A high school boy is accused of the violent murder of a sheriff's deputy. Mulder believes he is innocent. The agents find that someone with super-human speed may be the culprit.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rodney Scott ...
Tony Reed
Max Harden
Chastity Raines
Mrs. Reed
Sheriff Harden
Mr. Babbitt
Les Lannom ...
Deputy Foster
Christopher Wynne ...


A high school boy is accused of the violent murder of a sheriff's deputy. Mulder believes he is innocent. The agents find that someone with super-human speed may be the culprit.

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5 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Due to the violent events (the table scene in particular) Fox's Standards and Practices Department had an issue with showing the impact between the table and the teacher. In order to comply, the producers removed the impact, but the rest of the scene stayed intact. See more »


When Mulder joins Scully after the sheriff is admitted to Hospital, there is clearly a red 'x' marked in tape on the floor of the corridor, used to indicate where Mulder must stop to begin dialogue with Scully while maintaining the optimum camera angle. See more »


Mulder: Max could tell them. You know why you collapsed don't you, Max?
Max Harden: Yeah, too much teen spirit.
Mulder: You think? Smells like murder to me.
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Referenced in Chronicle (2012) See more »


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My personal favorite episode
25 April 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is the episode of the X Files that, despite its nature as a non-canon, non-alien, what some may call "filler" episode, nonetheless truly defines the show and its appeal for me.

According to Wikipedia, this episode entails "When a school student becomes the prime suspect in the bizarre murder of a police officer, Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate. They discover that the boy and a couple of friends have been playing with the ability to accelerate their movements to a frequency the human eye can't perceive."

A nice and supernatural tone befitting all well-written X-files episodes, the plot is, however, merely the backdrop against which a series of intriguing questions can be posed. Questions like "Is respect for authority something that should be expected or earned?", "Is power something that anyone is entitled to?", "If so, will they use it wisely?", "If not, who has the power to stop them?", and "How far will that person have to go?" Most of these questions are answered, but a few are left open to argument.

Of course, most of the time, I ignore the moral implications of this episode's mystery and simply end up daydreaming about what I would do if I had the power to move faster than the eye can perceive.

In the end, I suppose that is what draws me to write about this particular episode above any of the other well-made installments: imagination at its best and its worst. People have always wondered about how their lives would change if they could only fly, or breathe underwater, see through walls, or move faster than a bolt of lightning. What they almost never consider is whether or not they would get drunk off of those abilities, or how long it would take to start abusing them.

As for this episode, the respective answers would be; they would, and not long at all.

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