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"The X-Files" The Host (TV Episode 1994) Poster

(TV Series)

(1994)

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The "Flukeman" suit dissolved in water, forcing special effects artist Toby Lindala to reconstruct the suit each day.
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The look of the "fluke man" appears to be strongly based on a birth defect known as harlequin-type ichthyosis. Babies with this birth defect are born with extremely dry, cracked skin resembling scales or armored plating due to a defect in the gene that directs skin cell division, causing them to divide and grow far faster than the body's ability to shed them, also causing their mouth to be pulled into a wide, circular gape due to the tightly pulled skin, and giving them an "alien" appearance. In all except a tiny handful of cases, babies born with it don't live longer than a few days (a week at the most) because the skin cells divide so rapidly, their bodies simply can't consume and process enough nutrition to keep up with cellular division.
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Because the suit did not permit Darin Morgan to breathe through his nose, he was unable to eat while wearing it.
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Scully states that the autopsy number is "101356." October 13, 1956 is Chris Carter's birth date.
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While Scully reads the news paper left under her door, a news article is briefly seen announcing the death of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain. Cobains death occurred earlier that year.
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The Flukeman suit took 6 hours to put on. At one point, Darin Morgan had to wear it for 20 consecutive hours. He had to relieve himself whilst wearing the suit.
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The idea for this episode came about when Chris Carter was treating his dog for worms.
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Lake Betty Park, where the "Flukeman" first enters the tanker truck, is an actual campground located in New Jersey.
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Darin Morgan, who plays the Flukeman, is the brother of producer-writer Glen Morgan and would go on to write some of the series' most popular episodes.
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Natalija Nogulich was originally cast as X. The part would eventually go to Steven Williams who would make his first appearance in the episode The X-Files: Sleepless (1994).
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During the autopsy of the Russian worker, you can see the corpse's eyelids move several times as Scully does her examination.
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In the beginning, when Mulder is in the sewer to view the scene with the body, he gags and coughs from the smell. The local forensic cop said, "it's better if you don't breathe through your mouth;" is incorrect and the opposite of what one should do in such situations. One should not breath through the *nose* because odors and tastes are seriously restricted while the sinuses are closed off.
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The actress Gabrielle Rose, who plays the doctor examining the sanitary worker attacked in the sewers also appears as Anita Budahas in The X-Files: Deep Throat (1993).
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The US Marshal Service does not have its own ambulance service.
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During the final scene when Agent Mulder and the sanitation engineer are descending into the sewer to confront the Fluke, two streams of falling water cross in front of them, forming an 'X'.
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