The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 5

Duane Barry (14 Oct. 1994)
"The X Files" Duane Barry (original title)

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A former FBI agent who claims he was abducted by aliens takes several people hostage.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Frank C. Turner ...
Dr. Del Hakkie
Agent Rich
Barbara Pollard ...
Robert Lewis ...
Prince Maryland ...
Agent Janus


Mulder is called in to act as a hostage negotiator when a mentally unbalanced convict, Duane Barry, takes four people prisoner. Dwayne believes he's a alien abductee and he believes aliens are coming back to get him. He's also a former FBI agent. Mulder contacts Scully and she does a bit of research for him. What she finds calls into question everything Duane has said. By this time however, Mulder has become a hostage in exchange for one who has been been seriously wounded. When it's all over and Duane is back in the hospital, they discover strange pieces of metal in his body. Written by garykmcd

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The writers of the show needed a way to film around Gillian Anderson's late pregnancy and the birth of her baby, so they wrote her disappearance into the show; this is the beginning of that story arc. See more »


When the power goes out Mulder calls Barry from his cell phone as they have lost the "captured line". Then Barry is seen talking to Mulder on a cordless phone. Cordless phones will not work without power. See more »


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Margaret Scully: When you find her, give it to her.
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Thrilling episode leaves the viewer shaken and in anticipation of the follow-up
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"Duane Barry" is the first of a two-part story, wrapped up in the next episode "Ascension". One can argue that "One Breath" is the third part of the story, although it doesn't feature the character of Duane Barry played memorably by Steve Railsback, as it follows up on the events in "Ascension" and what happens to Scully in that episode.

"Duane Barry" is a great episode on its own. If you took out the ending, which sets up "Ascension" and to a lesser degree "One Breath", it could have been a one-part mythology episode. In fact, the conclusion, with Scully saying "it's almost as if someone was cataloguing him", would have been a chilling climax on its own. Not that I have any problem with this being a multi-part story, given how good "Ascension" is, and the ending to this episode with Duane Barry breaking into Scully's apartment is fine as it is.

This was Chris Carter's first stab at directing. I have no clue if he made any short films before it, but this is the first piece of TV or film which he directed that is available. It's really very good, and he succeeds in creating a really claustrophobic, foreboding atmosphere. The performances are very good, and the surprisingly well-done alien scenes elevate a standard-issue hostage situation to greatness. The excellent script helps, too.


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