Želko Ivanek! He’s that guy! From everything ever! He was the boss dude in True Blood, the boss dude brother of Dennis Hopper in 24, the tragic closeted gay lawyer in love with Ted Danson in Damages, Oz, Homicide. Everything. Ever.
He is brilliant in this. He plays the title character, Roland, who is a mentally handicapped cleaner that is possessed by someone dead (yes, it’s the Child’s Play plot again). The episode would be naff if it weren’t for Ivanek doing the same kind of thing Dourif (who was Chucky in those Child’s Play movies) did in the “Beyond the Sea” epsiode, and that is pretty much taking the show and running off with it. There are some nice creepy bits, Mulder and Scully blunder into the truths of the plot way later than they should, but overall the episode is as simple as the title character, which is ironic, because Ivanek is so convincing in his portrayal, the character is anything but. 7