Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Review - The X-Files Season 1 Episode 23 Roland

"Roland" is shockingly similar to "Born Again." In both episode, a seemingly innocent person--a little girl in "Born Again" and a mentally challenged man in "Roland"--is around when murders occur. The weird thing is, Mulder jumps to the conclusion that a detective was reincarnated into the girl in the first episode and doesn't in the second.

Putting both these episode right after each other certainly didn't help, but they aren't good episodes either. The mystery is straightforward, the motives are clear--albeit blown out of proportion with the murders in "Roland"--and there aren't moments that are memorable.

The high point of the episode is the performance of Zeljko Ivanek, who is now the go-to creepy go for television, as Roland. He plays the mentally challenged parts well, the parts where he's killing people, and the quieter parts where you know Roland is struggling with himself.

Score: 8.5/10
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