The X-Files (1993– )
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The consciousness of a dangerous criminal possesses an FBI agent who is also Scully's ex-boyfriend.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... 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)


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 original script that Dupree's spirit jump into Mulder's body but the studio argued against that, considering it too coincidental. Writer Howard Gordon later said that that was the right call. See more »


During the scene where Jack is practicing to re-qualify with his Beretta 92-F, he fires several rounds into his target. When we see him remove his target and show it to Mulder, the breech (slide) is closed. In the next scene with Jack turning around to put the target and gun down, the breech is open. See more »


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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"Even ugliness is beautiful... thanks to her"
3 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

It's a Gansa/Gordon script so you can expect the inevitable hokey, cheap storytelling and stilted dialogue (oh how much better Gordon ended up being without Gansa). Once you get past some hilariously bad dialogue this isn't a particularly awful episode, if still a bad one. It's got some tense scenes and some effective use of characters, particularly Scully. Once the dilemma is set up the episode gets more interesting, but that's not saying much. It turns into a standard thriller towards the end.

What made "The X-Files" great was how it regularly put a fun and different spin on things every time it slipped into more traditional and predictable territory. You would think that you knew what was happening then they'd put something in there that elevated the script above the standard. What I don't like about a lot of season one episodes is how that special spark is seriously lacking, and how many of them seem like subpar anthology show episodes or, worse, subpar police procedurals with a supernatural twist. "Lazarus" is just more mediocrity.


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