Season 1 Episode 12

Visitors from Down the Street

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 25, 1999 on TNT
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The crew picks up a pair of aliens, dressed in 20th Century Earth clothing, who think that humans are conspiring to ruin their home-world.

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  • A wierd cross over with some x files type characters funny as hell

    In an unexplored area of space the excalibur rescues a small saucer ship

    once on board the saucer opens to reveal to lizard like

    aliens (in human clothes speaking english)

    They are put in holding and are extremely suspicous and fearful of the humans all around them.

    Gideon talks to them asking how they know the language

    the man "duchany" says that for decades humans have been visting earth ,abucting people,influencing thier governement,

    and variuos other nasty things.

    Gideon has checked all records saying there no reports of any first contact with there species .And no giant conspiracy to change there culture and lauguage.

    Another ship arrives

    with more lizard people

    One old male comes aboard asking for the prisoners

    to be turned over to his custody.

    When they meet they react violently

    duchany grabs the old mans gun and takes him into the transport tubes.

    The old man continues to goad the pair ,saying thier doomed and the truth is not in anyones best interests.

    A transport arrives full of marines with gideon

    he tells them there ship is recharged and they can go.

    If the other ship interferes the excalibur will take care of them.

    They agree and leave ,The older man decides to explain all the inconsistancies in duchanie`s conspiracy theories.

    He says that there planet has a long history of civil war.

    Leaders who break promises tend to get violently removed.

    In order to combat this they developed an elabourate conspiracy.Making people belive an alien race was responisble for all thier woes.

    They picked up human tv transmissions and adopted there form to give the alien sighting consistancy.

    There hansnt been a single civil war since .

    The old man leaves for his ship smoking a cigarette as he goes.

    Gideon decides to have the last laugh

    and goes to the planet and drops off

    dozens of probes containing recordings of thier conversations and a copy of the encyclopedia galactica.

    A lie should always be challeged

    A fantastic x file parody

    thats not all that affectionate to the subject matter.

    The line about none of duchanies investigations ever leading him anywhere was a dig at the x files .No matter what mulder sees, the evidence is always destroyed and he is always back to square one at the end.

    The digs at the conspiracy nuts are also quite barbed.

    A wierd classic episode

    very much of its time


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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Dropping loads of encyclopedias on "X-Files"-planet)
      Matheson: There are probably some who'll say that by doing this, we are interfering with their culture...
      Gideon: Probably. Screw them.

    • Gideon: Refresh me, lieutenant. How did we get in the middle of this again?
      Matheson: I believe it was an act of mercy, Sir.
      Gideon: Remind me, never to do that again.
      Matheson: Aye, Sir. No good deed goes unpunished.
      Gideon: I'll have that embroiled on a sampler when we have time...

    • Matheson: The more you make a big deal out of denying something, the more people think it must be true...

    • Gideon: Getting kinda crowded out here, Lieutenant. How am I supposed to sleep? I expect you to find a quieter sector next time.
      Matheson: Aye Sir. If they begin firing on us, shall I tell them to come back in the morning, when we're all fresher?

    • Gideon: We're not there yet, try between decks eighteen and fourteen. There! Did you smell that?
      Matheson: I didn't smell anything.
      Gideon: Whad'ya mean? You didn't smell that? You're a telepath! I though all your senses were supposed to be enhanced.

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    • Matheson: No good deed goes unpunished.
      This was first said by the American diplomat and writer Clare Booth Luce.

    • The X-Files
      This episode references the TV series The X-Files. Including: a Cigarette Smoking Alien, placing a Y on the window to signal for help (X-Files used an "X"), alien with red hair, alien conspiracy, etc.