3×03 – D.P.O.

After three episodes of going deeper into the show’s mythology we get the first stand-alone episode of the season. “D.P.O.” is pretty standard: A boy with a special ability (control electricity and lightning), Scully being a sceptic, Mulder believing in the paranormal. Underneath there is a meta-story about a boy living in hsís own world, unable to outgrow his teenage crush on his teacher. The story benefits a lot from the strong performance of guest actor Giovanni Ribisi, kickstarting his film career with this episode. His acting is what lifts “D.P.O.” into good-average territory. Of course there’s also Jack Black in this episode, but I’m a lot less impressed by him. It’s just the “pretty standard” that fits the episode.

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