Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Robert Patrick, William B. Davis, Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Annabeth Gish.
A very disturbing and paranoid series, where nothing is as it seems, and the main quote has become (through the years) “never trust anyone”.
So far U.S. sf shows had been a lot less ambiguous, the “goods” and the “bads” were very well distinguished.
Otherwise in “X-files”, created by writer Chris Carter, there are very
little certainties and, from season to season, also those which were left
seem to fall down. This was a new way to show sf on television, and a
large number of series (especially from USA) were inspired by this.
The basic idea is simple and intriguing. There is a large number of cold cases, where FBI is not able to find an explanation, unless they consider paranormal, occultism, ufology or other non-official sciences. These cases are known as “x-files”. The man who investigates on x-files is agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), called “spooky” by his colleagues.
Mulder’s interest in x-files has an explanation: he is convinced that his sister, disappeared many years before, has been kidnapped by aliens. And he thinks that x-
files are his best chance to know what really
happened to his sister, if not to find her.
Mulder’s chiefs apparently are not so interested as he is, and decide to send a colleague to help him, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Scully is a doctor and has an absolutely scientific mind: the FBI seniors think she is the ideal person to slow Mulder’s urge for paranormal investigations and to impartially judge all what she will see (and make, without telling to Mulder, minute reports).
But Scully’s scientific certainties soon fall: Mulder shows her a world made of unexplicable facts, monstrous creatures, aliens from other planets, good or evil beings, and all what usual sciences have never been able to explain. Soon Scully has to change her mind about her colleague, and becomes his trusted
Another trouble comes together with more and more disturbing (and frightening) cases: because the real reason for which the FBI tries to frustrate Mulder’s investigations seems to be not scepticism, but the will to bury unconvenient truths.
So, together with classical sf subjects as monsters and supernatural powers, we find also conspiration theories, and among Mulder and Scully’s enemies we start to find also their own heads and colleagues.
The very first is “the smoking man” (William B. Davis), who, in the first two season, appeared simply as someone who knew and did not talk, but then is exposed as a key man in hiding and frustrating lots of investigations, and among the responsibles of the conspiracy between humans and aliens against Earth
people. Fortunately the two agents are helped by the
deputy director of FBI Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), who becomes more
important as the series proceed, and tries to protect his agents as he
can, managing to stay in line with his given orders.
In the first season a man called “deep throat” (Jerry Hardin) appears, he is firmly intentioned to telll all what he knows, and that’s why he is murdered.
In the second season Scully is kidnapped, it is not clear if the kidnappers are aliens or government agents. A new informer called “Mr. X” (Steven Williams) appears, and in the last episode Mulder discovers that his father was part of a conspiracy where government dealed with aliens.
Sometimes appear also three strange hackers named “the lone gunmen”: John
Byres (Bruce Harwood), Melvin Frohike (Tom Braidwood), and Ringo Langly
(Dean Haglund), Mulder’s old friends who sometimes help him in his
investigations. “The lone gunmen” was also a brief spin-off serie in 2001,
which lasted 13 episodes only.
During the third season new details about Scully’s kidnapping are exposed, and for the first time a lethal alien virus called “black cancer” is discovered.
In the fourth season Scully is taken ill by a brain cancer and we worry for her life, and in the last episode there is a stunning twist: government made people believe in aliens to hide more disturbing truths…
In the fifth season a woman called Cassandra Spender (Veronica Cartwright, seen also in “Alien”) appears, she was kidnapped by aliens several times and she is
mother of another FBI agent, Jeffrey Spender (Chris
halfway between the fifth and the sixth season it was released also a cinema movie, where the two lead characters investigate about an alien virus (fighting, as usual, against FBI conspiracies), helped by a mysterious doctor played by Martin Landau (“Space: 1999” former commander Koenig).
In the sixth season appears a new colleague, Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers) who unfortunately trusts more the “smoking man” than Mulder and Scully… in the last episode Mulder discovers an ancient manufact which causes him strange disorders… the solution will be found in the seventh season, always avoiding the “smoking man”’s threat.
In the “Millennium” episode we meet the main character of the other Chris Carter
serie, agent Frank Black (Lance Henriksen)! The last episode of the
“Millennium” serie (born three years after “X-files”) had been aired six
In the Eighth season Mulder, kidnapped by aliens at the end of the previous season, is missing, and Scully works together with agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick, the T-1000 from “Terminator 2”).
Now Doggett is the sceptical, while Scully introduces him to the X-files world. There is also a new woman agent, Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish). Mulder will come back in the last episodes, while Scully, who was pregnant since the end of the previous season, will give birth to her baby.
In the ninth and last season it’s Doggett and Reyes who mainly investigate:
Scully has become a university teacher, but she goes on helping her
colleagues. Mulder has to defend himself from a large number of enemies,
while Scully’s baby grows: Mulder is probably his father thanks to
artificial insemination, but it is not certain.
But his parents were used by aliens for experiments, and he is considered dangerous: Scully will be forced to entrust him to someone else.
In the last episode many mysteries are exposed, many others remain opened, and many things are made clear about the real nature of the relationship between Mulder and Scully (and this was not a secondary importance element of suspence….!).
A mytical serie, a so huge success that at the time media talked about “X-
1) The Pilot
2) Deep Throat
5) The Jersey Devil
7) Ghost in the Machine
10) Fallen Angel
13) Beyond the Sea
14) Gender Bender
16) Young at Heart
20) Darkness Falls
22) Born Again
24) The Erlenmeyer Flask
25) Little Green Men
26) The Host
29) Duane Barry
32) One Breath
34) Red Museum
35) Excelsius Dei
38) Die Hand Die Verletzt
39) Fresh Bones
41) End Game
42) Fearful Symmetry
43) Dod Kalm
45) The Calusari
46) F. Emasculata
47) Soft Light
48) Our Town
50) The Blessing Way
51) Paper Clip
53) Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
54) The List
56) The Walk
61) War of the Coprophages
64) Piper Maru
67) Teso Dos Bichos
68) Hell Money
69) Jose Chung's From Outer Space
73) Talitha Cumi
78) The Field Where I Died
80) Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man
81) Paper Hearts
84) El Mundo Gira
86) Never Again
87) Leonard Betts
88) Memento Mori
90) Tempus Fugit
93) Small Potatoes
94) Zero Sum
98) Unusual Suspects
109) Bad Blood
110) Patient X
111) The Red and the Black
113) Mind's Eye
114) All Souls
115) The Pine Bluff Variant
116) Folie a Deux
117) The End
X-files: The movie - A movie shot for big screen. The story takes place
between the fifth and the sixth season, but the
movie was released during the seventh season in year 2000.
118) The Beginning
122) Dreamland II
123) Terms of Endearment
124) The Rain King
125) How the Ghosts Stole Christmas
127) S.R. 819
128) Two Fathers
129) One Son
131) Agua Mala
136) Three of a Kind
137) The Unnatural
138) Field Trip
140) The Sixth Extinction
141) The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati
145) The Goldberg Variation
147) The Amazing Maleeni
148) Signs & Wonders
149) Sein Und Zeit
152) First Person Shooter
154) En Ami
156) All things
157) Brand X
158) Hollywood A.D.
159) Fight Club
160) Je Souhaite
168) Via Negativa
172) The Gift
174) Per Manum
175) This is Not Happening
177) Three Words
183) Nothing important Happened Today
184) Nothing important Happened Today II
186) 4 D
187) Lord of the Flies
188) Trust N. 1
189) John Doe
193) Audrey Pauley
196) Scary Monster
197) Jump the Shark
200) Sunshine Days
201) The Truth I
202) The Truth II
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