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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Episode complete credited cast:
Lt. Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt
Michelle Generoo
Terry David Mulligan ...
Mission Controller
French Tickner ...
Norma Jean Wick ...
Reporter (as Norma Wick)
2nd Controller
David Cameron ...
Young Scientist
Databank Scientist
Paul DesRoches ...


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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12 November 1993 (USA)  »

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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 »


"Col"(USAF) Belk is referred to as "CMDR" (US Navy) during his Gemini spacewalk. He is shown wearing Naval Aviator wings on his space suit. At NASA and in the obituary however, he is shown to be an Air Force Officer. you don't change services in mid-career. See more »


Fox Mulder: You never wanted to be an astronaut when you were a kid?
Dana Scully: l missed that phase.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


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18 May 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I don't strictly care that the special-effects here are shoddy and the story of space mission sabotage far-fetched. Neither is really high in my list of things I appreciate in film, and I can generally supply the missing bits.

The show is generally 'hard', that is from the outside, examining illusion as having 'real' weight in the world but not the lens of seeing responsible for gravity. In this episode, we have an encounter with a 'spectral' entity in space and psychic manipulation of some sort, fantastical stuff as per the X-Files norm. What I take from it, is the evocatively done space walk with one consciousness merging inside the other (the camera), and back on earth the subjective shots which are of this consciousness taking over, distorting the lens of seeing.

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