The X-Files (1993– )
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The agents investigate the deaths of several young people who were apparently struck by lightning in the same small town.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Howard Gordon

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Giovanni Ribisi ... Darin Peter Oswald
Jack Black ... Bart 'Zero' Liquori
Ernie Lively ... Sheriff John Teller
Karen Lorre ... Sharon Kiveat (as Karen Witter)
Steve Makaj ... Frank Kiveat
Peter Anderson Peter Anderson ... Stan Buxton
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ... Mrs. Oswald
Mar Andersons ... Jack Hammond
Brent Chapman Brent Chapman ... Traffic Cop
Jason Griffith ... Paramedic #1 (as Jason Anthony Griffith)


Five male teenagers in Connerville, Oklahoma were reported to have been struck by lightning, and one of them has survived. The most recent death draws Mulder and Scully in, and at the confrontation of local law enforcement, they must solve the case before they, too, are fried. Written by EJS

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6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Crazy Credits

Almost every episode ends with a fade to black and the words "Executive Producer Chris Carter." At the end of the episode "D.P.O.," a character is flipping through channels on television, and stops on one showing Carter's credit. At the end of the episode "Post-Modern Prometheus", the final shot of Mulder and Scully turns into a comic-book frame, and a hand flips the comic book shut to reveal the book end cover with Carter's credit. See more »


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Written by Warren Fitzgerald, Joe Escalante, Dave Quackenbush, and Josh Freese
Performed by The Vandals
[plays at the end in the asylum]
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5 July 2013 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

This is nicely aligned and has an unabashed comic-book vibe that carries it.

It is about an awkward, moody teenager who feels he's not understood: in the X-file universe, this is rendered as him being able to harness lightning to destroy stuff.

He wears a Vandals tshirt, gets drunk in his backyard with the only one who'll hang with him, a schoolmate who works in the arcade shop. All of which give off a distinct early 90s vibe that reminds me of my years.

Mulder and Scully try to understand youth.

It helps that Ribisi plays the twitchy loner so well.

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