The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 11

Fire (17 Dec. 1993)
"The X Files" Fire (original title)

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Mulder is approached by a former love interest, Scotland Yard Inspector Phoebe Green, who needs help on a case. To date, three British politicians have spontaneously combusted, burning to a... See full summary »

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Mulder is approached by a former love interest, Scotland Yard Inspector Phoebe Green, who needs help on a case. To date, three British politicians have spontaneously combusted, burning to a crisp. There has been no trace of accelerant being used and little to connect the three deaths. Green is in the U.S. providing security to Sir Michael Marsden and his family and wants to make sure nothing happens to him while he is visiting. Mulder tells Scully that he wants to take care of this himself - somewhat to her annoyance - but she eventually finds crucial evidence that leads the to the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Amanda Pays previously worked with Mark Sheppard's father William Morgan Sheppard in Max Headroom (1985) and Max Headroom (1987). See more »

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The Ex File.
5 February 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

While this is a fairly enjoyable episode of The X Files, thanks to the central villain, it's also one full of illogical moments and one or two annoying characters dragging it down.

It's just another day at the office for Mulder and Scully until they're contacted by Phoebe Green (Amanda Pays). Phoebe is stopping by with a "three pipe problem" for Mulder. A number of people have been killed in fire-related incidents after receiving letters from an unknown writer. Phoebe knows who the latest target is but doesn't know how the crimes are being committed or even who the main suspect is. Before finding out any more, Mulder knows two things. He doesn't want to be affected by Phoebe's mindgames once again (the two of them used to have a relationship many years ago) and he's terrified of fire. Maybe the perpetrator of these scorching crimes isn't the main person that Mulder will have to be keeping a close eye on.

Written by Chris Carter and directed by Larry Shaw, "Fire" has a fun performance from Mark Sheppard as the flame-harnessing baddie but also features poor turns from Pays, Dan Lett and Laurie Paton (with the latter two being the next potential fire casualties).

Silliness abounds such as the scene in which Mulder decides to help two small children in a burning building by . . . . . . . . entering a smoke-filled corridor and bumbling around until he suffers from smoke inhalation or the moment when Scully calls Mulder to tell him that she may have helpful information . . . . . . that she'll tell him when she next sees him in person as opposed to just telling him over the phone. Or even in the suspension of disbelief required to imagine Mulder ever being so easily won over by someone as irritating as the conniving Miss Green.

Those things do mount up, but they still don't completely ruin a fairly enjoyable, if unspectacular, episode.


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