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Lazarus 

The consciousness of a dangerous criminal possesses an FBI agent who is also Scully's ex-boyfriend.

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... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Agent Jack Willis
... Lula Phillips
Jackson Davies ... Agent Bruskin
... Dupre
... Tommy
... Prof. Varnes
... Doctor #1
... O'Dell
... Reporter
Mark Saunders ... Doctor #2
Alexander Boynton ... Clean Cut Man
Russ Hamilton ... Officer Daniels (as Russell Hamilton)
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Scully and another agent, Jack Willis, are on a stakeout in a bank that they believe has been targeted by a pair of married robbers. In the ensuing gunfire, both the robber and Agent Willis are seriously wounded. At the hospital, Agent Willis is revived and the robber, Dupre, dies. As time goes on, Mulder becomes convinced that it is Dupre's consciousness that survived but in Willis' body. Scully is disbelieving even after Mulder demonstrates that the new Willis is now left-handed and has forgotten Scully's birthday, even though they were born the same day. When Jack takes Scully prisoner, it's up to Mulder to rescue her. Written by garykmcd

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4 February 1994 (USA)  »

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The bank heist was shot in a real bank. Preparations for filming took twice as long as usual as it was the run-up to Christmas and the area was filled with Christmas shoppers. A lot of them dispersed rather quickly, however, when the filming actually took place and many mistook it for a real bank robbery, with most of them running away. See more »

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Scully describes Jack's high sugar intake from soda causing him to suffer from high blood sugar. She describes high blood sugar as hypoglycemia, but he would be experiencing hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. See more »

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Dana Scully: What does that mean?
Fox Mulder: It means... it means whatever you want it to mean.
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Referenced in The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004) See more »

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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Don't worry, baby. It won't make any difference in the dark.
11 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Gordon and Gansa scripts of season one were admittedly not the finest moments of that particular year, and for every "Conduit" and "Fallen Angel" we were given a "Ghost in the Machine" and "Born Again." Episode fifteen, "Lazarus," falls somewhere in the middle of the pack, offering up a mildly interesting premise but failing to deliver the tension that made classic X-Files such delicious TV candy.

I think the concept of "body-switching," of transposing one consciousness independent of its physical body into another, is quite interesting. Even in more recent times, on shows such as Lost, the concept is used in various fashions. There have been enough reported cases of near-death and out-of-body experiences to give the phenomenon some sort of foothold in the backdrop of reality. It is certainly an idea that provides food for thought.

While "Lazarus" manages to execute this idea in a believable fashion, the pieces don't completely come together. The case revolves around Scully's ex-boyfriend Jack Willis. While it's nice to see the writers once again delving into Scully's pre X-Files life, our only glimpse of him is in the teaser, as he is shot during a bank robbery and subsequently "possessed" by the shooter, Dupre. Thus, we don't really have a baseline to compare his later actions. There are also quite a few gaps in logic, just in the hospital scenes alone. How anyone could not have noticed Dupre's body convulsing on the stretcher remains an X-File in itself, and it makes absolutely no sense that a physically and psychologically suffering Willis would have been allowed right back on the case.

Still, this episode earns points for Scully's scenes. Duped by Dupre/Willis during a chase of his girlfriend Lula, Scully is kidnapped (for the first of many times), yet never lets her situation get the best of her. There are some great Scully "backbone" moments here, including the final scene in which she attempts to resurrect memories in Willis's trapped conscience. It provides tension in an otherwise tension-lacking affair.

"Lazarus" earns points for a solid premise (that would later be revisited in a different manner in "Dreamland"), fine acting and for reminding us that Scully has a spine. If it were a more engaging, logically consistent episode, I would probably rank it higher. As is, I give it a 6 out of 10.


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