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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Rodney Scott ...
Tony Reed
Max Harden
Chastity Raines
Mrs. Reed
Sheriff Harden
Mr. Babbitt
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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(at around 2 mins) As the Officer looks at Anthony Reed's driver's license you can clearly read that he was born on 03/01/1983 and the license was issued on 12/13/94 with an expiration date of 03/31/99. That would mean that the Commonwealth of Virginia DMV issued a driver's license to an 11 year old that would expire 30 days after he just turned 16, which was the minimum legal age for a driver's license in Virginia at the time. 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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"I can't go back to things standin' still."
3 August 2017 | by (Florida, New York) – See all my reviews

There are a couple of thoughtful reviews on this episode from ''talvaffe' and 'jmr723'; you should check them out for different perspectives on the story. For me, it brought to mind a great Silver Age comic book cover posing the question - 'Who is the fastest man alive, Superman or The Flash?' The race between them ended in a tie, which seemed fair enough, since DC Comics didn't want to upset fans who might have had a favorite. Personally, I was rooting for Superman.

It seems to me there was a bit of inconsistency in the story. If Max Harden (Scott Cooper) moved so fast that no one could see him, shouldn't the table he pushed in the cafeteria to kill teacher Babbit (David Wells) be invisible too? And don't even think about the way the follow up chair tumbled end over end as it made it's way to finish the job. Aside from that though, that was a pretty effective scene to establish Max's ultra-frequency powers.

The other cool scene occurred when Chastity (Nicky Aycox) shot Max in the cave, the bullet passing through him in a slow motion effect first seen in "The Matrix" which came out earlier in the year 1999. It's been used any number of times since, but was still a pretty novel effect when the X-Files used it in the story here. A third reviewer for this episode was bothered by the idea that Chastity in effect committed suicide by placing herself in the path of the bullet, feeling that it didn't make any sense. I can think of one reason which was pretty obvious. Had she survived, she would have been up for a murder rap for shooting Max, while the guilt she felt over the deaths of Deputy Foster and Babbit was enough to push her over the edge.

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