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Duane Barry
S02E05
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1994-10-14

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First masterpiece directed by Chris Carter himself (10/10)
By Jack on 2015-12-26

NOT BORING
The episode could easily have been completely boring, because most of it is happening in a little room (the travel agency where Duane Barry hold hostages). But it is exactly the opposite: there is always something happening, even if there are little dialogues (beautifully written).

STEVE RAILSBACK
Steve Railsback (playing Duane Barry) is one of the reasons this episode works so well. He is superbly portraying the paranoid Duane Barry. This is a major success in terms of casting and acting.
Meanwhile, David Duchovny does an excellent job in front of him. The "I'm your friend" part is very realistic.

TO BE CONTINUED
"Duane Barry" is also the very first episode that ends with a "TO BE CONTINUED" message. And boy, are we in for the thrill of a lifetime in the follow-up episode.
This is the first time that there is a real cliffhanger with a two-part episode in The X-Files and the result is simply great! Scully screaming for help in the end and the fade to black are excellent.

SUMMARY
If I got to choose just 5 X-Files episodes, "Duane Barry" would be in those five. This is the first time that Chris Carter directed an episode, and we can see that it took the job very seriously.
I give it 10 out of 10.

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