When a trucker hauling automotive parts encounters a UFO, Mulder and Scully are sent spiraling across multiple arrays of evidence. Mulder can’t trust his source, nor can he let the government cover up the truth. He learns, along with Scully, what the truck is really holding.
Series Archives: X-Files Season 1
John Barnett, Mulder’s first Bureau case and seemingly dead killer, is back in action. Reclaiming his affection for cryptic messages as well as his taunting personality, he leads Mulder and Scully on a chase involving heart, mystery, and science.
A bank robbery ends with a fatal shootout involving the robber and another agent. After he is resuscitated, he reprises his job and life. Yet, the corpse of the robber is missing a wedding ring, and evidence involving the case is disappearing. Two men died, one came back.
Aside from the fact that the killer is a toxic-pheromone producing alien, this episode is as close to a classic homicide investigation as you can get for these two.
“Beyond The Sea” stands as one of the best Scully episodes not only of this season, but of several and it begins a rich tradition of Scully-centric episodes centered on her faith, as opposed to Mulder’s belief. Like many of those offerings, the setting is Christmas and the focus is on her family.
With previous episodes, we’ve gotten a look at various partners that both of the agents have had in the past, and we’ve also gotten a look at Scully in a romantic sense.
With “Fire”, we get a glimpse when work and romance meet in the form of Mulder’s former partner, Pheobe Green. Across fandom, Green became a character that fans loved to hate. There are lots of reasons why this was the case but for me, it helped to explain an aspect of the relationship between Scully and Mulder that had the X Files stand above so many other shows, not only for its time, but beyond. In Pheobe Green, Mulder became involved with a partner and literally got burned.
The fathers of two identical girls are found exanguinated in the back yard of their homes. Could these murders be a step-up in the series of accumulating cattle-mutilations in the U.S., or a missing link to a government project known as “The Litchfield Experiments”?
“Fallen Angel” is a solid mythology centric episode and follows up naturally on the first season episode “Deep Throat”. With the added benefit of having a few episodes under its belt and the characters introduced, the episode can more easily unroll the themes of alien abduction, crashed alien ships and the government conspiracy to cover this up both within and without the FBI without the stiff but necessary back story that earlier episodes would have required.
Space is not one of my favorite episodes. In part I believe this is because, in the character of Marcus Belt, the episode doesn’t go far enough in its many similarities to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and the claims that they had some sort of an experience with a UFO during their flight to the moon.
“Ice” wasn’t one of my favorite episodes but it’s still a solid story, echoing movies like John Carpenter’s “The Thing”, Ridley Scott’s “Alien”, as well as “The Twilight Zone’s ‘The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street’”.