The X-Files Forever


Season 7

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.”


31 Days of Halloween, Day 21: “X-Cops” – Season 7

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully are followed documentary-style by a Cops camera crew as they investigate an entity on the streets of Los Angeles.
Trivia | The episode’s original title is “Bad Boys”. At some point, David Duchovny was a possible choice to direct “X-Cops”; time constraints and plans for him to direct “Hollywood A.D.” made it necessary to select another director. It ranks as the most-watched stand-alone episode of Season 7, with 16.6 million viewers (original US broadcast). It serves as a fictional crossover with the series Cops.
Quotes | Scully: “Look, Mulder, you want to talk about werewolves to me you can knock yourself out. I may not agree with you, but at least I’m not going to hold it against you. But this… Mulder, this could ruin your career.” Mulder: “What career? Scully, I appreciate it. You don’t want me looking foolish. I do. I appreciate that.” Scully: “I don’t want me looking foolish, Mulder.”


31 Days of Halloween, Day 20: “Orison” – Season 7

Synopsis | Reverend Orison hopes to save Donnie Pfaster’s soul by helping him break out of prison, but Pfaster only wants the victim that once escaped him – Scully.
Trivia | “Orison” is the third and last sequel to a monster-of-the-week episode. In the first draft, the episode’s main antagonist was a prisoner with the ability to stop time; it was later decided to redefine the story and reintroduce Donnie Pfaster, a villain from the second season episode “Irresistible”.
Quotes | Scully: “That song… Can you hear that?” Mulder: “Barely.” Scully: “I haven’t heard that song since high school. That’s the second time I’ve heard it in the last hour.” Mulder: “Well, I think if it was a make-out song it’d be ruined forever now, huh?”


31 Days of Halloween, Day 19: “Millennium” – Season 7

Synopsis | Mulder and Scully seek out ex-Millennium Group member Frank Black when some of his former associates turn into the walking dead.
Trivia | The zombie concept of “Millennium” arose from a separate aborted project: at some point, Stephen King was supposed to write an episode based on George Romero’s cult zombie film Night of the Living Dead, and Romero was slated to direct the episode. “Millennium” is notable for featuring the first romantic kiss between Mulder and Scully, and because it serves as a crossover with the series Millennium.
Quotes | Scully: “Mulder, those people even when they were alive mangled biblical prophecy to the extent that it’s unrecognizable. The year 2000 is just their artificial deadline and besides, 2001 is actually the start of the new millennium.” Mulder: “Nobody likes a math geek, Scully.”


Picture of the Day: Scully – “Fight Club” (Season 7)

Complete Episode List

Ten seasons and two hundred eight episodes.

All Nine Seasons Ranked (IMDb)

The discussion regarding the best seasons of a given show can be tiresome. At the end of the day, it is the series as a whole that matters. Still, if we do not take it too seriously, it can be a fun exercise.

With all 202 episodes taken into consideration, this is how the nine seasons of The X-Files are ranked – according to IMDb:
1. Season 6
2. Season 5
3. Season 3
4. Season 4
5. Season 8
6. Season 2
7. Season 7
8. Season 9
9. Season 1

There are very interesting revelations: Season 6 (a Los Angeles-based season) at number 1, fan-favorite Season 3 pushed to third place, Season 8 ahead of three “Mulder & Scully” seasons, and Season 9 beating Season 1 (even if by only a slight margin).

The X-Files Essential Collection

Leading up to the event series premiere, TV stations are airing must-watch episodes of the original series. These classic episodes are personally selected by Chris Carter:

• “Pilot”
• “Deep Throat”
• “Squeeze”
• “Ice”
• “Beyond the Sea”
• “The Erlenmeyer Flask”
• “The Host”
• “Duane Barry”
• “Humbug”
• “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”
• “Jose Chung’s from Outer Space”
• “Home”
• “Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man”
• “Memento Mori”
• “Small Potatoes”
• “The Post-Modern Prometheus”
• “Bad Blood”
• “Triangle”
• “Milagro”
• “X-Cops”
• Bonus: “The Truth”

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