The X-Files

Season 7 Episode 5


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 05, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A teenage killer eludes Mulder and Scully by moving too fast for the human eye. Slowly Mulder and Scully realise his ability and try to work out how he gained his power, but not before he goes after his own father, who happens to be the town sheriff. It appears that the killer likes to prey on the emotional vulnerabilities of impressionable kids but can Mulder and Scully put a stop to it before it's too late?moreless

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  • Rush was quite a rush!

    Rush was a very entertaining and perfectly produced episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story was interesting and intriguing. I also liked watching Mulder and Scully investigate and come up with different theories. The cave was beautiful and I only wish that more had been explained. There was teen angst, drama, murder, and fast times. I liked how every thing played out and certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A group of high-schoolers can move faster than the speed of light.

    I agree with what some people said of the episode: it is your standard "Monster of the Week" type of episode, but compared to the goofiness and experimental nature of Season 6, I'll take what we've gotten so far with Season 7 anyday. I don't know why people would think this is a bad season. Maybe the myth-arc will be bad, but so far, the actual stand-alone episodes are fantastic.

    This episode was probably my least favorite of the three that have aired so far after the season premiere, but it was definitely entertaining. We have some good Scully/Mulder banter, an interesting case and a set of teenagers who have found something that is truly crazy. The scenes where we see what their super-speed can do is superbly done.

    As usual, we don't get much in the way of an explanation, but when an episode like this is doing so much right, one shouldn't try to nitpick or complain too much. The episode moved at just the right pace and made me care about these characters, even if some of them were horrible people and some of them weren't built up so much.moreless
  • A very interesting episode.

    What a wonderful example of stellar police work – the deputy's eye glasses are sticking out the back of his head and the sheriff's opinion is the case is open and shut, ignoring the complete lack of explanation about the strength the blow would have needed. Could the sheriff seem less enthusiastic?

    There are times I really love Scully and this is one of them – when Mulder is rambling about poltergeists (seriously, Mulder?), Scully ever-so-diplomatically asks him if they can talk to Tony's friends, "Just for me?", and she does it while toying coyly with Mulder's tie.

    Taking the murder weapon immediately clears Tony since without it, even Tony's fingerprints on it will be inadmissible. Tony will have to be released. Max's apparent goodwill doesn't prevent him from nearly killing Tony – a very blatant warning not to talk.

    Max seems to have developed a god-complex – completing the exam in one minute, killing the teacher in front of a room full of witnesses. He doesn't care if people see what he does. Max's body just can't take the strain, continuing to use the power will kill him.

    Interesting finale – Chastity killing Max and herself and what I found the most surprising, the investigation of the cave which yielded no results but they still pumped it full of concrete, was that Mulder's doing? As Mulder pointed out, no relics or signs that the cave had been found before, surely this couldn't be the first time teenagers went into it? Interesting little mystery.

    Other thoughts:

    - I was surprised to see Nicki Aycox – Meg from season 1 of 'Supernatural'. First time I've ever seen her in anything but SPN.

    I enjoyed this one, interesting powers and source of the powers.moreless
  • A couple of high school kids have discovered a "Rush" which gives them power to move at "faster then the eye can see" speed.

    A high school couple have discovered a cave, which harnesses a strange power. A light source, which, when you step into it, violently shakes your body while at the same time giving the person the ability to move incredibly fast.

    A sheriff's deputy is killed while on patrol. The damage to his head is quite severe. His eyeglasses end up through the back of his head. The only eyewitness is a high school boy. He is arrested. But Mulder does not believe he could have done it.

    They go to the school to talk with his friends and meet one Max Harden, son of the Sheriff. He later has a fall out with a teacher when he takes a test in one minute and gets every answer correct. The teacher gives him an 'F' and accuses him of cheating.

    Later in the dining hall the teacher is trips over and the entire student body laugh. Next we see Max standing at the top of the room, then he twitches and a table shoves the teacher along the floor followed by a chair. Max also tries to kill his own father but is saved by Tony, the new kid trying to fit in, who also has taken the Rush. This was another great episode, which is surprising to me because I usually prefer the ones with aliens.moreless
  • "Rush" was a cool episode. Sometimes over the top and sometimes the intuitive leaps were a little much. It's really a standard MOTW a la seasons 1-3.

    For the sake of continuity, note that Act 1 of this episode is the first time we've seen Mulder and Scully together since they kissed on New Year's. They seem fairly comfortable around each other, maybe even more so than usual. This level of comfort will only increase as more of the barriers between them are broken down this season.

    The paranormal element of this episode was present in the form of the "rush" that came from the cave. It never explains what causes this in any way shape or form. But I'm not sure what good that knowledge would have done within the context of just this episode. The personalities of the supporting characters involved are not fully developed and so when one of them saves the day it's a little anti-climactic despite the cool special effects. There were attempts to show the girlfriend's reluctance to be a part of things and the "outsider's" growing awareness that he was becoming too caught up in things. But most of these scenes were cliché and didn't really make the audience feel enough for the characters when they sacrificed themselves in the end. Oh, and the ending with the kid in the hospital bed flipping the clock back. This has been done a lot on the x-files that they have created a cliché. But whatever, by that point, the audience is already either packing up its things and going to bed or flipping the channel. But the experience up to that point is pretty standard fare.

    Writing 1/2 Directing 2/2 Acting 1/2 Character 1/2 Entertainment 2/2: 7/10.moreless
Rodney Scott

Rodney Scott

Tony Reed

Guest Star

Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper

Max Harden

Guest Star

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Chastity Raines

Guest Star

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr Charles Burks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Even though the man himself is moving at super speed. When he opened and closed the locker door and car door, you would still be able to hear them close or slam.

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      Even when moving at super speed, wouldn't it be difficult to co-ordinate your movements at that speed? Especially for a newly empowered Tony.

    • When the bullet is seen passing through Max and about to hit Chastity, it is perfectly formed just like it would be when still attached to the casing. In reality, bullets deform significantly when they enter an object such as a human body - typically looking more like a mushroom than a bullet.

    • In the scene from the CCTV footage, there should have been a longer pause while the flashlight was removed from the locker. Not just the kid rushing in and straight out again in 1/33rd of a second.

    • Max tells Scully she must have been a "Betty" back in the day, which is slang for a hot chick.

    • The dates on the academic discipline and progress forms for Max are not in accord with the order of the episode, coming after the Millennium episode. Supposedly the changes in his behavior and grades started a few months before, but the reports are from a few years ago.

    • If he is moving faster than the eye can see then so should whatever he is holding, therefore you shouldn't have been able to see the table or the chair etc,

      However, you would see the table and chair move if he threw or pushed it.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Scully: Mulder, tell me you've got more than SAT scores to show that this Tony Reed didn't commit this crime.
      Mulder: Maybe. Take a look at the body. The former Deputy Ronald Foster. As you can see, the report doesn't quite do it justice.
      Scully: Oh, my God, it looks like he was hit with a sledgehammer.
      Mulder: Police flashlight. One blow.
      Scully: The damage to the maxillofacial bones and the cranium is consistent with a blunt-force trauma, but... I'd say that, uh, Tony eats his Wheaties.
      Mulder: Check out the back of his head.
      Scully: Ugh. His eyeglasses.
      Mulder: Penetrated to the back of his skull. Babe Ruth couldn't hit this hard, let alone a high school sophomore.
      Scully: Well, maybe if he was under the influence of PCP or some kind of stimulant.
      Mulder: No, his tox screen came back negative.
      Scully: Well, even so, I mean, stress and fear may have triggered an adrenaline response which is known to enable feats of near-superhuman strength.

    • Max: I'm going to make you one of us. But I call the shots. Always remember that.

    • Scully: Mulder, rather than spirits, can we at least start with Tony's friends. Please, just... for me.

    • Mulder: You know why you collapsed don't you, Max?
      Max: Yeah, too much teen spirit.
      Mulder: You think? Smells like murder to me.

    • Chuck: The closest match was a... a Soviet Akula-class submarine.
      Scully: I think we can rule that out.

    • Tony: Everything I know, it's in my statement.
      Mulder: Okay, bear with us because we're Old and Stupid...

    • Mulder: C'mon, you were cruisin', right? I mean, a small town like this. You're not exactly Livin' La Vida Loca. I know, I grew up in... Dullsville too. You know, nothing to do but drive and park.
      Tony: How long ago was that?

  • NOTES (1)


    • Max: You think I'm like Carrie or something? I used some kind of mental powers?

      This is an allusion to Carrie by Stephen King. A book and movie about a high school girl with telekinetic powers who rained vengeance upon those who tormented her.

    • Max: Yeah, too much teen spirit. Mulder: You think? Smells like murder to me.

      The above quote is a reference to the popular song "Smells Like Teen Spirit," by Nirvana.