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Salvage 

A man believed to be dead from Gulf War Syndrome comes back to life and slowly turns into metal while taking revenge on those who made him that way.

Director:

Rod Hardy

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Jeffrey Bell (as Jeffery Bell)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Wade Williams ... Ray Pearce (as Wade Andrew Williams)
Jennifer Parsons ... Nora Pearce
Arye Gross ... Dr. Tom Puvogel
Tamara Clatterbuck ... Larina Jackson
Dan Desmond Dan Desmond ... Harry Odell
Scott MacDonald ... Curt Delario
Randy Walker ... SWAT Cop
Kenneth Meseroll ... Owen Harris
Reece Morgan ... Owen Harris' Little Boy
Colleen Quinn Colleen Quinn ... Owen's Wife
Jack Forbes ... Ray's Double
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A man believed to be dead from Gulf War Syndrome comes back to life and slowly turns into metal while taking revenge on those who made him that way.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on Tetsuo: The Iron Man, a 1989 Japanese cyberpunk film by cult-film director Shinya Tsukamoto, and Written by X-Files staff writer Jeffrey Bell before Robert Patrick was cast in the show. See more »

Goofs

The episode is set in Muncie, Indiana and yet palm trees are shown in the background of several scenes throughout the episode.

Muncie is too far north for palm trees to grow outside of greenhouses or arboretums. See more »

Quotes

John Doggett: What are you saying, Ray Pearce has become some kind of metal man? 'Cause that only happens in the movies, Agent Scully.
Dana Scully: Does it, Agent Doggett?
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Connections

References Superman (1941) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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What are you saying, Ray Pearce has become some kind of metal man? Because that only happens in the movies, Agent Scully.
6 October 2010 | by DWilliams1089See all my reviews

Somehow I was able to tell fairly quickly that this was a Jeffrey Bell episode. Bell's relatively shallow scripts, hackneyed plots, and unfortunate tendency to fall into what has been coined the "cool idea trap" that plagued Chris Carter in his early episodes "Space" and "Fire" all resonate right from the teaser. Last season's "The Goldberg Variation" was the exception that proved the rule.

If you view "Salvage" purely as an homage to the Terminator franchise, perhaps you will see greater value here. Even so, I spent most of these forty-something minutes thinking about how much I'd rather be watching Terminator than this. At least character breadth was to be found there.

Wade Anthony Williams is a talented actor, and I enjoyed his run as Captain Bellick on Prison Break, but his central character here is, quite literally, lifeless. It's hard to sympathize with a character who rarely has any non-tacit responses and murders innocent people. Like "Surekill" before it, this episode allots too much time for the monster-of-the-week and precious little for Scully and Doggett, whose relationship had been the driving force between the first third of this season. Furthermore, Scully's breakneck inclination to jump to paranormal explanations lacks any believability and, even at this point in the series, undermines her scientific sensibilities.

It is also unclear who is really to blame for the metal-man's predicament. If his co-workers can truly be exonerated it is rather silly that one would be so trigger-happy upon his arrival at the salvage yard. His final line doesn't help.

There are enough decent special effects and subtle in-jokes regarding Robert Patrick's role in Terminator 2 that make this worth a view. Like the previous episode, however, there's too much filler and not nearly enough killer to make it worth a second.


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