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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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, ... See full summary »

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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 »

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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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Perhaps the best X-Files episode of all!
18 June 2006 | by (Harrisburg, PA) – See all my reviews

This X-Files has it all: a superb guest cast of both unknowns and extremely well-knowns, great writing, wry tongue-in-cheek humor, and homages to more sci-fi (and abduction fanatic "fact") stories than one would think possible in the alloted time. Charles Nelson Reilly gives a beautifully understated performance in the title role (showing that he's more than a one-trick pony when someone gives him a chance); Jesse Ventura utters more polysyllabic words than I thought he knew, and the other "Man in Black" (whose face is obscured until late in the story) is a hoot.

I've watched this episode more times than I can count, and it seems I'm always noticing a new detail that further enhances the tale. If you have the opportunity to purchase a collection with this as one of the episodes -- jump on it!


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