The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 8

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

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
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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
Tom McBeath ...
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Mission Controller #1
French Tickner ...
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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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Although the series made use of a good amount of inexpensive stock footage from NASA, the construction of the command center set was subject to cost overruns, leading the episode to become the most expensive of the first season. 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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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Didn't you want to get his autograph Mulder?
19 October 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Space the Limerick:

A girl who's fiancé is flying,

And a captain unknowingly lying,

A ghost face from Mars

Flips over cars,

The captain tries helping by dying.

You know this episode gets a bad wrap and not without good reason but I personally don't necessarily hate it as much as some people do. I like the idea of the episode. As a stand-alone it works well enough but my main problem is the stupid mars ghost thing that looks like the Mars Face. Lame. And then the mission control lady. After she flips her car she goes running into the control room with blood all over her face. Holy crap at least go get a wet towel or something. Anyway those are just the main things I don't like but I do like the focus on mission control procedures and the focus on NASA and space and astronauts. Like Mulder I too used to want to be an astronaut and space shows always bring out the kid in me. I give Space a 6 out of 10.


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