The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 3


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 1993 on FOX

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  • “So what is this, the Anti-Walton's?”

    Squeeze is the first “monster of the week” episode. It is also the first time we see classic Scully, conflicted, yet, willing to defend her partner to the bitter end, no matter how crazy his ideas may be. This episodes also marks the beginning of Scully’s slow journey towards believing in extraordinary possibilities as well as the beginning of her eventual isolation from the rest of the Bureau and society. When this episode takes place Scully still has friends outside of Mulder with whom she can interact. Squeeze marks the beginning of Scully's journey from respected doctor/scientist to outsider or Mrs. Spooky. Her eventual isolation has begun, although it has not yet reached the point where Mulder is the center of her universe. The “monster” in this episode is terrifying in that he is, essentially, human--it is the human monsters we tend to fear the most. While the impression is given that Toom’s is something more than human, he still wears humanities skin and as such it is easy for him to live and work among us. Knowing that the monster could be anyone is very frightening. At this point in time, the directors had not quite mastered the iconic darkness of The X-Files, and as such the tone of the episode varies throughout and a sense of dread is not really achieved until the end of the episode. Squeeze is a solid X-Files episode and manages to be quite entertaining despite the continuing logistical working involving the formation of the two main characters.
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