The investigation continues for agents Mulder and Scully of the apparent downing of Flight 549 by a UFO. They encounter deadly opposition from the military which continues to cover up the truth of incident.



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With in Scully having taken Sgt. Louis Frisch to Washington, Mulder goes for a swim in the lake near the crash site and finds what he believes is a crashed UFO. What he finds confirms his belief that Flight 549 was shot down by a USAF fighter that was intercepting a UFO. The cover-up attempt continues and an attempt on Sgt. Frisch's life leads to the death of an FBI Agent. Carter learns what it is that Max Fenig and his friend Sharon stole from a secret government lab. One piece of evidence is still available but transporting it to Washington proves to be something of a challenge. Written by garykmcd

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23 March 1997 (USA)  »

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When Mulder is being chased through the airport because of Max's bag, he quips to Scully, "More people are trying to get their hands on this thing than a Tickle Me Elmo doll." In late 1996 an epic fad of consumer mania happened over the Tickle Me Elmo doll. See more »


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Sharon Graffia: These tapes. You don't mind if I keep them?
Mulder: No, I think you should consider yourself the sole curator of the Max Fenig rolling multimedia library and archive, and you should probably get tax-exempt status as soon as you can. This stuff could be worth something someday.
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The Crux of the Myth-Arc
15 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The two-part episode, comprised of Tempus Fugit and Max, is in a nutshell what the crux of The X-Files is made of. That would be there are EBEs, the government knows and protects that knowledge fiercely, and sometimes it gets out and has to be contained at all costs.

These two episodes make a mini-movie of sorts, and it's a good one taken as a whole. While very predictable, Chris Carter isn't afraid to visit the core of so many episodes condensed into this two-parter. It works even though you can guess the eventualities. Beyond the writing there's the production which is on a quite good level as a plane with Max Fenig, the season one abductee, is taken with subsequent tragedy as the plane is caused to crash killing all aboard due to the government's attempted interception of the alien UFO which is in turn abducting Max right from the plane. It looks right with all the fear that proper lighting, cinematography, and effects join to provide.

Here too on full-display are the ethos that constitute Mulder and Scully's dynamic yin and yang. They are bound together by their care of one another on a human level made livelier by their obvious level of alien acceptance. Scully has the logical part that keeps her from wildly looking outside the realm of what she sees, but she now realizes Mulder has a much keener insight into the aliens she struggles to finally accept exist. This is a powerful thing that has taken four years to develop into the storyline and it really endears the viewer in these two episodes.

So, in the end we get no startling revelations: just a fantastic mini-movie which on occasion The X-Files does well and treats the steady faithful with. Highly recommended.

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