The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 17

Miracle Man (18 Mar. 1994)
"The X Files" Miracle Man (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Sheriff Maurice Daniels
Samuel Hartley
Reverend Calvin Hartley
Leonard Vance
Walter Marsh ...
Judge Hamish Purdy
Campbell Lane ...
Hohman's Father
Margaret Hohman
Howard Storey ...
Fire Chief
Lillian Daniels (as Iris Quinn Bernard)
Beatrice Salinger
Alex Doduk ...
Young Samuel
Roger Haskett ...
Deputy Dennis Tyson


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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One of the better religion-based episodes
17 September 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

Chris Carter has made it no secret that he is a man of faith and that Scully's struggle with her own Catholicism is likely a very personal issue for Carter to write about. Scully's struggle with her own faith and with the Church's doctrine is a theme that Carter in particular clearly finds inspiration to return to on a regular basis, but "Miracle Man" is possibly the first episode to really deal with Scully's Catholic upbringing and struggle between her work as a scientist and her faith in God.

Not surprisingly, "Miracle Man" is rated quite low, not just at the moment, but it was never a widely-liked episode. I say 'not surprisingly' because religion isn't many people's favorite topic- atheists tend to dismiss anything with religious undertones as stupid and outdated, and very devout people tend to get upset at even things like "Miracle Man", something clearly written by a Christian which still brings into question some of the more unusual practices and phenomenon surrounding religion, or more specifically extreme cases of religious devotion.

All that said, "Miracle Man" is not just a smart script that opens Scully's character to many of the aspects which would later become key to episodes focused on her, it's also a fun little thriller script, and one with weighty and well-written enough subject matter that it doesn't become laughable as several season one episodes do. "Miracle Man" is quite good, really.


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