A vegan religious cult is accused of kidnapping local teenagers for some type of ritual. Mulder and Scully begin to suspect that a different kind of conspiracy is at play when Scully sees Deep Throat's killer in town.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Gird Thomas
Sheriff Mazeroski
Richard Odin
Beth Kane
Gary Kane
Old Man
Woman Reading Words
Rick Mazeroski
Tony Sampson ...
Gerry Nairn ...
1st Man
Brian Knox McGugan ...
1st Officer (as Brian McGugan)


Mulder and Scully are called in by a Sheriff who believes a local cult is subjecting some of the town's teenagers to some type of ritual. Several of the teens have appeared after a night in the woods, semi-naked with 'He is One' written on their backs. The Sheriff is convinced that the turban-wearing cult that has made their home in the area is responsible and wants the agents to help him get the evidence he needs. As the agents gather evidence however, they begin to think something far more sinister is going on. All of the teens involved were treated by the same doctor and none had any history of normal childhood disease. They are certain he was experimenting on the them but neither are prepared for Scully's revelation - one of the men she sees in town is the man who killed Deep Throat. Written by garykmcd

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This was originally conceived as an inter-network crossover between "The X-Files" and "Picket Fences," but was rewritten to stand alone when negotiations fell through. See more »


Scully finds the chemical contains the same DNA they found in episode #1.23, "The Erlenmeyer Flask", in the bovine hormone and says that it has unidentified amino acids. DNA does not contain amino acids; it contains nucleic acids. See more »


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A unique episode- a standalone with a mythology tie-in
25 November 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Red Museum" is a unique episode in that it is structured like and feels like a standalone 'monster of the week' episode (small town+creepy elements=Mulder and Scully investigation) but has a mythology tie-in that comes late in the episode with Deep Throat's killer.

It's also a very, very good episode. I used to think that this script was all over the place, and that it had too many elements that were brought together too fast at the end. I mean, half-way through this episode you could be forgiven for calling it the "Brand X" of beef. In some ways it still is, but the focus of the episode changes. Still, upon this viewing I found a lot to appreciate in Chris Carter's script- it's intelligent, paranoid as the best of the X-Files tends to be, and creates a genuinely detailed and effective portrait of this small town in just 45 minutes.

"Red Museum" is atmospheric and creepy enough, the acting's good for everyone, the mythology tie-in is handled very well, and the script is strong. The general fan reaction to this episode seems to be 'meh, it's okay' or 'it's good', but I'd go a step further and say that this is an excellent episode, and very enjoyable.


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