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Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' 

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roky Crikenson
Lieutenant Jack Schaefer
Chrissy Giorgio
Jason Gaffney ...
Dr. Fingers
Larry Musser ...
Detective Manners
Allan Zinyk ...
Blaine Faulkner
Andrew Turner ...
Sargeant Hynek
Mina E. Mina ...
Dr. Hand


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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12 April 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The character of Roky Crikenson is a reference to psychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erickson who is known for songs about aliens. 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: That's a bleepin' dead alien body if I ever bleepin' saw one.
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A strong contender for the title of best episode
22 April 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

It's really just about impossible to knock "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'". It's a special episode. Some may dismiss it as just a silly romp, and it works on that level, sure, but I think it is a complex, detailed, and beautifully-written script brought to life brilliantly with extraordinary narrative structure and acting that cannot be described as anything other than brilliant from the regulars and from Charles Nelson Reilly. It's a humorous episode you can take seriously, because it works on so many levels. Like Matt Groening's brilliant sci-fi comedy "Futurama", one needs to have an affinity for random, sometimes obscure science fiction to fully appreciate it and to catch all the references. I would consider myself a devoted fan of the genre in all forms of media, but I doubt I got all of it. What a swan song for Darin Morgan as writer on the series, this is probably his best work, and how completely and utterly brilliant it is. Even if fans of this episode are not interested in Carter's other show "Millennium", they really should check out Jose Chung's return in the season 2 episode "Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense'", in an episode also written by Darin Morgan. That is, of course, if they haven't already.



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