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New to the X-Files? Welcome! You're in for quite a journey!

Below is a list of the questions that tend to pop up most frequently from new viewers. Hopefully you'll find your answers here!


In what order should I watch the series? When should I watch the movies?

First watch seasons one through five, then the first movie (Fight the Future, 1998). Then watch seasons six through nine, followed by the second movie (I Want to Believe, 2008). Lastly, watch the season 10 short series.

Do I need to watch the original series to enjoy the new season 10 episodes?

Ultimately it's up to you to decide. A more in-depth discussion of this question can be found here.

Where can I find a list of just the conspiracy/series-arc episodes?

Those episodes are commonly referred to as the "mythology" or "mytharc" episodes, and a list can be found here.

What happened to Mulder in seasons 8 and 9? Where'd he go?

Due to contract disputes, David Duchovny only agreed to a limited number of appearances in season 8 and left the show in season 9, returning only for the series finale. To make this work in-universe, a storyline was written hover for spoiler

Do we ever find out what happened to Mulder's sister, Samantha?

Short answer: yes, in the season 7 two parter "Sein und zeit" and "Closure," episodes 10 and 11 respectively. Long answer: hover for spoiler

Where can I buy a copy of Mulder's iconic "I Want to Believe" poster?

Due to copyright issues with the image originally used in the show, Mulder's original poster cannot be purchased. Similar posters can be found on Amazon and eBay. /u/Thelefthandedloser was kind enough to create hi-res images of the poster for personal use, which you can find here and have printed at your local print shop.

Got a question that wasn't answered here? Ask it in the comments! Maybe I'll add it to this post!

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Apologies for yet another post asking for mytharc explanations and sorry if the questions are dumb. I did a search here and found some great posts but would still love an explanation of some specific aspects of the colonization storyline, which my memory is a bit fuzzy on.

So, my questions are:

A) Why did the colonists help the Syndicate with the hybrid experiments? I know the idea was for the Syndicate and their families to become hybrids so they would be immune to the black oil during colonization. Did the colonists allow/help with experiments simply in order to give the Syndicate a reason to cooperate? Was there any advantage for the colonists? I have read that the colonists thought the hybrids could be a slave workforce, but then, can't the black oil be used to completely control people and enslave them that way?

B) Were colonists performing hybrid experiments, or just the Syndicate? Did the colonists abduct people, or were abductees taken by the Syndicate and led to think they were taken by aliens?

C) What exactly was that gosh-darn Purity Control vial in season 1? Was it an experimental vaccine?

Thanks for any help.

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I know BBC America had a marathon yesterday showing episodes that were fan ranked from all seasons. Does anyone know the final rankings of the episodes that they used?

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Why could Leonard betts regrow everything but his hair lol

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I've seen every episode/movie of Xfiles multiple times & after all these many years I've grown a love/hate relationship with Chris Carter. I feel time & time again we've been just left hanging with no end in sight & I want closure before its too late which it might already be. Not saying i have the best idea but I want to see Mulder & Scully (knowingly to humanity) save the planet from an alien invasion or something, have all their work validated, & go out heroes b4 we're left hanging forever. Its been a very long journey for diehard fans since the beginning & i think we deserve a celebrated ending...

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Currently rewatching all of The X Files with my girlfriend. It's her first time, and my fifth time watching (at least for seasons 1-9). I love that she's getting so into it already 😍

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Okay, so to elaborate, I was on reddit one day and came upon a post that basically summarized the whole story into key points and it’s development of the main “alien” existence or proof or whatever. And it basically said that in a way they retconned seasons 1-9(10? Not sure) because they basically had no idea what to do with that specific storyline. I’m on season 3 and stopped watching because of this, so... Is watching it even worth it?

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And the first thing I hope they do is get rid of Chris Carter, the same way they removed George Lucas from Star Wars. If nothing else, this is what I want.

I am also not opposed to a total reboot of the show with new actors. But I may be in the minority on that one.

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Don't judge me, but I am rewatching old 90's films, and I just watched Enemy of the State (Will Smith and Gene Hackman fighting the surveillance state, which vaguely shares some theme DNA with the X Files I suppose), which has quite a number of X-Files alumni in it.

I recognized Jack Black and Seth Green immediately, also the head of the satanic group in Die Hand Die Verletzt (Dan Butler), and Brian Markinson looked familiar so I looked him up and he's the office worker who is the only one who can see that his boss is a bug monster in Folie a Deux.

I looked up imdb and Arthur J. Nascarella and Phil Hawn also are in the X-Files, one in a season 9 episode I never saw, and the other in a minor role in Tithonus.

So that's 6 X-Files alumni.

Just wondering what other films you all might have seen which have even more!

edit* - if you want to check a film, do an imdb search with two titles with the same people here.

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Literally nothing could have prepared me for this episode. It’s so freaking funny. Mulder’s scream upon seeing the dead body was 100% one of my favorite moments of the show thus far.

This retelling even has me waffling between “they’re all lying” and “these are all different versions of the truth.”

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http://www.xfiles.news/index.php/news/latest-news

Unsure about the UK and other countries but in the U.S. the release date has apparently been moved to September.

I know it has already been released in Japan so I am not certain whether other countries shall get their original release dates.

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I watched the episode again last night. What are peoples views of this episode now that season 11 has been and gone?

After MS3, I (initially) very much enjoyed this episode, and I still did last night. I found it to be a very neat stand alone with some decent ties to the mythology, references to old characters and a nice link to Langley and a satisfying explanation of how he could appear in the episode. Although there are questions around rewriting history with none of this referenced at the time of the original show.

I loved the graveyard scene. Classic x-files.

What are others thoughts?

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Theres been a few posts lately about favourite episodes, which got me wondering about the opposite: everyone’s least favourites. I know I definitely have episodes that I dislike enough to skip when I’m rewatching the series. Anyone else have the same thing?

For me, I struggle to get through ones like “Kill Switch” and “Hell Money” without turning it off.

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Watching X-Files for the first time, I didn't really appreciate the DVD menu intro spoiling Krycek's death by showing Skinner shooting him right in the head. I'm hoping they weren't honestly that dumb to do that and the scene itself is actually apart of some vision or dream or something. I was also a bit annoyed that they put the Season 6 cliffhanger in the Season 6 DVD menu intro as well, but at least it wasn't as annoying as this. Was anyone else greatly annoyed by it?

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