The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 23

The Erlenmeyer Flask (13 May 1994)
"The X Files" The Erlenmeyer Flask (original title)

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Deep Throat contacts Mulder in the middle of the night to give him some important information. A man successfully evaded police when at the end of a high speed chase, he jumps into the ... See full summary »

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Deep Throat contacts Mulder in the middle of the night to give him some important information. A man successfully evaded police when at the end of a high speed chase, he jumps into the river and promptly disappears. One of the officers did manage to shoot but the blood he leaves behind is green. Mulder follows the clues and it leads him to information that he only dreamed existed. It does mean death for someone however and perhaps the end of the X Files investigations. Written by garykmcd

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The fact that the lab is in Pandora Street is a clear reference of the myth of Pandora's Box, where all humanity's evils was contained and then unleashed. See more »

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The police chase involves a Buick Century as the suspect's car. However, when Mulder asks the alleged owner (Dr. Berube) about his car, they mention that it is a Ciera (Oldsmobile), a different car altogether, though it was built on the same platform. What's more, the Buick that is shown is clearly from the late eighties (1988 at the latest) judging from the headlight style. Scully and Mulder determine that one of the two identical cars belong to a rental agency and it is extremely unlikely that a 6-year old (or more) car would have been kept in a rental agency's fleet. See more »

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Mulder: They're shutting us down. It's over, Scully.
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Mulder: I'm... not going to give up. I can't give up. Not as long as the truth is out there.
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No, this is the best episode of the season 1!
6 February 2013 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry I said Ice was the best episode of the season 1, earlier. I didn't really think or care about the series' mythology during that watch. This episode is an amazing example of writing with full intensity, suspense and drama.

Sad to see Deep Throat, as he started to became a more "human" person like some critic said that his death made him seem "real" but as he finally met Scully, I started to like him a little as a character.

I hope I see more episodes with this type of darkness, unsafeness in the future and really get these mythology episodes while also enjoying brilliant MOTW episodes. I give this episode a well, fully earned 10/10 point and also praise Gillian Anderson's acting as Dana Scully.


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