The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 22

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

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 a accident several months before. As they gather evidence in the case the main suspect is the janitor, Roland, who is autistic but with a great facility 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 »

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Turbine engines will sustain heavy damage if an animal is sucked into them. An object as large as a full grown man would cause catastrophic damage and require serious repair before it was operational again. It does not seem that enough time had passed for that to happen in this episode. 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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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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