The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 10

Tithonus (24 Jan. 1999)
"The X Files" Tithonus (original title)

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Agent Scully gets paired up with a new partner to investigate a singular case. Alfred Fellig, a freelance crime photographer, has a knack for arriving at crime scenes shortly after the ... See full summary »

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Agent Scully gets paired up with a new partner to investigate a singular case. Alfred Fellig, a freelance crime photographer, has a knack for arriving at crime scenes shortly after the murder and long before the police arrive. Local authorities suspect Fellig may be killing the victims himself before photographing them. Written by Muldernscully

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Mulder tells Scully that Alfred Fellig is about 150 years old; later when Fellig and Scully are talking, he tells her that he was in the hospital with yellow fever when the nurse looked into the face of death and saved him from dying. The last outbreak of yellow fever in NYC was in 1822. Fellig was in NYC because he tells of seeing them burying the dead in Washington Square (which they actually did in the late 1700's and early 1800's yellow fever epidemics). If he was only a young boy at the time and he was referring to the 1822 epidemic, it would mean that he had to be at least 180 years old. Of course there were several epidemics in the late 1700's and early 1800's (1798, 1805, 1819) in addition to the 1822 epidemic. The only time they used Washington Square for burials was from 1797 to 1825. The great epidemic was in 1798, which was the first time they used Washington Square and was most likely the time that Fellig was referring to; meaning that he was at least 200 years old; assuming that he did not age (or aged very slowly) and was approximately 50-60 in appearance, that would mean that Mulder was off by about 100 years and that Fellig was actually about 250 years old at the time. There are still approximately 20,000 individuals buried under Washington Square in NYC. See more »

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When Alfred Fellig is loading his film, he switches on the safe light (red/orange light). When doing photography film must be loaded and unloaded in complete darkness. Photographic paper is safe under a red light, but film will still be ruined by it. See more »

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Dana Scully: You know, most people want to live forever.
Alfred Fellig: Most people are idiots, which is one of the reasons I don't.
Dana Scully: I think you're wrong. How can you have too much life? There's too much to learn, to experience.
Alfred Fellig: Seventy-five years is enough. Take my word for it. You live forever, sooner or later, you start to think about the big thing you're missing and that everybody else gets to find out about but you.
Dana Scully: What about love?
Alfred Fellig: What? Does that last forever? Forty years ago, I drove down to the city hall, down to...
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Enjoyable X-Files' "Monster of the Week"
19 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

An FBI agent from the New York City field office has an X-File: Alfred Fellig (Geoffrey Lewis), a photographer who gets to the scene - BEFORE the crime! With Mulder in hot water with Deputy Director Kirsh, Scully is sent alone to NYC to investigate the mystery. Meanwhile Mulder discovers that Mr. Fellig has been taking photographs of death for a LONG time!

This is one of the best dark episodes of season 6. It's very well done and enjoyable - I've liked Geoffrey Lewis since "The Wind and the Lion", and he turns in a fine performance.

Much of season 6 is self-parodic or derivative. This episode is a classic, and the equal of the best stuff from the Vancouver period.


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