Mulder attempts to rescue Scully after she is abducted by a strange man who believes in UFOs.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sheila Larken ...
Meredith Bain Woodward ...
Dr. Ruth Slaughter
Michael David Simms ...
Steve Makaj ...
Peter Lapres ...
Video Technician
Bobby Stewart ...
Deputy (as Bobby L. Stewart)


Mulder sets out with agent Alex Krycek to find Scully, who has been kidnapped by Duane Barry. He's getting very little support from his superiors, including Assistant Director Skinner who wants him out of the case. Mulder believes Barry has kidnapped Scully to offer her to his alien abductees in the hope they will leave him alone. Mulder thinks he knows exactly where he is going but it soon becomes obvious that there are some who will go to great lengths to stop him. Skinner for his part makes a fateful decision. Written by garykmcd

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21 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Walter Skinner: There's nothing you can do.
Fox Mulder: What can you do about it?
Walter Skinner: There's only one thing I can do, Agent Mulder. As of right now, I'm reopening the X Files. That's what they fear the most.
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Great follow-up to "Duane Barry"
20 October 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

The continuation of the thrilling episode "Duane Barry" is more of a full-fledged mythology-arc affair complete with the reveal of Krycek as a bad guy and plenty of CSM screen time. The episode picks up where the last one left off, with Duane Barry taking Scully to where he plans to have the aliens abduct her instead of him. Meanwhile, Mulder and Krycek go after her, with Krycek attempting to sabotage Mulder's efforts, and following CSM's orders. The episode surprisingly ends with Scully's whereabouts still unknown. That mystery would not be solved until "One Breath", but Mulder appears to believe that the government did, in fact, 'abduct' Scully.

"Ascension" is an excellent, thrilling follow-up to "Duane Barry". The episode doesn't concentrate on him as much, but he is still one of the most memorable guest characters as far as mythology episodes go. "Ascension" is the first episode to very clearly show the 'syndicate' at work. A great early mythology episode.


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