By Christina Nguyen
The X-Files is one of the most recognizable and culturally significant television series to come out of the 1990s, influencing countless spinoffs and sparking mass public interest in “the unknown” ever since it first premiered in 1993. An early episode from 1994 (“The Host,” Season 2, Episode 2) documents the unintentional discovery of a mutant humanoid flukeworm on a Russian submarine and the accidental release of the dangerous creature into U.S. waters. The hazardous parasite begins to flex and unleash harm on human life beginning in none other than the city of Newark, New Jersey. The “Monster of the Week” is then investigated and exposed to be a product and consequence of a nuclear disaster. We will explore the City of Newark’s classic, gritty image through comparison and parallels as it is portrayed in the Flukeman’s emergence from the subterranean.