The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 13

Syzygy (26 Jan. 1996)
"The X Files" Syzygy (original title)

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Scully and Mulder investigate a series deaths all involving boys from the same high school. The town is in a uproar and rumors of a satanic cult being responsible abound. Everyone in town ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ...
Det. Angela White
Margi Kleinjan (as Wendy Benson)
Terri Roberts
Garry Davey ...
Bob Spitz
Denalda Williams ...
Jay De Boom
Dr. R.W. Godfrey
Ryk Brown ...
Jeremy Radick ...
Young Man
Scott Simmons


Scully and Mulder investigate a series deaths all involving boys from the same high school. The town is in a uproar and rumors of a satanic cult being responsible abound. Everyone in town seems to be acting out of character, including the two FBI agents. Scully has become an exaggerated caricature of her skeptical self while Mulder is even more aloof, taking to mocking her at every turn. Mulder's visit to a local astrologer however reveals an unusual planetary alignment that results in a cosmic forces being centered on two high school girls. Written by garykmcd & New_Light

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Did You Know?


Lisa Robin Kelly, who played Terri Roberts in this episode, played Laurie Foreman in That '70s Show (1998). Her TV father, Red Foreman, played by Kurtwood Smith, was in the next X Files episode 'Grotesque'. See more »


The planets and the moon are shown, at the beginning and the end, as being in a sort of triangle formation. This would never happen as the sun, moon, and all the planets orbit on the same plane (the ecliptic plane) and are always in line with each other. In addition, one of the planets mentioned as being in alignment, Uranus, cannot be seen with the naked eye. See more »


[last lines]
Mulder: Uh, Scully, if I'm not mistaken, we're going to be taking a left up here... uh, there's an intersection, you're gonna wanna... Scully, you're gonna wanna...!
[Car speds through the intersection]
Mulder: You just ran a stop sign back there, Scully.
Scully: Shut up, Mulder.
Mulder: Sure. Fine. Whatever.
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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »


Performed by Glenn Danzig (as Danzig)
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Cosmic Keystone
22 July 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This falls with the more tongue-in-cheek episodes like Coprophages and Clyde Bruckmann, though it is not on that level. The story is really trite at first glance, the upteenth time that we're bothering with satanists and some demon compelling the slaughter of innocents. The small-town setting is fine, I prefer this batch of Twin Peaksesque episodes to the ones taking place in nature or the city. Red Museum is a good one.

But in actuality this is self-aware spoof on sexual tension.

You'll see this in suddenly this rivalry between Mulder and Scully, triggered by jealousy. It isn't the first time we've seen something of the sort, but the first time it's so pronounced and catty. The episode starts (and ends) with our pair lost in countryside streets and arguing about directions.

In the paranormal plot, this is reflected in two high-school best friends, girls, who suddenly fight with each other, causing havoc with mysterious powers, killing boys. Mulder gets drunk. Scully smokes. As the local spiritualist reveals, a rare alignment of planets is causing cosmic disturbances, and get this, especially to people born a certain year! Horrendously silly but knows it.

Knowingly pokes fun. Never more obvious than in the climax inside a police station with guns shooting by themselves which is mirrored in a Keystone Kops slapstick that comes on TV.

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