The skeletal remains of a young couple are found after they have been missing for only three days in an area known for UFO activity. Mulder and Scully have different experiences in the investigation but nothing is quite as it seems.

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A young married couple's skeletons are found together on a field in the mountains after only being reported missing for three days. The area where their skeletons were found is known for UFO activity, so Mulder and Scully go there to investigate it. Mulder finds the couple alive and all signs point to an alien abduction. But everything is not as it seems. Written by Muldernscully

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Sound effects from the computer game StarCraft (1998) are used - specifically from the Zergs. See more »

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When Mulder and Scully are talking about North Carolina and the Brown Mountain Lights, in the background is displayed a oversized map of South Carolina. And Asheville, North Carolina is located in Buncombe County. There is no Boone County in North Carolina. See more »

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Scully: My role in the X-files have always been to provide a rational, scientific perspective to cases that would seem to defy explanation, a counterpoint to Agent Mulder.
Walter Skinner: And you have done that. You have performed admirably.
Scully: Have I? How many X-files have my scientific approach fully and satisfactorily explained?
Walter Skinner: Your reports have consistently made sense of his conclusions.
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Best Stand-Alone Episode of Season Six
24 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

A hiker (Robyn Lively) has disturbing hallucinations after a trip to a Virginia state park. When her remains and those of her husband are found mysteriously skeletonized, Mulder suspects alien influence. When Mulder investigates he encounters inconsistencies and begins to suspect that his expectations may be determining his interpretation of events. When Scully follows Mulder to the scene of the incident she finds it increasingly difficult to tell fact from fantasy!

This has always been one of my favorite X-Files! The themes of reality and illusion, of expectations determining perception, and the promptings of our own inner sense of truth are enjoyably handled here. The development of the plot is good and the clues that force the viewer to pay attention to the consistency of the storyline are cleverly handled. My only complaint has to do with how the agents are ultimately found. A little more digging for the truth would really have been necessary!

It's also worth noting that the way the agents perceive each other's opinions has obviously changed dramatically from the Rashomon-esquire season 5 comedy, "Bad Blood!"


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