The X-Files

Season 5 Episode 1

Redux (2)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 02, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Scully helps Mulder fake his own death in order for him to go undetected through the Department of Defence and find out the answers to his new questions about the government hoax concerning the existence of extraterrestrial life. Meanwhile, at a joint FBI/DOD inquiry, Scully's attempt to drive out the Conspiracy's informant is halted as her cancer takes a bad turn.moreless

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  • Redux

    Redux was a perfect season five premiere episode of The X-Files and I really enjoyed watching because we were shown more of why the characters chose the path they did. I liked the story and character development along with the action, drama and intrigue. It was awesome watching Scully tell her story and seeing Mulder continue his investigation though he was being watched by the Cigarette Smoking Man. I look forward to watching what happens next because the ending was awesome!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Season 5 premiere

    After Season 4 ended on such a strong string of episodes, I was hoping that Season 5 would kick off with a bang.. however, part 2 of this trilogy seems to be a filler episode, a section of the trilogy that simply exists to lead us from the excellent Part 1, which could arguably be seen as one of the better episodes of the show, to Part 3, which I hear is just as good, if not better. There was a lot of revelations and new information here, but sometimes, a show can rise or fall depending on how well they reveal the information. Unfortunately, the way they revealed all of this new stuff was a bit flat, albeit interesting.

    We pick up right where we left off, with us learning that Mulder actually isn't dead but is faking his own death so he can learn more about this Michael guy from the D.o.D. The way the show is leading us, it appears that Chris Carter wants us to believe that all of the alien plots have been a hoax, which I absolutely refuse to believe, just like Mulder, regardless of the proof we're given. There were massive use of horrible voice-overs, something that works well in Dexter and Burn Notice but horribly on this show (at least in my opinion). Either way, by the end of the episode, we're left not knowing who in the world to trust. To be honest, the Cigarette Smoking Man in this episode seemed to actually harbor some guilt towards Mulder's "death." He appeared to be upset a bit and feel responsible for him. I hope we get some insight into that.

    The episode ends also with us not knowing if Skinner can be trusted, something I also refuse to believe. We were lead for four seasons to believe Skinner is a good guy that will do anything he can for the X-Files. Let's hope these hints that he's a bad guy are false.

    I'm sure that this little trilogy of episodes as a whole will be great, but as with every trilogy, there's always a weaker link, and I'd say that this one is the weak link.moreless
  • Redux excitingly folds the conspiracy players into the inner quests of Gethsemane, gives us equally compelling perspectives on the alien invasion debate, uses a more cinematic palette, and triples the typical number of mythology-episode voiceovers!moreless

    Redux so strongly benefits from its source material-JFK-that I don't mind that it completely rips it off. Sure, the walk 'n' talk intercut with stock footage adds up to a whole lot of hokum, but it's a fun, fast-paced ride that helps, along with the new widescreen aspect ratio, lend this episode a more cinematic quality than previous X-Files episodes have. Similarly, although the voice-overs are among the purplelest pieces of prose I've heard, the underlying montages of the leads doing their jobs – particularly Scully, with her mysterious scientific tools – are mesmerizing; how many other shows are fetishist about centrifuge analyzers?!

    The best trick of this episode is how its turns the individual-quest issues of Gethsemane into a unified, if still separate, search for the cure to Scully's cancer. Yes, Mulder is still coming to terms with his new skepticism of extraterrestrial life, but over and over we hear that both characters are working against time to save Scully. In addition, Redux seamlessly brings the conspiracy players into the fold, and sets up each of their motivations for they ways in which they will manipulate Mulder and Scully in Redux II. Thus, when Redux II picks up Gethsemane's quest themes, I don't feel like Redux had shafted me, but rather that the dominoes-internal journeys, external machinations-are ready to fall.

    A final achievement Redux should be lauded is for allowing us to equally believe contradictory bits of information. Obviously the Kritschgau stuff is quite convicing, but we still see the conspiracy players meeting up, and they obviously believe that they're facilitating an alien invasion. So, who's right? How do these pieces mesh?moreless
  • Walkie, Talkie

    The switch to a widescreen format is a fantastic and much overdue development and it serves the cinematic feel of the series well. The framing in this first episode seemed a bit "off" to me, as though it was simply matted to letterbox from a full screen source but I can't be sure.

    Anyway, count me as one of those fans who do not like the use of voiceovers in this episode. They are, on the whole, rather badly written and more than a little pretentious sounding. They are also way, way overused in this episode, to the point that they kill the action onscreen. At one point, we have Mulder striding down a hallway in the secret DARPA complex while he gives us a voiceover explaining that he is, indeed, walking down the corridor. A deadly boring use of voiceover. Previous episodes in Season Four were able to use voiceover to great effect and so it's a mystery why Chris Carter stumbles so badly here.

    One other criticism is that I found the acting a bit "wooden" in this episode, as though the actors had yet to shake away the cobwebs from their summer break. There's just the slightest loss of chemistry here that I hope is regained as the season progresses.moreless
  • The one with a bunch of lies

    ‘Redux’ is the opening of season 5 which continues the lies of ‘Gethsemane’

    The episode shows what really happened to Mulder, he actually saw someone filming him and shot him in the face. I wished it would have taken a bit longer because in that way it would have been more painful for the viewers.

    Anyway, with this, Mulder goes to Scully and makes her tell the lie about his suicide. Then he uses the guy’s pass to go to something secretive and there he sees the guy who told him all the ‘lies’ in the first place/ But Scully had already identified the guy so when Mulder leaves to find the truth the guy gets taken away by the military.

    When Mulder enters a top secret room he finds a whole bunch of aliens lying on tables, when he enters another room he finds a lot of women impregnated with something. When he looks deeper he finds something that may be the cure but the lone gunmen tell him that it’s only water.

    Cancer Man keeps being an extremely interesting character, somehow he just sensed that Mulder was alive and when he could have stopped him he didn’t.

    Also Scully believes that Skinner might be working for the bad guys from the beginning,. She finds some calls of his and when she speaks with a jury she wants to tell them about Skinner who might have given her cancer but then she suddenly has a nose bleed and passes out.

    The episode is a brilliant way to continue the first part and might as well be even better. The voice-overs were great and the scenes of history that were used fitted perfectly. A great way to end the second part.

Steve Makaj

Steve Makaj

Scott Ostelhoff

Guest Star

Julia Arkos

Julia Arkos


Guest Star

Barry W. Levy

Barry W. Levy


Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Recurring Role

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Cigarette Smoking Man

Recurring Role

Ken Camroux

Ken Camroux

Senior Agent

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode, Scully says that she and Mulder have known each other for four years. This is incorrect, because their first case together took place in 1992.(even though the show premiered in 1993).

    • Are we really supposed to believe that the DOD's only form of security is a metal detector, a bag x-ray machine, a flimsy CARD that offers access to anyone who comes across it? You would think the Pentagon would have something more high-tech (and more fool-proof), like retina scanning.

    • In Mulder's voiceover he says that his sister went missing 23 years ago. At least 4 years ago, in season 1's 'Conduit', Scully says that she disappeared 21 years ago. The statement here should be the correct one (Nov 1973 - early 1997) making the earlier statement the goof.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Michael Kritschgau: Hey! How'd you get in here? (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency)
      Mulder: Through the front door.
      Michael Kritschgau: You can't bypass security.
      Mulder: You can when you have the card. (He holds up Scott Ostelhoff's security card)

    • Scully: Mulder? What are you doing? Why are you sitting in my bedroom in the dark?
      Mulder: It was too crowded in my apartment, I couldn't sleep.
      Scully: I'm not kidding, Mulder.
      Mulder: Good, 'cause neither am I. There's a dead man on the floor of my apartment and it's only a matter of time before he starts to stink the place up.

    • Scully: If science leads me to these ends, it is not lost on me that the tool with which I've come to depend on absolutely cannot save or protect me, but only bring into focus the darkness that lies ahead.

    • Mulder: In four years I have shared my partner's passionate search for the truth and if my part has been a deception, I have never seen her integrity waver or her honor compromised. But now I ask her to lie to the people lying to us -- a dangerous lie to find the truth -- to find the men who would be revealed at its enemy, as our enemy, as the enemy within.

    • CSM: You've been watching Mulder. You had a man on him. No one bothered to inform me of this.
      Elder: I know nothing of this man.
      CSM: I will not be cut out like this. You need my expertise. Is this being run from the DOD?
      Elder: If it is, I am unaware of it.
      CSM: I've always kept Mulder in check. I put this whole thing together. I created Mulder.
      Elder: Agent Mulder is dead. Our FBI source confirmed it this morning. Mulder killed himself. Mulder was an asset. Without his partner, you may have underestimated his fragility.
      CSM: I've never underestimated Mulder. I still don't.

    • Scully: Mulder, how long has this been going on?
      Mulder: Maybe since the beginning, since you joined me on the X-Files.
      Scully: That would mean that for 4 years we've been nothing more than pawns in a game, that it was a lie from the beginning. Mulder, these men... You give them your faith and you're supposed to trust them with your life.
      Mulder: There are those who can be trusted. What I need to know is who among them is not. I will not allow this treason to prosper, not if they've done this to you.
      Scully: Mulder, we can't go to the Bureau making these accusations.
      Mulder: No, but as they lie to us, we can lie to them. A lie to find the truth.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Mulder: If this treason should prosper.

      Mulder says this line in a voiceover narration in the opening scenes from the episode. It is a paraphrase based on the following verse: "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? / Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason." It is usually attributed to the Roman poet Ovid. Credit has also been given to English epigrammist Sir John Harrington. The point of the verse, of course, is that if treason succeeds, it becomes law. Mulder fears that if the people he opposes win, their lies will be accepted as fact.

    • Film References: JFK
      When Kritschgau is describing the government conspiracy to Mulder it is much like a scene in Oliver Stone's JFK between Detective Jim Garrison and his informant "X", played by Kevin Costner and Donald Sutherland respectively. The scenes are very similar, right down to the use of stock footage, driving background music, and rapid, matter-of-fact line delivery.

      JFK also had a "secret meeting" that took place at a race track (much like the meeting between CSM and The Elder).

      Also, in Mulder's early voiceover he says "Let the truth be known though the heavens fall", which is quite similar to Garrison's line in JFK, "Justice be done though the heavens fall".