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 Written by
Chris Ruppenthal

 Directed by
David Nutter

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While a group of scientists are trying to reach Mach 15, the janitor of the facility is showing extraordinary abilities.

David Duchovny
Gillian Anderson

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Very good even with a low budget
Written by Jack Anderson on 2017-09-10
The introduction scene from "Roland" is classic. I simply love watching this scientist

Not only the first killing is extremely original and fun to watch, the second killing is brilliant as well. You can see that Roland is not wanting to kill the scientist, but doing it anyway. And the fact that the head is put into hydrogen and then thrown on the floor, exploding, is really creepy.

Once again in the first season, the relationship between Mulder and Scully is perfect. When we first see them in the episode, Mulder is asking Scully about the wedding she attended. When asked if she did catch the bouquet, she simply answers "maybe" and directly asks questions about the case they are working on.

For the first time in the series, Mulder or Scully (Mulder in this case) is going to randomly guess a password and find it almost instantly. Unfortunately, this will not be the only time in the series. This is really a stupid writing gimmick from another century.

The first time I watched "Roland", I thought that the actor playing the role was actually disabled. His performance is simply astonishing. He plays the role in a very subtle and even moving way.

Rarely enough, Mark Snow has composed a theme for the character of Roland. This is especially intelligent and original as well. Most composer would simply produce a dark and energetic soundtrack. Not Mark Snow - at least not in the first season of The X-Files. The soundtrack is very dark at times and also very moving at the same time.

Not a great episode, but a very good one but with some nice moments and a perfect performance from Željko Ivanek. 6 out of 10.

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