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Ever since I first began watching the series, I've been obsessed with the abduction arc. I've watched this episode countless times. Despite that familiarity, I always manage to forget that the teaser of "Duane Barry" clearly establishes that the title character is in fact an alien abductee. During the flashback scene, we see the bright light and the aliens; heck, we even get to see the spaceship. Having that fact established is what creates the dramatic tension in the rest of the episode. But this is The X-Files, so not everything is as it first appears to be.

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Chris Carter
Originally aired: October 14, 1994

When an escaped mental patient takes his therapist and several others hostage, Mulder is sent to assist the hostage negotiation team. Why? Because the mental patient, Duane Barry, insists he's been abducted by aliens. "I'm telling 'em I don't want to go...but they never listen."

Most Memorable Quote:
Scully: Mulder, it's me. I just had something incredibly strange happen. This piece of metal that they took out of Duane Barry, it has some kind of code on it. I ran it through a scanner, and some kind of serial number came up. What the hell is this thing, Mulder? It's almost as if... it's almost as if somebody was using it to catalog him... Mulder! I need your help! Mulder! [shouts] Mulder!

Musings of an X-Phile
Shit Just Got Real: Scully's Abduction Arc by Plaid Adder.

In a Dark Time by Anna S (eliade) is one of the first Mulder/Krycek stories I read, and it's still one of my all-time favorite XF fics, in any genre. It fulfills every requirement of mine for good M/K: it's set during season two prior to Scully's abduction, and it's by turns violent, twisted and passionate—and so is the sex.

Date: 2014-10-06 06:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fueschgast
Agent Kazdin's coffee-run joke wasn't nice, but she did it to Krycek, so it's okay.

Heee, Paul McGillion!

I liked Scully testing the implant on the scanner. And then being all "la, la la, it wasn't me".

My memory is so bad. I assume the following episode explains why Duane creepily appeared at Scully's house, but for now I can only wonder how he found her. Did the aliens tell him where to go?

Date: 2014-10-07 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
All these years and viewing later, the opening still is terrifying. Or rather, we feel Duane Barry's terror and helplessness. I feel more sorry for him every time I watch this. No one believes him. I can't stand the way the therapist talks to him in that condescending tone, likes he's talking to a child, or to an adult who has the mental capacity of a child. And instead of listening to the guy, he's just going to pump him full of drugs. Ugh!

Why is everyone so dismissive of and rude to Krycek in this episode? I've never understood that.

I also hate the way everyone talks to Mulder like he's an idiot or a lunatic. He was so often right!

Love Mulder's hair here. Everyone is so gorgeous!

Reality check: If you're going into a hostage situation and your role is to "be a friend" in order deescalate the situation and buy time, wouldn't it be required to have at least some of their medical history so you can know how to talk to them and how to connect with them? How is dismissing it with, "He's a psycho" helpful at all? You don't have to accept his delusions as real. But you should know what they are, and what kind of person you're dealing with.

Here's a clue. If you're ever held hostage by an angry, scared, and obviously mentally unstable person, it's probably not a good idea to be complaining to them about whatever your conditions are at the moment. Even people in the best of moods and mental health don't like to hear complaining like that. So chances are that your whining is going to make this person MORE UPSET and more likely to kill you. Idiots.

I'd also forgotten Duane Barry was ex-FBI. Wow, there's a fic idea! Does anyone know of any? It would be so fascinating to get into his past.

Again, how stupid to not tell Mulder all of this from the start so he could avoid wasting time on the usual "I'm your friend, you can trust me" spiel. They always bring Mulder into situations like this, but then they never want to listen to anything he has to say. Why do they bother calling him?

No one listens to Scully either, until she starts yelling. Jack Bauer had that same problem! Which is why I'd give anything for a 24/XF crossover. I mean FILMED, not just fic. (I can dream, can't I?)

This episode highlights my very favorite Mulder quality: his ability to notice, listen to, and relate to the marginalized, the outcasts, the "lost causes", the ones society has deemed unimportant and/or just plain crazy. Oh, I know it's partly fueled by his self interest in wanting to know what happened to Samantha. But not completely. He really does care about these people when no one else does. The older I get, the more I appreciate this quality in real life and the more rare I find it to be.

Y'know, if younger kids watched this they'd probably be terrified of going to the dentist.

TV silliness alert: It's always so ridiculous how someone's on the edge of death one moment, and the next they're up and running around like nothing ever happened. No pain, no dizziness, no weakness, no stitches coming undone.

And oh, look. No security at that hospital either.

I know I am biased toward Our Little Show. But all these years and viewings later, I found this episode to be just tense, just as involving, just as powerful as ever.
Edited Date: 2014-10-07 03:58 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-07 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
I think the implication is that the chip triggered his erratic behavior, coming so quickly on the heels of Scully's little test at the grocery store.

Oh, I had not thought of that. That'll work.

Yeah, it's TV, after all. Just my small nitpicks here and there. I love this entire arc.

It is a wonderfully effective episode. My husband (who's not an X-Phile) said it was "well-written, very well-acted, and completely ridiculous from start to finish." He's not a fan. LOL.

Ha! Fair enough!

Date: 2014-10-07 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinapatterns.livejournal.com
I love the atmosphere in this episode and how claustrophobic it is.

Essentially it's two people having a conversation and I love the relationship that develops between Barry and Mulder. I agree that Kazdin is an idiot with her approach to his medical history, The fact that he was ex FBI should have immediately prompted the instruction to get as many details on this guys background as possible.

I love the dog in the opening sequence. Was it Blu?

My cat on the other hand hated Barry's screams and decided that he would rather not be in the same room.


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