The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 19

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

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  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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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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During this episode, Gillian Anderson was often sick due to her pregnancy. See more »

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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 »

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Mulder: Come on, Scully, it'll be a nice trip to the forest.
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A nice trip to the forest...
29 September 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Darkness Falls" is arguably the best standalone episode of season one, and perhaps one of the show's best pure horror episodes. "The X-Files" built its reputation on being a dark, creepy television series, better in that regard than most horror films, but its best episodes were often character-focused, often driven by thematic material- dramatic or comedic, but rarely purely horror-driven. That's not to say there aren't many examples of "The X-Files" working as a spooky good time, and "Darkness Falls" is one of the prime examples of this.

Filmed in the beautifully foreboding and atmospheric British Columbia forest, with lots of damp weather to add to the already great atmosphere the woods themselves provide, "Darkness Falls" is a bloody good episode, the quintessential populist X-Files script, if you will. I'm a huge fan of the quirky Darin Morgan episodes, for example, but I can recognize that if I am to introduce someone to the show something like this might work a bit better. It's funny, fast, creepy, and not at all lacking in subtext or satire (it is an effective and biting commentary on eco-terrorism and the lumber industry without losing touch of its basic intention to thrill and involve). Even the special effects aren't bad at all for a (then) low-budget TV show in 1994.

"Darkness Falls" might not have entered the public consciousness like some other episodes did ("Home", for example), but I imagine this is probably a result of the show not being a major phenomenon in the first season ("Darkness Falls" received 8 million viewers in comparison to 19 million for "Home"). It really is a classic, definitive X-Files episode, well-scripted by Carter and nicely-directed by Joe Napolitano.

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