CTP Episode of the Day - 09.15.06

Today's Cherished Episode: Hellbound (9x04)
Original Air Date: January 27, 2002
Written By: David Amann
Directed By: Kim Manners

Convinced it is an X-File, Reyes is drawn to a murder where the victim has been skinned alive. Yet she is unsure why she has such a strange connection to the case.

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"Whoever I was, I failed. In 1868. In 1909. In 1960, I failed. I was always there, but I couldn't stop the killings. And he knew that. Just like he knows I'm here right now. He feels me -- the way I felt him when I saw that picture of the first victim. And somehow he knows my deepest fear that I'll fail."

Some "Hellbound" Tidbits & Musings:

-- The episode title was a reference to where those who do evil are headed, as illustrated by the tattoo on the arm of ex-con Terrance Pruitt.

-- "Hellbound" was written by supervising producer David Amann, who joined the show at the end of season 5 as a story editor. He wrote several XF episodes including "Terms of Endearment," "Agua Mala," "Rush," "Chimera," "Invocation," and "Release."

-- As David Amann explained, "Frank Spotnitz was interested in taking Monica Reyes's character and giving her some darkness to play. So 'Hellbound' presented the idea that she had a past life that had really somber, terrible overtones."

-- "Was she a good person or a bad person?" added John Shiban. "Did she fight evil or let evil happen? This episode gave a little insight into the possibilities."

-- For the meatpacking scenes, the construction crew built a refrigeration unit the size of a warehouse.

-- "It was an old dairy," said director Kim Manners. "The special effects guys went it and they put up all the rails and all the hooks. And we brought in, I think it was 300 slaughtered pigs. And then we had like 200 rubber pigs."

-- To create the effect of human beings skinned alive, head of the makeup/special makeup department Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf and her staff created over 200 prosthetic pieces. Each piece was made like a flat sheet of muscle that would wrap around various parts of the actor. "We laid the veins all over them," said Montesanto-Medcalf. "Then we took a lot of time with our highlight and shadow to really emphasize certain parts of the muscles and stuff. And then we made them all shiny."

-- Added makeup artist Matthew Mungle: "And because we applied a lot of blood on it and a lot of veins, we could blend those pieces easily."

-- Supervising producer Paul Rabwin called the makeup job on this episode, "unbelievable the idea of making it still look moist, as it would be if your skin was taken off, and there's still that sclera and the veins are still running."

-- "There were seven makeup artists working for seven hours on each person," said Montesanto-Medcalf. "And that went on for ten days."

-- "Hellbound" was the fourth episode filmed in Season 9 and should have aired after "Daemonicus." Too bad that it didn't, as it would have logically followed up Monica's premonitions in that episode.

-- At least Doggett looked like he was rousted out of bed at 1 a.m. Scully looked like she was on her way to a fashion shoot for Vogue.

-- Oopsie: It's not really clear what role Reyes played in the ongoing mystery, but if her former life predecessor died in 1960 too, that would make her more than 40 years old.

-- When Van Allen died at the end of the episode, at the same moment a reborn soul was created as a baby boy was born. The baby boy was played by James and Travis Riker, who also on occasion played Baby William.

-- Don Swayze (Terrance Pruit) is the younger brother of Patrick Swayze.

-- Kari Whitman (Roxanne) was Playboy Playmate of the Month in February 1988.

-- Once & Future Retreads: Robert Beckwith played an FBI Cadet in this episode, "Daemonicus," and "Scary Monsters." James McDonnell (Detective Van Allen) played the glassblower in "Grotesque."

-- As a dedicated X-File watcher for many years, oh how I wished to see the male lead dressed in super-tight tee shirt (finely etched nipples flaring) bursting into the room of the female lead dressed in skimpy black negligee (a fine sheen of sweat illuminating her pale skin). I guess I should have been more specific. < g > Please share your first impressions, favorite (or cringe-worthy) moments, classic lines, favorite fanfic, nagging questions, repeated viewing observations, etc., as today we celebrate "Hellbound"!

Polly