Without a Trace

Season 3 Episode 3

Light Years

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 14, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

This time, the team searches for a delusional appearing Sci-fi fanatic who disappeared from his appartment after ranting on about those "out to get him" (before peeling back the tinfoil covering his windows). Jack also has to deal with the consequences of his actions in the affair and how it affected the rest of the team.moreless

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  • Aliens..

    Ok.. that kind of really lame episode.. at leats on writing part and the originality of the case - a man thinks he has been adopted by aliens and now they are after him and he tries to find his way.. I did like the real story what he was hiding behind his illusions.. how there was so much suffering and the way he cared.. but how broken the person was.. that was really well portrayed but the whole alien thing.. sounded weird.

    And even weirder was the whole char development part.. Vivian was right to tell what she did to Jack.. they are really ruining Jack for me..moreless
  • without a trace

    the team must search for a man who believes hs has been opporated on by aliens and can see aliens and talk to them. they asl for help from friends and neighbors who know about his troubled past. he is actaully dillusional because of this trouble past and how his uncle treated him. the reason he is dillusional is also the fact he had a bullet that was in his head the he thought was part of an alien. he was shot on accident when his cousin tryed to protect him from the uncle. there was a little boy who the alien man help also believed in aliens.moreless
  • The team must boldy go where they haven't gone before to find a missing person.

    "Light Years" had all of the elements that I love: quality Martin and Sam screen time [with a reference to my other favorite MS ship (Mulder and Scully)], Viv kicking ass by putting Jack in his place, the team working together with great banter, fun references to both "The X-Files" as well as Eric Close's previous series, "Dark Skies," a little bit of Jack angst, and a compelling MP storyline. Great eppy! It is episodes like this one that make me watch this show. I wish the current season would return to these fundamental elements that made it such a success.moreless
  • Teddy Coda vanishes from his apartment building and the team is summoned. As it turns out Teddy ran away because he feared that aliens would abduct him and his pregnant girlfriend or hurt their unborn child. Meawhile Viv is fed up with Jack.moreless

    I loved this episode! Sad story about Teddy Coda but I'm glad the writers gave us a happy ending to this one.

    Martin and Sam cracked me up in this episode - "Hello Sci-Fi Channel" LOL Shees that was just great. And Martin was just so cute. I also loved the "I hear the hours are terrible" "yeah but the benefits are pretty good" - scene. Lol it was cute and really funny :P

    Of course the end - "Come by later" that was cute too. Viv was really cool in this ep. Jack needed to know those things and damn do I agree with her or what?! VIV ROCKED!

    I also think Teddy and the girlfriend acted really well. I believed both of them. So nice storyline, Funny comments, cute moments and a great tough woman(as in Viv). Awesome! :Dmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Samantha Spade: It's a constellation called Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters.
      Jack Malone: I'm not even going to ask how you know, but is it going to help us find our guy?
      Samantha Spade: Well, it's about 4000 light years away, but considering the circumstances, I'd say it's a start.

    • Jack: Are we not talking? Is that what's going on here? Its been two weeks and you still haven't unpacked the boxes on your desk, what's that for? Is it my benefit?
      Viv: Don't flatter yourself Jack, please.

    • Martin: So, Scully, you done yet?
      Sam: I've still got about another half hour here.
      Martin: Okay. (Smiles.)
      Sam: You know, I still haven't seen your apartment.
      Martin: No, you haven't. (Both nod.)
      Sam: Hmm, so i'll come by later.
      Martin: Good idea.

    • Viv: You know, as far as I'm concerned you should be back in Chicago doing what's right for your kids.
      Jack: You know what, if you want to take a shot at me about work that's one thing, but shut up about my personal life, that's none of your business.
      Viv: Yeah, well, stop bringing your personal life into the work place.
      Jack: What the hell's that supposed to mean?
      Viv: It means you screwed Samantha and dumped her like garbage, you go back to your wife but you don't really try and make that work, you recommend me for a job then take that back, and you come along and say sorry like I'm supposed to go back as if nothing has happened. Well, you know what, you need to take responsibility for the things you do, Jack, and grow up.

    • Jack: You know what, Viv, I understand that you're upset, just knock off the whole martyr thing will you.
      Viv: Me, a martyr, look who's talking. You walk around with the weight of the world on your shoulders.

    • (To Sam and Martin when they come to question him.)
      Duncan: You're like the real Mulder and Scully, right? I mean, that's it, isn't it?
      Martin: Yeah, that's us. (They leave.)
      Duncan: Yes!

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    • Duncan: You're like the real Mulder and Scully, right?

      Mulder and Scully were the two lead agents on The X-Files, a popular sci-fi show that aired from 1993 to 2002.

    • Martin: [T]his men in black thing's probably a scam.

      The Men in Black is a popular legend among those who believe in the presence of extraterrestrial beings on Earth. The idea is that those who are abducted by aliens or who witness alien activity are visited by two men clad in black uniforms. As members of some sort of secret police, they then either alter the victim's memory or otherwise intimidate them. This legend was popularized by the movies Men in Black and its sequel Men in Black II.

    • Jack: You seem to have quite extensive knowledge on the subject.

      Eric Close (Martin) starred in the mini-series Taken, an epic story which follows three generations of a family with connections to alien abductions. He also starred in the series Dark Skies, where he investigated dealings with extra-terrestrials.