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 complete credited cast:
Frederick Coffin ...
Chief Joseph McGrath
Colonel Calvin Henderson
Scott Bellis ...
Corporal Taylor
Deputy Sheriff 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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19 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Max tells Mulder that he read Mulder's pseudonymous article in Omni Magazine about the Gulf Breeze sightings. Omni was a real magazine that covered both science and science fiction; it was published in a hard-copy edition between 1978 and 1995. The Gulf Breeze sightings were also "real." In late 1987, a Gulf Breeze, Florida, resident, Ed Walters, claimed that he had seen--and photographed--an alien spacecraft near his home. Although some flying saucer enthusiasts found the photographs convincing, they were revealed as staged hoaxes several years later when the new owners of Walters's old house found a model of a UFO identical to the one in the photos secreted in the house. See more »


When Max Fenig first starts talking to Moulder in the prisoner compound, a large square greenish-white reflection can be seen in his glasses which clearly has nothing to do with the location scene. See more »


Dana Scully: You're entitled to the truth!
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Beam Me Up, Scotty!
12 April 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Fallen Angel is another great episode from season one. It's considered a myth/arc episode because of it dealing with Mulder trying to obtain proof of aliens and UFOs. Fallen Angel introduces us to alien abductee, Max Fennig. He's a very quirky character who's quite likable because of his sincerity. His introduction to Scully is classic, as he refers to her as the "enigmatic Agent Scully". It's a funny joke that the audience gets. Although I don't know how Max would know about Scully's personality from FBI travel expenses records. Anyway, character actor Marshall Bell gives a great performance as Colonel Henderson. The show at this point is still feeling out how it wants to treat the subject of aliens. In this episode, the alien is cloaked. We don't see a cloaked alien again in the series. If you get the chance, check out the special feature from the Season 1 DVD set on how they did the special effect of the cloaked alien scene. It's kind of funny. Fallen Angel is a fun and exciting episode that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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