The X-Files (1993– )
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Mulder becomes obsessed with solving a case that closely parallels an "encounter" he experienced as a child.



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Kip (as Don Gibb)
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Mulder and Scully travel to Sioux City to investigate the disappearance of a teenager, Ruby Morris, whose mother Darlene claims was abducted by aliens. There's some reluctance on the part of the FBI to even open an X-File on the matter until Mulder finds that the Darlene was also supposedly abducted during a girl scout outing when she was a teenager. Ruby had something of a wild reputation and the local authorities believe she may have run off with a biker. Ruby's younger brother Kevin is seeing something on the television that he can translate into binary code, something that is of interest to the NSA. For Mulder, the case is far too reminiscent of his sister Samantha's abduction by aliens when he was 12 and she 8 years old. Written by garykmcd

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This episode marks the first time that the X-Files are referred to as "fringe events". See more »


(at around 39 mins) Mulder asks Scully about any mention of attendant reduction of lymphocytes or release of glucocorticoids, explaining them to be the "symptoms" of prolonged weightlessness. Actually, these findings are the "signs", and not symptoms. The two terms have different meaning in medical parlance. In lay person's parlance, signs are what the doctor notes and symptoms are what the patient reports. See more »


Mulder: This is the essence of science: you ask an impertinent question and you're on your way to a pertinent answer.
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There are 10 types of people in this world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.
5 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Conduit" is yet another solid episode in what would prove to be a superb first season of The X Files. In fact, revisiting the show now (20 years after it first went to air), I am struck by just how great the first season is - providing plenty of entertainment while also planting seeds that would grow and grow as the show went on. Everyone knows by now that the ratings for The X Files started to grow and grow once people began talking about it, recommending it and generally cottoning on to how great it was. I'm just surprised that it didn't happen a lot sooner.

This episode is all about a mother (Darlene, played by Carrie Snodgress) and her son (Kevin, played by Joel Palmer). Mulder and Scully end up meeting them after the disappearance of Darlene's daughter, Ruby. While Kevin spends his time noting down ones and zeros on pieces of paper, Mulder becomes more and more convinced that Ruby has been abducted by aliens. The case reminds him of how he lost his sister when he was just a young boy and Scully soon starts to worry that his obsession won't allow him to entertain other, more believable, possibilities.

Daniel Sackheim returns to direct, after his turns on both the Pilot episode and "Deep Throat", and he's at ease with the requirements of the show. The script, by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, isn't the sharpest of the earlier episodes but it does a great job of further developing Mulder and reminding viewers of where his quest for the truth all began.

The acting is all fine, as usual, and fans of Bloodsport will enjoy seeing Donald Gibb in a small role. Michael Cavanaugh also has a small role and Shelley-Lynn Owens is good as a young woman who feeds some tantalising info to our two leads.

It may not be up there with the best episodes from this season but "Conduit" is another slice of quality sci-fi entertainment for fans who want to believe.

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