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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?”

Alone

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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.”

Roadrunners

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.”

Patience

Picture of the Day: Scully and Doggett – “Invocation” (Season 8)

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).

Blu-ray Edition: Season 8 Artwork

Trivia: Scully & Mulder to the Rescue

Scully rescues Mulder more times than he rescues her throughout the series. As for the movies, they are tied: he saves her in Fight the Future, and she saves him in I Want to Believe.

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