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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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 of fluid mechanics. 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 »

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On Mulder and Scully's third visit to Mahan Propulsion Laboratory, they are both seen wearing vistor's passes. Mulder's pass has the number 23 in the top right corner while Scully's pass has the number 11. However, during one camera cut from Mulder to Scully, Scully is suddenly wearing the number 23 pass and Mulder is wearing 11. See more »

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Mulder: You got a brother, don't you, Scully?
Scully: Yeah, I've got an older one and a younger one.
Mulder: Well, have you ever thought about calling one of them all day long and then all of a sudden the phone rings and it's one of them calling you?
Scully: Does this pitch somehow end with a way for me to lower my long distance charges?
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*crunch*
6 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine recently said, as we are re-watching "The X-Files" together, that season one was more about people coming back from the dead than about aliens. Considering that this is the fourth or fifth episode this season to deal with this already tired and over-used idea, I'd tend to agree. None of these episodes being particularly good doesn't help either.

"Roland" is not as completely uninteresting as things like "Born Again", and is fractionally better than "Lazarus" thanks to a certain scene I'll discuss later, but it's still pretty bad, with countless errors others have already noticed/noted and a particularly poor and clichéd portrayal of autism. Some have called this guest performance 'brilliant', but it's really quite abysmal and inaccurate, and laughable at times.

The plot is convoluted and on the level, generally, of something you'd find late at night on one of the less prestigious and reputable cable channels, but at least there's one absolutely phenomenal kill, when Roland pushes a scientist's head into liquid nitrogen then throws him to the floor, shattering the head and as he walks away he steps on an ear... *crunch*. It's years ahead of the similar and much more noted and acclaimed scene in "Jason X" (which is similarly the best scene in that movie), and I'd wager a good amount that this was the main inspiration for that.

4/10


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