The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 5

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

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Mulder and Scully investigate the deaths of two men believed to have been killed by a powerful pyschokinetic 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
Nora McLellan ...
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 »


Howard Graves' tombstone states that he died on the 5th of October, but the opening scenes date stamp says the 22nd of September when it was supposed to be two weeks after Graves had died. See more »


Scully: You lied. You have seen this before, I can tell. You lied to them.
Mulder: I would never lie. I willfully participated in a campaign of misinformation.
Scully: Who do you think they were?
Mulder: NSA, CIA, some convert organization Congress will uncover in the next scandal. It's not important who they are but what they have and I'm sure they have no idea because they pulled us in. I have X Files. Each case with an element of what we saw tonight. Residual electrostatic charge, internal mutilation without any external ...
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Bring Out Your Dead!
10 April 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Shadows is the first of several first season episodes that deals with a deceased person assisting a living person from beyond the grave. Being that this the first episode to explore this concept, the idea is not as old. Lauren Kyte is being protected by a mysterious force that Mulder at first believes to be psychokinesis. The upside of this episode is the dialogue between Mulder and Scully. They exchange several witty one-liners that make this enjoyable to watch. In this episode Scully has another "inconvenience" which prevents her from witnessing paranormal phenomena. This becomes a recurring theme throughout the X-Files. Later, Scully will start to see the paranormal phenomena but will just explain it away. Besides the witty dialogue I thought this episode had some good special effects. Overall, Shadows is a solid, first season episode.

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