The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 3

D.P.O. (6 Oct. 1995)
"The X Files" D.P.O. (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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The agents investigate the deaths of several young people who were apparently struck by lightning in the same small town.



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Sheriff Teller
Sharon Kiveat (as Karen Witter)
Steve Makaj ...
Frank Kiveat
Peter Anderson ...
Stan Buxton
Kate Robbins ...
Mrs.. Oswald
Mar Andersons ...
Jack Hammond
Brent Chapman ...
The Traffic Cop
Paramedic #1 (as Jason Anthony Griffith)


Five male teenagers in Connerville, Oklahoma were reported to have been struck by lightning, and one of them has survived. The most recent death draws Mulder and Scully in, and at the confrontation of local law, they must solve the case before they, too, are fried. Written by EJS

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6 October 1995 (USA)  »

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5 July 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This is nicely aligned and has an unabashed comic-book vibe that carries it.

It is about an awkward, moody teenager who feels he's not understood: in the X-file universe, this is rendered as him being able to harness lightning to destroy stuff.

He wears a Vandals tshirt, gets drunk in his backyard with the only one who'll hang with him, a schoolmate who works in the arcade shop. All of which give off a distinct early 90s vibe that reminds me of my years.

Mulder and Scully try to understand youth.

It helps that Ribisi plays the twitchy loner so well.

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