The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 8

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

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When a space shuttle mission is sabotaged, Mulder suspects it may be the work an alien spirit that inhabits the body of a former Gemini astronaut.

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Lt. Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt
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Michelle Generoo
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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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The interior shots were filmed on a set constructed at an old Molson brewery site. See more »

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(at around 28 mins) Michelle was involved in a car accident, which left her bruised at several places on her face. In the scenes following Col. Belt's press interview, there is absolutely no hint of any scar or injury on her face. 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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Before Columbia
9 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Looking at all the negative comments let's get some perspective, shall we? This episode was made well before the movie Apollo 13 and uses essentially the same plot devices. For example, the launch sequence, O2 tank malfunction, personal ambition of the mission commander etc. All of these were repeated in Apollo 13, albeit on a bigger canvas and a blockbuster size budget. If that were not enough, it predicted the Columbia shuttle disaster a decade in advance. What more could you ask of a TV show. My only gripe is the quality of acting. Scully and Mulder have acted better. The Mars face issue was not given enough treatment as well.


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