The X-Files (1993– )
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Agent Dana Scully is instructed to debunk an FBI project dubbed "The X-Files," paranormal cases that have been reopened by Agent Fox Mulder.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jay Nemman (as Cliff DeYoung)
Sarah Koskoff ...
Stephen E. Miller ...
Coroner Truitt
Dr. Glass
Alexandra Berlin ...
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
Third Man (as Ken Camroux)
Doug Abrahams ...
Patrolman #1 (as Doug Abrams)
Peggy O'Dell (as Katya Gardener)


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 <>

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Did You Know?


In the scene on the plane, the man who is sitting behind Scully is David Duchovny's father. See more »


When Mulder informs Scully that they lost nine minutes of time, Scully says it's impossible because time is a universal invariant. Since Scully did physics at university, she should know that only the speed of light is a universal invariant. See more »


Special Agent Fox Mulder: When convention and science offer us no answers, might we not finally turn to the fantastic as a plausibility?
Special Agent Dana Scully: What I find fantastic is any notion that there are answers beyond the realm of science. The answers are there. You just have to know where to look.
Special Agent Fox Mulder: That's why they put the I in FBI.
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Referenced in Evolution (2001) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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The first time that viewers were told "the truth is out there".
19 December 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Here it is, where it all began. It's strange to even consider reviewing The X Files now as something that people may not be aware of because in the 1990s it became one of the biggest and best TV shows to slide its way into our popular culture. The characters were namechecked in pop songs, phrases such as "I Want To Believe" and "The Truth Is Out There" started springing up on everything that could be packaged and sold and there was even, of course, a special appearance by the main characters in a memorable episode of The Simpsons.

The amazing thing about the pilot episode of The X Files isn't how good it is as an entertaining half hour (it's very enjoyable but, as is usually the way with pilot episodes it's far from the best that the show would produce) but just how much is in place from the very beginning.

Okay, so the theme music that everyone started whistling whenever they saw a strange light in the sky isn't heard here but the main characters are quickly introduced and fleshed out (Agent Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, is paired up with Agent Fox "Spooky" Mulder, played by David Duchovny, as they look over some unsolved cases that have an element of the mysterious about them), the central case being investigated is typical of so many X Files that would crop up in future episodes and there are moments that show hints of the major conspiracy plot lines to come.

It also features smart, witty writing from creator Chris Carter, solid direction from Robert Mandel and great acting across the board from the leads, Charles Cioffi, Cliff De Young, Sarah Koskoff, Leon Russom and William B. Davis (with the latter already quietly menacing as Cigarette Smoking Man, even without doing all that much).

The actual plot of the episode - concerning a bunch of ex-classmates who are disappearing and/or dying in a seemingly connected way - isn't brilliant but it does what it needs to do, allowing viewers the best conditions in which to get to know the world and inhabitants of the show and start getting addicted.

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