The X Files S02, Ep23 – Soft Light

Show: The X Files

Season: 2

Episode: 23

Title: Soft Light

Original Air Date: May 5, 1995

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Favorite Quotes:

* Mulder: Does this look like an arm to anybody?

* Det: Can I ask what you think may have happened?

Mulder: First blush, spontaneous human combustion.

* Scully: Darkness covers a multitude of sins.

* Mulder: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.


A hotel in Richmond, Virginia. A man rests on his hotel room bed as another exits the elevator looking for a room. The light is weird in the room. The man finally gets up and goes to the door. He was knocking on the wrong door. Something happens, a weird blue light. It travels under the door and kills a man. Scully and Mulder arrive. They think it’s an abduction. They meet with the detective. Mulder asks about forensic evidence. The detective shows them the burn on the carpet. Mulder looks at the door and starts seeing a body. He goes outside and finds a light bulb not working. Scully thinks he is joking but Mulder assures her he is not. Mulder and Scully go to the previous victim’s house. The light bulb has been loosened. He finds a print on it. Inside, they find another burn spot on the carpet. Mulder goes through the kitchen trash since it wasn’t emptied. Mulder finds two connect to the train station. Maybe these victims were hunted and it starts at the train station. At the train station, the man from the hall sits on a bench. He leaves and slowly walks down an alley. A police officer asks to speak with him and he tries to run. He gets boxed in. Both officers get too close to him and they turn into puddles of blue. Mulder and Scully join the detective on the scene. There is just the two scorch marks. She got no match on the prints. Mulder explains that they will have three days of train station footage to go through. He’s likely going to be on there. Mulder spots someone on the video. The jacket has a Polarity Magnetics logo. They go to the company with the man’s picture. It’s Dr. Chester Ray Bantan. His business partner says it’s the first time he’s heard of him in five weeks. He was involved in an accident. Chester was into dark matter, subatomic particles. He takes them to a particle collider. Chester had programmed a test, but realized there was a problem. He went into the target room to try and fix it and got locked in. Chester’s shadow was burned into the wall. Scully thinks it’s the same kind of material from the other scenes. Scully and Mulder go to the train station, but he’s not there. Mulder is looking around and sees Dr. Banton. He calls after him but he runs. Mulder and Scully box him in. He stops Mulder from stepping into his shadow. Mulder shoots out the lights and the doctor is relieved. He’s taken to a facility where he is kept in isolation. Mulder and Scully go to speak with him. His shadow is not his but a black matter abyss. He wants Mulder to get him out of here so he can die. The detective comes in and asks them to leave. Scully is questioned as to why they are there. They plan to transfer the doctor to the city jail to arraign him. Before they go Mulder tells her to keep him in soft light. Mulder and Scully argue about how the doctor is being treated. Mulder goes back to the train station. He meets with Mr. X. Mulder tries to fill him in, but he’s not interested. He tells Mulder not to contact him again. At the facility where the doctor is being held the lights go out. Mr. X is there for Bantan. Two people are taping his mouth and binding his hands and feet. Light flickers on and those two people are suddenly gone just like the rest. Mr. X jumps out of his shadow and pulls his He puts it down and Bantan escapes. Det. Ryan, Mulder and Scully investigate. Bantan goes back to his lab. He tries to explain to his partner that the dark matter is in him now. Det. Ryan tries to arrest him. He walks towards her and his shadow hits her and she is gone. His partner is shocked. He locks himself in the target room. Instead of his friend heling him, he is turning him over. Someone shoots his friend. Mr. X is back. Mulder and Scully arrive at the lab. Scully sees the burn on the floor. They hear something and run to the accelerator room. There’s a new shadow now. Suddenly, Mr. X calls out to agent Mulder. They argue. Mr. X tells Mulder he did not kill him. Scull goes to Det. Ryan’s funeral. Mulder joins her after. There’s a new missing person, Dr. Christopher Davies. Mr. X walks down a hall. They have Bantan.

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