her computer she gets a mail of him being a bad man. Scully and Mulder find the body of the woman and when Mulder goes after someone, turns out to be the wrong guy. Scully is attacked by the guy and he almost kills her but the woman stands up and shoots him.

    The episode was allright, but definitely not one of the highlights of the show.
  • Speed 2: Ooze Control

    6.8
    One of the ooziest episodes of the show, 2Shy feels like an X-File which you've seen before but you still really enjoy. It's a really gross episode but highly entertaining.

    2Shy features Mulder and Scully investigating a series of murders committed by a man who preys on overweight women he meets on the internet so he can suck out all of their fatty tissues, which keeps him alive.

    Timothy Carhart gives a brilliant performance as the sucking monster guy Virgil Incanto and he conveys a creepiness not seen on The X-Files since Doug Hutchinson's psychotic Eugene Tooms back in season one. 2Shy is a fun episode which delights in serving up loads of graphic gore and nasty ooze. The only annoyance is the unintentionally hilarious moral of the episode which basically says that everybody on chat rooms is either overweight or completely insane. Nice.
  • A killer who uses the internet chat rooms to gain the trust of volumptuous women, and then murders them by passing his acidic liquids to them.

    7.1
    Any type of storyline that involves the internet or computers is usually done badly on television or on the movies. That being said this episode was good because of the acting of the guest stars. I could see not one bad performance. Special praise must go to the killer, as he played it well.

    The murderer guy gains the trust of the women online, then makes them go on a date with him, when he goes in for a kiss at the end of the dates he secretes some type of acidic phlegm into their mouths which causes there bodies to burn up. By doing this he somehow "eats" something? I feel that they couldve explained what he was doing more, make his motives clearer.

    The episode was well written, and i sympathized alot with the woman who lived in the same apartment complex as the murderer. She was so nieve, she had a crush on him, but he killed her. Leaving her daughter stranded. That was messed up.

    The twist at the end how the murderer guy was still in Ellens apartment was good, i actually didnt see it coming.

    An enjoyable episode though.
  • Not a classic, but an effective rehash

    7.0
    "2Shy" is not a particularly original episode, and that is probably why it's been largely forgotten. Ask even an X-Phile about it, they'll have to stop and think hard to remember. Why's that? Possibly because a brief summary of the show's plot (a mutant kills his victims by extracting their fatty tissue) sounds so very similar to one of the series' eternal classics, first season's "Squeeze".

    In that installment, a mutant extracted his victims' livers to feed on them. "2Shy" equals the gross-out factor of the earlier show, but not the mystery. Unlike the immortal, hibernating creature Eugene Victor Tooms, Virgil Incanto, bad guy du jour, is more of a MAN with a strange bodily deficiency which requires him to kill. (Never mind that he might as well do the Tyler Durden thing and steal some excess fat from the liposuction dump at a beauty clinic...)

    That said, "2Shy" does succeed in creating some exciting moments, for example the showdown in which he attacks a woman who willingly let him into her apartment while the FBI futilely tries to warn her. So while the episode may not be exactly riveting, it's well done from purely an entertainment point of view.

    Also of note: In 1995, the internet was a relatively new thing and nothing like it is now. It's interesting that back in those days, The X Files' choice of using the WWW as a tool in a crime was something that had probably been unheard of.
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