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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1 December 1995 (USA)  »

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When Mulder flips through the book in Dr. Zama's stateroom, we see that the pages are all the same. See more »


At 20:21 when the NSA agent first shows Mulder his key card, the stripe is on the right side, when it cuts back the stripe is on the left. See more »


Scully: Don't you see Mulder, you're doing their work for them. You're chasing aliens that aren't there, helping them to create the story that covers the shameful truth. And what they can't cover they apologize for. Apology has become policy.
Mulder: Maybe. Maybe you're right, Scully. But I don't need an apology for the lies. I don't care about the fictions they create to cover their crimes. I want them held accountable for what did happen. I want them to apologize for the truth.
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The tagline reads "Apology is Policy." See more »


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On a Train
Written by Mark Snow
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Adds so much more to the story
2 September 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

One of the best, most gripping and story developing Mythology episodes yet.

It carries on what happened in the first part, but adds so much more to the story. Scully's part in this episode involved a camp very similar to the Hitler camps of WW2 where people with leprosy and alien-hybrids were held and executed. The most disturbing part of the episode was that big death hole full of alien bodies. The reason why it disturbed me was because it looked pretty real. Scully's story is also developed as she believes to have been abducted by the crazy Asian doc.

Mulder's part in this episode was very tensed and action-packed as he gets locked in with a killer that almost strangled him. Although it is obvious that they weren't gonna kill him, you can't help but to feel nervous and hoping that he will get out alive. I really like the way X was used in this episode, as he comes to save Mulder's butt at the end of the episode.

There's a very cool explosion and some great character bits. FIVE stars for this excellent Mythology episode.

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