The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 6

Shadows (22 Oct. 1993)
"The X Files" Shadows (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder and Scully investigate the deaths of two men believed to have been killed by a powerful psychokinetic force.



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Episode cast overview:
Barry Primus ...
Robert Dorlund
Lisa Waltz ...
Lauren Kyte
Ellen Bledsoe
Ms. Saunders
Deryl Hayes ...
Kelli Fox ...
Tom Pickett ...
The Cop
Tom Heaton ...
Janie Woods-Morris ...
Ms. Lange
Jane Morris
Ms. Winn


Scully and Mulder are called in by two secretive government agents and asked if they've ever had an X file with similarities to their most recent case. Two men were found dead in an alley but still have a residual electrostatic charge and it appears their throat and larynx were crushed, but from the inside. Mulder manages to get a fingerprint from each of the dead men and learns they both had ties to terrorist organizations. Using video firm a nearby ATM, they find that the two men had attacked Lauren Kyte a secretary at Defense Department contractor HTG Industrial Tecnologies. She's recently decided to leave her job after the death of her boss Howard Graves, who recently committed suicide. Lauren isn't sure how she got away from those men or how they were killed. It all leads Mulder to believe to believe that Lauren may have a guardian angel. Written by garykmcd

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The house where the secretary lives is the same filming location as the house of the investigating officer of the Powhatten Mill Murders from Season 1 Episode 3 The X-Files: Squeeze (1993). The yellow and flower Praire style windows are the indicator. See more »


When Mulder and Scully are questioning Lauren in the investigation room, the piece of paper on Mulder's jacket changes place in between shots. See more »


Scully: [at a lab, attempting to clarify a smudge on a photo taken from an ATM camera] Enhance it by 10.
[the tech does]
Scully: That's Howard Graves. He's alive.
Mulder: Not necessarily.
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References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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Morgan & Wong's second episode
11 August 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

James Wong and Glen Morgan's follow-up to their excellent first effort "Squeeze" is middling, disappointing nonsense. The real issue with the episode isn't even the meandering plot (which will play to current audiences as "24" meets "Ghost Whisperer", and I don't mean that as a compliment), but the one-dimensional, annoying main character, and a poorly-acted one at that.

Wong and Morgan do get some fun humor into the episode, a nice break from the rest of it, which takes itself FAR too seriously given the subject matter. "The X-Files", regardless of what some indignant old-school fans might tell you, was always quick to mock itself through its characters, and only took itself completely seriously when it had a damn good dramatic story to tell. "Shadows" takes itself too seriously in any scene not involving Mulder or Scully, AND it's completely ridiculous.

In addition, the episode is hopelessly cheesy all the way through, and particularly the acting from much of the supporting cast, not that they're given any good characterization or dialogue to work with.



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