The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 15

Lazarus (4 Feb. 1994)
"The X Files" Lazarus (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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The consciousness of a dangerous criminal possesses an FBI agent who is also Scully's ex-boyfriend.

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Agent Jack Willis
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Lula Phillips
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Agent Bruskin
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Warren James Dupre
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Tommy
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Prof. Varnes
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Scully and another agent, Jack Willis, are on a stakeout in a bank that they believe has been targeted by a pair of married robbers. In the ensuing gunfire, both the robber and Agent Willis are seriously wounded. At the hospital, Agent Willis is revived and the robber, Dupre, dies. As time goes on, Mulder becomes convinced that it is Dupre's consciousness that survived but in Willis' body. Scully is disbelieving even after Mulder demonstrates that the new Willis is now left-handed and has forgotten Scully's birthday, even though they were born the same day. When Jack takes Scully prisoner, it's up to Mulder to rescue her. Written by garykmcd

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When Willis/Dupre is re-qualifying at the shooting range his Beretta 92 experiences a stovepipe jam. Note the empty casing wedged between the breech and barrel chamber. FBI agents are trained to clear such malfunctions and continue firing. Dupre would not have known this. See more »

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While directing the search for Scully, Mulder says that "200 units of NPH insulin were taken, along with a box of syringes" from a drug store break-in. All vials of insulin sold at that time were sold in 10-milliliter, 1000-unit vials. See more »

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"Even ugliness is beautiful... thanks to her"
3 September 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

It's a Gansa/Gordon script so you can expect the inevitable hokey, cheap storytelling and stilted dialogue (oh how much better Gordon ended up being without Gansa). Once you get past some hilariously bad dialogue this isn't a particularly awful episode, if still a bad one. It's got some tense scenes and some effective use of characters, particularly Scully. Once the dilemma is set up the episode gets more interesting, but that's not saying much. It turns into a standard thriller towards the end.

What made "The X-Files" great was how it regularly put a fun and different spin on things every time it slipped into more traditional and predictable territory. You would think that you knew what was happening then they'd put something in there that elevated the script above the standard. What I don't like about a lot of season one episodes is how that special spark is seriously lacking, and how many of them seem like subpar anthology show episodes or, worse, subpar police procedurals with a supernatural twist. "Lazarus" is just more mediocrity.

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