The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 1

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

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Julia Arkos ...
Don S. Williams ...
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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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Skinner: When you compound the lies, you compound the consequences.
Scully: All lies lead to the truth.
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17 November 2009 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

I find this episode to be a slightly better than Gethsemane. I think its actually kind of interesting how these three episodes (Gethsemane, Redux, and Redux II) all seem to center around that little dim room and that one scene with Scully announcing Mulder's death. We see this scene like three times at least, yet each time we get a little bit more of the story. It is kind of interesting. We were left at the end of Season 4 with an insane cliffhanger of Scully announcing Mulder's death. This episode wastes no time in giving out more details. We see Mulder in his apartment, seemingly contemplating suicide as he is realizing he has been believing a lie all these years. He soon receives a call however, and is tipped off about a man upstairs watching him. A gun goes off and we now have a dead body and a Mulder in hiding. He waits for Scully in her apartment and lets her in on what is going on, and tells her she has to lie to him until he can figure out who in the FBI ordered surveillance on him. From here the story gets a little drawn out, with a lot of voice overs as Scully does ambiguous chemistry stuff on the alien DNA trying to match it to her cancer cells, and Mulder wanders around mischievously in the DoD level 4 halls, looking for a cure for Scully's cancer. Mulder finds a small tube of de-ionized water and Scully gets a nose bleed right before accusing Skinner of being a mole, and the episode ends. All in all, a pretty decent episode, the story drags a little bit with and all the voice overs while somewhat annoying at first, are actually quite beneficial to trying to help actually explain the mythology a little bit. I enjoy some amazing little things Mulder runs into in the Pentagon also like the big room of alien corpses and the scenes when he is getting "chased" around the halls by the army guys. The episode does a good job in keeping the story going forward and I think it leads nicely into Redux II. I give the episode a 9 out of 10.

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