Mulder and Scully investigate the deaths of two men believed to have been killed by a powerful psychokinetic force.

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Barry Primus ...
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Lauren Kyte
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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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When Mulder and Scully are in the car park, and Howard Graves' car parking space is being renamed, the name being painted on is Tom Braidwood - who is the actor who plays Frohike and is also an Assistant Director on the series. See more »

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When the cup falls over when Lauren wants to see Mr. Dorlund, the box of tissues disappears in the last shot. See more »

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Mulder: [after having been in a car accident caused by Howard Graves's ghost] Hi. The paramedics check you out?
Scully: Yeah. I'm fine. Although I do have a standing-in-line-at-the-DMV-sized headache.
Mulder: Mine's more IRS sized.
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References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Dark forces at work.
9 January 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I used to really like this episode, "Shadows", but rewatching it recently highlighted a number of negative points, which I'll get to after the usual brief summary.

When two men are found dead, seemingly from having their throats crushed despite no signs of external pressure, Mulder and Scully are called in by two secretive agents from some other organisation who may require their help. When those seeking help don't look to be giving anything in return, Mulder says that he's never seen anything like these deaths in any of the X Files. He's lying and it's not long until he and Scully start their own investigation, one that leads them to Lauren Kyte (Lisa Waltz), a young woman who may have quite a unique power . . . . . . . or may have an aggressive guardian angel.

"Shadows" isn't a terrible episode, it's just not that great. My personal preference is always for either the supernatural episodes that have an ambiguity and/or plausible scientific explanation or, on the other hand, the ones that just go all out for fun, fun, fun. This is neither.

It's not helped by the fact that Lisa Waltz doesn't do a great job as Lauren Kyte. I don't know quite what I should expect from her performance but she doesn't quite sell the whole thing to me. Anderson and Duchovny are, of course, as great as ever.

Director Michael Katleman doesn't do much to pep up the surprisingly weak script by Glen Morgan and James Wong and the whole thing feels as if it's over when there are still ten minutes left to go (those final ten minutes aren't all that exciting).

This episode marks the real start of the trick that would be used in so many future stories - sceptical Scully always just being 10 seconds behind Mulder or at the other side of a locked door, enabling her to miss out on some fantastic sights and remain a non-believer.


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