The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 4

Unruhe (27 Oct. 1996)
"The X Files" Unruhe (original title)

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The agents hunt for a kidnapper whose mind's eye can be captured on film.



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Sharon Alexander ...
Mary Louise Lefante
Ron Chartier ...
Inspector Puett
Officer Corning
Officer Trott
The Druggist
Michele Melland ...
ER Doctor
Christopher Royal ...
Photo Technician


An intended passport photo for a missing woman develops warped and twisted, showing her terrified and surrounded by beings. With a little investigation, Mulder develops a theory that the kidnapper of this woman has the power to psychically display his thoughts on film. Written by EJS

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Pruitt Taylor Vince is afflicted with nystagmus, a condition that causes rapid, involuntary eye movements. This was expertly included in certain shots of Gerry Schnauz to hint at his mental instability (with which nystagmus has nothing to do), and perhaps allude to his uncanny ability of photographic thought projection. See more »


As Mulder is looking at Scullys photo in the Sheriffs office one of the deputies tells him that Scullys Explorer was found at a park and ride up US81,US 131 runs through Traverse City M81 is in the thumb. From WikipedeA:M-81 is a state trunk-line highway in the Lower Peninsula of the US state of Michigan. The trunk-line travels from the city of Saginaw at the junction with M-13 to the junction with M-53 east of Cass City over the county line in Greenleaf Township in northwestern Sanilac County in The Thumb area of the state. Outside of the cities and villages along its route, M-81 passes through mostly rural farm country. Near Saginaw it intersects the freeway that carries both Interstate 75 (I-75) and US Highway 23 (US 23) in an industrial area. See more »


Dana Scully: [voiceover] For truly to pursue monsters, we must understand them. We must venture into their minds. Only in doing so: do we risk letting them venture into ours?
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Vince's eye movement
19 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Both posters above referred to the actor's visible eye oscillations as interesting, although no mention in the show was made of it. This is a visual impairment called nystagmus. Without doubt the actor suffers from it, it simply can't be faked. The camera techniques were clearly designed to allow you to easily view this, although Scully and Mulder do not seem to directly take notice of it. I mention this also because this impairment seriously limits vision and the kinds of jobs those who have it can get. Hats off to Pruitt Taylor Vince for doing so well. Check out the link to him on IMDb where many other people comment on his nystagmus and offer their own perspectives.

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