The X-Files (1996) – Jose Chung’s From Outer Space, and Avatar

Darin Morgan delivers what is definitely my favourite episode of the series. This one always ends up on ‘best of’ lists. First airing on 12 April, 1996, Jose Chung’s From Outer Space takes on the alien abduction phenomena, as well as playing with the tropes and stereotypes that spring up around them, as well as…

The X-Files (1996) – Apocrypha, and Pusher

Series creator Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz continue the mythology arc story they began in Piper Maru with Apocrypha, which first aired on 16 February, 1996. While Scully (Gillian Anderson) runs down leads on the man who killed her sister, something that has caused AD Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) to end up in the hospital with…

The X-Files (1996) – Grotesque, and Piper Maru

Howard Gordon delivers a script for Grotesque, a monster of the week episode, that won the series an Emmy for cinematography, and gives us a moody piece that first aired on 2 February, 1996. Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are requested by Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) to help the head of the Behavioural Unit,…

The X-Files (1995) – Oubliette, and Nisei

Mulder (David Duchovny) believes that a traumatised woman, Lucy Householder (Tracey Ellis) shares an empathetic connection with a young woman, Amy Jacobs (Jewel Staite) who has been kidnapped by the same man, Carl Wade (Micheal Chieffo) who abducted Lucy when she was a child. Written by Charles Grant Craig, Oubliette first aired on 17 November,…

The X-Files (1995) – Paper Clip, and D.P.O.

The third episode in the season finale/opener that began with Anasazi plunges Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) further into the still developing mythology arc of the series with this episode, Paper Clip, written by series creator, Chris Carter. First airing on 29 September, 1995 the episode sees the agents on the run, investigating…

The X-Files (1995) – Anasazi, and The Blessing Way

Series creator Chris Carter (who makes a cameo in this episode) penned the teleplay from a story he and David Duchovny developed, and season two of The X-Files came to a conclusion on 19 May, 1995, with Anasazi. In a Navajo reservation in New Mexico, something that looks like an alien corpse is recovered from…

The X-Files (1995) – The Calusari, and F. Emasculata

The Calusari gives us another riff on the Bad Seed trope, using that as a partial red herring before the story goes in a more paranormal direction. First airing on 14 April, 1995, the episode was written by Sara B. Cooper and pulls Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) into the strange death of…

The X-Files (1995) – End Game, and Fearful Symmetry

Frank Spotnitz who would become essential in helping to craft the mythology of The X-Files, wrote this episode that debuted on 17 February, 1995, and continued the story begun in Colony. Mulder’s (David Duchovny) sister, Samantha (Megan Leitch) is the cost for the Bounty Hunter (Brian Thompson) to release Scully (Gillian Anderson) after appearing in…

The X-Files (1994) – 3, and One Breath

Scully (Gillian Anderson) is still missing, and Mulder (David Duchovny) heads off to L.A. to investigate possible vampires, or at least blood fetishists in the first real clunker of season two, 3. Written by Chris Ruppenthal as well as Glen Morgan and James Wong, this disappointing episode first aired on 4 November, 1994. As Mulder…

The X-Files (1994) – Duane Barry, and Ascension

In its second season, The X-Files really got to show us what it could do, and the first two episodes up this week form a pair of my favourites, in a season packed with standout episodes (and a couple of clunkers). Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Krycek (Nicholas Lea) are called in on a hostage…

The X-Files (1994) – Blood, and Sleepless

Mulder (David Duchovny) finds himself in a paranoia and violence filled town in Blood. Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong from a story by Darin Morgan (who had just appeared as the monster in the previous episode), this episode first aired on 30 September, 1994. A seemingly unconnected series of violent incidents leads Mulder…

The X-Files (1994) – Little Green Men, and The Host

The x-files have been closed down. Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) have been separated and reassigned. Mulder is on a routine listening assignment, and Scully is teaching at the Academy (and Anderson is still very pregnant). They are forced to meet surreptitiously and Scully realises how broken Mulder may be at this…