The X-Files Forever


October 2017

31 Days of Halloween, Day 30: “Scary Monsters” – Season 9

Synopsis | Leyla Harrison alerts Scully, Doggett and Reyes to a case she believes is an X-File involving a little boy with a dangerous imagination.
Trivia | Originally, the story of “Scary Monsters” featured Doggett and Reyes investigating the case with a new agent; it was later decided that the agent should be Leyla Harrison, a Mulder-Scully fan who first appeared in the eighth season episode “Alone”. During the production of this episode, it was announced that the original series was ending in Season 9.
Quotes | Doggett: [to Harrison] “Agents Mulder and Scully aren’t in this situation. Agents Doggett and Reyes are. I don’t know about Agent Reyes, but Agent Doggett’s going to sit his tired ass down.”

Scary Monsters


31 Days of Halloween, Day 29: “Hellbound” – Season 9

Synopsis | Reyes senses she somehow played a role in a series of grisly murders – in which the victims were all skinned alive – dating back more than a century.
Trivia | From a makeup perspective, “Hellbound” is a highlight in the series. The skinned human bodies were created by spraying latex on mannequins; the layers were then peeled off and pasted it back onto other mannequins that resembled the actors. The faux skin was created to look moist and was composed of over 200 prosthetic pieces.
Quotes | Reyes: “Do you believe in second chances, Dana? A chance to correct the mistakes we make in our lives?” Scully: “You mean in a future life?” Reyes: “That’s what these people were trying to do. All the victims… trying to atone for their sins from what happened in that photo. Only this man wouldn’t let them.”


31 Days of Halloween, Day 28: “Dæmonicus” – Season 9

Synopsis | Scully, Doggett and Reyes investigate a series of satanic ritual murders.
Trivia | The episode title “Dæmonicus” means “demonic”, “devilish” in Latin. Robert Patrick had issues remembering and delivering his lines while filming “Dæmonicus” – the theme of demonic possession made him uneasy.
Quotes | Scully: [to FBI cadet] “Sorry to disappoint you, but this is a course in forensic pathology. Hard science. An X-File is a case that has been deemed unsolvable by the Bureau. Because such a case cannot be solved, it may beg other explanations… A vampire, perhaps. Science, however, tells us that evil comes not from monsters, but from men. It offers us the methodology to catch these men, and only after we have exhausted these methods should we leave science behind to consider more extreme possibilities.”


31 Days of Halloween, Day 27: “Alone” – Season 8

Synopsis | Mulder searches for Doggett and his new partner after they are trapped with a deadly reptilian monster.
Trivia | “Alone” is the last stand-alone episode to feature an appearance by David Duchovny as Mulder until the tenth season episode “Founder’s Mutation”. While filming the episode, Duchovny kept calling the Salamander Man ‘Lawnzilla’.
Quotes | Mulder: “You paid your dues there, Scully. More than paid them. You’re concerned about Agent Doggett?” Scully: “You know, the entire time that I was down there I had someone to watch my back.” Mulder: “I’m betting that Agent Doggett can take care of himself. He’s a big boy. You gotta worry about the little boy. Or little girl. Boy? Or girl?”


31 Days of Halloween, Day 26: “Via Negativa” – Season 8

Synopsis | Doggett and Skinner try to avert the mysterious murder spree of a drug-induced cult leader who leaves no trace of evidence at the crime scenes.
Trivia | Curiously, Frank Spotnitz was inspired to write “Via Negativa” after a tube of toothpaste that, when opened, would have blood come out; since he was unable to think of any real-world scenario involving that idea, he eventually came up with the episode’s concept of dreams and nightmares. It is one of Robert Patrick’s top favorite episodes.
Quotes | Doggett: [to Skinner] “Just ’cause I’m assigned to the X-Files you want me to think like Scully or Mulder would. You got the wrong guy. I need facts, not wild ideas.”

Via Negativa

31 Days of Halloween, Day 25: “Roadrunners” – Season 8

Synopsis | Scully evades Doggett’s help in pursuing a dangerous cult that worships a slug-like creature.
Trivia | Some cameramen freaked out during the production of “Roadrunners” due to its graphic nature. The parasitic creature was designed to look like a banana slug and was created via animatronics.
Quotes | Scully: “Look, I, uh… I wanted to apologize. I… I left you out of this case, and that was a mistake on my part. It was almost a fatal mistake.” Doggett: “It was. You screwed up.” Scully: “And I won’t do it again.” Doggett: “I appreciate it.”


31 Days of Halloween, Day 24: “Patience” – Season 8

Synopsis | Scully and Doggett investigate several killings involving a terrifying bat-like creature.
Trivia | “Patience” is the first episode of the series to not feature David Duchovny’s name in the opening title sequence; before this, he is absent in only two episodes out of 163. The human-bat hybrid is inspired by the comic book villain, Man-Bat – one of the arch-nemeses of Batman.
Quotes | Doggett: “The guys upstairs were making some noise about this case – about what’s in our field report.” Scully: “Yeah. You’ll get used to it. I, uh… I never had a desk in here, Agent Doggett, but I’ll see that you get one.”


31 Days of Halloween, Day 23: “Chimera” – Season 7

Synopsis | Mulder investigates a mysterious series of deaths involving ravens, broken mirrors… and a murderous creature.
Trivia | Originally, the episode was going to feature a subterranean monster and was going to be titled “Subterranean Monster Blues”. While “Chimera” was being produced, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were also busy directing their own episodes – “Hollywood A.D.” and “all things”, respectively. Therefore, “Chimera” was initially supposed to have limited appearances by both lead actors, but eventually Duchovny stepped up as he could do the full episode.
Quotes | Scully: “Mulder, please tell me I can go home.” Mulder: “Oh, hey, Scully. How’s the stakeout?” Scully: “Well, the furnace broke, and I can just about see my breath in here.” Mulder: “Ouch! I’m sorry to hear that.”


31 Days of Halloween, Day 22: “Theef” – Season 7

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully suspect that hexcraft is the source of a threat against a doctor’s family.
Trivia | Originally, “Theef” was not planned to be produced during the seventh season; another script was scheduled for the first episode after the Christmas break, but that script fell through. Soon afterward, the Vince Gilligan/John Shiban/Frank Spotnitz trio came up with this dark, voodoo-themed tale. It was one of the most challenging episodes for the cast and crew as they did not have much time to prepare.
Quotes | Mulder: “Mulder, why are we here?” Scully: “To be fair, I might have used the words – Mulder, how is this an X-File?” Mulder: “You see that, Scully, you always keep me guessing.”


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