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The X-files 10 Seasons 1997

Season 4
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After Mulder's informant X is shot and killed by the Syndicate, he finds a valuable new ally. Mulder and Krycek travel to Tunguska, where Mulder is captured and imprisoned. Russian researchers infect Mulder with the black oil -- only to miraculously cure him. When Scully is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, Mulder becomes convinced that the disease is linked to her alien abduction.

Starring:
Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny

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1. Herrenvolk

To save his dying mother, Mulder must protect the extraterrestrial healer, Jeremiah Smith, from a ruthless alien bounty hunter.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 4, 1996
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2. Home

In a small, otherwise peaceful town, the agents investigate the death of an infant with disturbing birth defects, and the trail of clues leads to a clan of inbred, genetic mutants.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 11, 1996
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3. Teliko

When several black men turn up dead – their bodies completely devoid of skin pigmentation – Mulder and Scully hunt down an African killer who must consume human hormones to survive.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 18, 1996
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4. Unruhe

To catch a twisted killer, Mulder and Scully attempt to decipher the clues he unwittingly leaves behind – psychic photographs revealing his darkest fantasies and fears.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 27, 1996
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5. The Field Where I Died

While investigating a religious cult, Mulder encounters a woman whom he may have known in a previous life.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 3, 1996
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6. Sanguinarium

A series of murders at a prestigious hospital lead Mulder and Scully on the trail of a plastic surgeon who may be attempting to extend his own life through black magic.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 10, 1996
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7. Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man

The secret history of Mulder and Scully's shadowy nemesis reveals the truth behind the assassination of JFK and the infamous UFO cover-up of Area 51.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 17, 1996
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8. Tunguska

When a deadly, viscous organism is discovered inside a strange rock, the agents race to determine the rock's origin

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 24, 1996
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9. Terma

To gain tangible proof the organism inside the rock is an alien entity, Mulder joins forces with the duplicitous Krycek and comes face to face with the starling depths of his deception.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 1, 1996
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10. Paper Harts

Seemingly prophetic dreams send Mulder on a search for the undiscovered victims of a serial killer, only to discover that one of them may be his missing sister, Samantha.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 15, 1996
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11. El Mundo Gira

After a series of paranormal deaths occur at a Mexican migrant camp, Mulder and Scully go on the trail of a mythical blood-sucking creature known as "El Chupacabra."

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 12, 1997
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12. Leonard Betts

When the body of a decapitated paramedic seemingly comes back to life, the agents begin to suspect the man may be an evolutionary freak capable of regeneration.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 26, 1997
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13. Never Again

Feeling disillusioned with her life, Scully begins dating a dangerous stranger whose jealous tattoo compels him to murder the women he encounters.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 2, 1997
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14. Memento Mori

Scully attempts to come to terms with her inoperable cancer, while Mulder and the Lone Gunmen break into a high-security research lab to find the cure that could save her life.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 9, 1997
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15. Kaddish

While investigating a hate crime inside a Hasidic Jewish community the agents uncover a murder that appears to have been committed by a dead man.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 16, 1997
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16. Unrequited

To stop the murders of military officials by an unseen assassin, Mulder and Scully must apprehend an embittered Vietnam vet who can make himself invisible to his victims.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: February 23, 1997
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17. Tempus Fugit

While investigating the unexplained crash of a commercial airliner the agents' search for answers leads to the bottom of a desolate lake and a startling discovery.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 16, 1997
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18. Max

Mulder and Scully set out to prove the passengers aboard the doomed airliner were deliberately sacrificed by the military in pursuit of stolen alien technology.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 23, 1997
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19. Synchrony

When several research scientists are found frozen to death, Mulder and Scully begin to suspect the murders may have been committed by a time traveler from the future.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 13, 1997
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20. Small Potatoes

The true birth father of small-town babies born with vestigial tails turns out to be a chameleon-like man capable of impersonating anyone – including Mulder.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 20, 1997
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21. Zero Sum

Trapped in a deal to save Scully's life, Skinner helps the Cigarette-Smoking Man destroy evidence in a fatal bee attack, only to discover he's been framed for murder.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 27, 1997
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22. Elegy

When ghostly images of female victims appear near murder scenes, Mulder and Scully conclude the apparitions may be harbingers of death for those who see them.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 4, 1997
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23. Demons

Covered in mud and suffering from amnesia, Mulder pieces together the events of the last few days, but the trail leads to a double murder that appears to have been committed with Mulder's weapon.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 11, 1997
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24. Gethsemane

Mulder fights to prove that a discovery frozen in the mountains of Canada is irrefutable evidence of alien life, but his quest for the truth leads to only more lies…and an unthinkable conclusion.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 18, 1997
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While the fourth year of THE X FILES does not inhabit the Olympian heights of its immediate predecessor, the 1996-97 season is without question superb. It is also very likely the "darkest" season of THE X FILES. The prodigious, brooding intelligence of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully's continuing conflict of faith and purpose convey a tension culminating in a series of crises, with dramatic ramifications that extend through all of the following seasons. The consistency of the writing, expansion of characterization ( Anderson and Duchovny in their most intensely committed acting ) , the complexity and interest of the "mythology arc", the ever greater feats of craftsmanship on the part of an amazing production team; all these aspects lead me to believe that the crucial 4th Season, along with the 3rd and 5th seasons are the real "glory years" of THE X FILES, the crème de la crème of the greatest television show in history.
The season opener "Herrenvolk" doesn't quite keep up the level of quality exhibited in the previous years cliff hanger ( "Talitha Cumi" ) but does effectively link to the conspiracy storyline which would shortly be taken up in the first series of myth-arc episodes. According to a tradition that had been established in the two prior years, the 4th Season contained a couple of these two-part scripts, airing in the early and late season respectively. This well planned bit of strategy helped balance the "stand alone" episodes while maintaining a forward momentum leading to the cliff-hanger at the very end.
"Tunguska"/"Terma" are action oriented episodes, featuring both the return of the ever-treacherous Alex Krycek and Mulder's chilling imprisonment in a Siberian gulag.
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By Ned on August 9, 2002
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In the fourth season of The X-Files, X is killed, we find out a little of CSM's background, Scully comes down with brain cancer, Skinner confronts CMS and Krycek is back (he was entombed in a Silo in the 3rd season).
All 24 episodes are on 7 discs, with documentaries, deleted scenes, etc.
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1) Herrenvolk - Continuing from the cliffhanger of season three, Mulder and Jeremiah Smith escape the alien's assassin. They go to a farming community, Mulder sees a clone of his sister, Scully finds a number of Jeremiah look-alikes, and X is killed.
2) Home - Mulder and Scully investigate the Peacocks that practice inbreeding.
3) Teliko - Mulder and Scully investigate a Teliko that must consume the fluid of the human pituitary gland.
4) Unruhe - Mulder and Scully investigate Gerry Schnauz who has the ability to imprint images on film he is near.
5) The Field Where I Died - The FBI investigate a cult called the Temple of the Seven Stars after allegations of child abuse.
6) Sanguinarium - Mulder and Scully investigate doctors that go "crazy" and murder their patients.
7) Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man - In this episode, we find out a little background of CSM as told by the Lone Gunmen. Who killed President John F. Kennedy? Who killed Martin Luther King?
8) Tunguska - Krycek is back! Mulder again retrains from killing him. Krycek and Mulder travel to Russia and Black worms are released from a "Space Rock" and Mulder is injected with the "Back Cancer."
9) Terma - Mulder and Krycek escape from Russia. A KBG assassin is sent to the U.S. to kill people that know about the Black Cancer.
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Despite the loss of fine writer Darin Morgan, this may have been the best season of this very underappreciated series? Honestly, I think this season & season five are tied as the best two of the entire series. At least Twenty of the Twenty Four episodes were excellent. After moving from Friday night to Sunday night the X-Files placed in the top Nielsen Twenty & often the top Ten on a regular basis. It was Fox's top rated show.

For me this season had the most imagination, action, suspense, fine acting, & special effects. The following exchange between the two main characters beliefs in episode "Herrenfolk" were the "soul of the series." Mulder{David Duchovny}, "You put such faith in your science, Scully{Gillian Anderson}, but... the things I've seen science provides no place to start." Scully: "Nothing happens in contradiction to nature; only in contradiction to what we know of it. So, that's a place to start. That's where the hope is." Season Fours "Mythology" episodes continued the storyline that was the heart of the series. It created new questions which added more depth since many of the old questions were often left unanswered as loosends.

This season saw more clones, shapeshifting aliens, black oil aliens, & Mulder's old enemy, Alex Krycek. The newest plot thread was Scully's battle with Cancer, which was a side effect of her season two abduction. The soul searching angst brought out the best in both the actors & characters as their bond grew. Gillian Anderson certainly deserved her Emmy award.

The most Classic episodes of this season were, "Home"- Mulder & Scully try to unravel the mystery of a deformed infant. This had some fun moments despite it's grisly subject matter.
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