The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 1

Redux (2 Nov. 1997)
"The X Files" Redux (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder accesses a facility that may hold a cure for Scully's illness. Scully performs an expirement in hopes of determining the origin of the disease.



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Julia Arkos ...
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In a flashback to 24 hours earlier, Scully returns to her apartment to find Mulder waiting for her return to tell her that there is a dead man in his apartment. He now accepts that he has been duped all of these years into believing the UFO conspiracy and is convinced that Scully may have been given her cancer as part of that plot. He also believes the conspiracy reaches into the depths of the military and the FBI. Mulder uses the dead man's ID to infiltrate the defense research agency where Kritschgau is employed and learns why the military started the UFO hoax. The Cigarette Smoking Man finds something interesting in Mulder's apartment. Scully learns that the ice core samples have interesting microscopic life forms. Written by garykmcd

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[the Cigarette Smoking Man opens the door to Mulder's apartment with a lock pick. He shuts the door behind him and looks around the apartment. He sees the chalk outline of the dead man. He sees a framed picture of Fox and Samantha as kids and cries softly, realizing how he ruined their lives. He puts the picture down. He looks at the blood on the floor and looks at the ceiling peep hole nervously]
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Keep Going FBI Woman
27 September 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

With the suspenseful ending of season 4, leading us to believe that Mulder is dead, Redux quickly gives us relief, letting us know that Mulder is indeed alive. We find out that Mulder killed the man in self-defense and that he asks Scully to pretend that the dead man is him. We already know that Gillian Anderson is a good actress. What we find out in this episode is that Dana Scully has a future in Hollywood. First, she is able to tearfully confirm Mulder's body. Then, she goes in front of an FBI panel and reconfirms Mulder death, all choked up. It was interesting to see a reappearance of Holly, Skinner's secretary from Pusher. Apparently, she got reassigned after beating up Skinner. The strong point of this episode is its story and its visuals. The story is very interesting, as the plot behind the deception of Mulder and Scully begins to unravel. The strong visuals of tables of fake alien bodies and secret experimentations also keep it interesting. What brings this episode down a couple of points is the stock footage used while Kritschgau explains everything to Mulder, which depending on the person, might be better than just watching them walk down the hall. But the big thing about this episode is the amount of voice-overs. Mulder and Scully are doing voice-overs left and right which really slows the episode down. But, like I said, the strong visuals that are shown while the voice-overs are happening, help keep my interest. I still like Redux a lot for its intriguing story, it just could've gone lighter on the voice-over work.

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