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The Field Where I Died 

Agents Mulder and Scully investigate a suspicious religious cult, which inadvertently draws Mulder into recalling a past life, in the field where he died.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Melissa Rydell Ephesian
FBI Agent Riggins
Doug Abrahams ...
Donna White ...
BATF Agent


When authorities receive a telephone tip from someone named Sydney, the FBI and ATF stage a raid at Temple of the Seven Stars, a religious cult the anonymous caller says is abusing children and has a cache of firearms. Mulder feels that he's been there before and has a powerful sense of deja vu. They arrest the cult leader Vernon Ephesian and several of his followers including one of his wives, Melissa Rydell Ephesian. They don't find the arms cache however and Assistant Director Skinner thinks they have less than a day to get some hard evidence or they will all be released. Melissa seems to be suffering from multiple personality disorder and has a personality known as Sydney, the person who made the call. In fact she has several personalities including a Southern belle who tells Mulder they were there for a Civil War battle. Mulder thinks she's recounting a past life. Written by garykmcd

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3 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Mulder: Dana? If... early in the four years we've been working together... an event occurred that suggested... or somebody told you that we'd been friends together... in other lifetimes. Always. Would it have changed some of the ways we looked at one another?
Scully: Even if I knew for certain, I wouldn't change a day... Well... maybe that flukeman thing. I could have lived without that just fine.
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Duchovny's bad show
29 August 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Mainly this fails for me, for the same recurring reason in the show. It's not enough in the world of the show for aliens to exist; for secret government to be conducting experiments and so forth. Every other thing often lumped in the 'conspiratorial' agenda has to simultaneously exist. Ghosts. Monsters. Mysterious forces of every sort. In this case Mulder finds that in a previous life he was a Civil War soldier who died at Chattanooga.

Specifically this fails because Duchovny is a bad actor. He can pull off a wryness around the mouth but not much else. Here Mulder is fascinated by a woman who gives a great performance. She's a case of multiple personalities, which is an opportunity for her to give us three or four characters—a black man, a child, a Civil War nurse. It isn't great acting by my standards. Histrionic. Lots of crying and twitching. But it must by the creators'. She is at least intense enough.

So anyway, fascinated by her, Mulder puts himself under hypnosis to conjure past lives. Needless to say that immediately one bubbles up. But he's so bad in giving it to us it feels phoney. An actor miming. Worse, I'm dismayed that they choose to sing an elegy about memory and universal life - a mere postcard of spirituality as if by obligation - instead of dwelling on the this-worldly untrustworthiness of its narrator. It's a silly thing.

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