The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 20

Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' (12 Apr. 1996)
"The X Files" Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' (original title)

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Scully recounts the investigation of an alledged UFO encounter for a famous author researching his latest novel.



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Episode cast overview:
Roky Crikenson
Lieutenant Jack Schaefer
Jason Gaffney ...
Dr. Fingers
Larry Musser ...
Detective Manners
Allan Zinyk ...
Blaine Faulkner
Sargeant Hynek
Mina E. Mina ...
Dr. Hand
Jaap Broeker ...


Well known author Jose Chung is writing a book about the claimed alien abduction of a young couple that was subsequently investigated by agents Mulder and Scully. With Mulder unavailable, Scully provides most of the information on the case. Chrissy and Harold were out on a date when their car suddenly lost all power in the middle of nowhere. From that point on however, their stories and that of the others involved in the investigation begin to vary considerably. It all equally leads to several possible conclusions. Written by garykmcd

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The name of the 'alien', Lord Kinbote, is a reference to Charles Kinbote, the unreliable and probably insane narrator of Vladimir Nabokov's 'Pale Fire'. See more »


At approximately 29 minutes into the episode, an a trio of Air Force personnel walk up the hall to talk to Mulder and Scully. The leader of the team, Master Sergeant Hynek, is wearing obsolete rank insignia. The episode aired in 1996, and, one can assume, was filmed no earlier than late 1995; however, the USAF changed the MSgt. rank insignia in 1991, from six downward rockers, to five rockers and one upward chevron. By long before '95 or '96, all personnel would have transitioned to the new insignia. See more »


Detective Manners: [in Scully's flashback] Well, thanks a lot! You really bleeped up this case!
Scully: [retelling story] Well, of course he didn't actually say "bleeped", he said...
Jose Chung: I'm- I'm familiar with Detective Manners's colorful... phraseology.
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8 July 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" is a great episode. I like the homage to Star Wars with the electricity truck basket passing overhead in the teaser. The stop-motion monster of Lord Kinbote is hokey but remember, it is a tribute to the old Ray Harryhausen films. I like Jose Chung referring to Scully as a "brainy beauty". I love the use of the "bleep" by detective Manners, named after director Kim Manners. I learned a new word from this episode, "confabulation". The back-breaker done by "the Body" on Blain was hilarious. I like how the shots of the person talking shifted from one scene to the other while staying on the person. Very creative. Now a few more thoughts after watching it again with the commentary. Panning left to right means going forward in time, panning right to left means going back in time. Cool. The magazine that said Truth or Humbug was a reference to season 2's Humbug. The soldier playing with mashed potatoes was an homage to 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. Cool. Jesse Ventura and Charles Nelson Reilly give excellent guest performances. Duchovny and Anderson are at their deadpan best. I loved this episode, but there is something missing that I can't quite place my finger on. Maybe someday I'll figure it out, but Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" is regardless, a can't-miss episode.

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