The X-Files (1993– )
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The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat 

Exploring the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully find out how the X-Files themselves may really have originated.

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Darin Morgan

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Darin Morgan | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Brian Huskey ... Reggie Something
Bill Dow ... Pangborn
Stuart Margolin ... Dr. Thaddeus Q. They
Dan Zukovic ... Martin
Keith Arbuthnot ... Alien
Alex Diakun ... Buddy / Devil
Susan Wright Susan Wright ... Reggie's Mom
Antonio Cayonne ... FBI Agent #1
Wolsey Brooks ... FBI Agent #2
Ryan Hesp ... Henchman #1
Shane Dean ... Henchman #2
Charles Andre Charles Andre ... Detainee
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Exploring the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully find out how the X-Files themselves may really have originated.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

In further reference to the Twilight Zone quote by Rod Serling made earlier in the episode, the final fadeout was a camera rising shot, from Mulder and Scully sitting on a couch, to the night time stars. This is the same way all Twilight Zone shows would end. See more »

Goofs

At some point, Mulder starting with the concept of another universe, says that we could live in another dimension. But this is not the same thing. As we know, there are four dimensions but as theoretical science goes there could be eleven. Nevertheless, no matter how many they are, they all happen here not in another universe. So we are already living in them the same way we are living in the four others but without feeling them. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Multiple characters: Wait, what?
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Connections

Edited from The X-Files: Pilot (1993) See more »

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The lost are of Intelligent Ridiculousness
3 February 2018 | by PJKSee all my reviews

This episode is the highest level of satire.

A brilliant examination of what place in the world conspiracies have, and by extension a show about conspiracies, when in the present modern era politicians can rely upon apathy and the misinformation available in the digital age to the point where they never even have cover anything up.

It is also just genuinely hilarious.


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