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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trust no one

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The X Files opening/closing theme music is not featured in this episode. See more »


During the part where the car's radio and clock go crazy, the sunlight changes. From one angle we see Mulder, and the shadow on his face shows the sun angling in from his left. But the next shot of Scully shows the sun angling in from her right. The shot changes and once more the sun is on Mulders left. See more »


Section Chief Scott Blevins: Agent Mulder - what are his thoughts?
Special Agent Dana Scully: Agent Mulder believes we are not alone.
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Featured in Reflections on 'The X-Files' (2004) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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One of the most revolutionary shows of the 90's (and of all time).
11 July 2000 | by (Lilliput) – See all my reviews

The X-Files became a cult phenomenom in its first season, gaining a rabid following strong enough to convince FOX to pick up the show for another year, and to sign the cast and producer Chris Carter to long-term deals. Looking beyond the commercial success and fan base rivaled only by Star Trek's "Trekkers", however, you find a serial drama that really was the most revolutionary show of the 1990's, and one of the most daring of all time. It broke all the rules - it was dark, both visually and emotionally. So dark that at times, especially during the first two seasons, the only lighting was that of flashlights held by the lead actors. It avoided stereotyping and the "sex sells" mentality of most mainstream shows (i.e. NYPD Blue). It had an incredibly strong female role model in Gillian Anderson's character of Dana Scully. It found an enemy where Hollywood had failed - instead of looking overseas and creating further false impressions of foreign nations, it pointed the finger at domestic governments. Big Brother, if you will, was back. To steal one of the show's catch phrases, the decade became the "Trust No One 90's", especially not your own government. Given the state of politics today, the show was probably right.

With an eighth season on the way, FOX has decided to issue the entire show on DVD. Season one is really the introductory year. Stars David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson look young, unsure of themselves, yet the chemistry is there. The seeds for future storylines are planted. While seasons two and five (leading up to the first feature film, with a potential of more to come) are probably the best, fans and potential fans alike should consider this boxset despite its somewhat hefty pricetag. It is a true television masterpiece.

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