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The Post-Modern Prometheus 

in this surreal, comical take on Frankenstein, Mulder and Scully arrive in a small rural town to investigate claims of a monster obsessed with Cher that's sedating and impregnating the local women.


Chris Carter


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
John O'Hurley ... Dr. Pollidori
Pattie Tierce ... Shaineh Berkowitz
Stewart Gale ... Izzy Berkowitz
Chris Giacoletti Chris Giacoletti ... Booger
Chris Owens ... Mutato
Dana Grahame ... Reporter
Jean-Yves Hammel Jean-Yves Hammel ... Goat Boy
Tracey Bell Tracey Bell ... Cher
Lloyd Berry ... Old Man Pollidori
Miriam Smith ... Elizabeth Pollidori
Xantha Radley ... Waitress
C. Ernst Harth ... Huge Man
Jerry Springer ... Jerry Springer


Mulder and Scully travel to a small town after Mulder receives a letter asking for his help in solving a mystery. The townsfolk believe there is a Frankenstein-type monster living in the woods and many claim to have seen him. One of the locals has even created a comic book on the creature, which he's called the Great Mutato. Scully of course thinks it's all nonsense but soon changes her mind when they see what appears to be a hideously deformed man in the woods. The episode is filmed in black and white. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

30 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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Black and White | Color (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The role of Shaineh Berkowitz was originally written for, and offered to, comedienne and actress Roseanne Barr but she turned down the offer. See more »


At least one DVD subtitle set misspells the name of Ingolstadt, Germany as the meaningless "Egostadt", ruining an important Frankenstein allusion. See more »


Dana Scully: Why are you humoring them Mulder?
Fox Mulder: I'm not humoring them, Scully. This is a very serious crime.
Dana Scully: So is perjury. So is calling out F.B.I. agents under false pretenses.
Fox Mulder: For the purpose of what?
Dana Scully: Isn't it obvious? I think what we're seeing here is an example of a culture for whom daytime talk shows and tabloid headlines have become a reality against which they measure their lives. A culture so obsessed by the media and a chance for self-dramatization that they'll do anything in order to gain a ...
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Crazy Credits

Almost every episode ends with a fade to black and the words "Executive Producer Chris Carter." At the end of the episode "D.P.O.," a character is flipping through channels on television, and stops on one showing Carter's credit. At the end of the episode "Post-Modern Prometheus", the final shot of Mulder and Scully turns into a comic-book frame, and a deformed hand flips the comic book shut to reveal the book end cover with Carter's credit. See more »


Features Mask (1985) See more »


The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)
Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Performed by Cher
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A Post-Modern Episode
11 October 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

The Post-Modern Prometheus is a charming little episode. With the comic book story framing and shooting in black and white, it lends a very fairy tale quality to it. This episode is not meant to be taken seriously, and if you do, you'll miss the boat. Chris Carter actually wanted Roseanne as Shaineh Berkowitz and Cher as herself in this episode, but they were both unavailable. The actress replacing Roseanne was born for the part. And, of course, John O'Hurley is enjoyable as the mad scientist. Jerry Springer brings a nice white trash-feel to the episode as well. The boys who played Izzy and his friends were non-actors, just locals. The chicken lady reporter is also well acted. Talk about casting luck. The carnival music was good, bringing an other-worldly feel to the episode. The effect of the lightning flashes was cliché, corny, and ...perfect. I love the scene where Izzy's mom is confronting him, then Scully bends her head into the frame, then Mulder does also. Very funny. While watching Post-Modern Prometheus, don't worry about the real world implications of it. It's a harmless fairy tale, that makes for good escapist fun.

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