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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When Scully is called to the office for the first time, the Cigarette Smoking Man is actually smoking a cigarette. See more »

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In the exhumation scene at the cemetery, the digger driver is seen climbing down from his vehicle as Mulder and Scully pull up in their car. In the next shot you can clearly see the driver getting out of the digger again as Mulder and Scully are greeted by the police/authorities. See more »

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Special Agent Dana Scully: What happened?
Special Agent Fox Mulder: We lost power. Brakes, steering, everything.
[checks watch]
Special Agent Fox Mulder: We lost nine minutes!
Special Agent Dana Scully: ...You're saying that time disappeared. Time can't just disappear. It's a universal invariant!
[car restarts itself]
Special Agent Fox Mulder: Not in this zip code!
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That's why they put the "I" in "F.B.I."
6 April 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Since this is the pilot episode, I'll briefly review the series as a whole.

Before I saw the X-Files, my only exposure to extra-terrestrials was shows like Star Wars and Star Trek. But these were in distant galaxies. It's true that E.T. visited our planet, but he was just a lone visitor who tried to return home as soon as possible. The X-Files dealt with aliens visiting our planet, but with a more sinister purpose in mind. To discover what, how and why they were doing what they were doing was the driving force for this show. What made this show unique though were the characters, especially Mulder and Scully. You knew you were in for something different right from the start when they referred to each other by their last names only. The intelligent and witty dialogue between the two is captivating.

Now, just for the pilot:

It's interesting to note that right away Scully has an uncomfortable reaction to Cigarette Smoking Man(CSM). Maybe she can already sense his evilness.

The music in the pilot is quite different from the rest of the series. It's a little bit corny, actually.

I like how Mulder gets right to work and tests Scully to see what her reaction will be. Mulder continues to challenge her "science" throughout the episode, but she stands firm.

Although she is serious, we see that Scully has a sense of humor when she smiles at Mulder's "plausible" joke. Also, later in the cemetery scene, she smiles and laughs at Mulder at his "outrageous" ideas. Take note, because Scully laughter is quite rare in 'The X-Files'.

In the Pilot, we see the agents for the first and only time on an airplane. Just a little piece of trivia.

Mulder and Scully go to Oregon to investigate some alien abductions. I'll never forget my first impression when I saw that coffin open for the first time. Mulder's excitement for physical evidence of alien existence tempered by Scully's scientific rationalizations for everything they witness help establish the most unique relationship you'll see between two people. The gloomy, rainy surroundings from being shot in the Pacific Northwest make for a unique atmosphere. Put all these things together and you've got a show unlike anything you've ever seen before.

The Pilot is a great start to an unforgettable series.


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