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"Sleepless" is not an episode that turns up on any Best Episodes lists, but it's nevertheless a significant one in that introduces not one but two recurring characters: X and Krycek.

Writer: Howard Gordon
Director: Rob Bowman
Originally aired: October 7, 1994 (almost exactly twenty years ago!)

Synopsis: Mulder and his new partner, the rookie agent Alex Krycek, investigate the death of a doctor who appears to have been killed by a nightmare.

Memorable Quote:
MULDER: There’s a mistake here. There’s been another agent assigned to the case.
KRYCEK: That would be me. Krycek, Alex Krycek.

Fun fact:
Did you know that in the original script X was a woman? She was supposed to be played by Natalia Nogulich, but the character was recast after shooting one scene.


Date: 2014-10-04 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Uh, I haven't gotten around to watching any of the Season Two episodes yet, but we are planning a live rewatch tonight at 8:00pm Central US time in the chatroom ( if anyone wants to join us. So far, there are only three of us that I know of. :)

Date: 2014-10-05 05:37 am (UTC)
fueschgast: (The X-Files)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
Well, this should be a interesting rewatch. I don't remember this episode.

It's kind of cute how Dr. Grissom (heh) tries to do something against that big fire with that little fire extinguisher.

Candyman! *shudder*

Speaking of scary stuff: Scully's dark face with the computer screen reflecting in her glasses reminds me of Dr. Tomoe from Sailor Moon. And that blue background reminds me of the Blue Screen of Doom.

Aw, the smiles during Mulder & Scully's phonecall. Because my memory is so terrible, I can't remember how much longer I have to endure them not being partners. I need more interaction between them!

Kind of glad that Cole dies at the end. Because the ability of mindfuckery is creepy.

Date: 2014-10-05 06:04 am (UTC)
wendelah1: ("One whose trade is blood and crime")
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
I've watched this episode probably a half dozen times. It is an essential episode for introducing two key players: Alex Krycek and "X."

Krycek begins feeding Mulder lies right from the beginning. Initially I had assumed that it was "X" who slipped Mulder the newspaper article and the cassette tape of the 9-1-1 call. But now I'm thinking it was a Consortium plot right from the start to embed Krycek as the spy they'd hoped Scully would be.

Date: 2014-10-07 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have probably only seen this episode a handful of times.

Krycek comes across well as a green rookie agent looking to impress, although his willingness to go along with any theory Mulder proposes with only Mulder's say so feels odd. Its jaring coming from the Mulder/Scully dynamic.

Krycek hangs on Mulder's every word and it you get the impression that he does respect him. Trying to watch it with fresh eyes is difficult but the reveal that Krycek is working with CSM is well executed and comes as a beautiful shock.

Scully obviously misses field work but their their private discussion in front of Krycek feels more like a plot device so Krycek could tell the board how strong their relationship is. I don't think it was needed.

I loved the concept of the X-File but it's execution was a little lacking, almost as if they had tried to cram too much into the episode.

The scene with X is well executed and powerful - loving a little bit of Mr X in this episode.

Date: 2014-10-16 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have never noticed this before. Alex tries to shake Scully's hand and she snubs him.



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