Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal

The Fire Within/Fate

Season 1, Ep 20, Aired 5/3/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Case File #994124: "The Fire Within" Three men in Coleman, Montana, die of spontaneous combustion, and the OSIR discover some strange circumstances while investigating. Case File #232148: "Fate" A teen with psychic powers in Columbus, Ohio, struggles to understand events leading to his best friend's death.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan Aykroyd

    The Host

  • Colin Fox

    Dr. Anton Hendricks

  • Nigel Bennett

    Director of Operations Frank Elsinger

  • Barclay Hope

    Physicist Peter Axon

  • Nancy Anne Sakovich

    Senior Data Analyst Lindsay Donner

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • (intro for The Fire Within) Spontaneous human combustion - official fire and arson investigation manuals do not include humans in the list of the numerous substances prone to spontaneous ignition. There are, however, many documented and photographed instances of people appearing to burn up from the inside out, incinerating bones that would take thousands of degrees to reduce to ashes with virtually no effect on the environment around them. The OSIR has occasionally been summoned to analyze cases of this nature.

    • (extro for The Fire Within) The conclusion in this file pointed away from the spontaneous human combustion phenomenon, and towards a man made conspiracy to eliminate domestic terrorists employing artificial accelerant combustibles in order to exact a subversive and darkly poetic justice.

    • (intro for Fate) Adolesence, a period of human growth in which the body undergoes dramatic and accelerated changes. This degree of physical and emotional development over such a short period of time can make it a confusing and traumatic event for a young person. In the following case the OSIR found that Corey Stillman's adolesence included the onset of psychic ability.

    • (extro for Fate) When we percieve in our children a particular gift, a positive ability or skill, it is natural that we encourage them to develop it. So why not promote the same degree of support and encouragement, even if the ability is an unconventional one, beyond the immediate powers of our understanding?

    Trivia (1)

    • Though listed in the credits, Maurice Dean Wint (Dr. Curtis Rollins) does not appear in this episode.

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