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Darkness Falls 

A group of loggers working in a remote forest unearths thousands of deadly insectlike creatures that paralyze and cocoon their victims. Scully, Mulder and a few others end up trapped there.

Director:

Joe Napolitano

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter
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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Jason Beghe ... Larry Moore
Tom O'Rourke ... Steve Humphreys
Titus Welliver ... Doug Spinney
David Hay David Hay ... Clean Suited Man
Barry Greene ... Perkins
Ken Tremblett ... Dyer
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Storyline

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 in 1934 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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1994 (USA) See more »

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

A TV show called PSI Factor (1996) that's often labeled as being the Canadian take on The X-FIles would frequently borrow ideas from The X-Files including the idea of this story for their season 1 episode called The Infestation. See more »

Goofs

Around 00:40:22, 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 »

Quotes

Scully: What do you think?
Mulder: I think I'm going to suggest that we sleep with the lights on.
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Connections

Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »

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The X-Files
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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A nice trip to the forest...
29 September 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee 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.

10/10


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