The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 16

Young at Heart (11 Feb. 1994)
"The X Files" Young at Heart (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A criminal believed to have died in a prison years earlier wages a vendetta against Mulder.



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Episode cast overview:
Agent Reggie Purdue
Alan Boyce ...
Agent Henderson
Graham Jarvis ...
NIH Doctor
Dr. Joe Ridley
Merrilyn Gann ...
Prosecuting Attorney
Gordon Tipple ...
Joe Crandall
CIA Agent
Courtney Arciaga ...
Young Child
David Petersen ...
Computer Tekkie


John Barnett, Mulder's first Bureau case and seemingly dead killer, is back in action. Reclaiming his affection for cryptic messages as well as his taunting personality, he leads Mulder and Scully on a chase involving heart, mystery, and science. Written by EJS

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The footage of the young girl with progeria was filmed after the production crew contacted the Progeria Society and were put in touch with the family of Courtney Arciaga, who was a young girl with the disease. She and her family were fans of the series, and were flown from their San Diego home to Vancouver to shoot the scene. See more »


At 10:35 Mulder gets into his car. Comparing the close up to the wide shot seconds later, the distance between the parked cars changes. See more »


Scully: Mulder, I know what you did wasn't by the book.
Mulder: Tells you a lot about the book, doesn't it?
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »

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Good episode focusing on Mulder
6 September 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

"Young at Heart" belongs to the group of episodes which focus on a case from Mulder's past coming back to haunt him, and although it is not as good as some of those, such as "Beyond the Sea" from earlier in the first season, it is probably Chris Carter's best standalone script for season one outside of "Darkness Falls".

There are some issues with the episode. I don't care at all for the actor who played Barnett, although he was acceptable when he was just a voice, but his appearance towards the end is hammy and ridiculous. Duchovny isn't quite as capable dramatically as he would be later on, so the full emotional aspect of the script isn't conveyed as well as it could have been.

Still, "Young at Heart" has an interesting plot and is more or less a confident script, but if it had come in a later season I probably would have been harder on it. In comparison to some season one episodes it's a masterpiece.


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