The X-Files

Season 8 Episode 9


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 2001 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Doggett and Scully encounter a dead man who is still living - only somewhat changed. What they discover is a man made of metal, exacting vengeance on those he believes created him and caused this horrid process to happen to him.

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    I think even the Terminator had more emotion than this guy. A nifty car stunt and gruesome effects aside there wasn't much going for this episode. I didn't get a whole lot out of this guy's revenge story even when he returns to Nora his wife. I can get behind the guy being transformed mentally as well as physically, I'm just saying that in this episode it wasn't all that compelling to watch. How the agents were gonna get this guy is what kept me going for this one nothing much else though.moreless
  • Salvage

    Salvage was a great episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because the story was interesting and fun to watch as the agents investigated. It was neat to see what happened to Ray who seemingly came back from the dead with a side effect of invulnerability. He was on a quest of vengeance and it was suspenseful to watch how far he would go. Every thing played out in a fascinating way and there were definitely some scary elements in some of the scenes. I liked the ending and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!moreless
  • This season gets more depressing by the episode.

    This episode is about an ordinary man turning into a pile of salvageable metal. The main idea is ok: a man who wants to get revenge for what happened to him and in the end he realizes the futility of his quest and finds a last flicker of humanity in his heart. But it could have been done better. With Mulder away, this season feels like a regular cop series - only that they solve untypical crimes. Where are the second guesses? The theories? The funny one liners? The teasing? Scully is totally a new character for me as she became Mulder's succesor and she is saying all that he was supposed to say but in a more flat manner.

    Couldn't bring myself to care about Ray-teh-metalman because all we know about him is that "he was a good man". Even if he turned into scraps, I don't see the point of killing his friend and boss since they weren't responsible for creating that alloy. It feels like the writers didn't know from the start where the story was going. When his boss shot Ray he said "This time, you stay dead" as if he already tried once to murder him. There are too many plot holes that make the script unconvinceable. And another thing that bothers me about Scully: how long till her preganancy is gonna show? I mean it's been weeks... it's December already and yet nothing new about it. It's like they completely forgot about what the central plot of this series was all about.moreless
  • I Am Ironman

    Other than a couple of sly references to Robert Patrick's role in T2, there is nothing special about this episode. The opening teaser is, by far, the most poorly scripted and poorly acted scene that I have ever seen on television. Seriously, I have seen children's plays with better acting. I'm guessing that the woman who plays metal-man's wife was owed some big-time favors by the producers as she is a travesty. Watch how broken up she appears when Doggett confronts her with the possibility that her husband is still alive early in the episode. I cringed...

    The crash into metal-man is undeniably cool and something that hasn't been done before. The sight of litle Scully standing in the middle of the wrecked car is also quite good.

    The episode plays like a condensed television version of The Hulk. It seems rather boneheaded that the scientists would sell off their waste to a salvage yard, especially when that waste contains a dead metal-man scientist, but maybe that's just me. I kept waiting for the cops to pull out a giant magnet to trap metal-man but, instead, they insisted on trying to shoot the guy, even though they knew he was invulnerable to bullets. Typical.moreless
  • I've had it!

    Now this is just too much. Let aside the storyline of this particular episode and its giant plotholes (How is it that the blood transforms into metal when Scully looks at it but Doggett is able to find some on the car the following morning). Let alone the poor acting (notibly by the "widow") or the desastrous writing (Why didn't you tell me? - caus I'm not me).

    Scully has turned into a believer concocting one far-fetched explanation after another whereas just six months ago she was still asking: Mulder, are you suggesting that (insert ridiculous theory here)? This entire season is out of character! I mean sure they had to turn Scully into a Mulder-light in order to keep the series running but this is just over the top!

    Not only does Scully no longer feel any kind of shame when uttering this scientific nonsense (as in X-Cops) but she feels no need either to convince Doggett. She just says it out loud and then stands back to watch Doggett like some kind of puppet with a mild look of: Oh Brother, when is he finally going to believe? Sure GA is still gorgeous and just having her there on the screen makes up for a lot but even she is not Wonderwoman to save the entire season by looking good. It's just painful to watch such a strong willed, smart character turn into a wallpaper.moreless
Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Special Agent John Doggett

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Special Agent Dana Scully

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

Raymond Pearce

Guest Star

Jennifer Parsons

Jennifer Parsons

Nora Pearce

Guest Star

Arye Gross

Arye Gross

Dr. Pugovel

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • As Ray is eating his sandwich it goes from having aluminum foil, not having the foil, and then back to having it again. Also the first bite mark changes. When Ray is filmed from behind the sandwich has a bite on only one slice of bread.

    • Just after Scully has completed the autopsy, Doggett comes in to tell her that Ray's print has been found on the car, and that blood found there is also a match to his. Not only does this seem an inordinately short time to complete a DNA match, but there's no evidence that they ever had anything to compare the blood to, so how do they know it's Ray's?

    • How can a shotgun shot throw Ray out the window, where a moving car didn't move him an inch ???

      The movie staple of people being thrown backward when shot with a gun is a myth - this fact also supports this users comment.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Doggett: What are you saying? Ray Pearce has become some kind of metal man? Because that only happens in the movies, Agent Scully.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The soundtrack features a repeated theme from the first movement of Grieg's piano concerto.

    • The 4-door 1973 Ford Torino destroyed in the episode is the same vehicle owned by The Dude in The Big Lebowski. The car was used in the film before use in The X-Files.

    • The scene in which Ray was poking at his face in front of a mirror under the flickering bathroom light is very similar to a scene in 'The Terminator'. Robert Patrick starred in 'The Terminator 2: Judgement Day', ironically as a man made of metal.

    • Agent Doggett comments that you can only see metal men in movies; a reference to him playing the liquid-metal T-1000 in Terminator 2 - Judgement Day.


    • Plot: Frankenstein

      The plot of a "monster" getting back at its "creators" follows along the lines of Frankenstein and his monster.