The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 8

Tunguska (24 Nov. 1996)
"The X Files" Tunguska (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Scully and Mulder participate in a raid on a group of right-wing extremists who are obviously planning an attack of some kind. Mulder has been receiving anonymous notes from someone who knows of the plan. When they stop the terrorists, one of the men turns out to be Mulder's old nemesis Alex Krycek, who claims to be the person who was feeding him information. Meanwhile, a diplomatic courier is caught smuggling a mineral-like object into the United States. Mulder contacts Marita Covarrubias of the UN to learn more about its origin. He and Krycek are soon on their way to Russia. Written by garykmcd

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The glass on the french doors in Marita Covarrubias' NY apartment is the same glass pattern used on the doors of the religious cult compound in a previous episode entitled "The Field Where I Died". See more »

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Alex Krycek: [handcuffed to the steering wheel, bitchy] Where have you been?
Fox Mulder: Making travel arrangements.
Alex Krycek: To go where?
Fox Mulder: Follow the pouch.
Alex Krycek: [moody] You're going to keep me in the dark?
Fox Mulder: [punching Krycek hard in the face] Yeah.
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Nice episode, but full of weird stereotypes
14 March 2008 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

This could be a great "mytharc" episode, but it was ruined for me by some gross misinterpretations of Russia and Russians. I'm sure that American and European folks enjoyed it greatly, but at some points it annoyed me like hell.

Firstly, they couldn't make an episode about Russia without mentioning GULAG. It's as if there's nothing to say about Russia without this word. Frankly I can't remember a single American movie about Russians in which GULAG is not mentioned. Unbelievably annoying!

Then there are Russians on horses. I've been in the country a lot and I've never seen anyone riding a horse. Believe it or not, Russian people in the country have CARS. Basically no one rides horses, we're not barbarians for God's sake! Also, Alex Krychek reveals that he has a Russian heritage. His family name, however, is definitely not Russian. I've never heard of any Russian named Krychek.

On the other hand, it was good to see that most Russians in this episode were actually played by Russian actors, so I didn't have to suffer severe headaches trying to understand what they say in what is supposed to be my native language. Even Nicholas Lea speaks relatively well, that was a very pleasant surprise. Most of the Russian dialogue is grammatically correct, nothing to complain about.

On the whole, I enjoyed watching this episode, though it made me wonder once again - when will they learn to portray my country at least a bit closer to reality? 8 out of 10 for the story, 6 out of 10 overall.


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