20 Year Anniversary: Revisiting X-Files -Season 1, Episode 1: “Deep Throat”

To commemorate the 20 years since the X-Files saw the light of day I decided to rewatch all the episodes and share my opinions and thoughts the episodes provoke.

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Season 1, Episode 1: “Deep Throat”

Director: Daniel Sackheim

Writer: Chris Carter

The first official episode, ”Deep Throat” (no, it’s not about Linda Lovelace!) sets the bar really high for the consecutive episodes. The episode opens with effective scene where a SWAT team assaults a suburban house trying to capture a man who’s stolen a vehicle belonging to the army. Inside the house they find the guy with a very unnerving skin problem. Later Mulder finds out that the same guy went missing after the apprehension and persuades Scully to join the investigation. But not before getting a warning from a mysterious Deep Throat (awesome Jerry Hardin) who tells Mulder to back off the case.

Mulder wondered the text: FOR A GOOD TIME, MEET ME HERE NOVEMBER 8, 1993, 2:15. And then he understood.

Mulder wondered the text:
”FOR A GOOD TIME, MEET ME HERE NOVEMBER 8, 1993, 2:15”.
And then he understood.

Mulder decides to investigate anyway, so the duo travels to Idaho to a small town next to an unspecified air force base. Mulder and Scully meet up with the missing test pilot’s wife and hear that Mr. Budahas has been acting very strangely for some time. After following several clues they got from several townsfolk (including Seth Green’s stoner character!) Mulder and Scully find themselves trespassing on the property of the air force base looking at very strange looking aircrafts.

Mulder is convinced that the government is using alien technology to build new aircrafts, however Scully is more skeptical. Their discussions are once again one of the best things the show has to offer. Their chemistry is growing stronger and Gillian Anderson is slowly getting rid of the Clarice Starling persona she clearly had in the pilot. It’s obvious that Mulder brings the best of Scully although they stand on other sides of the spectrum.

Their investigation gets the authorities’ interventions more aggressive as they get closer the truth. They get a verbal warning (well, Mulder gets the fist) from Men in Black. This encourages Scully to end the investigation and leave back to the Bureau, but Mulder doesn’t back down and heads back to the air force base without Scully. Mulder gets a closer look of the flying object but the amazement is cut short by the military personnel that capture Mulder and take him away. This makes Scully go on a rescue mission that’s actually quite thrilling while it lasts. Anderson portrays anger, fear and determination very well and she’s kicking ass in these scenes! She gets Mulder back, but his recollection of the time in captivity is wiped clean, just like Mr. Budahas’ who was found earlier.

Gillian Anderson's date with Bruce Davison took a dark turn when she found out he didn't like mutants.

Gillian Anderson’s date with Bruce Davison took a dark turn when she found out he didn’t like mutants.

It’s easy to see why the audience responded to this series the way it did. It has likeable yet original main leads, intriguing storylines and an overall story arc which brought audiences back in their seats hoping to see how the mystery unravels. The procedural wasn’t as gripping as in the pilot, but the buildup to the end was satisfying. Overall it was a really good first episode. But what the hell was the next episode about?

Best scene: Scully’s rescue mission.

Most memorable bit: Mulder facing the U.F.O.

Rating: ++++

Mulder: They’re here aren’t they?

Deep Throat: Mr. Mulder, THEY’VE been here for a long, long time.

Not yet, guys. Not yet.

Not yet, guys. Not yet.

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