Mulder searches for a Vietnam veteran who can project his consciousness into other people's minds.

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Mulder is partnered with a young FBI agent, Alex Krycek, in the investigation of mysterious deaths. An apartment dweller called emergency services to report a fire outside his door but firemen arrive to find no fire and the owner dead with a spent fire extinguisher nearby. Scully's autopsy finds that the dead man's internal physical condition resembles that of someone who has been in intense heat, even though there are no visible burn marks. A second death gives them a connection between both men as they had served together in the Marines in the early 1970s. They subsequently learn that a man by the name of Augustus Cole has somehow escaped from a high security facility and that, incredibly, hasn't slept for 24 years. Mulder concludes that Cole is seeking revenge. Written by garykmcd

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First on-screen appearance of "Mr X". See more »

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There is a small mistake in the opening of this episode, while the TV shows the Dow stock market being "up", the anchor's voice in the background says the Dow ended the day down. See more »

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Dana Scully: [perplexed] Somehow, this man suffered all the secondary, but none of the primary physiological responses to having been in a fire!
Fox Mulder: Any theories?
Dana Scully: I can't even begin to explain what could have caused something like this. I mean, it's almost as if...
Fox Mulder: What?
Dana Scully: ...As if his body believed that it was burning.
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Schroediger's bible
2 June 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Again, we have government conspiracy, secret experiments and the like but this time tied to Vietnam and enhanced soldiering.

What sets this apart, and really makes it worth watching is a narrative device introduced in the finale. Leading up to it, we've seen a man who can, mysteriously how, telepathically give rise to subconscious images of his victims. The logic of course is entirely silly, but it's a quick way of acknowledging that we are dealing with mental states in the show, mind itself.

In the scene in question, this man is seen by two observers, Mulder and his new Bureau partner. Each observer sees a different scene, the man pointing at Mulder either a gun or bible depending on the perspective.

The beauty is that at that moment we have four versions of the situation, four versions of truth, all of them being equally true or false. An inventive piece in a generally above-par episode.

The hallucinations are done in the typically 'hard' X-file vein, uninteresting.


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