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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Veteran's revenge

Author: thebigeasy555 from Ireland
10 August 2006

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A hugely interesting and exciting episode from the fourth season from the x-files.A seemingly invisible Vietnam veteran returns to exact revenge on military top brass.Mulder and Scully are assigned to a special task force to protect the general at a military commemoration event where the veteran is expected to appear.But with the ability to appear and disappear from the naked eye with apparent ease it's not an easy task for the agents. The veteran Nathaniel Teager is brilliantly played by Peter Lacroix who appeared in earlier episodes E.B.E and Ascension is given the chance to shine.All the other other supporting characters do a fine job too. The episode climaxes where after botching an attempt to kill the general Teager tries to escape but is shot and his body is in visible form.We also learn that Teager'e existence is denied.A casualty of the war prompting him to come back and gain revenge

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14 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

Invisibility applies to this episode in more ways than one.

Author: D. Williams from United States
29 August 2010

Season four, though one of the consistently better years of The X-Files, really suffered from helter-skelter scheduling and last-minute episode switching. Thus, a wholly self-contained episode like "Unrequited," airing just weeks after the momentous events in "Memento Mori," seems out of place and pallid in comparison.

The x-file in this case has to do with invisibility, specifically the paranormal ability of a POW escapee to induce some sort of blind spot in the eyes of others. I didn't really get it, and the writers probably didn't either, but the theme is appropriate: this is an episode largely forgotten amongst the season's pinnacles and for good reason.

As with numerous other Howard Gordon episodes, political overtones float around the script with the subtlety of a brick and a window. Nathaniel Teager, a man left for dead in Vietnam, has returned to the US to carry out his agenda to murder the men responsible for his predicament. Excess preachiness notwithstanding, don't forget this is a theme largely borrowed from season three's "The Walk," which featured basically the same scenario with a few blanks filled in differently.

The generals are not likable characters, the character of Teager is never explored (Peter Lacroix has few spoken lines in the entire episode), an opportunity to explore Skinner's character is all but wasted - despite a contrived mentioning of his time in Vietnam slapped onto the end. Somehow Marita Covarrubias shows up in the mess, reminding us how much Gordon likes to shoehorn his deep throats into plots that don't really necessitate their presence. Even Larry Musser, notable for his sheriff roles in "Die Hand Die Verletzt," "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and "Chinga," falls flat in his static role of Denny Markham. And somehow at the end of the episode, notable for being one of the series' shortest, it is hard to meet the preceding events with anything but indifference.

There is one scene that I did like, when the agents arrive outside of Markham's compound, and Scully, scanning the perimeter, briefly spots Teager standing in the background. This is truly a creepy scene, and adds a distinguished touch that is unfortunately lacking just about everywhere else.

Overall, this is a fairly skippable episode. There are no particularly interesting characters, the plot has been seen in other episodes, the script is filled with political clichés and just seems far too reminiscent of other Gordon episodes. For the forty-something minutes I invested in this, I feel as though my reward was unrequited.


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The Invisible Man

Author: Muldernscully from Roy, Utah
14 September 2006

Unrequited retreads on the x-files idea of military personnel seeking revenge on their former commanders from Vietnam. The idea is not new, but the suspense is what makes this episode interesting to watch. The teaser is an idea that the x-files uses from time to time where they show events toward the end of the episode that are usually very tense. You are then left guessing as to how they arrived at that suspenseful moment. I like these kind of teasers. They really grab my attention. A few other things I would like to mention. The bleeding eye scene looked pretty real, and gross. The extras used for the parade scene are, well, extras. It's funny to see average, everyday people trying to act. And when Teager gives his fellow soldier those names, it makes you wonder what that soldier did with them. In summary, this is the third x-files episode about vengeful soldiers, following Sleepless and The Walk. And Sleepless also had a disappearing soldier. Being an old theme, the episode loses some of its charm. But viewed by itself, the suspense is what makes Unrequited a good episode to see.

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Unrequitted season 4 episode 16

Author: dawnmgilliam from Utah, USA
31 July 2016

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I love the X-files. but this episode stuck me as odd and politically stale. Vietnam done to death but that's not what I mean. Scully's pants suit... possibly the ugliest pant suit known to man.. and possibly the pattern on which Hillary Clinton bases all her cloths. I call it "the Chairman Mao". They serve a warrant on the leader of a "right wing" group, 'the right hand'. but never tell him what he's being arrested for while they are serving it. They claim they want to ask him questions and infer they have latitude because the the "new anti-terrorism laws".. but they certainly don't need to arrest people to ask questions. They claim he had weapons only used by a military but only show a rifle and a half....neither rifle any kind of gun that a respectable military would want ...nor that would even be considered illegal in most states. It looked like they were illegal practice. They claim later that the charges are possibly treason and conspiracy to overthrow the government but offer nothing but speculation that the charges probably wouldn't stick. Then they say that they will then charge him for gun running because of "the amount of weapons he has..." again not illegal to have weapons even a large number. This is the same flawed logic by which the government tries to claim that carrying money over a certain amount becomes "illegal use of money". Anyone remember the Koresh compound in Waco where Clinton, Janet Reno, and the FBI scandalously killed all members of a group including 35 children because of the number of weapons they reportedly had? Quite draconian.. What next Mulder goose-stepping? The show goes out of it's way to contrive a bases on which to claim right wing = bad.. This is part of the smears and lies about people on the right by Hollywood's propaganda crews that started in the 80's. The story itself was about the antagonists novel ability which was wasted on this episode I'm afraid. The one bright spot was the reappearance of Laurie Holden as the mysterious Marita Covarrubias. I always admired her character and her fashion sense. Thank goodness Scully finds something better to wear in the next episode.

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I can't see him. I can't see him.

Author: Sanpaco13 from Sandy, UT, United States
17 October 2009

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Unrequited is a pretty solid episode but not amazing at all in its own right. Its about a Vietnam war veteran who was abandoned for dead by the U.S government as a prisoner of war. Him along with a list of many others who were proclaimed dead rather than rescued. He escapes and is now out on a mission to get revenge of the three officers in charge of the decision to leave the Vietnam POWs. As an assassin he is quite adept because he can hide in plain sight due to a natural occurring blind spot which occurs often in the retina. Mulder believes he is able to manipulate this blind spot and hide. One problem I have with this is not necessarily the theory, I mean I've heard crazier stuff on this show, but that they know from the security camera that while he can hide from human eyes, he can not hide from cameras. So in the final scene where they are trying to find him in a crowd and he keeps disappearing, couldn't that have been easily solved by just getting a few cameras to look through? Anyway, in the end the guy is able to kill two of his targets and is shot and captured in his attempt on the third. The episode is pretty good at telling the story it needed to tell. And I thought the guest stars were well casted and acted. But unfortunately, with a major hole in the plot like the camera thing and a not amazingly interesting story, the episode suffers a little. I was also a little bugged by how quickly Scully discounted stuff in this episode without actually getting the facts firsthand. Like saying that the government declared that there were no more POWs and accepting that as fact just because the government said so? Come on Scully have you learned nothing about the government yet? And then when everyone is like "Oh Teager's dead, they have his remains over at that place." then Mulder goes to see them and not only are the only remains they have a few teeth, but the report even says that it is inconclusive as to whether they are actually his remains or not. Good thing Mulder didn't take everyone's scout's honor promise or you would have had three dead generals instead of two. I give the episode a 6 out of 10.

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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Nothing to see here

Author: Juan Sarmiento from Netherlands
22 November 2008

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Blagh, you know. This episode is actually not that bad, however... I find it so incredibly uninteresting that it just ends up being one of my least favorite episodes up until now. And definitely my least favorite episode of this great Season.

The story has potential, and it's well-executed. The scenes are convincing and the blind-spot explanation is intriguing. But like I said before, it's so slow and they repeat the intro completely. It really feels like a filler episode that doesn't add anything or doesn't have much purpose. It was nice to see Marita appear again but they could have done something with here, it feels like filler just like the rest of the episode.

I'm giving this episode TWO stars. Nothing to see here, really.

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Turning A Blind Eye To Those Left Behind

Author: AudioFileZ from United States
16 May 2013

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The episode "Unrequited" addresses the tragedy of POWS who were left though a blind eye was turned toward them. However, one is back seeking vengeance from his superiors who were deemed as doing nothing to save their fellow soldiers.

Mulder and Scully come in to a situation where certain military brass are being assassinated mysteriously with only a "death card" being left at the scene of the murder. The card is, of course, a reference to how certain squadrons advertised their lethal fury. But this is almost thirty years later and there is, seemingly, no way this could be happening as the assailant is believed to be a soldier assumed dead due to a few teeth found as remains? Something doesn't add up as now you see him and now you don't...Teager turns invisible at will as if he can produce a "blind-spot" in the viewer's eye.

While the idea of those who survived the war only to languish in a prisoner of war camp is a tragedy, the invisible "ghost-like" specter of Teager really never gels. The character never really has any development on-screen and his vanishing act doesn't really work to create the paranormal "almost" believability it needs to even minimally work up that paranormal zeitgeist needed. In the end, the lesser of approximately three episodes dealing with the politics of the Vietnam war thus far seen in this series. Not a must see or particularly recommended.

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Author: jedo_team from Netherlands
7 January 2013

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I liked the premise of Unrequited. The story of militaristic vengeance sounds similar to the themes from Metal Gear series and other such tragedies and has a lot of potential for action.

Unrequited, however, feels like a rough episode largely due to the details of the script and the acting. Skinner character maintains more or less the same expression throughout the whole thing. This is his "concerned" face that dominates his role in X-Files as a whole. And whenever guest actors step in, it goes from bad to worse. The generals feel overly stiff and mechanical. The others just feel bland.

This was also a missed opportunity in terms of action. By this time X-Files should have had a decent enough budget to create quite a few explosions. The antagonist of the show is supposed to be a super trained special forces guy, yet all he does is walk around with a puny old pistol.

Moreover, there is a little backstory of many POWs left behind in enemy territory, yet not much is done with it. Another missed opportunity.

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