The X-Files (1993–2018)
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A man lives the most recent 5 days of his life backwards and finds out that he is the main suspect in the murder of his wife.


Peter Markle


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Joe Morton ... Martin Wells
Bellamy Young ... Attorney Janet Wilson
Guy Torry ... Shorty
Joanna Sanchez ... Trina Galvez
J. Patrick McCormack J. Patrick McCormack ... Brent Tufeld
Jack Shearer ... Judge Kinberg
Lee Duncan Lee Duncan ... Al Cawdry
Cynthia Martells ... District Attorney Carter
Roger Hewlett ... Tall Guard
Danny Trejo ... Cesar Ocampo
Shane Sinutko ... Lead Cop
James Howell ... Homicide Detective
Brien Blakely Brien Blakely ... Reporter


A man lives the most recent 5 days of his life backwards and finds out that he is the main suspect in the murder of his wife.

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10 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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At the beginning of the episode judge says case number is "8ABX03". It's also a production code of this episode. See more »


When Martin Welles takes out the hidden camera, the lens cap is still on, and the camera is supposedly recording activity, which would be impossible. See more »


Martin Wells: The passage of time in prison is not in a cell of brick and mortar but in one of hopes dashed and tragedies unaverted. How precious, then, the chance to go back, only to discover that in facing the past you must face up to yourself; and exiting the prison of time doesn't free you from the prison of your own character, one from which there is no escape.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


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First thing you're supposed to say is: "What nanny-cam?"
1 September 2007 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

Wow! What a cool episode! I didn't care all that much for the first episode that had the agents as secondary characters (Hungry), but Redrum shines.

Opening shots on spider webs are always good. You can't go wrong there. Redrum is the class of season eight. Using the subtitles, I noticed that Martin Wells murder case number is 8ABX03, the same number as the production number for the episode, though it was the sixth one aired this season.

I like how the web in the cell links to the web on Cesar Ocampo's hand. They transition straight from the one to the other to help you make the connection. It's so different to see Scully filling the role of Mulder and seeing her so open to the idea of time moving backwards. She doesn't jump wholeheartedly into the role. She does so slowly and cautiously.

Joe Morton will always be to me the doctor who sacrificed himself for the future in Terminator 2, just like Robert Patrick will always be the T-1000 to me from the same movie. Joe Morton rocks in this episode. He is strong enough to carry the bulk of the episode, which he does. When Martin asks to see the file of his case, his lawyer hands him a two-inch thick file, and the murder only happened two days ago! I can't believe it is that thick so soon. Even though it's highly doubtful that Doggett would wake Scully up at 4:00 in the morning to go to Martin's apartment, she comes with him just so her watch can be used to bookend the episode with another shot of her watch, this time starting to move forward again.

"Premonition", that was just recently released in theaters is similar to this, except the days of the week happen all jumbled up instead of moving straight backwards. I have a soft spot for "space/time continuum" shows. The story is engaging from beginning to end. It had me totally engrossed. The ending is bittersweet, but well worth the time invested in viewing Redrum.

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