Synchrony (4x19), a repeat from the middle of season four, follows the adventures of a really cold
old guy as he desperately searches for three young MIT scientists on the streets of Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Catching up with two of the scientists, he warns that one will be hit by a bus and die
at exactly 11:46 p.m. Security hauls the old guy away, the two scientists continue on and sure enough
one of them is smacked into oblivion by a lumbering piece of mass transit. The bus driver blames the
living student (Jason Nichols), and the bewildered young science geek is taken into custody.
To complicate matters, the security guard responsible for arresting the old guy is frozen to death
and somehow Jason's fingerprints are found on the body.
So here's what you've got: One dead MIT researcher, one frozen security guard with a core
temperature of 8 degrees, one haggard young cryobiologist in custody and one old guy
running through the streets of Bean Town freezing people. Sounds like an X-file.
After another frozen corpse is found, Mulder and Scully begin to piece things
together. The cause of death in both cases is determined to be a previously uninvented, synthetic
compound. So how does a non-existent compound capable of Icy Death find it's way into the bloodstream
of its victims? Enter the
time-travel angle. Mulder concocts a thesis (with minimal evidence, you've
gotta love how he can do that) that Jason (the old guy) has come back from the future with this
miracle ice compound in tow. His mission: To save the world.
Oh how right he was. The Old Jason confronts Lisa Lanelli, his girlfriend and the scientist who eventually
makes the connection between time travel and flash freezing. In a "Terminator 2" soliloquy he whines about a world
where there's no history and no hope for the future. He's come back to correct the mistakes of
the past. Too bad correcting these mistakes means offing his friends. After embracing Lisa
he pokes her with his hypodermic thingy and she turns into a 5'7" ice cube.
But! Scully has discovered a cure for this flash freezing
epidemic, and she brings Lisa back from the land of icy cool breath. Meanwhile,
Young Jason has met up with Old
Jason and the two struggle, smack around and eventually settle into the weirdest suicide ever concocted.
The world is saved...for the time being.
Synchrony is an intelligent episode that deals with this old time-travel theme effectively. Adding quotes
from Scully's thesis (provided, verbatim, by Mulder) was a nice touch -- especially since it meant Scully
had to eat her words on two occasions. Not too shabby at all.
Note: This review originally appeared at Ontap.com. It's reprinted here for archival purposes.