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Posted on 12/12/2010 11:22:29 AM PST by JoeProBono
"Its a tough job trying to come up with the top ten X-Files episodes of all time. Frankly, I think I should have done the top twenty instead, but that would take too much writing. Im sure some of these episodes will draw the ire of manic X-Files fans as they search for their favorites. One word of advice to those fans who rate the conspiracy episodes as the highest achievement of the series. You wont find any of those episodes here. Im not that big a fan of them, and very few of them can stand on their own anyway.
Gillian Anderson won an Emmy for playing Agent Scully, but she should have won it for this episode. Her descent into madness is nothing less than dazzling......"
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Oddly enough for a top ten list, I mostly agree with it. I would add the episode though with cigarette man’s biography, including that he writes pulp fiction stories only to have them rejected by comic books. That episode was an act of courage for the show to humanize an mysterious and villanous character like that.
My favorite was the episode with the cockroaches. I’d been trying to tape the series & had just recorded it. The tape was still in the deck, & my house was broken into. The creeps stole the vcr & that tape along with some other stuff. The police finally caught them, but all I got back was an old blue blanket & a spoon. Really p*ssed me off!
I much preferred The Night Stalker
1. The episode starring Victoria Jackson, with the weatherman whose emotions effected the weather.
2. The episode starring Peter Boyle as a life insurance salesman.
3. The episode where Scully went nuts after watching subliminal messages on TV.
4. The episode with the hillbillies who drove an old Cadillac.
My fav was the one about angels. It was very spiritual.
“Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man” is on his list of ones he might swap out if he wrote the list a month later.
Agreed. This was a very good episode. I also liked the Christmas episode with the haunted house. Loved the X-Files.
Number one has to be the one with Peter Boyle.
Jose Chung it up there, and as you said, the musings epi.
And the first one with fetish guy character.
And I hate to say it, an honorable mention to the Kathy Griffin epi.
Can you dig it?
Fallen Angel is one of the most pivotal episodes of the X-Files mythology. It foreshadows three key events. One, the existence of The Lone Gunmen, a group of amateur enthusiasts of Ufology and other such unexplained phenomena. Two, the eventual fate of Deep Throat for assisting Mulder along.
But I can never listen to Johnny Mathis again after they used "Wonderful, Wonderful" with the Hillbillies and the Ick factor that was involved...
Bad Blood Guest starring Luke Wilson. Real/fake/real vampires. Drugged FBI agents. Pizza. Mulder chasing a winnebago around a trailer park in his underwear. The list goes on and on. Super funny, super awesome, super OCD.
I agree with these two eps. I believe Peter Boyle won an Emmy as a guest star for this episode of X-Files.
How The Ghosts Stole Christmas: Edward Asner as Maurice, Lily Tomlin as Lyda
"I'm telling you Scully, that cow had my name on it."
Jesse Ventura X Files Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" as Man in Black#1
“Die Hand Die Verletzt” and “Eve” have always been right up there at the top of my faves list.
Season 3: War of the Coprohaghes
“Triangle” was my favorite. The split screen depictions of the simultaneous happenings in the two different times was awesome, shown with the cool period music.
‘4. The episode with the hillbillies who drove an old Cadillac.’
Very disturbing episode. They did a great job portraying a southern family stuck deep in the past, inbred or no. When I was younger you met families like that (not inbred, stuck in the past). You don’t realize sometimes that there was a different and foreign way of thinking a century ago, especially in the deep rural areas.
That was also the first time I heard the term ‘War of Northern Aggression.’
Of course you couldn’t have found a picture of “Kam” from that epi...
Your number 4 was awesome. I loved the one with Jack Black and the dude who controlled lightening, traffic lights, etc.
The Boyle character (the life insurance salesman) is meeting with a young couple and he proceeds to tell the young man exactly when, where, and how he will be killed in a car accident. The wide-eyed young man says, “You really need to work on your closing.”
"Triangle", episode 3 of season 6 of The X-Files. Shows David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, with William B. Davis and Gillian Anderson as the 1939 counterparts of the Cigarette Smoking Man and Dana Scully.
Home and Fluke are my two favorites and the creepiest episodes. I didn’t care for Jose Chung nor some guy’s final repose. I guess I’m not nerdy enough to understand those.
Alas, it doesn’t quite sound as good as the way I remember it...
Was the “hillbillies” one you refer to the one where the two yokel brothers kept their legless Mom stuffed under a bed, to “use” her as needed?
That was one freaky episode.
Wow, I agree. There are so many, that you forget some, especially some of the older ones. Eve was especially creepy. And the “substitute” teacher in “Die Hand ..” was also a great character.
That was one that would be in my top ten, it had the very very famous Bobbie Phillips in it
- We're too late! It's already been here.
- Mulder, I hope you know what you're doing.
- Look, Scully, just like the other homes: Douglas fir, truncated, mounted, transformed into a shrine; halls decked with boughs of holly; stockings hung by the chimney, with care.
- You really think someone's been here?
- Someone or some THING.
- Mulder, over here - it's a fruitcake.
- Don't touch it! Those things can be lethal.
- It's O.K. There's a note attached: "Gonna find out who's naughty and nice."
- It's judging them, Scully. It's making a list.
- Who? What are you talking about?
- Ancient mythology tells of an obese humanoid entity who could travel at great speed in a craft powered by antlered servants. Once each year, near the winter solstice, this creature is said to descend from the heavens to reward its followers and punish disbelievers with jagged chunks of anthracite.
- But that's legend, Mulder -- a story told by parents to frighten children. Surely you don't believe it?
- Something was here tonight, Scully. Check out the bite marks on this gingerbread man. Whatever tore through this plate of cookies was massive and in a hurry.
- It left crumbs everywhere. And look, Mulder, this milk glass has been completely drained.
- It gorged itself, Scully. It fed without remorse.
- But why would they leave it milk and cookies?
- Appeasement. Tonight is the Eve, and nothing can stop its wilding.
- But if this thing does exist, how did it get in? The doors and windows were locked. There's no sign of forced entry.
- Unless I miss my guess, it came through the fireplace.
- Wait a minute, Mulder. If you're saying some huge creature landed on the roof and came down this chimney, you're crazy. The flue is barely six inches wide. Nothing could get down there.
- But what if it could alter its shape, move in all directions at once?
- You mean, like a bowl full of jelly?
- Exactly. Scully, I've never told anyone this, but when I was a child my home was visited. I saw the creature. It had long white strips of fur surrounding its ruddy, misshapen head. Its bloated torso was red and white. I'll never forget the horror. I turned away, and when I looked back it had somehow taken on the facial features of my father.
- I know what I saw. And that night it read my mind. It brought me a Mr. Potato Head, Scully. IT KNEW THAT I WANTED A MR. POTATO HEAD!
- I'm sorry, Mulder, but you're asking me to disregard the laws of physics. You want me to believe in some supernatural being who soars across the skies and brings gifts to good little girls and boys. Listen to what you're saying. Do you understand the repercussions? If this gets out, they'll close the X-files.
- Scully, listen to me: It knows when you're sleeping. It knows when you're awake.
- But we have no proof.
- Last year, on this exact date, SETI radio telescopes detected bogeys in the airspace over twenty-seven states. The White House ordered a Condition Red.
- But that was a meteor shower.
- Officially. Two days ago, eight prized Scandinavian reindeer vanished from the National Zoo, in Washington, D.C. Nobody - not even the zookeeper was told about it. The government doesn't want people to know about Project Kringle. They fear that if this thing is proved to exist the public will stop spending half its annual income in a holiday shopping frenzy. Retail markets will collapse. Scully, they cannot let the world believe this creature lives. There's too much at stake. They'll do whatever it takes to insure another silent night.
- Mulder, I --
- Sh-h-h. Do you hear what I hear?
- On the roof. It sounds like . . . a clatter.
- The truth is up there. Let's see what's the matter.
The X-Files was partly inspired by The Night Stalker. I've heard Chris Carter say this.
I thought Scully and Mulder (sp?) were competently played by Gillian and whatshisface, but I absolutely loved Darrin McGavin and Simon Oakland.
I have both Night Stalker movies as well as the TV series on DVD.
Not sure what the name is, but the episode where Scully kept hearing the same song over and over again. Something to do with a demon or something. The music always freaked me out. I want to say it was the episode where the preacher turned into a snake, but I could be wrong.
Frank Spotnitz, who was a major force with Chris Carter on The X-Files, created the unsuccessful metrosexual re-imagining of Night Stalker
It’s almost as good as McGavin’s role in the Christmas Story.
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