The X-Files (1993– )
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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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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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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 »


Mulder states he is a big fan of Col. Belt and watched his Gemini 8 mission when he was 14 years old. Gemini 8 flew in 1966. This would make Mulder 8 years older than David Duchovny. 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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To Boldy Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!
11 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Space, admittedly is not one of the finer efforts of the X-Files. But with all episodes, I believe there is a silver lining. How can I recommend an episode that consists of an astronaut being possessed by the Mars' face? It's not easy, but I'll give it a go. First of all, toward the beginning of the episode, we get to see Mulder AND Scully eating sunflower seeds together. I don't remember if Scully joins Mulder in his favorite snack again in the series. Space shows Mulder's giddiness about NASA and the space program. This sets up a significant gift that Mulder gives Scully in a later season. It also has a few lines of funny Mulder and Scully dialog. That in itself is worth the price of admission. If you want to watch an interesting show about astronauts in trouble, watch Apollo 13, otherwise catch Space for some good Mulder/Scully moments.

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