A man believed to be dead from Gulf War Syndrome comes back to life and slowly turns into metal.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ray Pearce (as Wade Andrew Williams)
Nora Pearce
Dr. Tom Puvogel
Larina Jackson
Dan Desmond ...
Harry Odell
Curt Delario
Owen Harris
Colleen Quinn ...
Owen's Wife
Owen Harris' Little Boy
Ray's Double


A man believed to be dead from Gulf War Syndrome comes back to life and slowly turns into metal.

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14 January 2001 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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When Larina tries to help him, Pierce tells her "get out" two times, the same expression that the T800-T101 cyborg (Arnold Schwarzeneger) tells to the passenger of the truck in the middle of the highway, in The Terminator (1985). And again, the same phrase that the liquid-metal cyborg T1000 (Robert Patrick, who plays special agent Doggett here in X-Files) tells to the passenger of the helicopter when getting inside the cabin from a motorcycle jump, in Terminator 2 (1991). See more »


It would be impossible for anything having the amount of weight necessary to stop a moving vehicle from walking without damaging everything under it's footprint. Should have made Ray Pierce easy to track. See more »


John Doggett: What are you saying, Ray Pearce has become some kind of metal man? 'Cause that only happens in the movies, Agent Scully.
Dana Scully: Does it, Agent Doggett?
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References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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Weak episode...
9 July 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

I honestly could not remember what episode this was before I reviewed it which is pretty rare for me. I figured it must be in Season 8 or 9 and sure enough. The funny thing is I know that I've seen this episode at least twice before and both times I completely forgot what it was about. On rewatching I have to admit that the first thought that came to my mind was to wonder whether it was a coincidence that this story seemed so much like Terminator and Robert Patrick was starring. There is even a little joke in there about metal men only being in the movies but this just seemed like a poor attempt at an inside joke or something. This was a lame episode with no real explanation to it at all. I mean yes the X-Files tends to have open ended episodes but at least we have some sort of idea what really happened even if it is not confirmed. In this episode the guy just kind of disappears and the show ends. I guess it is a good idea but it wasn't really handled very well by the writer and director. I give it a 6/10 simply because I did think the whole clipping off the metal from his face was kind of cool.

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