The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 1

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

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Agent Dana Skully 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:
Charles Cioffi ...
Dr. Jay Nemman (as Cliff DeYoung)
Sarah Koskoff ...
Zachary Ansley ...
Coroner Truitt
Dr. Glass
Alexandra Berlin ...
Ken Camroux ...
Third Man
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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When Scully is scrolling through the microfiche the story she lands on is written by C Carter. This is a reference to the shows creator, Chris Carter. See more »


When Mulder and Scully are driving after their plane lands, we see at one point that Mulder has his left hand on the wheel and he is eating a sunflower seed with his right, yet when the shot changes he's driving with his right hand and eating with his left. See more »


Special Agent Fox Mulder: [Agent Scully knocks on his office door] Sorry, nobody down here but the FBI's most unwanted.
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Referenced in Fight Club (1999) See more »

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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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