Pilot Rewatch: The X-Files
The Truth Is Out There
The X-Files – Pilot
Season 1, Episode 1 – Original air date: 9/10/1993
This time for ‘Pilot Rewatch’ I decided to go back to a show that I haven’t watched in a very long time. I had forgotten so much of it, that it was almost like seeing it for the first time all over again.
The episode opens on a scared woman running through the woods, her pursuer has no problem catching her. There’s a bright flash of light, and the next day she’s found dead. Of course this is the start of our mystery for this episode. But before that, we have to meet our heroes.
Special Agent Dana Scully is heading into the F.B.I. office for a meeting about the new partner that they want to assign her to. They’re basically asking her to use her skepticism, and science, to disprove anything that Special Agent Fox Mulder investigates concerning ‘the X-Files’, which are the strange and unusual cases that are assigned to him.
Dana heads to Mulder’s basement office, or what looks more like a storage room, to introduce herself. Mulder ponders what she did wrong to be assigned to work with him, and knows she is there to babysit.
As they’re out investigating there’s a few unusual things that happen, lost time for one. There’s a particular scene that I find amusing, Scully shows up at Mulder’s room, and removes her robe, revealing herself to be in her bra & panties. She claims to be there to get his opinion on some marks on her lower back…Yeah. Right. Likely story.
I remember when I first heard about The X-Files premiering, I thought it sounded interesting, and figured it would be lucky to last for one season. Yeah, it kind of lasted a bit longer than one season. I remember being a bit annoyed sometimes when watching the show, even though I did enjoy it. I often felt frustrated with the ongoing story lines, and found that I preferred the stand alone episodes. That probably puts me in the minority. The show certainly had it’s charm, and I think I might go back to rewatch the rest of it, just for fun.
It’s always interesting to go back and watch the pilot of a show, long after you have gotten to know the characters, and you realize they may have had the basics down, but their characters were (understandably) not fleshed out yet. Sometimes it’s almost uncomfortable to watch, there are some cringe worthy scenes, and this episode had a few of those moments. Yet, it was still like-able. It also gets much better as the series grows, and they get more comfortable in their characters.