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After a Jewish man was murdered in a Jewish community, his killers are found murdered too. Mulder and Scully have to determine whether someone is extracting vengeance or larger forces are at work.

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Ariel Weiss
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Jacob Weiss
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Kenneth Ungar
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Derek Banks
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Isaac Luria
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Clinton MacGuire
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Scully and Mulder investigate a series of murders that began with the beating and shooting of a young Orthodox Jew named Isaac Luria by a gang of young men. One of those men, 16 year-old Tony Oliver, has since been strangled by someone - or something - with Isaac Luria's fingerprints. With rumors that Luria has risen from the dead to seek his revenge, the two remaining killers dig up his grave and find his body in the casket. One of them is killed however. They suspect that Luria's father-in-law, Jacob Weiss, might somehow be involved in the revenge killings but Mulder thinks the solution lies elsewhere - in the legend of the Golem. Written by garykmcd

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16 February 1997 (USA)  »

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When writing the script for this episode, Howard Gordon had the characters who beat and killed Isaac as African-Americans. Gordon found anti-Semitism amongst black people to be an interesting subject, informed by figures such as Louis Farrakhan as well as the 1991 riots in the Crown Heights area where a Jewish man was killed. However, Fox was uncomfortable with this idea because they found that African-Americans had begun watching the show in larger numbers, and asked Gordon if he would turn the villains into generic white neo-Nazis. Gordon agreed to do so and the network OK'd the script. See more »

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Jacob Weiss is reported to have belonged to Irgun ("Jewish Military Underground") *after* immigrating to Israel following the war. He was arrested for terrorism by the British in 1959. However, Irgun was dissolved in 1948 with the establishment of Israel and departure of the British. It would make no sense for an Israeli to have been arrested by the British in Israel 1959 (unless we are supposed to believe that he was carrying out terrorist acts in the UK - but that is not suggested and would have little historical resonance in any case.) See more »

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Dana Scully: You haven't heard the rumors?
Curt Brunjes: What rumors?
Dana Scully: That Luria is back from the dead? That he's risen from this grave?
Curt Brunjes: What kind of jew trick is this?
Fox Mulder: A jew pulled it off two thousand years ago.
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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Well-paced, sensitive and honest
29 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

As far as creepiness goes, I think this episode goes beyond the standard gore-and-guts business than those just prior to this one. There is a lot to be said for good, old-fashioned suspense and the things that happen off-camera. Aside from the split-second shot of Isaac Luria's dead face in the graveyard, most of the excitement comes from the fear perpetuated by rapid-zoom camera effects and sudden shot changes such as the one changing from the Golem attacking someone to the shovel hitting the ground. A well-paced story, I think the episode does justice to its sensitive subject by portraying it honestly.

I would like to praise in particular the scene in the copy shop, where Brunjes spouts off on Mulder, the government, and Jewish people. It's a tight, short scene, and although the script rattles off many prejudices in a short time, it does so effectively without trying too hard to be preachy. I also appreciate Scully's and Mulder's honest facial expressions, ranging from initial discomfort to "Can you believe this guy?" At the end of the scene, both Scully's and Mulder's parting comments to Brunje knock him down a few notches and show true strength and dignity.


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