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Conundrum

Have you ever had one of those impulse urges that make no sense whatsoever?

I was listening to the radio this morning driving to work. I usually am in the car when the NPR station switches from news to classical music, so I switch over to one of the morning clear channel shows when I drive in. At any rate, apparently, yesterday, their in-studio guest, was a guy called The Enigma.

I guess he's in town under the hospitality of one of the tattoo shops, and he's apparently hanging out there all weekend. I gathered from the djs that members of the public can go over there and gwak at the Enigma and/or get a puzzle piece tattoo from him.

I didn't really have to pay all that much attention to the show to know who he was, because I was (and continue to be) a devoted X-Files fan. The Enigma played a character on the very first quirky episode, "Humbug," towards the end of the second season. He's a tattooed freak (freak in the technical sense, not the derogatory sense), and he's covered from head to foot with blue tinted puzzle pieces. In the episode, he didn't speak, he ates every and anything, and he wore very little, so the tattoos were pretty prevalent. As MeeBy quoted Mulder on my facebook quip about this, "I could be mistaken. Maybe it was another bald-headed, jigsaw-puzzle-tattooed, naked guy I saw." I never really bothered to learn more about him, and I assumed (correctly, it turns out) that he is a freak in real life too.

Words cannot express how much I loved the X-Files. Even more, I can't really explain how much I loved Darin Morgan episodes and their progeny. Until "Humbug," almost every episode was pretty serious and dark-ish. This made sense for a show about the occult and unexplained that was trying to be taken very seriously. But "Humbug" allowed the show to explore the absurd side of itself. It was funny and wacky and weird, and also oddly respectful of the sideshow freak community it was exploring. It was nominated for an Edgar Award. The other Darin Morgan episodes, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", "War of the Coprophages", "Jose Chung from Outer Space", and "Quagmire" were all excellently written, quirky if not laugh out loud funny, and just damned awesome. I think these episodes helped set the X-Files apart even more, and they allowed the writers to have fun with their uber-serious Mulder and Scully. "Clyde Bruckman" won two Emmys (one for Morgan, one for Peter Boyle), was nominated for a WGA award, and is probably considered one of the best X-Files episodes ever written. Other fun episodes like "Small Potatoes", "The Post-Modern Prometheus", "Bad Blood", and "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" stem from the early Morgan work.

I don't know if I'll make the trek out to Jones road to find this guy and have him put a tattoo on me. Probably not. But when I was hearing about his presence here in Houston this morning, I thought "one of those puzzle pieces would be cool." Mainly because I loved the X-Files so much, and in particular, the episodes that sort of piece would represent.