The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 20

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

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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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Episode cast overview:
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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This was intended to be a bottle episode, based in a single location to save money, but bad weather plagued production. It was one of the toughest episodes of the season for the crew. The weather delayed production so much that pick-up shots and inserts had to be filmed later on to finish. Delays were also caused by the inaccessibility of the location, since only generators, camera equipment and first aid crew were able to stay on-site, and time was wasted commuting staff in each day. See more »


(at around 20 mins) The quarantine team arrives and you see a man open the car door but his quarantine suit ends above the wrist. He has an exposed skin between his glove and the suit. See more »


Mulder: Take a good look, Scully.
Scully: What am I looking at?
Mulder: Thirty loggers working a clear-cutting contract in Washington State. Rugged, manly men in the full bloom of their manhood.
Scully: Right, but what am I looking for?
Mulder: Anything strange, unexplainable, unlikely... a boyfriend?
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Isty Bitsy Spider
23 July 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Darkness Falls the Limerick:

Loggers go cut down a tree

And let mini spiders go free

They come out at night

But stay out of the light

Sucking moisture out of you and me.

Ah, Darkness Falls. What sweet sweet classic x-files. I have to say this is one of my favorites from Season 1. Where shall I start? I love the atmosphere used for this episode. The loggers in the forest. It appears to be late fall. There are so many beautiful camera shots of sunrising and sunset as well as cloud overcast on the mountains. I love this type of weather. Another interesting thing about the atmosphere for the episode mixed with the actual subject: I remember a movie I saw on the SciFi channel a long time ago at about 2am at my grandmother's house. It was about giant mosquito's who were flying around sucking camper's completely dry and a group of people were trying to fight them off all night by hiding in houses and such until sunrise. It was very very similar to this episode. I also enjoy some of the old school special effects that were used in this episode. I am noticing that some of these old school effects seem so much more authentic x-files to me than the later episodes after the show moved to Hollywood. What else do I love about this episode? Spinney's mustache! Oh and the wonderful humor. "The victim appears to be a male." "Barely." Mulder humor is great. Great episode 10/10.

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