Mulder becomes trapped aboard a train rigged with an explosive device. Scully searches for the truth behind the government's secret experiments.

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Now aboard the mysterious train, Mulder locates the car containing the scientific equipment and what appears to be the autopsy room he saw in the video he purchased. There is also an assassin on board who claims to work for the NSA. When they are locked in, he reveals that there is a bomb aboard which is set to go off and destroy any evidence on the train. Scully meanwhile traces her implant to a medical research facility in West Virginia which she feels provides a logical explanation for what has been happening - rogue medical research by a Japanese scientist working without authority. Mulder remains convinced the work was to create a human-alien hybrid. Written by garykmcd

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The train car is number 82517. 8+2=10, 5+1+7=13. 1013 is hidden throughout the series in various ways as it is the birthday of series creator Chris Carter. See more »

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Mulders pistol switches between having sights, and lacking them. In the first scene after Mulder and the Red-Haired Man have been locked in the train car, Mulder's Smith & Wesson 5906 pistol has iron sights. Next time we see them, it has none. Next time after that, it has sights again. See more »

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Scully: What is this place?
Elder #1: This was one of the most frightening places on the earth. A place where society sent its monsters to live in shame and isolation. Now, their disease is all but conquered. Science has eliminated thousands of years of misery.
Scully: I've seen your methods of "elimination." What happened to the man who was with me in the forest? What about the people who were in this room?"
Elder #1: They had been exposed.
Scully: Exposed to what?
Elder #1: The same thing all these victims have been exposed to... victims of an ...
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Why did I study French in high school?
15 June 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

731 is the first complete episode I saw of the X-Files. It's as good today as when I saw it for the first time. Wonderfully written by Frank Spotnitz and directed by Rob Bowman, this episode is a rip-roaring adventure. The suspense is kept at a maximum throughout the entire episode as Mulder is aboard a train with a bomb on it. The music by Mark Snow in 731 is excellent, especially when Scully views the pit of bodies at the research facility. With Bowman's superb direction, you feel as if you are on a moving train with Mulder. A great guest star appearance is given by Stephen McHattie as the assassin Red Haired Man. Ruthlessness exudes from him. Stephen Williams as X, Don S. Williams as First Elder, & Brendan Beiser as Agent Pendrell are all worthy of mention here. The first hints of Agent Pendrell's crush on Scully are shown in this episode. The show keeps you guessing whether Mulder and Scully are seeing aliens or just lepers being used as test subjects. When I saw Nisei, I knew I had to see the continuation of that episode 731, to find out what happens. But after viewing 731, I was officially hooked on the x-files and the rest is history.


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