A rare alignment of the planets gives two teenage girls dangerous telekinetic powers.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Det. Angela White
Margi Kleinjan (as Wendy Benson)
Terri Roberts
Garry Davey ...
Bob Spitz
Denalda Williams ...
Brenda J. Summerfield
Jay De Boom
Dr. Richard 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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26 January 1996 (USA)  »

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Scully and Mulder's bickering during the episode - over Mulder's "ditching" Scully, how Mulder always drives, how Scully's feet are small, etc. - was derived from fans' online complaints dating back as far as the beginning of the series. See more »


Around 00:26:10, Mulder's tie is under his shirt collar. Around 00:26:24, Mulder's tie is above his shirt collar. Around 00:26:27, it's under. Around 00:26:28, it's above. And so on... See more »


Fox Mulder: We are but visitors on this rock, hurtling through time and space at 66,000 miles an hour. Tethered to a burning sphere by an invisible force in an unfathomable universe. This most of us take for granted, while refusing to believe these forces have any more effect on us than a butterfly beating it's wings halfway around the world.
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Kind of creepy while at the same time absolutely hilarious
16 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While considered a "comedy" episode, unlike most of the comedy episodes it also can be very creepy at times. The comedy of the episode comes from a look at the Mulder/Scully dynamic that is almost spoof-like in nature. This comedy is well presented in great bits of dialog. The dialog and the comedy flows naturally the plot and theme of people acting strangely due to the alignment of the planets, however, what makes it work is the fact that every funny line and out of character action comes from the vision normally presented of the characters. For instance, while he never drinks, it seems with in the basic boundaries of the Mulder character to chug vodka. It should be noted though that unlike the other comedy episodes, the comedy tends to be less laugh out loud funny, and more smooth and witty, although there are a few of the laugh out loud moments in this episode.

Now for the other side of the episode, and that is the fact that it is downright creepy and surreal. Going into this episode knowing nothing about it, when things begin to get really weird, I started to think I might be dreaming or something. This comes not just from the dialog, but from the mood and tense atmosphere created by the solid art direction and typically excellent music and cinematography.

In conclusion, unlike most of the comedy episodes, Syzygy is not an episode to show to those new to The X-Files. It is twisted and creepy, and delves deep into the Mulder Scully dynamic.

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