The X-Files: Season 8, Episode 6

Redrum (10 Dec. 2000)
"The X Files" Redrum (original title)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
8.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 855 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 1 critic

A man lives the most recent 5 days of his life backwards and finds out that he is the main suspect in the murder of his wife.

Director:

Writers:

(created by), (teleplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2587 titles
created 25 Aug 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 28 Aug 2011
 
a list of 9 images
created 05 Mar 2013
 
a list of 33 images
created 26 Jun 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Redrum" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Redrum (10 Dec 2000)

Redrum (10 Dec 2000) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The X-Files.
« Previous Episode | 167 of 201 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode credited cast:
...
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Bailiff
...
Reporter
Lee Duncan ...
Al Cawdry
Kayla Henry ...
Haley Wells
Roger Hewlett ...
Tall Guard
...
Homicide Detective
...
District Attorney Carter
...
Brent Tufeld
Regan Metoyer ...
Reporter
...
Martin Wells
...
Police officer #2
Luis Rodriguez ...
Gangbanger
...
Trina Galvez
Edit

Storyline

A man lives the most recent 5 days of his life backwards and finds out that he is the main suspect in the murder of his wife.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 December 2000 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

While in the prison yard talking to the other inmate, the mole on the cheek of Martin Wells switches from the right side (18:39) to the left side (18:46) and then back to the right side (18:54). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A quality anomaly in a show dying slowly
19 December 2009 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I caught a rerun of this episode by chance and decided to evaluate it, especially since it had three existing reviews already. Reviews that lack objectivity. Two of the reviewers admit they have a soft spot for time-anomaly stories. Well, unfortunately that throws their objectivity right out of the window. As an aside, I see that two reviewers make a spelling mistake when typing "The X Files" - but I can't blame them; they must have been conditioned as the error is so commonly forced upon us that most of the world doesn't seem to even realize that there is *no* hyphen in "The X Files".

With that out of the way, I can say that this one has withstood time better than most of the episodes. It takes a really non-objective fan to claim that at this point the show was more than a shadow of its past glories. Unlike most episodes that lack Mulder, this turns that handicap to its strength by starting with the idea of the writer deciding to make a Format Breaker. Since the classic format of "The X Files" is "Mulder and Scully investigate strange goings-on", most of the "Scully and Doggett (who came up with that silly name?) investigate strange goings-on" era episodes were never able to rise to the same level. Breaking the format by making Scully and Doggett minor characters is a stroke of genius. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with Robert Patrick - over the years he's proved that he is not just a T-1000 but an actor with wide range. It's just that anything else than Mulder & Scully *feels* wrong. Of course, had Fox not been so eager to flog a dead horse, The X Files could have ended with dignity instead of becoming an unintentional parody of itself.

Just doing a Format Breaker doesn't make anything automatically 10/10 or even 9/10. I give this one a more realistic 8/10 because it really doesn't break any new ground - time anomaly stories being a staple of practically most of fantasy and science fiction. Sure, the episode is well made and Joe Morton is excellent, proving he also is more than just a character from Terminator 2, but that isn't enough to make this episode pitch perfect. Achieving a 9/10, or even 10/10 requires something *exceptional*, like "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'", the best X Files episode ever made. Sure, it was a Weird One episode, which allowed it freedom that Stand-Alone or even Format Breakers can only dream of, but it was the way that freedom was used to its fullest potential that makes it the crown jewel of "The X Files" episodes. The more times you watch "Redrum" the more it loses its shine because its main power is in not knowing the outcome whereas "Jose Chung..." is practically impossible to fully absorb on the first viewing and only improves the more you watch it - even the director famously had to read the script multiple times before he understood it.


3 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Happy Anniversary, The X-Files! JuMiguel
Checking out later seasons for 1st time, and- hiitsmewutsup-953-300236
scully's character development : is she stupid The_Master_91
Long term legacy? LondoMollari1
Re-watch! ChristopherWG
If you have not seen Gillian in The Falls, you must!!! aowens9192
Discuss Redrum (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?