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7th Aug '17 11:17:02 AM thegiggleloop
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* ActorShipping: Oh boy... Yes, there were fans who shipped Creator/GillianAnderson and Creator/DavidDuchovny rather intensely. You can check Website/YouTube {{Fan Vid}}s.

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* ActorShipping: Oh boy... Yes, there were are fans who shipped ship Creator/GillianAnderson and Creator/DavidDuchovny rather intensely. You can check Website/YouTube {{Fan Vid}}s.
8th Jul '17 1:46:44 PM nombretomado
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* ActorShipping: Oh boy... Yes, there were fans who shipped Creator/GillianAnderson and Creator/DavidDuchovny rather intensely. You can check YouTube {{Fan Vid}}s.

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* ActorShipping: Oh boy... Yes, there were fans who shipped Creator/GillianAnderson and Creator/DavidDuchovny rather intensely. You can check YouTube Website/YouTube {{Fan Vid}}s.



* CreatorsPet: Doggett's detractors accuse him of being one of these -- the writers seemed determined to have him save the day as often as possible when he first appeared, even if it required [[{{Chickification}} making Scully uncharacteristically weak or stupid]]. Confirmed according to TheOtherWiki. Apparently, Carter was obsessed with making much of the 8th season about Doggett. This upset David Duchovny who then asked to get to write and direct an episode revolving around Mulder's abduction. Chris Carter then rejected this idea because it "wasn't about Doggett".

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* CreatorsPet: Doggett's detractors accuse him of being one of these -- the writers seemed determined to have him save the day as often as possible when he first appeared, even if it required [[{{Chickification}} making Scully uncharacteristically weak or stupid]]. Confirmed according to TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki. Apparently, Carter was obsessed with making much of the 8th season about Doggett. This upset David Duchovny who then asked to get to write and direct an episode revolving around Mulder's abduction. Chris Carter then rejected this idea because it "wasn't about Doggett".
15th Apr '17 1:36:06 PM WarriorsGate
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** Early on, the show's special effects were created using the NTSC 29.97 frame rate, while the show was recorded on 24fps film stock. As a result, the digital effects would move much at a completely different (and much smoother) frame rate than the background plates, or the vehicular action would be very obviously sped up in post to try and lend it some thrills.
13th Apr '17 1:37:01 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorShipping: Oh boy... Yes, there were fans who shipped Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny rather intensely. You can check YouTube {{Fan Vid}}s.

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* ActorShipping: Oh boy... Yes, there were fans who shipped Gillian Anderson Creator/GillianAnderson and David Duchovny Creator/DavidDuchovny rather intensely. You can check YouTube {{Fan Vid}}s.



* {{Anvilicious}}: "The Sixth Extinction (Part 2) - Amor Fati" really goes nuts with the [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Mulder-is-Jesus]] subtext. At one point, Mulder is strapped to a cross-shaped operating table clad in nothing but a loincloth with some sort of brain-scanning device on his head that looks eerily like a crown of thorns, whilst the Smoking Man is babbling on about the sacrifice Mulder's making for the world and how wonderful it is that he's dying for everyone.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: "The "[[Recap/TheXFilesS07E02TheSixthExtinctionIIAmorFati The Sixth Extinction (Part 2) - II: Amor Fati" Fati]]" really goes nuts with the [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Mulder-is-Jesus]] subtext. At one point, Mulder is strapped to a cross-shaped operating table clad in nothing but a loincloth with some sort of brain-scanning device on his head that looks eerily like a crown of thorns, whilst the Smoking Man is babbling on about the sacrifice Mulder's making for the world and how wonderful it is that he's dying for everyone.



* AwardSnub: Averted with Gillian Anderson, who won just about every award on the block for her work as Scully. However, while the series did do extremely well at the Emmys and Golden Globes, it never could win Best Drama Series from the former, despite taking it from the Globes on 3 occasions. Could be attributed to a case of SciFiGhetto.

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* AwardSnub: Averted with Gillian Anderson, Creator/GillianAnderson, who won just about every award on the block for her work as Scully. However, while the series did do extremely well at the Emmys and Golden Globes, it never could win Best Drama Series from the former, despite taking it from the Globes on 3 occasions. Could be attributed to a case of SciFiGhetto.



* BizarroEpisode: Some of the MonsterOfTheWeek episodes qualify, specifically the more goofy/comedic ones like "Jose Chung's from Outer Space" and "Bad Blood".
* BrokenBase: Mulder being a 9/11 truther in the 2016 revival naturally stirred up quite a bit of controversy, with many fans saying that despite being perfectly in character, it makes him rather harder to root for. There's also some questions over whether it's meant to just be a character bit, or if Chris Carter is actually trying to convince the audience the government was behind it.

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* BizarroEpisode: Some of the MonsterOfTheWeek episodes qualify, specifically the more goofy/comedic ones like "Jose "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E20JoseChungsFromOuterSpace Jose Chung's from 'From Outer Space" Space']]" and "Bad Blood".
"[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E12BadBlood Bad Blood]]".
* BrokenBase: Mulder being a 9/11 truther in the 2016 revival naturally stirred up quite a bit of controversy, with many fans saying that despite being perfectly in character, it makes him rather harder to root for. There's also some questions over whether it's meant to just be a character bit, or if Chris Carter Creator/ChrisCarter is actually trying to convince the audience the government was behind it.



* CrossesTheLineTwice: In "Teliko", the [[MonsterOfTheWeek MOTW]] feeds on pituitary hormones that stimulate production of the pigment melanin -- the one that gives us our skin color. As a result, his preferred victims are people of African descent. Even funnier, pituitary melanocyte-stimulating hormone is not responsible for the baseline skin tones of humans. He'd have been better off attacking Caucasians with obvious suntans, or people with Addison's disease. So in other words, the monster just might be racist. As if [[RefugeInAudacity that weren't enough]], Mulder's remark upon seeing one victim's body was:

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: In "Teliko", "[[Recap/TheXFilesS04E03Teliko Teliko]]", the [[MonsterOfTheWeek MOTW]] feeds on pituitary hormones that stimulate production of the pigment melanin -- the one that gives us our skin color. As a result, his preferred victims are people of African descent. Even funnier, pituitary melanocyte-stimulating hormone is not responsible for the baseline skin tones of humans. He'd have been better off attacking Caucasians with obvious suntans, or people with Addison's disease. So in other words, the monster just might be racist. As if [[RefugeInAudacity that weren't enough]], Mulder's remark upon seeing one victim's body was:



** A meta-example among the cast and crew: Darin Morgan, who played the flukeman in "The Host", went on to write some of the smartest and funniest episodes of the series, gaining a personal fanbase over the course of the series and playing a more recognizably human MonsterOfTheWeek in "Small Potatoes". Morgan was popular enough that he was brought back to write an episode for season 10 over a decade later, "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster."

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** A meta-example among the cast and crew: Darin Morgan, who played the flukeman in "The Host", "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E02TheHost The Host]]", went on to write some of the smartest and funniest episodes of the series, gaining a personal fanbase over the course of the series and playing a more recognizably human MonsterOfTheWeek in "Small Potatoes". "[[Recap/TheXFilesS04E20SmallPotatoes Small Potatoes]]". Morgan was popular enough that he was brought back to write an episode for season 10 over a decade later, "Mulder "[[Recap/TheXFilesMiniseriesE03MulderAndScullyMeetTheWereMonster Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster."Were-Monster]]".



** The implication [[spoiler: aliens have never really been in contact with humans, beyond the Syndicate seizing their tech and using it for nefarious purposes]] in "My Struggle". Especially given there are a lot of things contradicting this in the original run, a lot of fans are hoping for it to be a fakeout.

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** The implication [[spoiler: aliens have never really been in contact with humans, beyond the Syndicate seizing their tech and using it for nefarious purposes]] in "My Struggle"."[[Recap/TheXFilesMiniseriesE01MyStruggle My Struggle]]". Especially given there are a lot of things contradicting this in the original run, a lot of fans are hoping for it to be a fakeout.



** The specific episode that gets this the most is probably "Jump The Shark", which [[spoiler: [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drops a bridge]] on the Lone Gunmen]]. Fans everywhere declared that Fletcher was lying through his teeth and it's considered one of the worst episodes of the series. Apparently the creators [[CreatorBacklash weren't very]] [[OldShame fond of it either]] as the comic continuation retcons [[spoiler: the Lone Gunmen's]] deaths away with a HandWave.
** Strangely inverted with "Musings Of A Cigarette Smoking Man"; WordOfGod says that it's not canon or is pseudocanon (that is, parts of it definitely happened but other parts didn't) but many fans take it as canon since it gives a lot of backstory and characterization to the Cigarette-Smoking Man.

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** The specific episode that gets this the most is probably "Jump The Shark", "[[Recap/TheXFilesS09E15JumpTheShark Jump the Shark]]", which [[spoiler: [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drops a bridge]] on the Lone Gunmen]]. Fans everywhere declared that Fletcher was lying through his teeth and it's considered one of the worst episodes of the series. Apparently the creators [[CreatorBacklash weren't very]] [[OldShame fond of it either]] as the comic continuation retcons [[spoiler: the Lone Gunmen's]] deaths away with a HandWave.
** Strangely inverted with "Musings Of A Cigarette Smoking Man"; "[[Recap/TheXFilesS04E07MusingsOfACigaretteSmokingMan Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man]]"; WordOfGod says that it's not canon or is pseudocanon (that is, parts of it definitely happened but other parts didn't) but many fans take it as canon since it gives a lot of backstory and characterization to the Cigarette-Smoking Man.



** Barnett and Mulder in "Young at Heart". Let's review: Barnett is a mass murderer who literally gets off on the suffering of his victims, is stalking and playing freaky mind games with Mulder... and in the flashback to the trial we see him mouth "I'll. Get. You." to Mulder right before BLOWING HIM A KISS.

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** Barnett and Mulder in "Young "[[Recap/TheXFilesS01E16YoungAtHeart Young at Heart".Heart]]". Let's review: Barnett is a mass murderer who literally gets off on the suffering of his victims, is stalking and playing freaky mind games with Mulder... and in the flashback to the trial we see him mouth "I'll. Get. You." to Mulder right before BLOWING HIM A KISS.



** "Deep Throat" has a mention of Desert Storm part 2. [[TheWarOnTerror Ten years later, guess what happened.]]
** An even harsher example from the following episode: Scully and a Quantico classmate discuss a mutual acquaintance's career progress in "Squeeze", and both dismiss him as a suck-up who's climbing the FBI ladder because he's a publicity hog, working high-profile media cases but not getting any ''real'' work done. How did this ex-classmate get himself noticed by the upper ranks? Investigating the 1993 [[FromBadToWorse World Trade Center bombing]].
** "Fresh Bones":

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** "Deep Throat" "[[Recap/TheXFilesS01E02DeepThroat Deep Throat]]" has a mention of Desert Storm part 2. [[TheWarOnTerror Ten years later, guess what happened.]]
** An even harsher example from the following episode: Scully and a Quantico classmate discuss a mutual acquaintance's career progress in "Squeeze", "[[Recap/TheXFilesS01E03Squeeze Squeeze]]", and both dismiss him as a suck-up who's climbing the FBI ladder because he's a publicity hog, working high-profile media cases but not getting any ''real'' work done. How did this ex-classmate get himself noticed by the upper ranks? Investigating the 1993 [[FromBadToWorse World Trade Center bombing]].
** "Fresh Bones":"[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E15FreshBones Fresh Bones]]":



** "Dreamland Part Two" reveals that Saddam Hussein is a character created by the government for whenever they need someone to do some saber rattling.
* GrowingTheBeard: After the first episode of the revival, "My Struggle" proved to be divisive, "Founder's Mutation" managed to regrow the beard for the show with its classic monster of the week action and emotional looks at Mulder and Scully's regrets.

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** "Dreamland Part Two" "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E05DreamlandII Dreamland II]]" reveals that Saddam Hussein UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein is a character created by the government for whenever they need someone to do some saber rattling.
* GrowingTheBeard: After the first episode of the revival, "My Struggle" "[[Recap/TheXFilesMiniseriesE01MyStruggle My Struggle]]" proved to be divisive, "Founder's Mutation" "[[Recap/TheXFilesMiniseriesE02FoundersMutation Founder's Mutation]]" managed to regrow the beard for the show with its classic monster of the week action and emotional looks at Mulder and Scully's regrets.



** Duchovny's later admission that he had a severe sex addiction puts Mulder's porn fetish in an uncomfortable new light.
** From "Tunguska":

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** Duchovny's Creator/DavidDuchovny's later admission that he had a severe sex addiction puts Mulder's porn fetish in an uncomfortable new light.
** From "Tunguska":"[[Recap/TheXFilesS04E08Tunguska Tunguska]]":



* HeReallyCanAct: "Terms of Endearment" certainly didn't receive universal acclaim, but Creator/BruceCampbell was widely praised for his guest appearance as Wayne Weinsider. Many observed that he had effectively [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]]. This performance even made Campbell considered to play John Doggett.
* HilariousInHindsight: Chris Carter has stated that Scully's initial character profile was Clarice Starling from ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' in all but name. Gillian Anderson later took a role on the prequel series ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' (and was the first choice to play Clarice herself in the film of the same name, except her contract with the show forbade her from playing other FBI agents).
** Donal Logue playing a clean-cut, ambitious FBI agent in "Squeeze". These days, he's [[Series/{{Terriers}} better]] [[Series/{{Gotham}} known]] for playing slovenly, laid-back detectives.

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* HeReallyCanAct: "Terms "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E07TermsOfEndearment Terms of Endearment" Endearment]]" certainly didn't receive universal acclaim, but Creator/BruceCampbell was widely praised for his guest appearance as Wayne Weinsider. Many observed that he had effectively [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]]. This performance even made Campbell considered to play John Doggett.
* HilariousInHindsight: Chris Carter HilariousInHindsight:
** Creator/ChrisCarter
has stated that Scully's initial character profile was Clarice Starling from ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' in all but name. Gillian Anderson Creator/GillianAnderson later took a role on the prequel series ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' (and was the first choice to play Clarice herself in the film of the same name, except her contract with the show forbade her from playing other FBI agents).
** Donal Logue Creator/DonalLogue playing a clean-cut, ambitious FBI agent in "Squeeze"."[[Recap/TheXFilesS01E03Squeeze Squeeze]]". These days, he's [[Series/{{Terriers}} better]] [[Series/{{Gotham}} known]] for playing slovenly, laid-back detectives.



** Mulder in general is... very comfortable with his masculinity. In the season 2 episode "Humbug":

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** Mulder in general is... very comfortable with his masculinity. In the season 2 episode "Humbug":"[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E20Humbug Humbug]]":



** If you're in a LesYay mood, the two teen girls in "Syzygy" are... close.

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** If you're in a LesYay mood, the two teen girls in "Syzygy" "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E13Syzygy Syzygy]]" are... close.



** The Cigarette Smoking Man in "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man", if the events are to be believed. He assassinated JFK and Dr. King, is powerful enough to get personal calls from Saddam Hussein (and leave him on hold), influenced the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Winter Olympics, and then leaves a Christmastime meeting to write about this about his AuthorAvatar: "Jack Colquitt sat alone in his apartment at Christmas. He believed in sacrifice. Yet, some nights, he longed for a second chance...".
** Leonard Betts, the cancer eating mutant. He doesn't ''want'' to hurt people and tried to only eat from corpses, but than he got exposed by a car accident and just couldn't fight the hunger anymore. Rob Roberts suffers from similar problems.
* JumpingTheShark: An episode is literally called "Jump the Shark".

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** The Cigarette Smoking Man in "Musings "[[Recap/TheXFilesS04E07MusingsOfACigaretteSmokingMan Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man", Cigarette-Smoking Man]]", if the events are to be believed. He assassinated JFK and Dr. King, is powerful enough to get personal calls from Saddam Hussein (and leave him on hold), influenced the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Winter Olympics, and then leaves a Christmastime meeting to write about this about his AuthorAvatar: "Jack Colquitt sat alone in his apartment at Christmas. He believed in sacrifice. Yet, some nights, he longed for a second chance...".
** [[Recap/TheXFilesS04E12LeonardBetts Leonard Betts, Betts]], the cancer eating mutant. He doesn't ''want'' to hurt people and tried to only eat from corpses, but than he got exposed by a car accident and just couldn't fight the hunger anymore. Rob Roberts suffers from similar problems.
* JumpingTheShark: An episode is literally called "Jump "[[Recap/TheXFilesS09E15JumpTheShark Jump the Shark".Shark]]".



** ... bleeping dead alien. [[note]] In "Jose Chung's ''From Outer Space''", one of the detectives curses like a sailor, which they can't show in the RashomonStyle episode. So he apparently says "bleep" a lot. Both Mulder and Scully quote the detective in phrases ending with "bleeping dead alien".[[/note]]

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** ... bleeping dead alien. [[note]] In "Jose "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E20JoseChungsFromOuterSpace Jose Chung's ''From 'From Outer Space''", Space']]", one of the detectives curses like a sailor, which they can't show in the RashomonStyle episode. So he apparently says "bleep" a lot. Both Mulder and Scully quote the detective in phrases ending with "bleeping dead alien".[[/note]]



* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Krycek]] officially crosses it in "Patient X", where he captures a boy who's seen an UFO, infects him with the Black Oil, and makes sure he remains infected, by sewing his mouth and eyes shut so that the Oil can't leak out.

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* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Krycek]] officially crosses it in "Patient X", "[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E13PatientX Patient X]]", where he captures a boy who's seen an UFO, infects him with the Black Oil, and makes sure he remains infected, by sewing his mouth and eyes shut so that the Oil can't leak out.



** "Home". Ew. Double Ew. Murderous, incestuous family with all kinds of genetic defects. "Home" was in fact so disturbing that after it first aired, it was ''banned from network TV''.
** There's "Sanguinarium". Dear lord, it's ten times worse! Medical horror at its most disturbing.
* NeverLiveItDown: David Duchovny's red speedo in "Duane Barry".

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** "Home"."[[Recap/TheXFilesS04E02Home Home]]". Ew. Double Ew. Murderous, incestuous family with all kinds of genetic defects. "Home" was in fact so disturbing that after it first aired, it was ''banned from network TV''.
** There's "Sanguinarium"."[[Recap/TheXFilesS04E06Sanguinarium Sanguinarium]]". Dear lord, it's ten times worse! Medical horror at its most disturbing.
* NeverLiveItDown: David Duchovny's Creator/DavidDuchovny's red speedo in "Duane Barry"."[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E05DuaneBarry Duane Barry]]".



* RecycledScript:
** Season 1's "Ice" is about a parasitic alien that caused its victims to turn psychopathic and eventually die in an isolated Antarctic reserve. Season 2 has the similar "Firewalker". It's pretty easy to guess the difference. In fact, doesn't the synopsis to "Ice" [[Film/TheThing1982 sound familiar?]] (WordOfGod states it was on purpose, though; they wanted to make an homage to Carpenter's movie.)
** "Squeeze" and "Tooms" featured a liver-eating mutant. "2Shy" featured a fat-eating mutant. "Leonard Betts" gave us the cancer eating mutant. "Teliko" featured a melanin-eating mutant. (The latter's villain could even replicate Eugene Tooms' tricking of squeezing into tiny places.) At least "Hungry", featuring a brain-eating mutant, presented the story from the monster's point-of-view.
* ReplacementScrappy: Both Doggett and Reyes are seen this way by many fans. Doggett got less of it, mostly due to Robert Patrick's performance; many fans like him as a supporting/recurring character and only disliked the fact that he replaced Mulder. Reyes wasn't as lucky. The chemistry this pair of agents had couldn't compare to the epic levels which Mulder and Scully had.

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* RecycledScript:
ReplacementScrappy:
** Season 1's "Ice" is about a parasitic alien that caused its victims to turn psychopathic and eventually die in an isolated Antarctic reserve. Season 2 has the similar "Firewalker". It's pretty easy to guess the difference. In fact, doesn't the synopsis to "Ice" [[Film/TheThing1982 sound familiar?]] (WordOfGod states it was on purpose, though; they wanted to make an homage to Carpenter's movie.)
** "Squeeze" and "Tooms" featured a liver-eating mutant. "2Shy" featured a fat-eating mutant. "Leonard Betts" gave us the cancer eating mutant. "Teliko" featured a melanin-eating mutant. (The latter's villain could even replicate Eugene Tooms' tricking of squeezing into tiny places.) At least "Hungry", featuring a brain-eating mutant, presented the story from the monster's point-of-view.
* ReplacementScrappy:
Both Doggett and Reyes are seen this way by many fans. Doggett got less of it, mostly due to Robert Patrick's performance; many fans like him as a supporting/recurring character and only disliked the fact that he replaced Mulder. Reyes wasn't as lucky. The chemistry this pair of agents had couldn't compare to the epic levels which Mulder and Scully had.



** Probably the most notable is Bryan Cranston in "Drive". Vince Gilligan, who wrote the episode, claims his performance in that episode is what inspired him to cast Cranston in his StarMakingRole in ''Series/BreakingBad''. Funnily enough, Bryan would later be in a movie called ''Drive''.
** Literally three years before the first season, David Duchovny had a recurring role as a cross-dressing FBI agent on ''Series/TwinPeaks''.

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** Probably the most notable is Bryan Cranston Creator/BryanCranston in "Drive". Vince Gilligan, "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E02Drive Drive]]". Creator/VinceGilligan, who wrote the episode, claims his performance in that episode is what inspired him to cast Cranston in his StarMakingRole in ''Series/BreakingBad''. Funnily enough, Bryan would later be in a movie called ''Drive''.
** Literally three years before the first season, David Duchovny Creator/DavidDuchovny had a recurring role as a cross-dressing FBI agent on ''Series/TwinPeaks''.



* ShortLivedBigImpact: Darin Morgan only wrote four episodes for the show's original run[[note]]and contributed to another two, ''Blood'' and ''Quagmire ''[[/note]]. However, he impressed many viewers with his [[TheLoonie quirky style]], and all his episodes are considered classics, with "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" being seen by many as the best episode of the series.



** The swarm of bugs in "Darkness Falls". It's painfully obvious that the bugs are just random dots that move around. When the swarm "moves", it looks like the bugs are confined by a flat surface in the direction of motion.
** The age-makeup in "Død Kalm". Especially if you compare it to the [[NightmareFuel awesome]] make-up of victims of an unknown disease a few episodes later.
** In "Anasazi", there are some very unsuccessful [[http://i.imgur.com/e7BgpFQ.jpg composite shots]] that attempt to place the actors in the New Mexico desert rather than a quarry in Vancouver.
** The [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/x-files/images/4/4f/Space.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20080705015245 possession effect]] in "Space" is one of many well-known issues with the episode.
** HD remasters only: while the production team had excellent foresight in regards to widescreen television usage, in "Hollywood A.D." it's obvious when a stunt double fills in for Anderson in the FunnyBackgroundEvent where Scully shows Téa Leoni how to run in heels.

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** The swarm of bugs in "Darkness Falls"."[[Recap/TheXFilesS01E20DarknessFalls Darkness Falls]]". It's painfully obvious that the bugs are just random dots that move around. When the swarm "moves", it looks like the bugs are confined by a flat surface in the direction of motion.
** The age-makeup in "Død Kalm"."[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E19DodKalm Død Kalm]]". Especially if you compare it to the [[NightmareFuel awesome]] make-up of victims of an unknown disease a few episodes later.
** In "Anasazi", "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E25Anasazi Anasazi]]", there are some very unsuccessful [[http://i.imgur.com/e7BgpFQ.jpg composite shots]] that attempt to place the actors in the New Mexico desert rather than a quarry in Vancouver.
** The [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/x-files/images/4/4f/Space.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20080705015245 possession effect]] in "Space" "[[Recap/TheXFilesS01E09Space Space]]" is one of many well-known issues with the episode.
** HD remasters only: while the production team had excellent foresight in regards to widescreen television usage, in "Hollywood "[[Recap/TheXFilesS07E19HollywoodAD Hollywood A.D." ]]" it's obvious when a stunt double fills in for Anderson Creator/GillianAnderson in the FunnyBackgroundEvent where Scully shows Téa Leoni how to run in heels.



** "Squeeze": Tooms's bile.

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** "Squeeze": "[[Recap/TheXFilesS01E03Squeeze Squeeze]]": Tooms's bile.



** "F. Emasculata" is the squickiest squick that ever squicked. {{Two Words|AddedEmphasis}}: Bursting pustules.
** "Sanguinarium". It may as well be considered the Film/ASerbianFilm of the series. A woman vomiting up a bunch of bloody needles is one of the ''less'' disgusting things that happens.
** "Leonard Betts": The processing unit at the hospital was gad enough, but a monster who actually eats tumours?
** "Brand X" has beetles that hatch inside your lungs and then ''eat your face off''.
* StoicWoobie: Scully. The more upset she is, the more she'll insist that she's fine.

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** "F. Emasculata" "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E22FEmasculata F. Emasculata]]" is the squickiest squick that ever squicked. {{Two Words|AddedEmphasis}}: Bursting pustules.
** "Sanguinarium". "[[Recap/TheXFilesS04E06Sanguinarium Sanguinarium]]". It may as well be considered the Film/ASerbianFilm ''Film/ASerbianFilm'' of the series. A woman vomiting up a bunch of bloody needles is one of the ''less'' disgusting things that happens.
** "Leonard Betts": "[[Recap/TheXFilesS04E12LeonardBetts Leonard Betts]]": The processing unit at the hospital was gad enough, but a monster who actually eats tumours?
** "Brand X" "[[Recap/TheXFilesS07E18BrandX Brand X]]" has beetles that hatch inside your lungs and then ''eat your face off''.
* StoicWoobie: StoicWoobie:
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Scully. The more upset she is, the more she'll insist that she's fine.



** Mulder as of "Founder's Mutation". He tells Scully he's worried about William just like her, but is trying to move on. The flashback at the end of the episode shows this is far from true.

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** Mulder as of "Founder's Mutation"."[[Recap/TheXFilesMiniseriesE02FoundersMutation Founder's Mutation]]". He tells Scully he's worried about William just like her, but is trying to move on. The flashback at the end of the episode shows this is far from true.



* TechnologyMarchesOn:
** Most of the computer-y episodes, but the trope is most prevalent in "2Shy", which features floppies, chatrooms and proper online grammar.
** As of Season 10 Mulder's got a smartphone with a camera and doesn't hesitate to use it.



** Most will agree that Seasons 8 and 9, after Duchovny left, were awful.

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** Most will agree that Seasons 8 and 9, after Duchovny Creator/DavidDuchovny left, were awful.



** Anytime a MonsterOfTheWeek episode ends with a SequelHook (such as "The Host" where the last few minutes reveal that the flukeman survived its fight with Mulder) that is never followed up on.

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** Anytime a MonsterOfTheWeek episode ends with a SequelHook (such as "The Host" "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E02TheHost The Host]]" where the last few minutes reveal that the flukeman survived its fight with Mulder) that is never followed up on.



* ValuesResonance: The 2000s saw a spike in conspiracy theorists (the internet opens a space for everyone, the WarOnTerror provides material) not unlike Mulder.



** Lanny in "Humbug", largely due to the performance of the late Vincent Schiavelli.

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** Lanny in "Humbug", "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E20Humbug Humbug]]", largely due to the performance of the late Vincent Schiavelli.



* ValuesResonance: The 2000s saw a spike in conspiracy theorists (the internet opens a space for everyone, the WarOnTerror provides material) not unlike Mulder.
* YokoOhNo: Tea Leoni, whose film career Duchovny tried to support by moving the franchise to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Not helped by the fact that he only stayed on two seasons more after the move anyway.

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* ValuesResonance: The 2000s saw a spike in conspiracy theorists (the internet opens a space for everyone, the WarOnTerror provides material) not unlike Mulder.
* YokoOhNo: Tea Leoni, Creator/TeaLeoni, whose film career Duchovny tried to support by moving the franchise to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Not helped by the fact that he only stayed on two seasons more after the move anyway.
4th Mar '17 2:50:02 PM rafi
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* EarWorm: The theme song.
18th Dec '16 1:49:31 PM SwimToTheMoon
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** And now, it's better on Blu-Ray. All 10 seasons can be bought on blu-ray for 20 bucks a piece on average as of June 2016. Better yet, these releases, for the most part, use 35mm film transfers whereas the [=DVDs=] (and for a long time until January 2016, Netflix) used old tapes. Prior to the release, there was a seemingly built-in case of TheyChangedItNowItSucks due to seasons 1-4 being presented in 1:85.1, until the director of photography issued a statement claiming HateDumb, stating that the seasons were always filmed in widescreen so that it would be "Available". Some episodes of earlier seasons had to use upconverted video sources due to the film being too damaged, but the consensus for the most part among fans is that, with the exception of the updated opening titles, this is the definitive way to watch this series.

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** And now, it's better on Blu-Ray. All 10 seasons can be bought on blu-ray for 20 bucks a piece on average as of June 2016. Better yet, these releases, for the most part, use 35mm film transfers whereas the [=DVDs=] (and for a long time until January 2016, Netflix) used old tapes. Prior to the release, there was a seemingly built-in case of TheyChangedItNowItSucks due to seasons 1-4 being presented in 1:85.1, until the director of photography issued a statement claiming HateDumb, stating that the seasons were always filmed in widescreen so that it would be "Available". Some episodes of earlier seasons had to use upconverted video sources due to the film being too damaged, damaged (or downright missing), but the consensus for the most part among fans is that, with the exception of the updated opening titles, this is the definitive way to watch this series.
18th Dec '16 1:48:56 PM SwimToTheMoon
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** And now, it's better on Blu-Ray. All 10 seasons can be bought on blu-ray for 20 bucks a piece on average as of June 2016. Better yet, these releases, for the most part, use 35mm film transfers whereas the DVDs (and for a long time until January 2016, Netflix) used old tapes. Prior to the release, there was a seemingly built-in case of TheyChangedItNowItSucks due to seasons 1-4 being presented in 1:85.1, until the director of photography issued a statement claiming HateDumb, stating that the seasons were always filmed in widescreen so that it would be "Available". Some seasons had to use video sources due to the film being too damaged, but the consensus for the most part among fans is that, with the exception of the updated opening titles, this is the definitive way to watch this series.

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** And now, it's better on Blu-Ray. All 10 seasons can be bought on blu-ray for 20 bucks a piece on average as of June 2016. Better yet, these releases, for the most part, use 35mm film transfers whereas the DVDs [=DVDs=] (and for a long time until January 2016, Netflix) used old tapes. Prior to the release, there was a seemingly built-in case of TheyChangedItNowItSucks due to seasons 1-4 being presented in 1:85.1, until the director of photography issued a statement claiming HateDumb, stating that the seasons were always filmed in widescreen so that it would be "Available". Some episodes of earlier seasons had to use upconverted video sources due to the film being too damaged, but the consensus for the most part among fans is that, with the exception of the updated opening titles, this is the definitive way to watch this series.
18th Dec '16 1:44:18 PM SwimToTheMoon
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** And now, it's better on Blu-Ray. All 10 seasons can be bought on blu-ray for 20 bucks a piece on average as of June 2016. Better yet, these releases, for the most part, use 35mm film transfers whereas the DVDs (and for a long time until January 2016, Netflix) used old tapes. Prior to the release, there was a seemingly built-in case of TheyChangedItNowItSucks due to seasons 1-4 being presented in 1:85.1, until the director of photography issued a statement claiming HateDumb, stating that the seasons were always filmed in widescreen so that it would be "Available". Some seasons had to use video sources due to the film being too damaged, but the consensus for the most part among fans is that, with the exception of the updated opening titles, this is the definitive way to watch this series.
2nd Dec '16 3:44:19 PM MagBas
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* JumpingTheShark: Season 6's two-part episodes "Two Fathers" and "One Son" is the most commonly cited instance of where the show jumped the shark, as it relaunched the series' mythology in a new direction. The Chris Carter effect lead to various smaller ones later in the series, namely the episode literally called "Jump the Shark".

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* JumpingTheShark: Season 6's two-part episodes "Two Fathers" and "One Son" is the most commonly cited instance of where the show jumped the shark, as it relaunched the series' mythology in a new direction. The Chris Carter effect lead to various smaller ones later in the series, namely the An episode is literally called "Jump the Shark".
10th Oct '16 6:10:31 AM paulson
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** HD remasters only: while the production team had excellent foresight in regards to widescreen television usage, in "Hollywood A.D." it's obvious when a stunt double fills in for Anderson in the FunnyBackgroundEvent where Scully shows Téa Leoni how to run in heels.
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