The X-Files: Season 9, Episode 8

Hellbound (27 Jan. 2002)
"The X Files" Hellbound (original title)

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Reyes finds herself inexplicably connected to a case involving ex-cons who are being skinned.



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Beckwith ...
FBI Cadet
Dr. Lisa Holland
Victor Dale Potts
Scott Heathcote ...
Deputy Carl Horgart
Skinned Ed Kelso
James McDonnell ...
Ed Kelso
Terry Pruit
George Wallace ...
Bertram Mueller (as George D. Wallace)
Kari Whitman ...


Reyes finds herself inexplicably connected to a case involving ex-cons who are being skinned.

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The skinned human bodies in the episode were created by spraying a mannequin with a layer of latex, which was then peeled off. Makeup technicians then took the "peeled skin" and positioned it onto other mannequins that had been designed to resemble the actors. The faux skin was created to look "moist" and was composed of over 200 prosthetic pieces. Fake veins were then overlaid on top of the skin. See more »


(at around 43 mins) The doctor places one of the the defibrillator paddles on top of the wound dressing. The paddles must be placed on the skin. See more »


Ed Kelso: There are three kinds of people in the world; those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.
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Crazy Credits

In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »


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What part of "stop right there" did you not understand?
20 November 2007 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Hellbound revisits the theme of reincarnation as seen in Born Again and the Field Where I Died. As exhibited in my previous reviews, reincarnation doesn't sit well with me. That being said, Hellbound is the best of these three episodes.

The opening scene with the support group reminds me of the support group scene from season 3's 'The Walk', with one of the group openly scoffing at the others.

Reye's intuition helps her to know she needs to solve the case. That's fine and all, but dragging Mulder and Scully out at 1:47 in the morning just to look at the body? It wasn't going anywhere. Totally unnecessary.

When the agent helps Scully find the files it reminded me of Pendrell and how he could've been used in that scene.

So, does Reyes sleep in the nude or doesn't she? I guess not all the time. This time we see her in a night gown. Then Doggett busts into her room. Doesn't she lock her door? It didn't seem as if Doggett broke the lock.

In this episode, I found myself comparing Reyes to Mulder. They both make fantastic leaps. Reyes makes her leaps based on her intuition. Mulder makes his leaps based on crazy ideas.

This is a good episode, with great makeup on the skinned bodies, but reincarnation just loses points for me. Detective Van Allen, the villain, retains his memories from the original mining dispute but his victims don't? How convenient. Lisa Holland has the soul of an 1858 male miner? What? There weren't any baby boys available for the soul to inhabit? And finally, Scully goes along with Reyes reincarnation idea? I think even Scully would continue to object to this idea given her religious beliefs. She's rejected reincarnation twice before, why not a third time? So, in summary, Hellbound doesn't lose points for being bad, I just don't care for the ideas of reincarnation. It causes me to dislike the episode more. Find a way of doing this episode without the concept of reincarnation and I'm all on board.

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