The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 8

One Breath (11 Nov. 1994)
"The X Files" One Breath (original title)

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Everyone, including Mulder and Scully's mother, had pretty well given Scully up for dead when she suddenly reappears at a Washington hospital. Details are scanty - the hospital can't really... See full summary »

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Everyone, including Mulder and Scully's mother, had pretty well given Scully up for dead when she suddenly reappears at a Washington hospital. Details are scanty - the hospital can't really say how she got there - but she is comatose and on a ventilator. With the help of the Lone Gunmen, Mulder learns that her DNA has been altered and that her immune system has shut down. The mysterious Mr. X fails to make contact with him and Mulder hen goes after the Cigarette Smoking Man, ready to do whatever is necessary to save his friend and partner. Written by garykmcd

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In Skinner's office, Mulder uses the nickname "Cancer Man" for the first time. See more »

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At the open of the episode, during Margaret Scully's eulogy for her lost daughter, she states that, for a childhood birthday, Dana's brothers had given her a BB gun. The corresponding image shows two young boys with the young Dana Scully. Besides her brother Bill, no further mention is made of this second brother within the episode nor the rest of the series, and he is never again pictured. See more »

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Margaret Scully: Hello, Fox.
Scully: [smiles] Not Fox. Mulder.
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Mulder: How you feeling?
Scully: [suddenly, apologetically] Mulder, I don't remember anything. After Duane Barry...
Mulder: [shakes his head] Doesn't... doesn't matter.
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6 June 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This is the last part of a trilogy of sorts that started with Duane Barry.

Touted as a character-driven triumph for the show, for my taste this plays like better-than-average soap, but still dull as dishwater. The X-file problem is that there is no multifaceted vision behind the whole, oh there is some noodling with dreams in this episode and the usual conspiracy that goes nowhere and we're supposed to find exciting and 'deep', but what we see in any given portion of this is crushingly pedantic.

You'll see no better example of what I'm talking about than in Scully's deathbed dreams; Scully on the boat is certainly a memorable image, but the whole layering is trite, we know exactly what is the dream's distance from reality, who is dreaming and what it means, all perfectly clear which defeats the point of wanting to know.

Further proof; the episode ends with the usual 'we have no such person working here' twist.


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