A mysterious old man is killing scientists working on the development of a cryobiologic compound. He freezes them to death with this same compound that doesn't even exist yet.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Lisa Ianelli
Lucas Menand
Dr. Yonechi
Chuck Lukerman
Norman Armour ...
Patricia Idlette ...
Desk Clerk
Brent Chapman ...
Security Cop
Terry Arrowsmith ...
Uniformed Cop
Aurelio DiNunzio ...
Detective (as Aureleo Di Nunzio)


Mulder and Scully investigate a accident that was predicted by an old man who accosted the victim a few minutes before to warn him he would be run over by a bus, which is exactly what happens. The man, a university professor, was with one of his students, Jason Nichols when the accident happened. The old man was taken into custody by the campus police but the arresting officer is found frozen to death and mysteriously, is still getting getting colder. The old man escapes and a visiting Japanese scientist is also found frozen to death. The obvious suspect is Nichols but Mulder begins to suspect that something far more complex is happening. Written by garykmcd

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13 April 1997 (USA)  »

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The script took over a week of writing, with sessions of 15 daily hours and the contributions of John Shiban, Frank Spotnitz and Ken Horton. See more »


(at around 40 mins) Lisa Ianelli is headed Downtown on the 4221 bus, but gets off a bus numbered 4170. See more »


Mulder: If Lucas Menand never gets hit by that bus, his complaint gets heard before the grand committee, Jason Nichols loses his funding and he never gets to collaborate on his research with Dr. Yonechi. Therefore, this photograph never gets taken because this celebration never happens.
Scully: ...And if your sister is your aunt and your mother marries your uncle, you'd be your own grandpa!
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References Frosty the Snowman (1969) See more »

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Time traveling is a fascinating subject
4 December 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of scientific episodes, especially because they often try to confuse the audience just to make it seem like it makes sense.

But in this case, this episode is well executed and quite fun. It's something very different from the rest of the show and it's really one of those underrated and misjudged ones.

Although to be quite honest, my favorite parts of the episode are the death sequences. They looked really unpleasant, especially the death of Yonnie whom was first completely frozen just to be awakened by bursting into flames.

Time traveling is a fascinating subject and whether it is possible or not, this episode was a great issue on why it might be better if it's not.

FOUR stars.

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