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:
Howard Grodin (as Michael Buchman Silver)
Scott Allan Campbell ...
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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29 November 1998 (USA)  »

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The mirror gag between Mulder and Fletcher is an homage to the classic Marx Brothers routine. 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 »


[looking into Fletcher's closet which only holds black suits]
Mulder: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Johnny Cash.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Area 51, at last!
24 January 2007 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

One good thing about the move from Vancouver to L.A. was that they were able to explore a few more locations for episodes, namely, the American southwest, e.g. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah, where the terrain is more desert-like. 'The Beginning' took us to Arizona, Drive from Utah through California, and now Dreamland in southern Nevada, namely Area 51. Area 51 is the motherland of UFOs. It's where some of the U.S. public believes that the cover-up of UFOs and aliens began back in the later 1940's. So, it's cool that the x-files is finally able to visit the home of UFO lore. I find it interesting that when the time warp is passing over them that only Morris and Mulder are switched and not anyone else. It's almost as if the UFO chose Mulder. Unrestricted access to Area 51 was the perfect opportunity for Mulder to find out about UFOs. I have commented on David Duchovny's comic ability before, but it needs reemphasizing here. He is a natural at it and it helps the episode so much. Dreamland features two great guest stars, Michael McKean as Morris Fletcher and Nora Dunn as JoAnne Fletcher, his wife. The two are comic gold, McKean as the sleaze-bag and Dunn as the nagging wife. Even though this episode has a lot of humor in it, it does deal with a serious x-file of UFOs and body-switching. And it surprisingly ends with a cliff-hanger leaving you with doubt as to Mulder's future. Dreamland mixes a traditional x- file with a good dose of humor to make for a very excellent episode.

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