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The X-Files: Pilot/Deep Throat

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THE X-FILES(PILOT)  Original Broadcast Date : 9/10/94  Written by Chris Carter  Directed by Robert Mandel   Agent Fox Mulder, a former FBI fast-tracker whose career has spiraled since his interest in the paranormal … see full wiki

1 review about The X-Files: Pilot/Deep Throat

A good introduction to the main characters and theme of the series

  • Dec 13, 2008
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"Pilot" is the first episode of the X-files series and it introduces the straight-laced and by the book Dana Scully to fellow FBI agent Fox Mulder. Scully is a graduate of medical school and that science background keeps her focused on facts and what logical conclusions can be derived from them. Mulder is an unorthodox, yet brilliant agent who has some wild theories about unusual phenomena. Scully is assigned to be Mulder's partner so that she can report back to her superiors regarding the validity of his claims. Her approach to their first meeting is somewhat hard-nosed, but she is quickly charmed by Mulder's disarming manner.
Four teenagers have disappeared in a small Oregon town and the circumstances are unusual. Mulder has heard of the case, so the new team travels to Oregon to investigate Mulder's suspicion of alien involvement. When they come up against stonewalling by local officials, they exhume a body that turns out to be something that is not quite human.
Two of the "abducted" teenagers are in bizarre mental states, institutionalized because they can no longer function. When a suspicious fire at their motel destroys their evidence, Mulder and Scully go back to the location of the abductions and witness a phenomenon that begins to crack Scully's deep doubts about Mulder's theories.
"Deep Throat" introduces the mysterious informant that occasionally appears to warn Mulder about the risks he is taking when he begins the investigation of the bizarre behavior of an Air Force pilot. Mulder and Scully travel to the base where the man was stationed and see unusual lights in the sky. When the pilot returns, his wife is distraught, claiming that the man is mentally not her husband. Mulder questions him and the pilot easily answers all questions except those related to aviation. With the help of some local teens, Mulder enters the restricted base and is captured by the security forces. After Mulder undergoes treatment to wipe his memory, Scully captures a security officer at gunpoint and arranges for the release of the confused Mulder.
Given that these were the first two episodes of the series, it is reasonable to give them a little slack when commenting. The first does an excellent job of giving background on the main characters without taking up a great deal of time. However, in the second one, we see the first appearance of the "great government conspiracy" of silence. When Mulder and Scully are making progress, a team of government goons wearing sunglasses and the same suit confront them, rough Mulder up a bit and deliberately destroy their evidence. This is a bit strong and over the top as Scully and Mulder are government agents and the last way to end an investigation would be to be rough with FBI agents on a legitimate investigation.
Nevertheless, if you can swallow the conspiracy notion, these two episodes are a solid introduction to the characters of Mulder and Scully as well as the theme of the show.

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