Hostage to Hosting The Host

So… you may be thinking, “Is this that episode with Mulder in the red speedo in the pool that time?”

And the answer is: “No. Not yet. That is episode 5 of this season, which we will have been watching in a few weeks time. Good looking out though. Stay vigilant. Well done, XX-phile. Keep hope alive.”

So, that is basically a summary of this evening’s episode, “The Host.”

Oh wait: no it’s not.

So The Host is about worms that become people and people who become worms. What is a worm anyway?

Well, they live in sewers and they are older than other forms of life on Earth, DUH. Flukes are a kind of a rat. No, a kind of a worm, but flat. Not a python. Definitely not a python. Pythons are snakes. Snakes are not worms. Worms look like snakes. Snakes are not the same as eels even though eels are the snakes of the sea. Except for water snakes. Those are the real deal.

The Snake Mackerel is some sort of fish-snake hybrid. Here is a picture:


This should not be confused with the Catfish Eel, an easy mistake for amateurs. Note the differences:


So anyway, serpentine and vermiform creatures are really strange. Flukes are really bizarre, because they are so flat. Why are they so flat? Creepy. A giant one would slide right under your door like some sort of horror, nightmare hell. Then it would attack you, eat your bile ducts, and infect you with some weird thing that would turn you into a fluke also, but slightly less flat. A fat fluke. Fatluke. Fatke. Flake? No. Nothing works.

Anyway, so now that you are a human fluke hybrid, what is there to do? Well, you can start by slithering around the sewers and attacking all of your human friends so that you have some new slimy, gross flatter fat fluke friends to hang with in the dank filth pits beneath human habitations. Obviously.

It’s really easy to move around now that you are a fluke. You can totally fit your slimy fat flat wretched body through pipes and whatnot. Want to visit your friend? No problem! Slime your disgusting flat fat toothy-grinned squishy head through his toilet AND SCARE HIS ENTIRE FAMILY TO DEATH.


So anyway, being a fluke is cool, if you’re into hanging out in sewers and stuff (and you know you are).

We’ll see you next week for “Blood.” That is a pretty great episode, despite being a strange bottle, MOTW, one-off. Don’t go crazy in the mean time dreaming about being a flat worm thing. Certainly don’t do whatever the microwave is telling you to do. It does not know best. Get back in the toilet, you.


I hate it when we invent things that actually already exist.

About John 3000

John 3000 (South-East Correspondent) lives in The South. Not like South America, but the American South. Geography is pretty strange. Coincidentally, John is a PhD student at the same university from which famous geography student, Michael Jordan, graduated. A fair number of X-Files episodes are set in the American South (there are 8 in North Carolina alone) and John will provide special regional reports as we wend our way through the series over the course of the next 10 years.

Posted on 23/09/2014, in Recap and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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