The X-Files - Conduit
Akte X - Signale
Chris Carter (executive) for 20th Century Fox
directed by Daniel Sackheim
starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Carrie Snodgress, Michael Cavanaugh, Donald Gibb, Joel Palmer, Charles Cioffi, Shelley-Lann Owens, Don Thompson, Akiko Morison, Taunya Dee, Anthony Harrison, Glen Roald, Mauricio Mercado
written by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, created by Chris Carter, music by Mark Snow, special effects by David Gauthier, visual effects by Mat Beck
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Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) has pulled his latest case directly from
the headlines of a tabloid - he's investigating the disappearance of a
girl, Ruby (Taunya Dee), whose mother (Carrie Snodgress) claims she has
been abducted by UFOs - and even though the whole case seems a little
dubious to Mulder's watchdog Scully (Gillian Anderson), she's got his back
with Mulder's superiors - even though she thinks he's just using the case
to make up for the disappearance of his sister 21 years ago.
while investigating the whole case, Mulder manages to solve a murder only
loosely connected to the case, manages to prove Ruby's brother (Joel
Palmer) has somehow received UFO-transmissions and is now putting them
into a code of zeroes and ones, manages to almost make the boy into a
national security risk and has to go head-to-head with the NSA because of
this ... and finally, he manages to find Ruby again - though he can't
prove that she was really abducted - but neither can he prove the opposite
Granted, back when the series was new, much of its charm
was the mystery attached to it, the lack of proper explanation of whatever
was happening. Seen from a distance of 15 years however, some of the
goings-on of the X-Files seem rather childish, and the lack
of proper explanations, which built up suspense upon the seires' initial
run, seems like a narrative flaw - especially since the X-Files
have over the years of syndication helped to popularize the conspiracy
theories they were based on.
Still, thanks to likeable leads and a plot
that despite its flaws isn't too run-of-the-mill, this episode's not a
total loss. Simply put, there are worse ways to spend 45 minutes.