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"The X-Files" Syzygy (1996)"The X Files" Syzygy (original title)

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Original Air Date:
26 January 1996 (Season 3, Episode 13)
A rare alignment of the planets gives two teenage girls dangerous telekinetic powers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kind of creepy while at the same time absolutely hilarious See more (6 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder

Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Det. Angela White

Wendy Benson-Landes ... Margi Kleinjan (as Wendy Benson)
Lisa Robin Kelly ... Terri Roberts
Garry Davey ... Bob Spitz
Denalda Williams ... Zirinka

Gabrielle Miller ... Brenda

Ryan Reynolds ... Jay De Boom

Tim Dixon ... Dr. R.W. Godfrey
Ryk Brown ... Minister
Jeremy Radick ... Young Man

Russell Porter ... Scott Simmons
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peg Christopherson ... Officer #2 (uncredited)
Dana Pemberton ... Officer #1 (uncredited)
Jordan Lee Williams ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rob Bowman 
Writing credits
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Produced by
Rob Bowman .... producer
Chris Carter .... executive producer
Joseph Patrick Finn .... producer
R.W. Goodwin .... co-executive producer
Howard Gordon .... co-executive producer
Kim Manners .... producer
Paul Rabwin .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
John S. Bartley 
Film Editing by
Stephen Mark 
Casting by
Rick Millikan 
Art Direction by
Graeme Murray 
Set Decoration by
Shirley Inget 
Costume Design by
Jenni Gullett 
Makeup Department
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker
Fern Levin .... key makeup artist
Toby Lindala .... special makeup effects artist
Robert A. Pandini .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Brett Dowler .... unit manager
Joseph Patrick Finn .... production manager (as J. P. Finn)
Lori Jo Nemhauser .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brett Dowler .... second unit director
Collin Leadlay .... second assistant director
Vladimir Stefoff .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gary Pembroke Allen .... assistant art director (as Gary P. Allen)
Michael Dundas .... lead hand painter
Kenneth H. Hawryliw .... property master (as Ken Hawryliv)
Nancy C. Lee .... art department assistant
Peter Lieshout .... painter
Rob Maier .... construction coordinator (as Rob 'Stroby' Maier)
Vivien Nishi .... draftsperson (as Vivian Nishi)
Trevor Oleksy .... greensman
Lorne Poole .... set dresser
Louis Solyom .... head painter
David Paul Hewitt White .... set dresser
Sound Department
Thierry J. Couturier .... supervising sound editor
Rick Hinson .... sound effects editor
Martin Lacroix .... boom operator
Nello Torri .... sound re-recording mixer
Doug E. Turner .... sound re-recording mixer (as Douglas E. Turner)
David John West .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael T. Williamson .... sound mixer (as Michael Williamson)
Special Effects by
David Gauthier .... special effects
Steve Gauthier .... special effects technician
W.A. Andrew Sculthorp .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... visual effects producer
Jordan Hassay .... lead compositor: remastered version
Matthew Mullarkey .... visual effects artist
Paul Patrick Quinn .... vfx facility producer (1993-2002)
Richard Trus .... vfx facility producer
Scott Hubbell .... marine coordinator (1993-2002)
Tony Morelli .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Campbell .... key grip
Dan Henshaw .... first assistant camera: b
Jon Joffin .... director of photography: second unit
Simon Jori .... focus puller
Robert Kositchek .... director of photography: second unit
Nathaniel Massey .... camera operator
Rob Parisien .... video playback operator
Dave Riopel .... dolly grip
Patrick Stepien .... focus puller
David Tickell .... chief lighting technician
Casting Department
Lynne Carrow .... casting: Vancouver
Wendy O'Brien .... casting associate: Vancouver (as Wendy O'Brien Livingstone)
Lisa Ratke .... extras casting
Randy Stone .... original casting
Stacy Wise .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gillian Kieft .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Jeff Cahn .... assistant editor
Sue Kesler .... assistant editor
Mark Nowicki .... colorist (digitally restored version)
Music Department
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Larold Rebhun .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Bob Bowe .... transportation coordinator
Stephen Carr .... driver: cast
Other crew
Alan Bartolic .... location scout
James Castle .... title designer
Susan Crawford .... assistant production coordinator
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Vince Gilligan .... creative consultant
Anita Meehan-Truelove .... production coordinator
Darin Morgan .... story editor
Todd Pittson .... location manager
Frank Spotnitz .... story editor
Scott Steyns .... playback coordinator
Tom Teotico .... production assistant
Jeff Vlaming .... story editor (as Jeffrey Vlaming)
Carolyn Adair .... stand-in: utility (uncredited)
Rupert Hancock .... second unit coordinator (uncredited)
John Shiban .... show staff writer (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The X Files: Syzygy (#3.13)" - USA (original title)
Argentina:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Syzygy is a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies. Syzygy is also a term used by Carl Jung to mean a union of opposites.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Scully:Sure. Fine. Whatever.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Keystone Hotel (1935)See more »
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Kind of creepy while at the same time absolutely hilarious, 16 August 2010
Author: Al_Scarface_Capone from United States

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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