Recap / The X-Files S03 E07 "The Walk"

A military hospital is menaced by a "phantom soldier".


  • Astral Projection: Rappo, the Monster of the Week, has the ability to detach himself from his body.
    Scully: What you're saying is this man, Rappo, is leaving his body and floating around town killing people?
  • Bungled Suicide: The episode opens Lt. Colonel Stans attempting suicide by drowning himself in boiling water and failing because he can't die. Mulder and Scully come to investigate it.
  • Buried Alive: How Rappo kills Callahan's son in the sandbox.
  • Cruel Mercy: Callahan comes to kill Rappo over what he did to his wife and son. However, he simply fires off rounds into the wall above his head, missing intentionally, telling the surprised Rappo, "No, you suffer like the rest of us."
  • Death of a Child: Several children die. One boy on-screen.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Stans has already reached this point by the time the episode begins, and Rappo is working very hard to ensure General Callahan reaches it next.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Rappo blames the Army and people in general for not caring about common soldiers' suffering.
  • Evil Cripple: Rappo is a quadruple amputee who kills even kids as part of his revenge. The episode goes out of its way to avoid making him at all sympathetic.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Part of the revenge. The villain-of-the-week won't let his victims commit suicide after having murdured their families.
  • Monster of the Week
  • No OSHA Compliance: The hydrotherapy room where Stans attempts (and fails) to commit suicide by boiling himself alive has no safeguards against people being boiled alive in the hydrotherapy tank, has a bunch of weights just lying around on the floor, and neither any of this equipment or the room itself is secured or locked in any way when not in use. In fact, the door can only be locked from the inside using a sliding latch. The room is also much larger and much creepier than it needs to be.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Exaggerated. Rappo kills off all family members of important military men.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of the things keeping Rappo from being at all sympathetic.