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Fearful Symmetry 

In a small town in Idaho, a man is killed by what seems to be an invisible elephant. Mulder's investigation into the local zoo, its owners and a local animal rights group uncovers evidence of insidious alien experiments.


James Whitmore Jr.


Chris Carter (created by), Steve De Jarnatt




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Jayne Atkinson ... Willa Ambrose
Lance Guest ... Kyle Lang
Jack Rader ... Ed Meecham
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Jody St. Michael Jody St. Michael ... Sophie
Charles Andre Charles Andre ... Ray Floyd
Garvin Cross ... Red Head Kid
Tom Glass Tom Glass ... Trucker


Mulder and Scully investigate strange occurrences when an invisible forces seems to wreck the downtown of Fairfield, Idaho and an elephant from the local zoo is found lying on the highway some 40 miles away. No one at the zoo can figure out how the elephant got out of its locked enclosure and animal rights activists have been active in condemning the way the zoo treats its animals. It's not the first time animals have escaped or disappeared from the Fairfield Zoo but when an animal activist is mauled by an invisible tiger, they're dealing with something no one has encountered. When Scully determines that the elephant and the tiger had been pregnant leading Mulder to believes that the animals are perhaps being abducted by aliens. Written by garykmcd

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24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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The episode's title comes from a line in the William Blake poem "The Tyger". The fictional construction site where the tiger appears, "Blake Towers", is named after the poet. Blake's Tyger has fearful symmetry because a tiger is both fear-inspiring and symmetrical. Its stripes create a sense or order, but its power and wildness suggest unpredictable violence. God has created a paradox in the tiger. See more »


At 28m 24s the camera is pointed at Kyle Lang, sitting at his desk. Willa Ambrose walks between the camera and Lang. This reveals that the camera is looking through a window, and some lighted shelving behind the camera is revealed in the reflection from the window. The next shot reveals part of the set, and the window behind which the camera was placed. See more »


Fox Mulder: I saw David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear, once.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


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17 March 2019 | by momraz2002See all my reviews

I really don't like the misquote at the end on a sign in front of a church, they added the word "no" preeminence over the animals" this is wrong if you look it up in an actual Bible, this quote is the reverse of The Word of God! But it is a fictional show! Man does have preeminence over the animals.

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