The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 4

Dreamland (29 Nov. 1998)
"The X Files" Dreamland (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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An anonymous tip finally brings Mulder and Scully to the mecca of all UFO lore, Area 51. But when the agents witness the flight of a mysterious craft, their lives are profoundly and perhaps irrevocably altered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
General Wegman
Howard Grodin (as Michael Buchman Silver)
Scott Allan Campbell ...
Mrs. Lana Chee
Tyler Binkley ...
Dara Hollingsworth ...
Ted White ...
Kersh's Assistant
Eddie Jackson ...
Co-Pilot / Rock Man


Mulder and Scully travel to the secretive Area 51 to meet a contact who has inside information on UFOs. Before they arrive, they get stopped by military personnel who tell them to turn back. A weird event occurs that results in Mulder switching bodies with Morris Fletcher, a "man in black" from Area 51, without anyone else knowing. Mulder takes advantage of this perfect disguise to infiltrate Area 51, while Fletcher uses the opportunity to escape the life he hates. Written by Muldernscully

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Originally, the writers contacted Garry Shandling, who was good friends with David Duchovny, to play the part of Fletcher. Unfortunately Shandling was unavailable. See more »


(at around 1 min) Fox is dancing in front of the mirror which shows the reflection of the actual body he is inhabiting. When the wife enters the room, we see that the reflection in the mirror is the real Fox instead of the inhabited body. See more »


Man In Black: [tapping on window] Please, step out of the car.
Mulder: [to Scully] You think if maybe we ignore him, he'll go away?
Man In Black: [tapping on window] Please, step out of the car.
Mulder: [to Scully] Guess not.
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Mulder switches bodies with a MIB in Area 51 testing of a 'tachyon flux' secret jet drive...
22 October 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Big fan of the X-files in the 90's - but I found in re-watching DVD's, ALL my favourite episodes are the stand-along so-called "monster of the week", especially the humorous episodes like Dreamland 1&2.

In re-watching I found the ongoing alien/government conspiracy episodes to be boring, tedious, and overall - simply stupid. In fact, it was the VERY SAME story line over and over. Something "alien" happens, the government tries to cover it up, and poor old Mulder gets thwarted. Scully's cancer is boring, Scully's baby is boring, Mulder searching for alien abductee's, it was the same dull story every week.

Not so with the one-off episodes.

Dreamland took that very same tedious scenario, turned it on its head and played it for humour, and it is simple a magnificent piece of television writing. Morris Fletcher was simply great, flirting with Scully, remaking Mulder's apartment into a swinging bachelor pad, scoffing at the fake stories he makes up 'on the can' for the Lone Gunman to publish -

BYERS: Aurora is a hypersonic reconnaissance aircraft fueled with slush- hydrogen.

and Morris guffaws. "Did you like that one? I was thinking of going with either 'Aurora' or Borealus. I mean, look at this crap you guys publish! Frohike: "We publish the truth" Morris: "Shut up, Sneezy!"


This episode had me laughing from beginning to end.

And Ducovney showed why he's such good comic actor in Californication.

IMO it is the one-off episodes that really made X-files into such a huge TV hit of the 90's, and this episode is a masterpiece.

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