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
Owen Harris' Little Boy
Colleen Quinn ...
Owen's Wife
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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Did You Know?


Loosely based on Tetsuo: The Iron Man, a 1989 Japanese cyberpunk film by cult-film director Shinya Tsukamoto, and Written by X-Files staff writer Jeffrey Bell before Robert Patrick was cast in the show. See more »


Ray Pearce was able to stop a large car with a steel body (very heavy) moving at 40+ mph, which would exert a tremendous amount of force, yet he was thrown back by a shotgun blast, something a shotgun couldn't do to even a normal person. 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 (1991) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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A (barely) salvageable episode
10 September 2007 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Salvage is not that good. This episode just does not do it for me. Did the writers just decide to do some Robert Patrick/Terminator 2 tribute episode? That's what it feels like, complete with Doggett's "Metal Man" line, a heavy-handed reference to T2.

If I was supposed to feel sympathy for Ray Pearce, I didn't. If I wasn't, well, I didn't anyway. I could not stand the actress playing his wife, Nora Pearce. She is way too melodramatic. You'd think she was on a daytime soap opera, not The X-Files. Unfortunately, Ray didn't try to kill her. I did feel sympathy for the chick at the halfway house who was only trying to help him. This guy just goes on a killing spree for people he "feels" are responsible for his condition, without any proof. A scene I did like was how Ray was shaving with nail clippers. Cool effect.

I can't remember how often Agent Doggett busts out his knife in the X-Files, but in this episode he uses it twice. It can't be all that often, since I noticed it. Another thing I noticed with my most recent viewing of Salvage is the music. Even in a bad episode, Mark Snow manages to class up the episode with his music.

The story in Salvage wasn't interesting, the characters weren't sympathetic, and there was some poor acting, most notably by the actress playing Nora. However, the effects and make-up were above average which makes Salvage salvageable.

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