The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 23

Roland (6 May 1994)
"The X Files" Roland (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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When scientists at an aeronautics lab die under mysterious circumstances, the agents suspect a mentally challenged janitor may be the culprit.



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Episode credited cast:
Mrs. Stodie
Kerry Sandomirsky ...
Garry Davey ...
Dr. Keats
Dr. Frank Nollette
Matthew Walker ...
Dr. Ronald Surnow
David Hurtubise ...
Barrington (as Dave Hurtubise)
Lisa Dole (as Sue Mathew)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Todd Cornborough ...
Young Roland Grable
Tyler Cornborough ...
Young Arthur Grable


Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate the murder of a jet propulsion scientist who was trapped in a wind chamber and sucked through a jet engine when the unit was activated. It isn't the first death among the scientists there, with Arthur Grable having died in an accident several months before. As they gather evidence in the case the main suspect becomes the janitor, Roland, who is autistic but with a great knowledge for complex numbers. When Mulder finds a connection between Roland and the first dead scientist, it opens up any number of possibilities. Written by garykmcd

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Zeljko Ivanek was the first actor to read for the part of Roland. Chris Carter was blown away and decided almost immediately to cast him. See more »


Wind speeds of 60+ can uproot trees and blow the roofs off of buildings. The first victim caught in the wind tunnel was still standing at nearly mach 2. At sea level, mach 1 is equal to 761.2 mph. It is impossible for anyone to stand in such high winds. See more »


Mulder: You know, I had a dream last night. I dreamt I was swimming in this, uh, pool. And I could see my father underwater. But when I dove down, the water stung my eyes. And there was another man at the pool, watching me. He upset me. He was asking me questions I didn't want to answer. And I had to leave. I couldn't find my father.
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References Beakman's World (1992) See more »


Roland Theme
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow
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6 May 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

There's no REAL mystery to this episode of The X Files, but there are some enjoyable details revealed in the second half.

Mulder and Scully are investigating the death of a jet propulsion scientist when they quickly start to pay attention to the janitor, Roland (Zeljko Ivanek). Of course, suspecting Roland is ridiculous, because he's not fully in charge of his faculties. He is, to put it simply, more like a child trapped in a man's body. But viewers saw him act very differently in the opening scenes, and it's only a matter of time until Mulder comes up with a theory that Scully finds hard to believe, surely.

Directed by David Nutter, and written by Chris Ruppenthal, this is another solid, unspectacular, episode that feels now like a bit of a filler before the season finale.

Ivanek is fine in as Roland, Kerry Sandomirsky is sweet as Tracy (Roland's friend), and James Sloyan and Garry Davey are both perfectly acceptable as the other two scientists who may be in danger.

Bearing in mind that there isn't really any X Files episode that I have ever disliked (well, from the ones I have seen so far), I still count this as a slightly weaker first season tale.

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