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The Red and the Black 

Scully undergoes hypnosis to recall her experiences on the bridge where the group of abductees was burned alive. Krycek provides the consortium with a vaccine for the black oil and tells Mulder of the planned colonization and alien rebels.


Chris Carter


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
Veronica Cartwright ... Cassandra Spender
John Neville ... Well-Manicured Man
George Murdock ... Elder #2
Chris Owens ... FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender
Laurie Holden ... Marita Covarrubias
Brian Thompson ... Alien Bounty Hunter
Don S. Williams ... Elder #1
Jim Jansen ... Dr. Heitz Werber
Alex Shostak Jr. Alex Shostak Jr. ... Dmitri
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Chapelle Jaffe ... Dr. Patou


Scully survives the mass killing but has no memory of what might have happened. She agrees to undergo regression hypnosis and recalls what happened, including that Cassandra Spender was re-abducted. Agent Spender refuses to believe anything to do with his mother's abduction stories. The conspirators now realize that there is a war among the aliens and that the alien resistance fighters would make formidable allies. The Well-Manicured Man also reveals that, courtesy of Krycek, they may now have a vaccine against the black oil. It doesn't appear to work as promised however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

8 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The tagline is changed to "Resist or Serve", also the name of an X Files Playstation 2 game released in 2004. See more »


On at least one occasion the scene location title gave the location of a scene as being in "Silver Springs" Maryland. There is no "Silver Springs" Maryland; the proper name of the city just north of Washington DC is "Silver Spring" - singular not plural. There is, however, a "Silver Springs" in Florida. See more »


[Scully is under hypnosis]
Scully: There's... there's another one. There's another ship. They see it. They were attacking them.
Weber: Who were they attacking, Dana?
Scully: The... the faceless men. They're... oh my God, I can't...
Weber: Do you want to stop, Dana?
Scully: No. Now it's coming at us. Oh my God! No! Cassandra!
Scully: Where's Cassandra?
Scully: They're... they're taking her. They're... oh my God.
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The tagline reads "Resist or Serve." See more »


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Fight or die and one rule: Resist or serve the best of X-Files my second favorite episode

Yes I love The Red and the Black to death with Patient X I love those two part episodes in fifth Season The X-Files I love them both to death! I love the ending so much. Mulder and Scully head to Wiekamp Air Force Base, Mulder clims on the army truck and try's to save the rebel. Alien bounty hunter try's to kill rebel love the twist so much it was filmed in an air base force which the story was set.

Scully (Gillian Anderson) is hypnosis to revel the evnts what happened on the bridge: the Rebels burning her fellow abductees, as well as a Colonist spacecraft killing the Rebels and abducting Cassandra. Fantastic performence from Gillian Anderson.

Patient X and The Red and the Black manages to use that iconography in an interesting and thought-provoking manner. Instead of clumsily grafting religious imagery on to the mythology to help create a sense of familiarity or recognisability, the two-parter instead uses the idea of divinity to make the show's extraterrestrials seem all the more alien and unknowable. Maybe the colonists are comparable to gods; and that serves to make them even more strange and even more unsettling.

There is a sense that we repeat these stories so often that we lose the sense of horror that they should impart. Perhaps that is the face of the divine embodied by the "colonists" in The X-Files.

Marita Covarrubias played by beautiful Laurie Holden is in this episode a test subject for the the black oil Vaxine and it administered on her. The Well-Manicured Man (John Neville) and other Syndicate Elders watches.

Patient X and The Red and the Black is not only interested in the way that the conspiracy of powerful men tends to victimise women. The two-parter is fascinated with victimhood in general. Not only do Dmitri and the rebels have their eyes seal shut; their mouths are also sealed over. They cannot speak, they cannot talk. They are victims rendered incapable of expressing their suffering to the world. In fact, one suspects that - even if they could express themselves - their suffering would fall on deaf ears.

I love this episode to death I love the ending so much. Alex Krycek storms at Mulder tells him the truth about alien Colonoziation. A war is raging between the aliens and that the Rebel immolations are meant to halt the impending colonization of Earth.

Great performence by David Duchovny as Skeptical Fox Mulder now but really wondrerful performance that gain his fait agin on the end with Alien Bounty Hunter and the rebel.

I really love Patient X and The Red and the Black my favoritenumber 1 episodes in the fifth Season X-Files. The two parts episode is brilant great well writen and directed by Chris Carter. Recommended to X-Files fans including me.

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