The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 8

Space (12 Nov. 1993)
"The X Files" Space (original title)

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Mulder and Scully travel to Houston after a NASA employee, Michelle Generoo, shows them evidence that a space shuttle may have been sabotaged. They had recently had to abort a launch just ... See full summary »

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Lt. Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt
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Mulder and Scully travel to Houston after a NASA employee, Michelle Generoo, shows them evidence that a space shuttle may have been sabotaged. They had recently had to abort a launch just seconds before lift-off and another launch is now scheduled. The man in charge of the program is a legendary Gemini astronaut, Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt. He claims there's nothing to the scrubbed launch that they weren't aware of and the talk of sabotage is nonsense. The second launch goes off without any problems but ground control is soon encountering difficulties communicating with the craft. It's all related to something that happened to Belt during his last Gemini flight and it's now affecting his judgment. Written by garykmcd

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This was intended as a "bottle episode" to save money by being shot in a single location, but still went over budget. See more »

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A flight of Navy Blue Angels flies over the funeral. The colonel being buried and most of the service members present were Air Force personnel. See more »

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Scientist: Look. There are about 17,000 things that can wrong with the shuttle, and about 17,000 people to make sure they don't.
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Definitely in the Bottom 10 of X Files episodes
23 February 2010 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

As others have suggested, this X Files episode is among the worst of the series. Alongside episodes "3" and "Fight Club," this disappoints. The special effects are purely awful. Apparently, the special effects guy only got four days to do them, and it shows. As one of the other reviewers notes, a distressingly large portion of the episode is comprised of poorly edited stock footage, some of which is repeated unnecessarily. The acting of the supporting characters is terrible, particularly that of the actress playing Susanna Thompson. Mulder practically acts as a narrator for the episode, as he explains the happenings for Scully. Furthermore, NASA/space travel is introduced as one of Mulder's boyhood passions, but is never mentioned again in the series (see also the "Fire" episode, where we learn Mulder is afraid of fire but never encounter that fear at any other point in the series). I've watched this episode twice so far, and it just gets worse with each successive viewing. Just not worth watching. Like the eighth and ninth seasons, the first season of "The X Files" is surprisingly heavy on the weak episodes.


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