The X-Files

Season 6 Episode 13

Agua Mala

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 1999 on FOX
7.8
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Arthur Dales summons Mulder and Scully to his holiday home in Florida where he is concerned over the disappearance of his neighbors. Despite the raging hurricane, Mulder and Scully head out to investigate and discover several strange deaths caused by an octopus-like sea creature that swam in through the overflowing sewer system.moreless

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  • Agua Mala

    9.5
    Agua Mala was a superb and very entertaining episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story was well written and fun to watch. There was some good character development as Cully and Mulder investigated a bizarre case in Florida. I liked the idea of the Sea Monster and learning what it truly was, more or less, was fascinating. I liked how the story played out and certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Mulder and Scully get caught in a condo with some other people during a hurricane with octopus like creatures.

    7.0
    I like reading other people's reviews because it confirms things I think bout the show that I thought only applied to me. For example, I'm glad to find people surprised at the ridiculous amount of quirky humor and attempted laughs in this season. Obviously, the myth-arc episodes, as well as the "Drive" episode, which was fantastic, were more on the serious side, but it's insane how much the writers seem to be making interesting premises dull by getting rid of the suspense and adding weird dark humor.



    That being said, I love the idea of these chameleon-like octopi creatures who can only be seen in the water, but the way the writers take forever to get around to create the situation that ultimately makes up most of the episode, it sucks any chance the show has of revealing what they are. Which means the way they DO defeat the creature is nearly non-existent. They just sort of disappear. Plus, the character Arthur Evans is one I barely remember, one that was likely introduced earlier in the show or referenced to, but since I watch the show on Netflix at a slower pace, it's something that doesn't stick with me.



    Another example here of a great premise ruined by poor follow-through.moreless
  • Episoda Mala

    6.0
    What an unfortunate misstep for the series after a pretty good two-parter in Father/Son. An ill-advised return to the MOTW episode in which they seemingly forget to bring the monster.



    The Good: Great effects work. It really looks like they are in the middle of a hurricane. That is about it for the good stuff.



    The Bad: Worst writing of the entire season, maybe even the series. The attempts at humor are distinctly unfunny, made even more so by the inexplicable mixing of the humor with moments of horror. In the hands of a Darin Morgan, this juxtaposition might have worked. Here, it fails miserably. Mulder and Scully are horribly, horribly misplayed. It is inconceivable that Scully would shut the door on Mulder after he is attacked by the slime-goo thing. Scully comes across as a whiny beeotch throughout most of the episode. Mulder is back into bemused, sardonic mode. The "monster" is easily the worst since "Tesos Dos Bichos." The fact that it is a waterbound creature, yet killed by exposure to water, is completely laughable. Yes, I know it lives in salt water, but what do you suppose falls out of the sky and runs over the ground during a hurricane? Yup, fresh water, and lots of it.



    The Ugly: The opening teaser is quite violent and disturbing. Once again the producers resort to killing a child to create drama. It's a strange fetish that Chris Carter seems to have.moreless
  • Scully abandons Mulder to die while she delivers a baby?

    5.0
    This episode doesn't make a bit of sense. First of all, the humor was all off. It was not smart, X-Files humor but low class toilet bowl humor and stupid puns and the last line of the episode - "Anyone for water?" "NO!" It's so not funny, that it's UNfunny. And how many times were we going to hear about that pregnant lady's peeing needs? How many times were they going to repeat the line about all the nuts rolling downhill to Florida? It wasn't funny the first time, repeating it won't do it any good. I'm not even going to mention the plot holes in general just because the plot is so ridiculous it doesn't merit any attention. Yes, to the audience, Arthur Dales is a fairly recent character because we just met him a season ago. However, Mulder hasn't seen this man for years and years, pre-Scully, pre-XFiles. Why doesn't he seem more surprised? Why does Scully suddenly not have respect for nature and the Sea, which apparently, she learned to worship from her father? Whatever.



    The thing that bothers me most is how blatantly wrong the characterization of Scully and Mulder was. Mulder is attacked by the sea thing in the same way that the Deputy was. He was in such need of dire medical attention that she needed to give him a tracheotomy!! That means she had to cut a hole open in his throat and insert a tube so he could breathe. And she just abandons Mulder to the same fate behind a door and a man with a gun? Do you think Mulder would ever abandon her like that? Not in a million years. It angered me then, that they were so flippant at the end of the episode about giving all the praise to Scully for saving Mulder's life. Not only that, but she seems eager to take the praise as well, pointing out that it was her revelation about the water that pointed Mulder into the rainwater. I was almost ashamed for her at that point. To be so smug about the situation is one thing, but even after she abandoned him to his fate like that? She should be feeling small and ashamed, not gloating and teasing. I know Mulder tramples on Scully's feelings a lot, bull dozing her out of the way, but he would never leave her like that. And he certainly would not gloat about something like the way she did in this episode. Not that I'm saying Scully as a whole is a terrible person, just that the writer of this particular episode had no clue what he was doing or what the characters he was writing about would do.moreless
  • The uncharted depths... of a filler episode

    7.5
    As filler episodes go, Agua Mala was a really good one. Although, It did have alot of parallels to "The Host". The pace of the episode was quite slow to start off with, especially the scenes with 'Forrest Gump' and I don't usually like slow paced episodes but I actually enjoyed how they slowly discovered the sea water creature. What made the episode more interesting for me was the face that Mulder and Scully were stuck inside the building with the weird neighbours that made the episode more fun to watch. I thought that the suspense of the episode came right at the end, where Mulder was out in the hallway after being attacked by the creature, George had a gun to Scully's head to stop her from going out there, and the pregnant woman was in labour! I would have liked to see that scene extended, to prolong the suspense that Philes like myself absolutley love!... but it was still a great episode.



    I also liked the ending, how the scene ended where Walter shot the sprinklers on, then it faded and we were told how Mulder and Scully got out of the building by them talking to Arthur... The audience was sorta left wondering about the creature... but hey, it is The X-Files XDmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Mulder and Scully are in the laundry room of the Shipley's house, Mulder is carrying a small flashlight and Scully is carrying a large one. In the next scene, Scully is carrying a small one as well.

      Addition: If you notice, the flashlights change throughout the episode, from the small handheld units to the larger battery pack ones.

    • At time index 29:37, Mulder stands ready with his firearm. It can be clearly seen that there is no magazine fitted to the weapon.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Mulder: It's probably in the out-flow system.
      Walter: Maybe it'll just flow back out.
      George: Yeah, well maybe it'll come up through the can and grab you by the nugs.
      Mulder: Someone's already got him by the nugs.

    • Mulder: Excuse me, sir. Is everything okay in your apartment?
      Looter: Uh.. yeah, yeah. It's all good.
      Mulder: You need some help.... with your television? Mr. Suarez, do you know this man?
      Suarez: Uh, no. He's not with you?
      (Mulder glares at Looter)
      Looter: I'll put it back.
      Mulder: Yeah, everything in your pockets too.

    • Scully: (On phone) Hello?
      Mulder: The good thing about zero visibility, Scully? Can't get any worse.
      Scully: (On phone) Is this the Collier County Sheriff? Yes. No, hi. We're driving on, uh...
      Mulder: Nance Road... N-A-N-C-E Road.
      Scully: (On phone) Nance Road. No, it isn't very smart, is it? Not... Yes, that would be much appreciated. (To Mulder) He's going to guide us to the nearest emergency shelter.
      Mulder: Not a moment too soon.
      Scully: (On phone) Hello? Hello? (Hangs up phone) No service.
      Mulder: You know, Scully, some day we're going to look back on this and we're going to laugh. And we'll just think of it as, uh... you know man pitted against the forces of nature. Think of it as a test of our mettle.
      Scully: I don't need my mettle tested. (Something hits the roof of the car) What was that?
      Mulder: I think that was a tree branch. Debris is starting to fly.
      Scully: Mulder, we have to pull over. We have to wait out this storm somewhere away from the trees.
      Mulder: We're not going to dodge any trees in a parked car. At least if we're driving, we're a moving target.
      Scully: We don't know where we are and we don't know where we're going. Mulder: There's somebody I think who's about to give us directions. Who says there's never a cop when you need one? (Deputy Greer's patrol car is on side of road)
      Scully: Mulder, isn't that...
      Mulder: Forrest Gump.

    • Mulder: No, not before you help me finish what you interrupted.
      Deputy: Yes, sir! Um.. can I have my gun please?
      (Mulder raises his eyebrow and hands him the gun)
      Deputy: (meekly) Thank you.

    • Deputy: (Puts hands up as Mulder swipes away his gun) Oh no, you're going to kill me.
      Mulder: No, I'm not - but I'd like to.

    • Dales: I got on the horn with the local constabulary, but they're about as helpful as a fart in a windstorm.

    • Dales: Did you tell her what I told you?
      Mulder: Yes but uh, she's not the type that's easily persuaded.
      Dales: Is that so?
      Scully: What he means is I don't hear a story about a sea monster and automatically assume it's the Lord's gospel truth.
      Dales: Why did you bring her here?
      Mulder: Well, she knows your reputation, your early work on the X-Files. And she has a knack for getting to the bottom of things. (Scully goes to throw out a napkin and finds many large empty bottles of liquor.)
      Scully: Apparently, so does Mr. Dales.
      Dales: It's a good thing I have a reputation, otherwise how could it be impugned?

    • Mulder: If the sea is where life began — where our ancestors first walked ashore — then who's to say what new life may be developing in its uncharted depths.
      Scully: You know what? Maybe you are a member of the Manson family.

    • Scully: Well, it's official. Ten pounds, ten ounces of piss and vinegar. El nino grande -- Leroy Walter Villareal Suarez, Jr.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Car 54: When Deputy Greer calls in before entering the apartment building, he identifies himself as car 54. This is probably a reference to the 1961-1963 TV series Car 54, Where Are You?, a police comedy that starred Joe E. Ross as Officer Gunther Toody, Fred Gwynne as Officer Francis Muldoon and Al Lewis as Officer Leo Schnauser (Gwynne and Lewis were reunited as Grandpa and Herman Munster in the 1964-1966 series The Munsters). An unsuccessful movie based on the series was released in 1994.

    • The episode takes place in Florida. The Shipley boy is wearing a Miami Dolphins number 13 Dan Marino jersey, but with the name SHIPLEY on the back.

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