The agents investigate a ministry led by a man whose son possesses the power to heal, and to kill, with a touch of his hand.

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Sheriff Maurice Daniels
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Samuel Hartley
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Reverend Calvin Hartley
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Leonard Vance
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Judge Hamish Purdy
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Hohman's Father
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Margaret Hohman
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The FBI is called in to assist Sheriff Maurice Daniels who thinks that a young preacher, Samuel Hartley, is responsible for several deaths. Since he was a young child Hartley has reputedly been able to cure the sick by the laying on of hands. As a boy he revived someone who had been badly burned and pronounced dead at the scene. He and his stepfather, Calvin Hartley, now run a revival-like tent ministry but Samuel's attempts at healing has resulted in several deaths. As far as Sheriff Daniels is concerned, Samuel is a murderer and wants to get the proof to arrest him. Mulder isn't so sure and wonders if there might be other forces at work. Written by garykmcd

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All the faith-healing scenes in the tent were shot in one day with the help of 300 extras. See more »

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When Reverend Hartley invites the agents over to his house and asks them for help; he states that Sherriff Daniels is a non-believer who won't even let his own wife be healed. When Scully remarks that, in light of recent events, you can't blame sheriff's decision; the reverend replies, "I don't know how those poor people died." However only one person, Lucy Kelley, has died at this point. See more »

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Mulder: I think I saw some of these same people at Woodstock.
Scully: Mulder, you weren't at Woodstock.
Mulder: I saw the movie.
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Sometimes the only one who could ever reach them was an adopted son of a preacher man.
18 February 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The first season of The X Files did enough to gain and develop a loyal fanbase, but it's also one of the weakest seasons in terms of the good to bad ratio of episodes.

This episode, "Miracle Man", is all about a young boy (Scott Bairstow) with healing powers who ends up killing someone. The preacher (George Gerdes) who treats him like a son, and also a golden goose, is convinced that the death was caused by something else, but the boy blames himself. Mulder and Scully set out to find the truth, of course, but Mulder is soon sidelined by visions of a little girl who he thinks may be his sister, Samantha.

According to IMDb Trivia, which isn't always correct (it has to be said), this is the first episode in which we see Scully performing an autopsy. If that's the case then it just goes to show how each episode in this season, while not comparable to the best that the show could offer, always made sure to set up the foundation that would open things up for the seasons to come.

The script by Chris Carter is a good one, with a number of witty lines throughout, and the direction by Michael Lange is good enough, but there's just nothing here that really entertains and/or excites.

The acting from all concerned is just fine, with R.D.Call, as a local Sheriff, a solid dose of cynicism opposite Bairstow and Gerdes.

It's good stuff, but feels like a filler to fans who have seen the entire season.


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