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Recap / The X-Files S07 E05 "Rush"

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Season 7, Episode 05:

"It was such a rush... moving fast like that."
Written by David Amann
Directed by Robert Lieberman

"Speed, Scully. Somehow, Max Harden has found a way to move faster than the eye can see."
Fox Mulder

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


  • Anti-Villain: Chastity, who goes along with her boyfriend more out of fear than devotion.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In an inversion of the usual way this sort of plot goes down, Max is the one who wanted a real friend in Tony; Tony quickly gets cold feet and turns on Max while he's indisposed.
  • 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.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Max has the ability to move at superspeed... but the forces this puts on his body means that he's tearing himself apart every time he does it.
  • Driven to Suicide: Chastity after killing Max, stepping into the path of the same bullet she uses to do it.
  • Enhance Button: Chuck Burks' 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Max sticks up for Tony when the kids in their class ostracize him.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Notably averted. To put it in comic book terms, Max and the other teenagers are basically given The Flash's main power of Super-Speed, but at the same time none of his Super-Toughness or Healing Factor. Their very average human bodies therefore takes the full brunt of being subjected to stress 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. Sadly before Mulder or Scully can test their theory about it effecting teenagers the cave is filled up with concrete.
  • Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb
  • The End... Or Is It?: The ending implies that Tony still has his Super-Speed.

"What if we're too old? Well, you said that teenagers differ from adults chemically and physiologically."