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Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' 

Scully recounts the investigation of an alleged UFO encounter for the famous quirky author Jose Chung's latest novel. The case gives a whole new meaning to the term Rashomon effect. Chung later returns in Millennium: Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' (1997).

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Rob Bowman

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Darin Morgan
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Jose Chung
William Lucking ... Roky Crikenson
Daniel Quinn ... Lieutenant Jack Schaefer
Jesse Ventura ... Man in Black #1
Sarah Sawatsky ... Chrissy Giorgio
Jason Gaffney ... Harold Lamb
Alex Trebek ... Man in Black #2
Alex Diakun ... Dr. Fingers
Larry Musser ... Detective Manners
Allan Zinyk ... Blaine Faulkner
Andrew Turner Andrew Turner ... CIA Man
Michael Dobson ... Sargeant Hynek
Mina E. Mina Mina E. Mina ... Dr. Hand
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Storyline

Well known author Jose Chung is writing a book about the claimed alien abduction of a young couple that was subsequently investigated by agents Mulder and Scully. With Mulder unavailable, Scully provides most of the information on the case. Chrissy and Harold were out on a date when their car suddenly lost all power in the middle of nowhere. From that point on however, their stories and that of the others involved in the investigation begin to vary considerably. It all equally leads to several possible conclusions. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

Chris Carter remarked that Darin Morgan's scripts were the only ones he never rewrote. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the episode, as Jose Chung is narrating the 'where are they now' part of his book, the camera zooms out from Chrissy sitting at her desk. As it does, the arm and sleeve of a crew member can clearly be seen to the right of the screen. See more »

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Blaine Faulkner: [about Scully and Mulder] One of them was disguised as a woman, but wasn't pulling it off. Like, her hair was red, but it was a little too red, y'know? And the other one, the tall, lanky one, his face was so blank and expressionless. He didn't even seem human. I think he was a mandroid.
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Connections

Spoofs Alien Autopsy: (Fact or Fiction?) (1995) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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The Adventures of Reynard Muldrake and Diana Lesky
8 July 2006 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" is a great episode. I like the homage to Star Wars with the electricity truck basket passing overhead in the teaser. The stop-motion monster of Lord Kinbote is hokey but remember, it is a tribute to the old Ray Harryhausen films. I like Jose Chung referring to Scully as a "brainy beauty". I love the use of the "bleep" by detective Manners, named after director Kim Manners. I learned a new word from this episode, "confabulation". The back-breaker done by "the Body" on Blain was hilarious. I like how the shots of the person talking shifted from one scene to the other while staying on the person. Very creative. Now a few more thoughts after watching it again with the commentary. Panning left to right means going forward in time, panning right to left means going back in time. Cool. The magazine that said Truth or Humbug was a reference to season 2's Humbug. The soldier playing with mashed potatoes was an homage to 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. Cool. Jesse Ventura and Charles Nelson Reilly give excellent guest performances. Duchovny and Anderson are at their deadpan best. I loved this episode, but there is something missing that I can't quite place my finger on. Maybe someday I'll figure it out, but Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" is regardless, a can't-miss episode.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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