The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Mulder fights to prove that a discovery frozen in the mountains of Canada is irrefutable evidence of alien life, but his quest for the truth only leads to more lies and an unthinkable conclusion.


R.W. Goodwin


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
John Finn ... Michael Kritschgau
Matthew Walker ... Arlinsky
James Sutorius ... Babcock
Sheila Larken ... Margaret Scully
Pat Skipper ... Bill Scully Jr.
Gerry Bean ... Rolston (as John Oliver)
Charles Cioffi ... Section Chief Scott Blevins
Steve Makaj ... Scott Ostelhoff
Nancy Kerr ... Agent Hedin
Barry W. Levy ... Dr. Vitagliano
Arnie Walters ... Father McCue
Rob Freeman ... Detective Rempulski
Craig Bruhnanski Craig Bruhnanski ... Saw Operator (as Craig Brunanski)


Agent Scully appears before a committee chaired by section chief Blevins to account for her and Mulder's recent activities. A Canadian geodetic survey team has apparently found an alien frozen in the ice in the Yukon. A friend of Mulder's at the Smithsonian let's him know of the find and they set off to join the team and see it firsthand. They're not prepared for what they find. Scully meanwhile arrests Michael Kritschgau, a one-time Department of Defense employee, who has an amazing story to tell her - one that will rock the very foundations of Mulder's beliefs in the existence of extra-terrestrials. With her cancer worsening, Scully begins to reexamine her faith. Written by garykmcd

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The first cut of the episode was 12 minutes too long so Chris Carter re-edited it two days before transmission. See more »


During the alien autopsy, they are wearing little more than home decorating dust masks. Something far more substantial would be expected, if not full biological isolation garments. See more »


Scully: It just means proving to the world the existence of alien life is not my last dying wish.
Mulder: How about Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits,instead of saying 'the truth is out there', it says 'Believe the lie'. See more »


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Season Four Review
10 March 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

*this is a review of season four. The rating you see above is for Gethsemane. Season rating follows after the review.

Season Four of The X Files is a slight drop in quality from the exhilarating season three, but it's still simply incredible television which is consistently enthralling.

One thing I missed in season four was consistently interesting mythology plots. I've said it before and I'll say it again: other than the super soldiers, the 'black oil' section of the mytharc is by far the weakest. I really enjoyed the 'abduction' and the later 'colonization' sections. There are still some great mythology arc episodes to enjoy in this season but overall I felt the quality decreased.

The monster of the week episodes are not lacking in typical X Files creativity, wit, and energy, however, delivering on both the horror/suspense and humor angles with series-defining classics like "Home" and "Small Potatoes".

I thought the best season four episodes were: "Home"- Peacocks. Bed. Inbred. Mutant. Brutal. Violent. Really, really creepy. About 10X more effective than most horror movies.

"Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man"- exactly what I look for in The X Files- intelligent, creative, witty writing.

"Paper Hearts"- one of the best X Files from an emotional viewpoint.

"Small Potatoes"- Babies with tails, shapeshifters, hilarity, frustrated Jehovah's Witnesses.

"Gethsemane"- A brilliant season finale with one of the most effective cliffhangers ever on TV.

Out of all the rated episodes, the average rating for season four is 7.9/10, a bit of a drop from the exhilarating high of 8.25/10 for season three, but still enthralling TV and better than most shows could dream of managing.

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