The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 9

Fallen Angel (19 Nov. 1993)
"The X Files" Fallen Angel (original title)

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The future of the X-Files project is jeopardized after Mulder secretly infiltrates the government cover-up of a UFO crash.



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Episode cast overview:
Frederick Coffin ...
Chief Joseph McGrath
Marshall Bell ...
Commander Calvin Henderson
Scott Bellis ...
Corporal Taylor
Deputy Jason Wright
Sheila Paterson ...
Gina Watkins
Lt. Fraser
Freda Perry ...
Mrs. Wright
Lt. Griffin
Dr. Oppenheim (as William McDonald)
Jane MacDougall ...
Laura Dalton
Kimberly Unger ...
Karen Koretz


With inside information courtesy of Deep Throat, Mulder heads off to Wisconsin where the Defense Department is in the process of reclaiming a downed UFO. He sets off on his own and finds the crash site only to be knocked out by a soldier. In the brig, he meets Max Fenig, a UFO enthusiast who was also arrested for being too close to the clean up site. Mulder, who has been working on his own, is rescued by Scully but he is clearly in big trouble and faces a professional conduct hearing. When Fenig is found dead, it is clear that there are forces within the government who will go to any length to keep the existence of alien life forms a secret. Written by garykmcd

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This is the first episode that references the line "Trust no one." See more »


In the second scene, when the technicians are explaining the erratic flight pattern of whatever their radar picked up, one says that it "dropped off the screen at 2418," indicating the use of military time. There is no 2400 hours on a military clock. It begins at 0000 hours and ends at 2359 before starting back over. See more »


Max Fenig: Say no more. You're a cautious man. Trust no one. Very wise. After what happened to JFK, I understand completely.
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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

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A bit of a taster for the conspiracy theories to come.
16 January 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

It may not be as confident, or even fully developed as future episodes of this type, but "Fallen Angel" is one of many X Files concerned with UFO and alien encounters and the government conspiracy to keep knowledge of such activity hidden from the general public.

Mulder takes it upon himself to visit a site in Wisconsin that has been, apparently, affected by a large train wreck. He sees no evidence of such an incident, but just after taking some photos his personal investigation is interrupted as he is taken and detained on the orders of Commander Calvin Henderson (Marshall Bell). Scully turns up, eventually, and informs Mulder that he is in big trouble and that they need to return to provide a defence of his actions. Mulder is, of course, more concerned with the ongoing events in the area as opposed to his own job security and he starts to uncover even more evidence of something being covered up when he is befriended by a UFO enthusiast named Max Fenig (Scott Bellis).

More interesting for the scenes featuring Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin) than the actual alien activity, this episode was written by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa and the two men do a decent job of tentatively starting the ball rolling on what would become the defining essence of The X Files, the grand conspiracy.

Director Larry Shaw does fine with the material but it's not a strong episode, certainly when compared to the many others covering similar ground. Anderson and Duchovny don't get to have as much fun although it's good to see The X Files in real jeopardy, possibly due to be shut down once officials build up their case against Mulder. Marshall Bell is good in his role and Scott Bellis also does well.

Overall, this is a perfectly acceptable episode. It's just not a great one.

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