The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 21

Born Again (29 Apr. 1994)
"The X Files" Born Again (original title)

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Mulder and Scully are called in by the Buffalo Police Department after an experienced detective, Rudy Barbala, jumped to his death through a window from the upper floor of the 14th precinct... See full summary »

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Mulder and Scully are called in by the Buffalo Police Department after an experienced detective, Rudy Barbala, jumped to his death through a window from the upper floor of the 14th precinct. He was interviewing a young girl at the time, Michelle Bishop, but there was no one else in the room with them. Mulder immediately begins to suspect that Michelle may have telekinetic powers, something that seems to be proven when Scully finds a large burn mark on Barbala's body much as Mulder as predicted. Michelle says there was a ghost in the room with them and her rendition of him leads then to the case of dead detective Charlie Morris, who was killed in a police raid. In fact,Charlie may be back and seeking revenge against the policemen who got rid of him. Written by garykmcd

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The room used for the opening scene when Detective Barbala is thrown from a window had two windows side-by-side, and one had been replaced with sugar glass for the stunt. When the false window was blown out, the real glass window beside the false one had also accidentally been blown out. They decided to show in the next shot Barbala's dog lying beside his body to explain the second window breaking. See more »

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Buffalo does not have a Chinatown. See more »

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Mulder: Why is it still so hard for you to believe, even when all the evidence suggests extraordinary phenomena?
Scully: Because sometimes looking for extreme possibilities makes you blind to the probable explanation right in front of you.
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A little girl may have an old head on her young shoulders.
12 March 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

While it really wasn't anything special, nor anything surprising, I ended up quite enjoying this episode of The X Files. The first season, in my opinion, did a great job of setting up the mythos that would be developed throughout the show while also providing a number of enjoyable standalone episodes, as this one is.

Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate the death of a detective who appears to have jumped out of a window to his death . . . . . . . . . . . . while interviewing a young girl (Andrea Libman). The girl insists that there was someone else in the room, but Mulder starts to suspect that she may have telekinetic powers. Why she would want to harm a detective, however, is the big mystery.

Written by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, this is pretty straightforward stuff, despite the elements in place to make it an X File. Director Jerrold Freedman does what is required, but no more.

Yet I still like it. Duchovny and Anderson do their usual stuff, Libman is fine as the little girl who may be dangerous, and Brian Markinson, Mimi Lieber and P. Lynn Johnson all do good enough work as the main adults who can help or hinder the investigation.


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