The X-Files (1993– )
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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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name "Vernon" comes from cult leader David Koresh's real name, and "Ephesian" is taken from one of the books of the Bible. See more »


At the end when they are all committing suicide, one the of the ingredients of what they are drinking is Potassium Cyanide, which doesn't act quickly enough to kill them as quickly as it did. See more »


Mulder: Evil returns as evil. But love... Souls mate eternal.
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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A Severely Underrated Episode
27 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fact is this episode was meant to have an extra 20 minutes tacked on to it. I'm not saying that because i wanted the story more developed (though I did); I'm saying it because when finished filming they had to remove 18 minutes of the episode before it was cut down enough to air. I don't care what your doing with a TV Show, you cut 18 minutes out of a story like this, it's going to lose structural integrity.

That said, the episode stands pretty well by itself, though I'd say it feels far more like a film than an episode. Hell, with the 64 minutes they already had, all they had to do was write 26 more pages and released it as a stand alone film.

I like the idea of past lives and repetition of souls and emotions, I am an avid Atheist, nevertheless it's written in a way that is intriguing (which is not that hard to do, to be honest).

Someone said in another review that this episode is an acquired taste. I could not agree more. I think that looking back on it, it only gets better and watching it again will only make me realize it's staying power all the more.

All this said, when it comes to The X-Files I'm a little bit of a push-over. All the episodes are great. This one however, did stick with me. Think it over.

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