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The Field Where I Died 

Agents Mulder and Scully investigate a doomsday religious cult, which inadvertently draws Mulder into recalling a past life and how Scully and others were there with him in the field where he died during the American Civil War.


Rob Bowman


Chris Carter (created by), Glen Morgan | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Kristen Cloke ... Melissa Rydell Ephesian
Michael Massee ... Vernon Ephesian
Anthony Harrison ... FBI Agent Riggins
Doug Abrahams ... Harbaugh
Donna White Donna White ... Therapist
Michael Dobson ... BATF Agent


When authorities receive a telephone tip from someone named Sydney, the FBI and ATF stage a raid at Temple of the Seven Stars, a religious cult the anonymous caller says is abusing children and has a cache of firearms. Mulder feels that he's been there before and has a powerful sense of deja vu. They arrest the cult leader Vernon Ephesian and several of his followers including one of his wives, Melissa Rydell Ephesian. They don't find the arms cache however and Assistant Director Skinner thinks they have less than a day to get some hard evidence or they will all be released. Melissa seems to be suffering from multiple personality disorder and has a personality known as Sydney, the person who made the call. In fact she has several personalities including a Southern belle who tells Mulder they were there for a Civil War battle. Mulder thinks she's recounting a past life. Written by garykmcd

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The portraits of Sullivan Biddle and Sarah Kavanaugh are amalgams of old photographs in the public domain. See more »


When Mulder is interrogating Ephesian he references the "Church of Ephesia". The correct name is the Church of Ephesus. See more »


Fox Mulder: Dana, if, um... early in the four years we've been working together... an event occurred that suggested or somebody told you that... we'd been friends together... in other lifetimes. Always. Would it have changed some of the ways we looked at one another?
Dana Scully: Even if I knew for certain, I wouldn't change a day. Well, maybe that Flukeman thing. I could have lived without that just fine.
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References The X-Files: The Host (1994) See more »


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The Inspiration for the Episode
4 April 2008 | by onelogic808See all my reviews

This was the first episode of The X Files that I had ever seen, and it got me hooked into one of my favorite series in television history. The story reverberated with me, perhaps due to my beliefs in the somewhat "Eastern" philosophies of reincarnation and bonded souls. That is why it came as such a surprise to me to see this episode rated so poorly. Two of the major themes that I see in the user comments are the perception of poor writing (personal taste, I guess) and the unrealistic portrayal of the hypnosis sessions.

Although I have not seen this specifically stated anywhere, I have no doubt that the inspiration for this episode comes from the book "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Dr. Brian L. Weiss, a psychotherapist who wrote about his experiences using past-life regression. The hypnotherapy scenes are extremely close to the descriptions given by the book, including the ability of the regressee to recognize "current" souls in the past, and the noticeable changes in demeanor and mannerisms as the regressee moves from identity to identity.

This episode is not for everyone, and I can see how fans may not have appreciated it as much as I did. I still consider it my favorite episode, specifically because it went beyond the odd, beyond the quirky, beyond the "are they out there or not." Instead, it was an episode more focused on philosophy and the meaning of life. A little heavy for a television show, perhaps, but outstanding for long discussions over a few drinks.

Oh, and for those who found this episode as entertaining as I did, I highly suggest the book "Many Lives, Many Masters."

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3 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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