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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Denalda Williams (Zirinka) previously appeared in the episode "Irresistible" (#2.13) as Marilyn. See more »


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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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