The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 12, 1993 on FOX

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  • A space shuttle mission is in danger and the man in charge at NASA, a chidhood hero of Fox, is being haunted by mysterious ghost-alien.

    One of the worst episodes in the entire series run. The problems are, largely, due to script, which feels rushed and incomplete. The acting is all solid, with an interesting father-son dynamic with Fox and his childhood idol. It is also nice to see Scully given more screentime and allowed to be more assertive in a crisis. Their are many great ways that the X-Files could have dealt with the NASA space program, but this isn't it. Almost nothing about this episode, script-wise, is clear or even remotely convincing. The ghost-alien is not only a ackward idea, altough it could have worked, but looks horrible, even for early 1990's network television. It is said, "In space no one can hear you scream", but people may very well hear audiences across the globe sceaming in horror at the shabby writing in this episode.
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