The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 20

Darkness Falls (15 Apr. 1994)
"The X Files" Darkness Falls (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A group of loggers working in a remote forest unearths thousands of deadly insectlike creatures that paralyze and cocoon their victims.



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Larry Moore
Steve Humphreys
Doug Spinney
David Hay ...
Clean-Suited Man
Barry Greene ...
Bob Perkins


Mulder and Scully head off to the Pacific Northwest when there are reports that 30 loggers seem to have simply disappeared. Mulder is aware of a similar case for the 1930s and along with a Forest Ranger and a representative of the logging company, the agents head off into the woods. They know that environmental activists are active in the area and when they come across one of them, he says that a swarm of bugs that only comes out at night is responsible for the deaths. A body they find wrapped in a bug cocoon seems to bear out his claim. With no way to communicate with the outside world and with the gas for the generator running low, they have to find a way to survive. Written by garykmcd

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Jason Begher is one of David Duchovny's best friends. They studied together and worked together as bartenders and as actors. See more »


Scully says the first insects appeared around 600 million years ago. However, insects did not evolve until 400-450 million years ago. 600 million years ago, no animals existed at all on the land, and the very first terrestrial plant life was only just appearing. Anyway, she herself admitted not being an expert about insects. See more »


Mulder: Come on, Scully, it'll be a nice trip to the forest.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »

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24 May 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This is typical of a below-average 'monster' episode of the first season.

Oh it has some nice, evocative atmosphere and standard tension (trapped in a log cabin, they die when the generator runs out of gas and lights goes off), but is plagued by the usual X-file issues; schlocky 'monster' and explanation, the usual stiff acting and dialogue, some inane characterization and plotting. Like many average episodes, it is a mini-horror film where cars won't start, with conspiracy tacked on at the end.

A waste of time.

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