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The wait is no longer, X-Files Season 4 Roundtable is here.  As always I will be joined by Agent Donald and Agent Shadow from Re-Opening The X-Files, Tuesday July 6, 2010 on The Film List EPISODE 34    to breakdown the first 12 episodes of season 4.  And check out EPISODE 35    for the conclusion to our Season 4 breakdown, premiering July 20, 2010.

Here is the season 4 episode guide with my ratings (OUT OF 10) so you can follow along as you listen to the podcast :


Season 4, Episode 1 – Aired: 10/4/1996

Herrenvolk (2)  RATING :  9.3

Jeremiah Smith and Mulder are on the run from the alien bounty hunter and Smith takes Mulder to a small farm tended to by identical sets of children and all the girls are clones of his sister when she was still a child. Mulder prepares to take Jeremiah and one of the clones to see his mother in hospital but the bounty hunter catches up with them and kills Jeremiah. Meanwhile, the Syndicate suspects that they have a traitor in their midst and plan a trap which results in X being executed by the CSM.


Season 4, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/11/1996

Home  RATING:  9.8

A baby is found buried alive in shallow ground and appears to have birth defects resulting from generations of inbreeding, leading Mulder and Scully to a reclusive family who have a history of inbred children.


Season 4, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/18/1996

Teliko  RATING:  7.1

After several African-American men are killed and the color is drained from their skin, Mulder learns about the Teliko, an African folktale about a creature who must suck the pigmentation from a person’s body in order to survive.


Season 4, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/27/1996

Unruhe  RATING:  8.6

Several kidnappings of young women linked by distorted photographs lead Mulder and Scully to a man who can imprint his darkest fantasies onto undeveloped film and is trying to save the women from the ‘Howlers’.


Season 4, Episode 5 – Aired: 11/3/1996

The Field Where I Died  RATING:  7.0

After an FBI raid on a doomsday cult called the “Temple of the Seven Stars.” Mulder meets Melissa, a cultist who claims to have known him in a previous life during the American Civil War. Scully believes the woman is a delusional schizophrenic but Mulder allows himself to be drawn into her fantasies.


Season 4, Episode 6 – Aired: 11/10/1996

Sanguinarium  RATING :  7.3

When a series of bizarre murders take place in a hospital’s plastic surgery unit, Mulder finds a link to the four witches Sabbaths. This leads Mulder and Scully to question if supernatural forces maybe responsible when they begin to suspect a nurse of practicing witchcraft and causing the deaths of the patients.


Season 4, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/17/1996

Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man  RATING: 10.0

Frohike pieces together and recites to Mulder and Scully what could be the possible life story of the Cigarette Smoking Man; from a young captain in the US Army recruited to assassinate President Kennedy, to becoming the mysterious man in the shadows at the height of a global conspiracy. What measures will the CSM take to ensure that he remains a mystery forever?


Season 4, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/24/1996

Tunguska (1)  RATING:  9.6

A rock sample taken from Mars is intercepted at an airport and infects a security officer with the Black Cancer, while Mulder is given a tip about potentially dangerous paramilitary operations but is doubtful when the informant turns out to be Alex Krycek. Reluctantly, Mulder accepts Krycek’s help and tracks the rock to Russia where he discovers an elaborate test being performed by Russian scientists.


Season 4, Episode 9 – Aired: 12/1/1996

Terma (2)  RATING:  9.0

While imprisoned in Russia and infected with the Black Cancer, Mulder learns that Krycek is working with the men responsible and everything has been a setup from the start, while Scully and Skinner are called to a suspicious Senate hearing where the only question is the whereabouts of Agent Mulder.


Season 4, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/15/1996

Paper Hearts  RATING:  9.2

Mulder’s dreams help him in finding the body of a little girl which re-opens one of his old cases in the Violent Crimes Unit and leads him to believe the killer he captured had more victims and may have taken his sister many years before.


Season 4, Episode 11 – Aired: 1/12/1997

El Mundo Gira  RATING:  8.8

When a deadly yellow rain falls in a migrant workers camp and kills a young woman, Agents Mulder and Scully come to investigate what happened. After questioning the family the agents learn that they believe a mythical creature is responsible for the death and before long Mulder and Scully are on the trail of a mythical beast known as El Chupacabra. Mulder and Scully have to work out where the beast will go next before it can kill anyone else.


Season 4, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/26/1997

Leonard Betts   RATING :  8.9

After the body of a decapitated EMT disappears from the morgue and an identical man starts work at the same hospital, Mulder believes that the man has the ability to regrow parts of his body, including his head. The agents soon discover that Betts’ body is riddled with cancer and he is able to live in that condition but needs to feed on cancerous tumors to keep up his strength.




Season 4, Episode 13 – Aired: 2/2/1997

Never Again  RATING : 8.5

While Mulder is forced to take a vacation he leaves Scully with an assignment to keep her busy until he returns. She however, decides to start living and goes on a date with a man who believes that his tattoo talks to him and is telling him to stay away from other women.

Season 4, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/9/1997

Memento Mori  RATING : 9.2

Scully’s recent failing health is revealed to be inoperable brain cancer which is common among abductees. She meets with other abductees with the same condition and forms a special bond with a dying woman, while Mulder tries to save her from a doctor who may be connected with the abductions.

Season 4, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/16/1997

Kaddish  RATING: 7.2

Issac Luria, a Jewish man, is killed by a group of teenagers working for a racist shopowner, but one of them is soon strangled to death and the fingerprints on his neck are of Issac. Despite other factors, Mulder becomes convinced that the man has returned from the dead to exact revenge.

Season 4, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/23/1997

Unrequited  RATING: 8.2

When a US military general is unexplainably murdered in the back of his limousine, a paramilitary group is suspected and they believe it was a soldier whom they liberated from a Vietnam POW camp and is plotting to kill certain corrupt military figures.

Season 4, Episode 17 – Aired: 3/16/1997

Tempus Fugit (1)  RATING: 9.3

While celebrating Scully’s 33rd birthday, a strange woman informs Mulder that NICAP member Max Fenig (see Fallen Angel) has recently died in a plane crash. After a visit to the crash site and finding Max’s body with radiation burns on it, Mulder suggests that the plane was intercepted by a UFO and is rapidly being covered up by the military.

Season 4, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/23/1997

Max (2)  RATING: 9.4

Mulder is arrested for investigating the plane crash and interfering with a military operation, while Scully is caught in an attempted assassination of Corporal Frish which claims the life of Agent Pendrell. Scully bails Mulder out of prison and they go to Max Fenig’s trailer to find out why he was on the plane. Mulder finds evidence of alien technology and boards a plane with it but the plane is intercepted mid-flight and it disappears. Mulder is again left with nothing.

Season 4, Episode 19 – Aired: 4/13/1997

Synchrony  RATING: 9.0

A case involving a strange old man warning two scientists of events in the immediate future which come to pass; and the use of their experimental flash-freezing compound that does not exist yet, has Mulder believing that one of the scientists has come from the future to stop his own scientific breakthrough from becoming reality.

Season 4, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/20/1997

Small Potatoes  RATING: 8.5

Five babies in the same town are all born with tails and the local OB-GYN is blamed for tampering with fertilised eggs. However, Mulder discovers the culprit to be a simple man with a genetic deformity who may have the ability to alter his appearance.

Season 4, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/27/1997

Zero Sum  RATING: 9.5

Skinner destroys evidence to cover up a woman’s death and poses as Agent Mulder to complete the task. Mulder finds out about Skinner’s deception and confronts him and Skinner reveals that he is working for the Cigarette Smoking Man in order to obtain a possible cure for Scully’s cancer.

Season 4, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/4/1997

Elegy  RATING:  7.9

After a man sees a woman trapped inside a bowling alley pin setter, he goes for help and finds police standing next to the body of the same woman. Mulder and Scully join the investigation and follow up this lead which the police won’t bother with and they are led to a autistic man who works at the bowling alley.

Season 4, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/11/1997

Demons  RATING: (9.1)

Mulder undergoes an experimental form of hypnotherapy to recover his memories about his sister’s abduction but the treatment has side effects including psychotic behaviour and Mulder wakes up one morning in a motel room with someone else’s blood all over him.

Season 4, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/18/1997

Gethsemane (1)  RATING 9.3

While investigating the discovery of a preserved alien body found in the mountains of Canada, Mulder is contacted by Michael Kritschgau who tells him about a government conspiracy not to keep alien activity a secret, but to make people believe in them without question and Mulder has been the prime target. With the idea that everything he believes is a lie, Mulder appears to take his own life.




Here is the debut of Lindsay Carl’s X-Files review on Heath’s World.  Lindsay is a Film List podcast listener who has sent me some great genre Top 10 lists.  AS we continued to talk, she has recently started to watch the X-Files.  Oh yes, for the first time!  To get a fresh perspective on the amazing TV series, I asked Lindsay to write her thoughts as she explores each season.  Lindsay will contribute to Heath’s World as she completes each viewing of an X-Files season. 

Remember, there are a lot of X-Files fans out there.  Especially the ones who watched the show from the beginning.  So for someone watching the show for the first time in 2009, it may not have the same effect.  Or will it?  So go easy.  But all is fair in love and the X-Files.  And remember, the truth is out there……

Lindsay is the first blogger I have brought on to the site.  So check out her debut below, X-Files Review : Fresh Eyes.


I am thrilled that Heath asked me to contribute to his blog in
discussing my first viewing of The X-Files. So first things first:
Heath, thank you for the opportunity, and for suggesting this show to
me in the first place!

*Note: I apologize in advance for my love of commas, semicolons,
parenthesis, brutal honesty, and sarcasm =)

I began watching Season 1 this of The X-Files this October, not
knowing much about the show other than what the title suggests. In the
pilot episode, I got a better feel of what the premise would be: Agent
Fox Mulder (probably the coolest name ever, next to Wolfgang Puck) is
an FBI special agent who has been assigned a special set of
unexplained or mysterious cases called the X-Files. Agent Dana Scully
is assigned to work with him on these cases, but is a woman of
science, and completely opposes belief in the supernatural. This
premise alone struck interest in me.

The first unavoidable thing I noticed was how dated it was; in
quality, special effects, and the atrocious 90’s attire. But this is
entirely my fault for watching it a decade too late, I suppose. My
first reaction: Ahhh! Fox Mulder’s hair is SO 90’s that it hurts. And
don’t even get me started on Dana Scully’s dated, shoulder-padded
trench coat. But once I got past that, it got better.

A suggestion to any other new, first-time watchers, DO NOT base your
opinions on the Pilot; or the first several episodes for that matter.
Here are some episodes that really stood out to me (for better or

Deep Throat (Ep.2) – I wasn’t a big fan of the pilot, but this
episode was far more my style. I have a special place in my heart for
government conspiracies, and this one delves into the possibility that
the government is already WELL aware of UFOs, to the point where
similar vehicles are being tested at an air force base.

Conduit (Ep. 3) – Not much to say about this one. It was a little
TOO sci-fi for me; definitely straddled the line between sci-fi and
ridiculous. But seeing ‘Horace Goodspeed’ made me smile.

Ghost in the Machine (Ep. 7) – I watched this one twice. The first
time, it didn’t keep my attention at all. But I really liked it the
second time. It reminded me of ‘Wargames’, which is one of my favorite
movies of all time. I love the idea of computers becoming so highly
intelligent that they can outsmart humans. We can certainly see this
happening now: computers get smarter, and people get dumber =)

ICE (Ep. 8) – This was by far my favorite of the entire season. I
liked that it had the sci-fi aspect, but the idea of a creepy
prehistoric parasitic outbreak really isn’t beyond the realm of

EVE (Ep. 11) – I wanted to like this episode. I really did. But it
was just way too unrealistic for me. And the acting of those little
girls just got under my skin.

Gender Bender (Ep. 14) – As much as I disliked EVE for being too
unrealistic, on the contrary, I loved this one. The creep-factor was
awesome! There is something extremely disturbing to me about a group
of people who live outside of society, but in a good way. This episode
really pulled it off.

Shapes (Ep. 19) – For what it’s worth, I really noticed a big shift
in acting abilities with the characters in this episode. They cast the
supporting actors very well, which is something I kind of had a
problem with in past episodes. I also had big laughs when Mulder and
Scully tried saying ‘Mr. Goodensnake’ with a completely serious face.
Also, when the famous LOST line, “DON’T TELL ME WHAT I CAN’T DO!!!”
made a cameo.

Darkness Falls (Ep. 20) – I loved this episode for the same reason I
loved ‘ICE’. The realism in the idea that insects could take over the
world. I am actually surprised they haven’t already! Very good concept

Tooms (Ep. 21) – At first, I felt cheated when I realized that this
was a ‘part 2’ of a previous episode. But I enjoyed this episode much
more than its previous counterpart. They go a little deeper into the
relationship between Mulder and Scully on a much more personal level.
Scully showed a lot more personality than in episodes passed. Also
Tooms licking his fingers after picking up that decomposing rat:
grossest thing EVER! It was awesome.

The Erlenmeyer Flask (Finale) – This episode certainly hooked me,
for sure. It ended with an excellent cliffhanger, and it left me
wanting to see more. And again, the government conspiracy plot was
really interesting to me. The ONLY part I disliked was seeing the
monkey in cages, which made me shed a tiny tear. I also noticed that
the intro was different. Usually, the words “The Truth is Out There”.
In this episode, it said “Trust No One”. If this was an attempt to
peak interest in the viewer, it certainly worked for me. It leaves me
wondering if maybe season 2 will have this ‘trust no one’ theme. But I
guess we will see!

There are some general qualms I had with the show. First, I do not
understand this desexualization of Scully. She is a gorgeous woman,
and it seems as though they completely disregard this. She is always
so serious, unfeminine, unemotional, and ‘all business, all the time’,
it’s sometimes hard to watch. But I did notice that she breaks out of
her ‘beige trenchcoat’ of a shell  a little more at the end, and I
really hope her character develops a little more going forward.

The constant ‘serious-face’ glances between Mulder and Scully in every
episode EVERY time someone else is talking is a bit much. I understand
they are trying to dramatize the situation, but it’s overkill at
times. The fact that I watched two or three episodes at time may
contribute to this, making it seem like it happens a lot more often
than it really does.

And as I had mentioned before, the acting was often pretty horrible.
Although I could tell that Duchovny and Anderson are getting a lot
more comfortable in their roles and with each other toward the
seasons’ end. However, the rest of the casting could still use a
little work. I am guessing that the funding for the show will increase
in seasons to come, and better actors can be afforded.

I know, I know. I have a lot of complaints. I guess this might come
from the fact that I have been exposed to LOST which is the best show
in the universe. Yes, the UNIVERSE (What’s that saying about filet
mignon and bologna?) BUT alas, I am very excited to get into season 2
and continue watching. It is overall a very interesting concept as a
whole, and extremely entertaining. And I am confident that some, if
not all of the issues I do have with the show will be eliminated as
the series progresses.

Thanks for reading!
~Lindsay (youllshootyoureyeout)


Follow along with The X-Files season 3 roundtable podcast as we go over episode by episode of the third season of the X-Files.  This podcast is exclusively found on The Film List  and Re-Opening the X-Files podcasts. Ratings are out of 10 point scale.

Podcast goes live on talkshoe at 1030pm est, tonight 11-17-09.  AD Heath Solo, Agent Donald and Agent Shadow will be joined by a new agent, Agent Nathan.



Season 3, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/22/1995

The Blessing Way (2)

Scully finds her career with the FBI in jeopardy as Mulder is still missing and The Cigarette Smoking Man is pursuing the stolen files. The Navajo elders find Mulder’s body in a cave and perform an ancient ceremony to call the spirit back to the empty vessel.

RATING : 9.5

Season 3, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/29/1995

Paper Clip (3)

Assistant Director Skinner and Scully are at a standoff when Mulder bursts in and discovers that Skinner has the digital tape. Reunited, Mulder and Scully travel to a secret vault inside a mine and find an elaborate filing system of medical records which reveals that Mulder’s sister may not have been the first choice for abduction. Meanwhile, Skinner deals with the Cigarette Smoking Man for their safety.

RATING : 9.8

Season 3, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/6/1995


When a small town chalks up five lightning-related deaths, Mulder suspects something is amiss in rural America. Despite the apparent validity of the autopsy results Mulder asks her to review, Scully, for once finds herself in perfect agreement with her partner- especially when the suspect jump-starts his boss’s heart-bare-handed.

RATING : 8.2

Season 3, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/13/1995

Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose

In the midst of a psychic sideshow while on a murder case, Mulder and Scully enlist the help of a man who may have a true psychic ability to foresee how people will die to help the agents catch a man killing fortune tellers.

RATING :  9.3

Season 3, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/20/1995

The List

No-one takes much notice when a death row inmate vows on the electric chair to come back from the dead and kill 5 men who have wronged him during his time in prison; until a guard is mysteriously murdered in the former inmate’s cell.


RATING :  8.6

Season 3, Episode 6 – Aired: 11/3/1995


A serial killer with unusual tastes is doing his stalking on the internet, luring women to him by capitalizing on their vulnerabilities, using his knack for playing into the most desperate desires. His ‘long distance’ approach makes apprehension difficult-and complicating Scully and Mulder’s investigations further in his habit of digesting his dates, making it nearly impossible to identify his victims.


RATING :  8.7

Season 3, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/10/1995

The Walk

After a suicide attempt and multiple murders at a military hospital, Mulder and Scully meet a quadruple amputee who has gained the power of Astral Projection and is taking out his personal frustrations on his commanding officers.

RATING :  7.7

Season 3, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/17/1995


Mulder seeks the help of a woman whom he believes has a special connection with a young girl who has recently been kidnapped by the same man who held her captive many years earlier.

RATING :  9.1

Season 3, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/24/1995

Nisei (1)

An investigation into a video of an alien autopsy puts Mulder and Scully in the middle of a conspiracy involving WWII Japanese scientists brought to America to continue their experiments which may shed light on Scully’s abduction.

RATING :  9.5

Season 3, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/1/1995

731 (2)

Mulder is trapped inside a train car which contains a suspected alien-human hybrid and also a bomb, while Scully pursues the truth about her abduction and the mystery behind the implant in her neck.

RATING :  9.2

Season 3, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/15/1995


Mulder and Scully swap roles as they pursue a man killing priests who claim to have the wounds of Christ. The agents find and must protect a young boy who may be a real stigmatic. While Scully’s faith draws her closer to the boy, Mulder is convinced of another explanation.

RATING :  8.2

Season 3, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/5/1996

War of the Coprophages

Widespread panic is caused in a small community after numerous deaths are linked to killer cockroaches and a government agricultural agency is discovered to have set up a secret experiment involving insects.

RATING : 9.8

Season 3, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/26/1996


A rare planetary alignment causes strange behaviour in the residents of a small town but particularly in two teenage girls who were born at the exact same moment on that particular date.

RATING :  7.9

Season 3, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/2/1996


A serial killer is captured after a three year manhunt and he claims an evil spirit is responsible for the crimes. When the killings continue as he sits in jail, Mulder’s battle with a former colleague gets more heated when he suggests that something more paranormal may be involved.

RATING : 9.1

Season 3, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/9/1996

Piper Maru (1)

A French salvage ship searching for a lost WWII fighter plane unknowingly surfaces an alien which appears in the form of black oil and has the ability to jump hosts. Mulder heads to Hong Kong to investigate the salvage broker who sold the information to the French and he encounters Krycek, who has been selling information from the MJ Documents. As Mulder prepares to take Krycek back to the US, the alien makes its way to Hong Kong and takes control of Krycek.

RATING :  9.7

Season 3, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/16/1996

Apocrypha (2)

Mulder pursues Krycek, not knowing about the alien that has taken over his body, to get back the DAT tape containing the MJ Documents. Meanwhile, the shooting of AD Skinner uncovers evidence that could lead Scully to her sister’s murderer.

RATING :  9.3

Season 3, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/23/1996


Mulder and Scully are asked to help in a case involving Robert Patrick Modell, a murderer possessing a psychic ability to force his will onto people. Due to a brain tumor that is slowly killing him, he is searching for a “worthy adversary” and he forces Mulder into a battle of mind over matter.

RATING :  8.9

Season 3, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/8/1996

Teso Dos Bichos

When a series of deaths occur immediately after an ancient artefact is brought to Boston from an excavation site in South America, Scully believes the deaths appear to be the result of political terrorism, but Mulder suspects something more improbable. He thinks that the deaths are linked to a shaman spirit released by the Ecuadorian Amaru urn.

RATING :  7.6

Season 3, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/29/1996

Hell Money

The deaths of several Chinese men found to be missing vital internal organs that were removed prior to death leads Mulder and Scully to a deadly Chinatown lottery where men wager their body parts for a chance to win a cash jackpot.

RATING : 7.7

Season 3, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/12/1996

Jose Chung’s From Outer Space

An alien abduction of two teenagers with different versions of the same facts prompts a science-fiction novelist to write a book about the incident. However no one involved with the investigation can tell him the full story with any accuracy.

RATING :  9.0

Season 3, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/26/1996


During a one-night stand in the midst of his divorce, AD Skinner becomes a murder suspect, and Mulder and Scully return the many favors that he has done for them by analyzing evidence that someone doesn’t want uncovered to prove his innocence.

RATING :  9.7

Season 3, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/3/1996


When a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances are reported near a lake in a small town, Agents Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate. With local folklore of a killer sea serpent running rampant amongst the locals, the agents must take their search for the truth to the water. But before long the agents find out that there may be more to the legend then they first thought.

RATING :  9.6

Season 3, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/10/1996


After a man kills three people and his wife because he mistook them for a ruthless Bosnian dictator, Mulder and Scully discover a test involving mind control using television signals that make people’s worst fears become real in any form.

RATING :  9.1

Season 3, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/17/1996

Talitha Cumi (1)

Mulder and Scully search for a mysterious man with the power to heal, whose actions risk exposing the existence of aliens on Earth. Meanwhile a confrontation between Mrs. Mulder and the CSM leads Mulder to the discovery of the only weapon which can kill the aliens.

RATING :  8.9


LIVE on at 1030 pm est, The Film List podcast in association with Donald Chavis’ Re-Opening the X-files podcast will participate in X-Files : Season 3 Review.  Agents Donald and Shadow will join AD Solo in re-opening the season 3 X-Files.

Participate in the chat :  the X-Files Roundtable 



Season 2, don't buy the slim set...I'll tell you why.

Season 2, don't buy the slim set...I'll tell you why.

The Film List podcast  in association with the  Re-Opening The X-files podcast  will be recording live the X-Files roundtable for season 2 today, on  Assistant Director Solo will be joined by Agent Donald and Agent Shadow.  Note : all ratings are out of 10.
Here is Assistant Director Solo’s season 2 ratings :

Little Green Men   Season 2, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/16/1994

With the X-Files closed, Scully has been assigned as an instructor at the FBI Academy while Mulder is doing menial surveillance work. After meeting with Senator Matheson, one of his supporters in regards to The X-Files, Mulder disobeys orders and heads to an abandoned SETI site in Puerto Rico which has unexplainably reactivated itself and could provide proof of contact with extra-terrestrial life.

RATING : 9.1


The Host  Season 2, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/23/1994

AD Skinner sends Mulder to investigate a body which washed into the New Jersey sewer from the ocean. Mulder believes that the basic blue-collar assignment is punishment, but on Skinner’s own admission what he discovers is a true X-File.


Blood  Season 2, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/30/1994

When several violent deaths in a small farming community are connected by the destruction of digital devices, Mulder believes that people are being driven to kill by the use of subliminal messages in the digital readouts.


Sleepless   Season 2, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/7/1994

Mulder reluctantly accepts a new partner, Agent Alex Krycek, and requests a strange case because someone put an audio tape in his morning paper. When his request is granted they investigate the deaths of several Green Beret soldiers who participated in a sleep deprivation experiment during the Vietnam war. But before long it becomes clear that not one of these men have slept in over 20 years.

RATING : 8.9

Duane Barry (1)    Season 2, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/14/1994

Scully captured by Duane Barry.

Scully captured by Duane Barry.

Mulder is called to a hostage situation involving Duane Barry, a former FBI Agent who claims to be an alien abductee and wants to get back to the abduction site with someone who will be taken instead of him. Unfortunately, the someone he eventually chooses is Scully.


Ascension (2)    Season 2, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/21/1994

When Mulder finds out that Scully was kidnapped by Duane Barry, he risks the wrath of his superiors and the annoyance of Agent Krycek in order to do whatever it takes to find her. Meanwhile, Krycek is found to be reporting Mulder’s activities to the CSM.


3    Season 2, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/4/1994

Truly alone for the first time since Scully found her way to the basement of the J. Edger Hoover Building, Mulder throws himself into his work, and into the bizarre world of vampire-fetishist in search of a trio of serial killers. But Mulder finds himself falling for the one woman that may be the prime suspect.


One Breath    Season 2, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/11/1994

Scully mysteriously appears in a Washington hospital, alive but in a coma, and Mulder must fight to keep her alive in order to find out what happened to her and who did it to her. Meanwhile, Scully fights her own personal battle as she decides whether to stay or go on to the next world.


Firewalker    Season 2, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/18/1994

Mulder and Scully, reunited at last, head for an active volcano under a geological study and find a deadly life form that can survive in the searing heat of the crater and is killing the scientists to avoid being discovered.


Red Museum    Season 2, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/9/1994

While investigating the connection between the abduction of several teenagers and a rural religious cult, Mulder & Scully discover a secret test being performed on the children using the “Purity Control” alien DNA from ‘The Erlenmeyer Flask’ which leads Mulder to the Crew-Cut Man, Deep Throat’s murderer.


Excelsis Dei    Season 2, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/16/1994

Mulder and Scully investigate when the rape and battery of a nurse takes place in a Massachusetts convalescent home. The nurse claims that she was attacked by one of the residents but also claims they were invisible. Mulder and Scully soon discover that it may not be one of the residents after all…


Aubrey    Season 2, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/6/1995

When a detective mysteriously uncovers the remains of an FBI agent who disappeared in the 1940s while investigating a murder case similar to a modern-day one she is investigating, Mulder and Scully believe that the original killer had passed his genetic trait of violence to his grandchild.


Irresistible    Season 2, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/13/1995

A mortuary worker who gets his thrills from collecting hair and fingernails from the dead begins killing people to expand his collection sets his seriously disturbed sights on Scully.


Die Hand Die Verletzt    Season 2, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/27/1995

The ritualistic murder of a teenager in a small town gets Mulder and Scully caught up in a secret occult practice within the local school’s PTA and a substitute teacher with strange powers.


Fresh Bones    Season 2, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/3/1995

While investigating several deaths and murders within a Haitian refugee camp, Mulder and Scully get caught in the middle of a secret war between the camp commander and a Voodoo priest.

RATING:  9.0

Colony (1)    Season 2, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/10/1995

After the obituaries of three identical men are e-mailed to Mulder, the agents are contacted by a CIA agent who tells them about a Russian Spy Killer sent to eliminate evidence of Cold War era Russian clones who had infiltrated the American medical establishment.


End Game (2)    Season 2, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/17/1995

The alien bounty hunter kidnaps Scully and wants to trade her for Mulder’s sister, who is revealed to be a clone herself. After the trade goes badly and Mulder discovers the truth about Samantha, he tracks the bounty hunter to his ship buried in the arctic ice and demands the whereabouts of his real sister.

RATING: 10.0

Fearful Symmetry    Season 2, Episode 18 – Aired: 2/24/1995

Invisible animals are rampaging through town, destroying property and trampling a federal employee. On arriving in town, the agents begin their search at a nearby zoo with the distinction of never being the site of live birth. Whether that’s because as Mulder suspects, Aliens are ‘harvesting” the young or, as Scully insists, an animal rights group determination to close down the zoo, the only reliable witness appears to be a hand-signing gorilla named Sophie.


Dod Kalm    Season 2, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/10/1995

When half the crew of a Navy ship abandon their boat in a life raft and are rescued 18 hours later looking about 60 years older than they should be, Mulder suggests that the ship is caught in a time field which is speeding up their aging.


Humbug    Season 2, Episode 20 – Aired: 3/31/1995

Mulder and Scully travel to Gibsonton, Florida, a town built and populated by circus and sideshow performers to investigate the death of Jerald Glazebrook, The Alligator Man. While searching for leads on the killer, the agents come across many bizarre characters including the local sheriff who was once known as Jim Jim, the Dog-Faced Boy.


The Calusari    Season 2, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/14/1995

A balloon traveling into the face of the wind isn’t much of a clue to launch an investigation into a toddler’s death, but, on their arrival, a series of bizarre events convinces Scully they’re dealing with a rare form of child abuse. For his part, Mulder thinks answers may be found with a pair of dead roosters and a group of elderly chanters called the Calusari.


F. Emasculata    Season 2, Episode 22 – Aired: 4/28/1995

When a plaguelike illness kills 10 men inside a maximum security prison, Scully tries to get into the quarantine site and discover the cause and origin of the contagion, while Mulder and a group of US Marshals track two escapees who may be infected.


Soft Light    Season 2, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/5/1995

When people start disappearing, and the case is shoved in her general direction, Detective Kelly Ryan, one of Scully’s former students, turns to her old teacher for assistance. Mulder’s theories, in fact his very presence, become more and more un-welcome as the body count continues to mount in his general vicinity. Mulder’s growing disinclination to share his thoughts on the case in the face of Ryan’s- and Scully’s!-evident skepticism doesn’t endear him to the woman, either.


Our Town    Season 2, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/12/1995

After several disappearances in a small town, Mulder and Scully investigate and find hundreds of human bones in the river and discover that the man behind the town’s main source of wealth, a chicken processing plant, has found a way to prolong his life through cannibalism.


Anasazi (1)    Season 2, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/19/1995

My Favorite Gunmen...

My Favorite Gunmen...

Mulder obtains what could be the original and uncut MJ documents containing information about the government’s knowledge of extraterrestrial life, which could lead him closer to the truth than ever before. But Mulder’s enemies make sure he learns that there’s a heavy price to pay for his much sought after truth.


source: TV.COM

ADA SOLO’s Season 2 overall Rating :   A- (9.12)

X-Files season 1 episode guide and ratings :

Currently I’ve started an X-File rewatch.  I’m starting with season 1 and I’m going to continue to the end of the series.  I will also watch the 2 X-Files films : Fight the Future and I Want to Believe. After I’ve completed watching a season, I’m going to talk about that particular season on THE FILM LIST podcast.   AGENT DONALD from Re-opening the X-files podcast, Anna In Indiana,  Agent Shadow and Agent JD Man  join me on The Film List podcast on Thursday July 2nd 4pm est on talk shoe to talk  about season 1.   Dowloaded the episode on itunes or click here to listen : X-Files season 1 podcast.

I will also give each episode my rating out of 10.  I will save my discussion of why for the podcast.  Here are the ratings so far :

episode 01 : “Pilot”   rating (9.6 out of 10) 
First episode of this amazing 9 year run premiered on September 10, 1993.    Special Agent Dana Scully is partnered with Special Agent Fox “Spooky” Mulder to validate his work on a special project called The X-Files. While he is a believer in the paranormal, fueled 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. 
episode 02 : “Deep Throat” (9.6)
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 behavior. 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, great episode.

episode 03 : “Squeeze” (9.1)

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.

episode 04 : “Conduit” (8.6) 

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.

episode 05 : “The Jersey Devil” (9.2)

Mulder’s trip to Atlantic City doesn’t take him to the glittering casinos or luxury hotels. Instead, he plays a dangerous game of hunter-and-hunted with the maneater that haunts the back alleys and woods surrounding the city. However, it’s not long before even Scully, the eternal skeptic, is lured back by the mounting evidence Mulder manages to drag out of tourist-wary local law enforcement agencies.

episode 06 : “Shadows” (8.1)

When an unseen force commits several murders where a young woman is present, Mulder suspects that it is the spirit of the woman’s former boss protecting her, while Scully believes the boss merely faked his own death.

episode 07 : “Ghost In The Machine” (8.3)

A new intelligence gropes its way to life in the depths of wires and circuit boards – only to find itself perched on the edge of immediate extinction. When it fights back, killing Mulder’s former partner in the process, he and Scully must find a way past its considerable defences.

X-Files episode "Ghost In The Machine" 

episode 08 : “ICE” (9.8)

When an Arctic research team mysteriously kills each other and themselves only days after drilling deeper into the ice than ever before, Mulder and Scully accompany a team of doctors and scientists to investigate. They discover an organism which infects living creatures and amplifies the host’s feeling of anger and paranoia, and the new team starts to deteriorate as they wonder who among them are killers.

episode 09 : “Space” (7.5)

Mulder and Scully are contacted by a communications specialist from NASA who shows them evidence of sabotage in the space programme. Mulder’s youthful hero-worship is shaken by the apparent involvement of a high-ranking astronaut.

episode 10 : “Fallen Angel” (9.3)

When a tract of lonely woodland is cordoned off between laser fences, and rapidly changing explanations are rampant, Mulder’s curiosity carries him beyond the bounds of official jurisdiction-and into the middle of a UFO cleanup. Scully’s attempts to protect Mulder from himself are only marginally successful, and neither agents seem capable of protecting the one innocent on the scene- Max Fenig.

episode 11 : “EVE” (9.3)

When two fathers on opposite sides of the country are unexplainably murdered at the exact same time in the exact same way, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate. When they discover that both of the fathers eight-year-old daughters are identical twins, they realize that something even stranger is going on.

episode 12: “Fire” (8.7)

When an old Oxford girlfriend of Mulder’s asks for his help in an international case concerning the unexplainable execution of several British dignitaries they encounter an assassin who can produce fire from his bare hands.

episode 13 : “Beyond The Sea” (9.5)

Scully has a brush with the paranormal when her recently deceased father appears to her in a vision. Meanwhile, Mulder becomes a skeptic when a death row inmate he helped send to prison claims to be a psychic and offers to lead the agents to a serial killer.

episode 14 : “Gender Bender” (9.2)

Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders where the suspect seems to be both male and female. Their investigation leads them to the small town of Stevenston, Massachusetts, where a group called the Kindred have set up a village back in the woods.

episode 15 : “Lazarus” (9.1)

When FBI Agent Jack Willis is shot during a bank robbery, Agent Scully takes drastic steps to resuscitate him while the bank robber, Warren Dupre dies on the operating table. Afterward, Agent Willis begins to exhibit behavior strangely reminiscent of Dupre.

episode 16 : “Young at Heart” (9.4)

Mulder becomes the target of someone from his past, John Barnett, a jewelry store robber with an itchy trigger finger that Mulder sent to prison when he first joined the Bureau. The only problem is that Barnett died four years ago.

episode 17 : “E.B.E.” (9.4)

A dramatic increase in UFO sightings and a bizarre attack on a transport truck convince Mulder that he’s on the trail of a live alien being covertly transported cross-country. For her part, Scully, equally wary of the involvement of the Lone Gunmen as she is of Deep Throat, suspects a rather more earthly explanation.

episode 18 : “Miracle Man” (7.9)

A rash of deaths under the Miracle Ministry’s traveling tent brings Scully and Mulder into the realm of miracles and shysters. When Samuel, reputed raiser of the dead and healer of the sick, indicates he has some knowledge of Mulder’s long lost sister, Scully’s convinced the young man is setting them up. Mulder isn’t so sure.

episode 19 : “Shapes” (9.1)

Mulder and Scully travel to an American Indian reservation to investigate the death of an Indian man who was mistaken for a wild animal and may have been the legendary Manitou, a man who can shapeshift into a beast.

episode 20 : “Darkness Falls” (9.7)

When a group of loggers in the Washington State National Forest disappear in the same way that another group disappeared 50 years ago, Mulder and Scully go along to investigate and find themselves trapped in a cabin surrounded by flesh eating insects that only attack at night.

Great episode with 'Losts' Titus Welliver 

episode 21 : “Tooms” (9.4)

Eugene Tooms, the genetic mutant, is released from the sanitarium and Mulder becomes personally involved to ensure that he is caught in the act of getting the last human liver he needs to go into hibernation for another 30 years.

episode 22 : “Born Again” (8.0)

After a detective and his former partner die in unexplained circumstances, the accidents are linked to a little girl who witnessed both deaths and Mulder believes that she may be the reincarnation of a policeman murdered by his colleagues.

episode 23 : “Roland” (7.4)

When a series of murders occur among a group of scientists working on advanced propulsion technology, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate. All evidence seems to point to the janitor Roland, who is mentally handicapped.

episode 24 : Season 1 Finale : “The Erlenmeyer Flask”  (9.6)

When Deep Throat points out a news story about a fugitive who apparently drowned, Mulder and Scully cannot see what makes the case special but they follow it up anyway. With Deep Throat’s insistence, they discover evidence of secret government project code-named Purity Control, which uses human test subjects and infects them with extraterrestrial DNA. However, the evidence and everyone who has seen it is quickly being eliminated.

Season 1 Total ranking out of 10 :   9.0   A-


**special thanks to


Donald Chavis was the first ever guest to appear on the Film List twice, and currently holds the record for 5 appearances.  He is dedicated and a lot fun to have on.  We like to go back and forth playing little reindeer games, but he always starts it.  But honestly, he is a great friend and has 2 amazing podcasts : Donald Is Lost and  Re-opening the X-files.  For his age, he is actually very intelligent and has a big bright future in the world of podcasting.

Now as far as his TV list, he followed the same criteria I did for my list.  So to make Donald’s film list : The show has to be completed, the strength of the finale plays a part in show ranking, has to be more than 2 seasons, and he had to have seen every episode.  Hence, why Lost and a few other shows are not on the list.

Donald’s List is interesting.  But whether you like it or not, he has a strong passion for his list.   After talking with Donald about his list, I started watching Veronica Mars.  Donald had got me hooked on that show.  He is one for one.  he has even reopened the X-Files for me and I’ve started another X-Files rewatch.  Thank you Agent Donald.

Donald’s Top 10 all-time favorite films was recorded on The Film List  on June 15, 2009.  Subscribe on iTunes or for instant Donald Satisfaction :  Donald’s TV List

 Honorable mentions to : Bones,  House,  Doctor Who.

Donald Chavis’ Top 10 Favorite TV shows of all time :

Donald's in The Dead Zone

Donald's in The Dead Zone

10.   The Dead Zone

 9.   That 70’s Show

 8.   Quantum Leap

Donald takes a Leap...

Donald takes a Leap...

 7.   Martin

 6.   Angel

 5.   Veronica Mars

Donald got me hooked on this great show.

Donald got me hooked on this great show.

 4.   Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 3.   Friends

Is that Mikail in the background?

Is that Mikail in the background?

 2.  Seinfeld

  Donald Chavis’ Top TV show as of June 15, 2009 :

                                     #1.   The X-Files

Donald will always leave the X-Files open!

Donald will always leave the X-Files open!

Check out Agent Donald’s podcast : Reopening the X-Files with Agent Donald.

On my podcast, The Film List, we’ll be discussing season 1 of the X-files. Joining me will be Agent Donald, Agent Anna, and Agent Shadow.  For this podcast I will be known as agent Solo.  The podcast goes live today, July 2nd at 4pm est.

Season 1 not on blu-ray, yet?

Season 1 not on blu-ray, yet?

We will be discussing the episodes of season 1, the characters of Mulder and Scully, what episodes worked, pretty much how it all began.

The podcast is available on the iTunes feed of the Film List podcast and can be heard Live on talkshoe :