The X-Files

Space

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/12/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Mulder and Scully are contacted by a communications specialist from NASA who shows them evidence of sabotage in the space programme. Mulder's youthful hero-worship is shaken by the apparent involvement of a high-ranking astronaut.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson (I)

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Chris Carter

  • Ed Lauter

    Colonel Marcus Aurelius Belt

  • Susanna Thompson

    Michelle Generoo

  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • great episode

    By sremnes, Jul 24, 2014

  • Not Even Mulder Could Decipher This Script

    By jokipper, May 20, 2013

  • One of the worst episodes

    By mobilehead, Mar 04, 2013

  • Space

    By arkanitoo, Jul 08, 2012

  • Space

    By TrueTvWatcher, May 26, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Mulder: Hey, Scully, we send those men up into space to unlock the doors of the universe, and we don't even know what's behind them.

    • Belt: You know what it means to be an astronaut, sir? You risk your life every time you get into your spacecraft for nothing more than the good progress of mankind. Mulder: You've got no argument from me, sir. You're true American heroes. Belt: Heroes? We used to make headlines when we did our job right. Now they bury them in the back of the paper. Name me two astronauts on the last shuttle mission. You make the front page today only if you screw up. They only know your name if you're the unlucky SOB sitting on 500 tons of dynamite. That's what they're really waiting for.

    • Scully: What do you think? Mulder: I can't believe how much faith we put in machines.

    • Techmech Guy: Every shuttle has flown with that same APU valve. We haven't had a problem. To do an analysis and redesign would delay the program for months, not to mention the cost. Scully: Is it conceivable that in order to avoid these delays, the program is being pushed ahead without proper safety precaution? Techmech Guy: Look, there are about 17,000 things that can go wrong with the shuttle, and about 17,000 people who make sure they don't.

    • 70's TV Reporter: I'm here in Pasadena with the NASA mission control team as they celebrate scientific history. The first close-up photographic transmissions of Mars from the Viking Observer Spacecraft. Photos that have created something of a stir by revealing surprising geologic information: the presence of large amounts of water locked in Mars' polar icecaps. Water that some speculate could have possibly sustained life on the planet. Even more controversial is one image of a land formation: a formation that looks like a sculpted human face. However NASA officials are denying it as an indication of an alien civilization. 70's Belt: No, it's nothing more than a trick of light and shadows, a geologic anomaly. I'm afraid the only sculptors at work are the solar winds that blow across the surface of Mars at 300 miles an hour ten months a year.

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    Notes (4)

    • Susanna Thompson plays Michelle Generoo in this episode. Her most recent appearance was in the NCIS episode entitled Ex-File.

    • BreaXfast, the premier Washington, DC X-files fan club, views Space as the all-time worst X-files episode ever. In a 2003 press release, Jon Lindsley, designated spokesperson for BreaXfast, is quoted as saying, "It sucked so much." It has been voted "The Worst Episode of All Time" every year since its air date in 1993.

    • Writer and series creator Chris Carter admitted that he wasn't entirely happy with the special effects in this episode. Mat Beck, the visual effects supervisor on the show, had only 4 days to create all the special effects in this episode and wasn't able to complete them all.

    • This is the most expensive episode of the first season. A big chunk of the budget went to the construction of the large control room set.

    Trivia (11)

    • Principal setting: Houston, Texas.

    • Mulder claims that Belt took the alien with him at the end of the episode. This is the same alien that floated off and wrecked Generoo's car and wandered up to the space shuttle. Why is Mulder so convinced that the ghostly creature didn't escape?

    • Revealing Mistake: Look closely at the folders Mulder and Scully are examining. The three folders in front of Mulder have the numbers 10, 17, and 47 on them. These same folders appear on the shelves Scully is looking through. In addition, there doesn't seem to be any sense to the numbering at all. While it's hard enough to imagine the agents will find evidence of a saboteur in all the files in the first place, wouldn't this jumble make it even more difficult?

    • Continuity: The telemetry is cut to the shuttle at 2:55:20 according to the mission clock. When contact is reestablished, the clock reads 2:56:09. This is only forty-nine seconds, rather than the whole minute Generoo claims has passed.

    • Continuity: Scully makes no move to stop Mulder from dragging Generoo out of the car after the accident. Even after she tells Generoo not to move, she doesn't seem to have a problem with Mulder helping her to her feet.

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    Allusions (1)

    • The character Marcus Aurelius Belt is named for Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161-180 AD and the last of the "Five Good Emperors". He was also a very important Stoic philosopher

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