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Walt Whitmans' Words: Mutant X's Literary References

Walt Whitman's Words: Mutant X's Literary References

Brennan: Good poetry, a good cigar go hand and hand. - "Lit Fuse"

* Episode 102's title, "I Scream the Body Electric," is derived from the title of a poem by Walt Whitman, I Sing the Body Electric, from his Leaves of Grass collection. Walt Whitman's poetry will play a larger role for Brennan in "Lit Fuse."

* Episode 104's title, "Fool for Love," was Shalimar's explanation to Adam for wanting to waltz into Genomex alone to find Richard: "What can I say? I'm a fool for love."

* In Episode 106, "The Meaning of Death," the book Brennan's reading while stuck in the safehouse might be Howl, a collection of poems by Allen Ginsberg.

* Episode 108's title, "In the Presence of Mine Enemies," comes from The Bible, Psalms 23:5 "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over."

* Episode 109's title, "Crime of the New Century," might be a parallel to the infamous 1932 kidnapping and murder of pilot Charles Lindbergh's infant son, which was dubbed "The Crime of the Century."

* In Episode 110, "Dark Star Rising," Mason Eckhart says of Beau Longstreet, "He looks to be the living incarnation of Nietsche's dictum: What doesn't kill you will make you stronger." This is a quote from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols, Or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer: "Whatever does not destroy me makes me stronger."

* Episode 111's title, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," is the title of a 1967 song by the British band Procol Harum.

* Episode 119's title, "Nothing to Fear," is part of a slightly altered quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inaugural address in 1933: "...let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." A common paraphrase of this quote is "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

* Episode 121's title, "A Breed Apart," came up in "Dark Star Rising," when Shalimar was telling Lt. Beau Longstreet what makes ferals special: "Among new mutants, we're a breed apart."

* Episode 201's title, "Past as Prologue," is a slightly altered version of Antonio's line from William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest: "We were all sea swallow'd, though some cast again, And by that destiny to perform an act Whereof what's past is prologue; what to come in yours and my discharge."

* Episode 204's title, "Whose Woods These Are," is taken from the first line of Robert Frost's famous poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: "Whose woods these are I think I know."

* In Episode 207 "Crossroads of the Soul," Adam's final line, "O brave new world" comes from Act V, Scene I of William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, where Miranda exclaims, "O brave new world That has such people in't!"

* Episode 215's title, "Under the Cloak of War," is part of an anti-war quote from Albert Einstein: "It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."

*Episode 216's title, "Once Around," is Sam Raymond's order to his flunky Martin: "Give it the once around for me."

* Episode 219's title, "One Step Closer," might come from the kidnapper Christian's warning to Mutant X: "Take one more step. Go on, take one step closer and the senator’s daughter loses everything from the neck up."

* In Episode 301, "Into the Moonless Night," Brennan asks, "You expect me to talk?" Mason replies, "No, Mr. Mulwray. I expect you to die." This is quote is lifted directly from an exchange between James Bond and the villain Goldfinger in the third James Bond film, Goldfinger.

* Episode 302's title, "The Wages of Sin," comes from the Bible, Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

* In Episode 308, "Wasteland," the Sunday school quote Jesse tries to impress Lexa with is a description of the apocalypse from The Bible, Revelation 9:2-3: "And he opened the bottomless pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit. And from the smoke of the pit there came out locusts upon the earth. And power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power."

*Episode 310's title, "Brother's Keeper," comes from the biblical story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4:9: "And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?"

*Episode 314's title, "A Normal Life," is part of Dr. Richard Saunders's query to Shalimar in "Fool for Love": "Don't you ever get tired of being special? Don't you ever long for a normal life?" She has a similar conversation with Keith Burstyn in this episode

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