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"The X-Files" Pilot (TV Episode 1993) Poster

(TV Series)

(1993)

Trivia

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In the scene on the plane, the man who is sitting behind Scully is David Duchovny's father.
The name of the town Bellefleur is nod to the birth place of Chris Carter, Belleflower, California.
The X Files opening/closing theme music is not featured in this episode.
The original script for this episode called for Mulder and Scully to howl at the moon at one point.
When Scully is scrolling through the microfiche, the story she lands on is written by C. Carter. This is a reference to the show's creator, Chris Carter.
Unlike the character he plays, David Duchovny is not at all keen on sunflower seeds.
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Chris Carter finished putting the pilot together at 5am, ready for screening to the Fox executives at 8 that very same morning. Fortunately his pilot was greeted with spontaneous applause from his audience.
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When Scully is called to the office for the first time, the Cigarette Smoking Man is actually smoking a cigarette.
Filmed over a period of 14 days.
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BelleFleur (where this episode takes place) is French for "beautiful flower."
It is rumored that the infamous homecoming photo of Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks (1990) can be seen on Mulder's office wall in this episode. _David Duchovny_ had a prominent multi-episode guest starring arc in the second season of the earlier series.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The closing scenes of Pilot are almost identical to the closing scenes of the season finale, The X-Files: The Erlenmeyer Flask (1994). Scully is in bed and sees her digital clock turn from 11:21 to 11:22. Mulder calls and they talk. The scene cuts to The Cigarette Man, who places an object in the vast Pentagon vault. Both episodes end with the door of the vault slamming shut and the camera showing the sign on the door: "In Case Of Fire Or Emergency / Know Your Exits / PENTAGON / Evacuation Procedure."
In the original version Scully has a boyfriend named Ethan. We can see some deleted scenes with him in the extras of the dvd version. We will never see him again in any other episode.
When Mulder and Scully wake up after their 9 minute time loss, it is 9:13 P.M. This is the same time that they see the lights above the Air Force base in episode 2.
According to Chris Carter, the first time that Mulder fell for Scully was when she came in his office for the first time and the first time she did it was when they talked by the phone at the end of the episode. It's something remarkable coming from him, since he is not known by his shipper feeling with Mulder and Scully.
The introduction of the character of Mulder is made by Scully when their bosses ask her about him, and Scully's by Mulder when she asks him if he had read her thesis.
This episode mostly takes place in the fictional town of Bellefleur, Oregon. The show would return there for the Season 7 finale "Requiem".
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