The X-Files – Season 2 (1994)
- 2.1 – Little Green Men
- 2.2 – The Host
- 2.3 – Blood
- 2.4 – Sleepless
- 2.5 – Duane Barry
- 2.6 – Ascension
- 2.7 – 3
- 2.8 – One Breath
- 2.9 – Firewalker
- 2.10 – Red Museum
- 2.11 – Excelsis Dei
- 2.12 – Aubrey
- 2.13 – Irresistible
- 2.14 – Die Hand Die Verletzt
- 2.15 – Fresh Bones
- 2.16 – Colony
- 2.17 – End Game
- 2.18 – Fearful Symmetry
- 2.19 – Dod Kalm
- 2.20 – Humbug
- 2.21 – The Calusari
- 2.22 – F. Emasculata
- 2.23 – Soft Light
- 2.24 – Our Town
- 2.25 – Anasazi
The X Files Season 2 is brilliant throughout, featuring some now iconic episodes and some really innovative ideas. The X Files is shut down, Scully is abducted and alien clones are discovered.
There are a lot of episodes worth mentioning in Season 2, but specifically the ones below.
- The famous Fluke Worm episode, constantly referenced to in later series. When a corpse is found in a sewer, Mulder believes he’s being forced into grunt work only to discover something horrible lurking in the sewers.
- A small town appears to be going insane, as electronic devices begin to instruct the residents to murder everyone in sight.
- A rape in a convalescence home becomes the focus of Mulder and Scully when the rapist appears to be invisible. A haunting, nasty little episode.
Die Hand Die Verletzt
- A town with a lot to hide becomes the focus of mysterious witchcraft and the presence of something truly evil.
- Mulder and Scully climb onboard a U.S. Navy Destroyer to investigate what happened to the dead crew, only to discover the bizarre aging of the vessel is affecting them… and their rescue boat is missing.
And many more. Season 2 contains excellent episodes throughout, featuring ghosts, scientific experiments gone horribly wrong, a lethal outbreak, a demonic child, a freak show murderer, voodoo and the now-iconic alien abduction episodes featuring Duane Barry.
Scully’s abduction inevitably concludes with her return, but this is done in an incredibly hackneyed episode about her recovery (One Breath), which feels trite, shockingly dull and a little clichéd. Despite this, it was was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography. But most people don’t watch the X Files for the epic cinematography… Apart from this one hiccough, there is very little to complain about in Season 2, with the conspiracy not yet being the twisted convoluted mess it becomes and the individual episodes genuinely scaring in places.
Noteable Guest Appearances:
- Michael J. Anderson (Twin Peaks, Carnivale) – Episode Humbug
- Shawnee Smith (Saw 1 – 6) – Episode Firewalker
- Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination) – Episode Sleepless
- Terry O’Quinn (Lost, Millennium, Alias, The West Wing) – Episode Aubrey
- CCH Pounder (Ends of Days, Orphan) – Episode Duane Barry
- William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Deadwood, True Blood) – Episode Blood
Season 2 of the X Files is brilliant from beginning to end, with innovative, exciting episodes every week, some of which are now iconic. Quality stuff.