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At first, I remember that I didn't particularly enjoy this episode. It doesn't have much light in it. Indeed, it is a very dark episode.
The directing of David Nutter is similar to the one from "Ice". The tone of the episode is especially dark, which is always a positive thing in The X-Files.
What I enjoyed the most is that the story is very realistic, meaning that the paranormal phenomenon is not too far-fetch.
Also, Christopher Allport (RIP) gave a very solid performance as Agent Jack Willis/killer.
The first season is the one of the acquaintances. First, in "Squeeze", we get to meet Tom Colton, a friend from Scully. In "Ghost in the Machine", we get to meet a friend from Mulder. In "Fire", we get to meet Phoebe Green, an ex-girlfriend from Mulder. And now, in "Lazarus", we meet Jack Willis, an ex-boyfriend from Scully. This is a lot in just a few episodes.
But since this is only the first season, the screenwriters have the chance to do it as they please. Since we are discovering the characters of Mulder and Scully, we can only find this natural (for now).
One thing that I didn't appreciate though, Mulder is especially annoying in this episode. From the very first minute, he knows everything right away. The most stupid moment is when he is at a crime scene and is sure that the victim was watching tv (because he has no books...) and then finds another fingerprint on the tv. Really? A print on a television?
A low-key episode but I still find it very good. I give it a low 6 out of 10.