The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 18

Fearful Symmetry (24 Feb. 1995)
"The X Files" Fearful Symmetry (original title)

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Animals from a zoo in Idaho are suspected of killing several people, but witnesses claim the real culprit is a powerful invincible force.



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Episode cast overview:
Willa Ambrose
Kyle Lang
Jack Rader ...
Ed Meecham
Jody St. Michael ...
Sophie (as Jodie St. Michael)
Charles Andre ...
Ray Floyd
The Red Head Kid
Tom Glass ...
The Trucker


Mulder and Scully investigate strange occurrences when an invisible forces seems to wreck the downtown of Fairfield, Idaho and an elephant from the local zoo is found lying on the highway some 40 miles away. No one at the zoo can figure out how the elephant got out of its locked enclosure and animal rights activists have been active in condemning the way the zoo treats its animals. It's not the first time animals have escaped or disappeared from the Fairfield Zoo but when an animal activist is mauled by an invisible tiger, they're dealing with something no one has encountered. When Scully determines that the elephant and the tiger had been pregnant leading Mukder to believes that the animals are perhaps being abducted by aliens. Written by garykmcd

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The episode's title comes from a line in the William Blake poem "The Tyger". The fictional construction site where the tiger appears, "Blake Towers", is named after the poet. See more »


Dr Ambrose when explaining about the difficulties to get elephants to breed in captivity says that only six such births have ever taken place. However in 1992 alone, there were 22 births to elephants held in captivity and in 1993 21 more. Records for elephant breeding go back to 1875, and shows a solid pattern of increasing successes. See more »


Frohike: [Mulder's phone rings] If that's the lovely Agent Scully, tell her I've been working out. I'm buff.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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When I Go To The Zoo, I Think Of You
3 May 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Fearful Symmetry is a pleasant episode with a few faults. The first thing about the episode is that it takes place near Mountain Home Air Force Base in southwest Idaho. Season one's 'Deep Throat' takes place near Ellens Air Base, also in southwest Idaho. I'm wondering if the air force bases are one and the same but they decided to use the real name in Fearful Symmetry. Mulder and Scully have some good dialog, always a plus. Ed Meecham, the zoo keeper, reminds me of cranky, old school teachers. They must have liked children at one time, you just can't imagine how. Just like he must have cared more for animals at one point. I liked the concept of the episode, but I felt it had some inconsistencies. If aliens are so adept at abducting humans and returning them safely, why can't they put the animal back in the right place? And the aliens are just now having problems returning the animals? I don't buy Mulder's theory of a problem with the space-time continuum. As if he's an expert on that. I also thought Jayne Atkinson's performance as Willa Ambrose was not well done. Besides those nitpicks, I still enjoyed this episode because of the intriguing concept of aliens harvesting animal DNA as well as human DNA.

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