The Post-Modern Prometheus

The Post-Modern Prometheus

Infobox Television episode
Title = The Post-Modern Prometheus
Series = The X-Files

Caption =
Season = 5
Episode = 5
Airdate = November 30, 1997
Production = 5x06
Writer = Chris Carter
Director = Chris Carter
Guests =
Episode list = List of The X-Files episodes
Prev = Detour
Next = Christmas Carol
"The Post-Modern Prometheus" is the fifth episode of season 5 of television series "The X-Files".


Filmed in black-and-white, "The Post-Modern Prometheus" chronicles Mulder and Scully's investigation when a letter from a single mother leads them to a small mid-Western town where a modern-day version of Frankenstein's monster lives. (The episode title is an obvious play on the Frankenstein story, as the original book was subtitled "The Modern Prometheus".) The two agents travel to Bloomington, Indiana to meet with the author of the letter. The creature who attacked her is similar to a comic book character her son created and named "The Great Mutato". Her son and his friends take the two agents to a wooded area where they lay a trap for the monster using peanut butter sandwiches. They see the creature from a distance and the group gives chase but they lose him in the darkness. Mulder meets an old man who claims the monster is his son, Dr Francis Pollidori, a renowned scientist whose research is in the area of genetic manipulation, possibly a tragic victim of his own genetic tampering. Mulder and Scully find themselves the centre of attention in the local community following a newspaper article quoting Mulder confirming the existence of the monster. The two agents endeavour to locate the creature and find themselves wondering who the real monsters are as wild hysteria and mob mentality takes control of the town.


The episode was nominated for seven 1998 Emmy awards by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: Outstanding Writing, Directing, Art Direction, Cinematography, Single-Picture Editing, Makeup and Music Composition. It won the award for Outstanding Art Direction. [ [ The Post-Modern Prometheus - Awards] , accessed October 16, 2007] [ [ Emmy Awards History] , accessed October 16, 2007]


This episode features three Cher songs: "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" and "Walking in Memphis" as The Great Mutato character is a big Cher fan.

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