The X-Files Rewatch: ‘Conduit’

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Conduit
Written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, directed by Daniel Sackheim
Season 1, Episode 4

Recap

A family camps by a seemingly peaceful lake. A young boy and a teenage girl sleep by a campfire, while the mother sleeps within the camper nearby. Inside the van, the mother is suddenly jerked away by the violent shaking of the camper and a blinding white light. She scrambles to reach her children, who she hears calling for her outside. Grabbing the door knob, her hand is instantly burned by the hot metal.

Outside, her son tells her that Ruby (his sister) is gone. The woman calls out for the missing girl — eventually tilting her head back and screaming her name up to the sky.

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The X-Files Rewatch: ‘Deep Throat’

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Deep Throat
Written by Chris Carter, directed by Daniel Sackheim
Season 1, Episode 2

Recap

Police surround a house in a suburban community in Idaho. Mrs. Budahas rushes forward, because it’s her house. An officer stops her and explains that her husband broke security and stole a military vehicle. The police bust into the house and investigate, finding Mr. Budahas huddled in a corner, shaking and covered head to toe in unusual rashes.

In D.C., Scully meets Mulder in a busy bar, where he presents the case of Col. Robert Budahas, who was a test pilot at Ellens Air Base in in Southwest Idaho. He notes that Budahas disappeared (after the incident mentioned above) and that his wife has reported this to the FBI as a kidnapping — and yet, the FBI de-prioritized the case shortly after receiving it.  Since the case has, as Mulder says, “a distinct smell to it, a certain paranormal bouquet,” they’ll be traveling to the “Spud State” to investigate.

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The Great X-Files Rewatch Begins – S1 E1 Pilot

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The X-Files had a significant impact on my teenage years — not surprising since I started watching the show when I was thirteen.

Every Sunday I settled in front of the TV with my dad and we watched the latest episode. In between episodes, we chatted theories about what was really going on with the aliens, government conspiracies and other oddities the show revealed.

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