Recap / The X-Files S07 E05 "Rush"

Mulder and Scully investigate a bizarre murder and find a group of teenagers with Super Speed.

Tropes used in this episode:

  • Blessed with Suck: The cave grants adolescents Super Speed; unfortunately, it also omits the Required Secondary Powers, which leads to the users of the power literally tearing their bodies apart.
  • Enhance Button: Experimental technology is used to extract an important clue from blurred security footage.
  • Monster of the Week
  • Motion Blur: A key plot-point where security footage at a high school was found to show a strange blur. Using experimental technology to colorize it, the agents reveal the blur is made up of the school colors, suggesting that it comes from the jacket of one of the (superpowered) students.
  • One-Hit Polykill: A teen essentially commits murder-suicide in this way, shooting someone in the back, and then using her super speed to step into the path of the bullet as is passes through.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Averted. Using super speed places stresses on the human body that it isn't designed to handle, resulting in appropriate medical issues (exhaustion, muscular and skeletal damage, etc.).
  • Super Speed: What the cave provides to teenagers.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Some of them are responsible for the deaths appearing in this episode.
  • The Unreveal: The source of the teens' super-speed is never explained. All that is known is they go into a cave, interact with a strange metal, and emerge with superpowers.
  • Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb