The X-Files

Season 3 Episode 11


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Mulder and Scully swap roles as they pursue a man killing priests who claim to have the wounds of Christ. The agents find and must protect a young boy who may be a real stigmatic. While Scully's faith draws her closer to the boy, Mulder is convinced of another explanation.moreless

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  • The Hills Have Faith

    Scully's beliefs in question is the best thing to take away from this episode but as with many episodes coming right after such strong stories like 731 you can't help but feel like this isn't worth your time. It does have Michael Berryman from "The Hills Have Eyes" fame, the love affair for films like that cannot be missed in this show.
  • Love this episode so much. Definitely one of my favorites of the series.

    I truly love this episode so much because it's a very symbolic religiously speaking. It's a great performance by David and Gillian and it truly shows the interest of the show's creator Chris Carter in religion in general. I really like it and I think it's one of the most amazing tv episodes of all time in the history of television. Love it for real.
  • Revelations

    Revelations was a perfect episode of The X-Files and I really enjoyed watching because the story was interesting and Scully finds herself in Mulder's position as the believer and he the skeptic. It was also neat to see how religion could possibly tie into the larger picture of the series with the common thread of faith and belief. The story was entertaining and played out well. I liked when Scully was talking with a priest at the end. There were certainly some Revelations of character along with great development. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Trying to make his way home.


    Clearly this episode was meant as a showcase for Gillian Anderson, and she did very well with what she had. Writer Kim Newton gave her some wonderful scenes, such as her decision to keep Kevin with her rather than send him to a shelter, her conversation with Owen Jarvis, her goodbye to Mulder (further evidence that she can no longer confide in him--she never even tells him where she is going), and of course her final scene: "I'm afraid God is speaking, and no one is listening." Anderson displayed again her ability to bring a luminous intensity to the quietest word and gesture. She can personalize the smallest, most routine moment of an investigation without trivializing it or "domesticating" it.

    Duchovny, however, never managed to find a way to show us a skeptical Mulder who was still Mulder. This is one of the few times I have seen him portray Mulder when it looked more like David Duchovny than Mulder onscreen. Some of this can be laid at the feet of Kim Newton's inability to delineate a credible doubting Mulder: the most unbelievable line I have heard this season is Mulder saying, "How is that possible?" Mulder is asking this? Mulder, who constantly pulls explanations out of thin air?

    I was dumbfounded by the utter lack of mourning when the mother died. Kevin tried desperately to save her, then merely expressed regret at her death, as if he had lost a baseball game. Even the incarcerated father does not even mention the woman who died trying to save her son. A loving mother dies in a fight with the devil and nobody cares! This emotional refrigeration just wiped out my involvement in the story.

    Why does Kevin Kryder exhibit the stigmata at all? If you're one of the faithful who accept these marks as signs of sanctified faith, then you're bound to be troubled by the fact that at no time during the episode does Kevin make any profession of faith of any kind. He does not even pray in moments of stress. This is what happens when you use a symbol and ignore what it signifies. Stigmata in themselves mean nothing; they are supposed to mark out the faithful among us as chosen witnesses of God. Strip a symbol of its meaning and you have an empty token. Since Kevin is not a child of faith, what is he? A victim of God? His condition becomes a mere curiosity. His hands carry less significance than the Millenium Man's, which can generate enough heat to bend steel.

    If, on the other hand, you're a skeptic who does not believe in miracles, you're left with no explanation at all advanced for the bleeding wounds--hysteria? self-inflicted wounds? psychosomatic trauma? Anything? Where is our famous Oxford-trained psychologist, Fox Mulder? Why isn't he coming up with explanations?

    This episode did not scare me. Chris Carter is fond of saying that something is only as scary as it is real; by extension, this means that if it could happen to you or me, it's scary. I don't know about you, but I'm unlikely to wake up anytime soon with the marks of divine favor on my hands.

    The script was weak and the introduction of Scully's faith built on too flimsy a foundation. Gillian Anderson's excellent work is the one saving grace (religious joke) of this otherwise below average episode.

  • Scully finds her beliefs tested

    I think this episode was most interesting because it put us in a position where Scully found her own beliefs being tested and we also found Mulder having doubts about Scully's claims. It's interesting how the man who usually believes so easily about things such as aliens is so skeptical about the idea of stigmatas and religious miracles.

    Most of the episode focuses on a man chasing after people who are faking religious miracles, such as bleeding from the hands or feet and whatnot. The man killing them has powers of his own, powers that are never even close to being explained. However, there's a young boy who experiences true miracles and true stigmata's, a boy that the man is after and wants to kill. Once again, it's never truly explained why he wants to kill the boy, especially because he's clearly not faking his ailment. However, it's better to just go along with the episode, because it gives us a very good insight into Mulder and Scully and their beliefs, specifically Scully.

    Coming off of a couple of incredible episodes, a stand-alone episode like this felt a little flat, but if it weren't for Scully's plot, it would probably be a lot worse.moreless
Kevin Zegers

Kevin Zegers

Kevin Kryder

Guest Star

Sam Bottoms

Sam Bottoms

Michael Kryder

Guest Star

Kenneth Welsh

Kenneth Welsh

Simon Gates

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Twin Peaks connection: Both David Duchovny and Kenneth Welsh, the villain for this episode, portrayed FBI agents in Twin Peaks.

    • Principal Setting: Loveland, Ohio.

    • Seeing as Scully was the only one there when the kidnapper died, it is highly unlikely that Mulder would be able to make the police statement on her behalf.

    • When the mother runs over the bad guy after he chases the apparition of her son you can see that Kevin isn't in the passenger seat. However he appears in the seat when the camera cuts to the car on the road.

    • Nowadays, its widely regarded that when Jesus was crucified he would have been nailed through his wrists, not his hands, as was the norm in his time. Stigmatics should therefore bleed from their wrists also.

    • Scully mentions Kevin being in two places at once, "...just like St. Ignatius was able to do in the Bible..." There is no Ignatius in the Bible. The earliest Ignatius was the third Bishop of Antioch, and no person in the New Testament appears in two places at once. Scully would know better, and the script supervisor could easily have checked this out.

    • After the agents meet with Kevin's father in the mental institute, Scully lists the medication that he is on: haloperidol, loxapine, and chlorpromazine make sense, but the fourth medication - LARGACTIL - is in error. Not only is it a brand-name of chlorpromazine, but it is not available in the USA, it is a CANADIAN drug!

      The fact that one of these drugs is Canadian is mostly likely a nod to the fact that production takes place in Vancouver.

    • In the last few shots of Kevin and his bandaged hands you can see that there is no blood stain on the back of his hands, just on the palms.

    • Social Services were pretty quick to remove Kevin from his mother's custody, after a single incident when his mother was nowhere around.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Priest: Sometimes we must come full circle to find the truth. (Scully looks up) Does this surprise you?
      Scully: No. Mostly it just makes me afraid.
      Priest: Afraid?
      Scully: Afraid that God is speaking... And that no one is listening.

    • Scully: Isn't a saint or a holy person just another term for someone abnormal?

    • Scully: But I see no wounds here, on his hands or otherwise.
      Mulder: No, I think this is a case of too much faith...
      (Mulder dips his finger in the Reverend's blood and tastes it)
      and too much sugar... It's a fake.

    • Scully: I'm talking about events that defy explanation. Things that ... I believe helped me to save a young boy's life. But now I wonder if I saw them at all. If I didn't just imagine them.
      Priest: Why do you doubt yourself?
      Scully: Because my partner didn't see them. He didn't ... he didn't believe them. And usually he ... he believes without question.
      Priest: Maybe they weren't meant for him to see. Maybe they were only meant for you.
      Scully: Is that possible?
      Priest: With the Lord, anything is possible. Perhaps you saw these things because you needed to.

    • Mulder: You never draw my bath.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This would be David Nutter's 15th and last direction of an X-Files episode. His first episode was "Ice."

    • The producers weren't satisfied with the priest's voice, so a new vocal track was added in postproduction using a different performer in LA.

    • The scene where Mulder and Scully are having a conversation with Mr. Kryder appears much shorter in the final version than in the original script. In the script Mr. Kryder begins to speak in tongues. Only Scully can understand him, even when he quotes a line from "The Day the Earth Stood Still".


    • Episode Title: Revelations

      This is a reference to the Book of Revelations, the last book of the New Testament. This book describes the second coming of Jesus Christ, essentially the end of the world when, according to Christian tradition, God will divide those worthy for heaven from those worthy for hell and send them to their respective places.