Such a cool episode!
A business man
is apparently dragged into the floor when he makes contact with a man’s shadow
. A black circle
is left in place. The shadow man, Dr. Chester Banton, panics and rushes down the hall.
agrees to help Detective
Kelly Ryan, a former student
of hers, on these apparent abductions
notices the strange smudge on the carpet the was also found on the other two crime scenes.
Mulder and Scully notice that the second victim
came in on the same train that this last victim did. They instruct Ryan to sent police to the train station
where the two officers encounter Banton. Banton warns them to stay away. However, they approach him and are vaporized
when they touch his shadow.
Mulder, while watching the train station tapes
, notices Banton and sees a logo for Polarity
Magnetics - where the first victim worked - on his jacket
They go to Polarity and meet Dr. Davey, who says Banton has been missing for five weeks after suffering from an accident
experimenting with dark matter
using a particle accelerator
. Davey shows Mulder and Scully that during the experiment, Banton’s shadow was burned onto the wall in a similar fashion to the burns at the crime scene
At the train station, Mulder observes that the soft light
used casts no shadow
. They find Baton and corner him, but under regular light. Before Scully can step on Banton’s shadow, Mulder shoots out the lights.
They put Banton in a psychiatric hospital
where he tells them that his shadow is like a black hole, reducing matter
into pure energy
. He says the government
is after hi so they can perform experiments.
The police want to move Banton to the county jail
. Mulder asks X
for help but he refuses saying that he was exposed to Scully and Skinner
before and doesn’t want to put himself in jeopardy
However, that night at the hospital, X shows up with two ‘paramedics
’ saying he’s there to transfer Banton. Emergency light
s flicker on and the two men are vaporized and X allows Banton to flee.
Banton returns to Polarity and asks Davey to help him destroy the thing the government was after.
Ryan finds Banton and tries to stop him and Banton reluctantly
steps forward so she touches the shadow and disappears.
Banton, when locked in the chamber
, realizes that Davey is part of the conspiracy
. Davey begins to call his bosses but a shot rings out and wee see X’s face through the small window
in the chamber.
Mulder and Scully find a videotape
showing Banton in the chamber disappearing but Mulder knows something happened. He accuses X of using him to find Banton and X stresses that he did not kill Banton.
At Ryan’s funeral, Mulder tells Scully that Davey is missing. Elsewhere, X talks to a scientist talking about studying Banton. We see Banton hooked up
being subjected to flashing white light.
Mulder -- "Hey Scully, can you spare a prophylactic
Scully -- "Darkness
covers a multitude of sin
Mulder -- "Check this out. My newest tool
in the fight against crime
. $49.95 at your local hardware store
Scully -- "Neat trick. For your birthday
I'll buy you a utility belt
Scully -- "...Nonsensical repetitive behavior
is a common trait of mental illness
Mulder -- "You trying to tell me something?"
Mulder -- "...He believes the government is out to get him."
X -- "It's tax season
. So do most Americans
Mulder -- "Just because you're paranoid
doesn't mean they're not out to get you, Scully."
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