Love this issue!! It is the second part of a sub-tale which has the return of the infamous “flukeman.” (Click here for my review of the first installment.)
What the writers do in this issue, which I thought was brilliant, is tie the mutation story in with the events at Chernobyl. Essentially, one of the military first responders to the accident is sent down to clear sewage pipes at the accident site and trapped down there, hence being exposed to the radioactive fluke worms which results in his mutation. Mulder and Scully are both exposed, but the extent of their infection is not made clear at the end of the issue. In fact, it is left open to the possibility that there may be more to this story. That’s all I’ll share–I don’t want to spoil it for you.
This is everything that I love about the X-Files: science fiction, conspiracy theory, mystery, mutation, infection, all tied together with a slight touch of horror. Really, I could not find any flaw in this issue. The only complaint I have is that I have to wait a month for the next issue. 😉