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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Stiffs swarming
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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