Hello and welcome. his is the third week of a short 10 week series, reviewing the episodes of The X Files Season 11. It seems the show is flying by but I can’t wait to see how this all ends.
Given that I found out some spoilers for next Season prior to the current season being aired in America, I’m anticipating how the rest of the show will pan out in the future and how things will end this Season.
Let’s get things started and get this show on the road.
The episode opens at an event in a small rural community in Virginia. Arkie Seavers (Jared Ager-Foster), notices himself at the back of the crowd but then decides to leave, however, his doppelgänger – who is now in the car with him – grabs the wheel driving the car into a tree.
After Mulder finds out about the Seavers case, he compares the incident report to a number of people who commit suicide after seeing their doppelgänger. The agents meet Seavers who appears to be barely alive and talk about his experience from the previous night.
They then meet up with a patient at a psychiatric hospital with dissociative identity disorder, called Judy Poundstone (Karin Konoval). Her room is filled with games of hangman, which she tells the agents she plays with her brother, Chucky, who lives across town.
Later Seavers is placed into a cell. His doppelgänger then appears killing him. Mulder and Scully check into a motel for the night and Seavers death is revealed to her in images. The next day she argues his death was suicide, but Mulder and the attorney Dean Cavalier (Ben Wilkinson), believe it was murder.
Mulder finally meets Chucky Poundstone (Karin Konoval), who lives by himself in a similar setup to his sister – his walls are littered with hangman games. Meanwhile, Scully meets with ‘demon Judy,’ an evil alter ego, who is throwing chocolate pudding at the cell door. A nurse tells Scully that both parents commit suicide by hanging themselves. She tries to get more leads from Judy but becomes frustrated by the alter ego.
Karin Konoval plays a brilliant part in this episode, as she plays both siblings – male and female. She’s guest starred in the show previously as fortune teller Madame Zelma in the season three episode, ‘Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose’ and her most iconic role in the dark and disturbing season four episode, ‘Home,’ as Mrs. Peacock. She told producers when asked to do an episode for the new season, she always wanted to play a man, which is why she is playing both siblings in ‘Plus One.’
I liked this episode because Konoval helped make it what it was. The lineup for the episode was great, the acting was well executed and the episode flowed well. I’m giving this episode an 8 out of 10. Stay tuned for episode four, ‘The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat’ next week.