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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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 alien Lord Kinbote was meant to be an homage to stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. The suited performer was filmed in a way to make the alien's movements look a little like stop-motion. See more »

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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 »

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Detective Manners: That's a bleepin' dead alien body if I ever saw one.
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I agree, best episode ever
21 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love the witty and well-researched script by Darin Morgan. Everything you see and hear in this episode has a hidden meaning, be it a joke, a tribute to another sci-fi movie or a tribute to an obscure UFO researcher from the 60's. In fact, the entire episode seems to be a tribute to 'Pale Fire', written by Vladimir Nabokov. At any rate, in my opinion, the script was brilliant and also was brilliantly executed by director Rob Bowman (Hmmm... is 'Bowman' his real name or is it a tribute to Kubrick & Clarke's '2001: A Space Odyssey'? Food for thought.) There's so much more I could write about this episode, but I think instead I'll pop it in the DVD and watch it again.

P.S. Charles Nelson Reilly's Jose Chung character appears again in an episode of the 2nd season of Chris Carter's 'Millennium', in another truly brilliant Darin Morgan script.


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