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Writer: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Original broadcast: October 1st 1993
Australian broadcast: March 3rd 1994
As Section Chief Blevins expresses his concern with the direction of the X-Files department, Mulder becomes obsessed with solving a case that closely parallels an encounter he experienced as a child …the abduction of his kid sister, Samantha.
This episode probably wont ever make any of my top 10 lists, but its a good one, even if it feels kind of disjointed at times. I like it because its really character driven. We get more insight into Mulder and just how focused (read: obsessed) he can become on a case that reminds him of his sister. Also its quite a gender reversal, where typically a female character will be the one showing empathy and a connection in such a way.
The full depth of what Scully has got assigned to with The X-Files is more in play here here too….
Writer: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Director: Harry Longstreet
Original broadcast: September 24th 1993
Australian broadcast: February 24th 1994
One of Scully’s friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear point of entry. Mulder realizes that this is similar to a series of X-Files case that have occurred every thirty years, and joins in the investigation to stop the latest cycle.
Mulder and Scully tackle their first monster-of-the-week case courtesy of Agent Tom Colton, an acquaintance of Scully’s from the FBI academy. He wants Scully’s opinion on this “out there” case that’s going to make his career. I’m not sure why Scully would want to help this guy, from the first two seconds of interaction he seems like an arrogant jerk and then calls her Mrs. Spooky. I guess what I like about this is we get a little bit of Scully back story. We learn a bit about her before The X-Files and that she does actually have a life outside of them – well for now. Sorry Scully, you’ll never get out of the damn car. (Sorry newbies, future episode reference.)
Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Original broadcast: September 17th 1993
Australian broadcast: February 17th 1994
Mulder and Scully head to Ellens Air Force Base to investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behaviour. While on the case, Mulder meets a mysterious man dubbed ‘Deep Throat’, who claims to have classified information about his investigations into the paranormal.
Deep Throat is a great follow up to the Pilot episode, while it covers the same theme, it continues to help immerse us in the mythology of the show and give us more of a sense who Mulder, and particularly Scully are. She is a little different from the first episode, more like the Scully we get to know and love for the next nine years. She’s curious about the case, still amused by Mulder’s theories but has a bit more rigidity about her. In this episode she does seem a little too concerned with how her field report is going to read. Oh Scully, you’d better get used to it girl, you’re going to be submitting lots of them about supposed UFO’s and bigfoot.
Written by: Chris Carter
Directed by: Robert Mandel
Original Broadcast: September 10th 1993
Australian Broadcast: February 10th 1994
Special Agent Dana Scully is partnered with Special Agent Fox Mulder to validate his work on a special project called The X-Files. While he is a believer in the paranormal, fuelled by a lost memory where his sister was abducted by aliens; she is a scientist and prefers to look for rational, logical explanations. Their first case takes them to Oregon, to investigate the unsolved deaths of several high school classmates, which Mulder believes are linked to an alien abduction
There is a certain joy to watching the Pilot as someone who has seen the X-Files before. The episode gives us the very first taste of those things we know and love from series and its a sweet reminder this is where it all started. Tropes like Scully always missing all the action. On the flip side, Mulder seeing it all, but gathers no tangible evidence. And of course, those late night phone calls we’d be so lost without. We’re introduced to the alien mythology and the shadowy figure of the CSM who says nothing during the episode but we know by his hovering, he’s important.
For a show that premiered in 1993, the Pilot actually stands the test of time really well….
My first memory of watching the X Files is sitting squeezed between my older brother and dad on a two-seater lounge, eyes glued to the TV as watched two FBI agents chasing what may or may not have been aliens. At eight (nearly nine) years old, I had no real understanding of the more adult themes in the show, but I thought that Mulder and Scully were pretty awesome.
I was the only one in my family who continued watching the show religiously. My dad and brother were still fans, but I was the one who continued the faithful journey for nine long years, hoping that Mulder would finally find his sister or that he and Scully would, at long last, kiss.
Yes, I was a huge shipper, and apparently a romantic in my teen years. The fact that Mulder and Scully are or aren’t a couple isn’t a driving force behind my enjoyment of the show anymore. I still like that aspect, but I’d rather see Scully kicking butt – or watch Mulder getting HIS butt kicked.
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