The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 0

Pilot (10 Sep. 1993)
"The X Files" Pilot (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A young F.B.I. agent is assigned watchdog duty over a fellow agent, but finds herself drawn into his investigations of paranormal and unexplained phenomena.

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Skeptical FBI Special Agent Dana Katherine Scully is reassinged by Divison Chief Scott Blevins to work with the "believer" Fox William Mulder. Their first case together takes them to Bellefleur, Oregon; where the fourth member of the BHS class of '89 has been found dead...with two mysterious pink marks on her back, which all other victims have had. Written by Marc-David Jacobs <AgentMarcFBI@hotmail.com>

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The original script for this episode called for Mulder and Scully to howl at the moon at one point. See more »

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When Theresa asks Mulder and Scully for protection her nose gushes blood. The flesh colored tube that is running down her forehead and from the bridge of her nose to pump the blood is visible. See more »

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[after Mulder & Scully's plane hits severe turbulence]
Special Agent Fox Mulder: This must be the place.
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Featured in Secrets of the X Files, Part 1 (1995) See more »

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Perfect start to my favorite TV show ever
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The pilot episode is fantastic because it establishes the dynamic between Mulder the believer and Scully the skeptic - plus it has a great plot with an alien abduction mystery. Gillian and David already have great chemistry. They're so young here! And the 90s fashion is kind of hilarious.

It's a very quotable episode too: "Nobody down here but the FBI's most unwanted!" "Do you believe in the existence of extraterrestrials?" "We lost nine minutes!" "Time can't just disappear! It's a universal invariant!" "Not in this zip code!" "Agent Mulder believes we are not alone." and so on.

My only complaint is that the indoor scenes look like they were filmed in the dark. Overall it's one of my favorite episodes.


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