The X-Files: Season 2 (1994 - 1995)


Season 2
The X-Files

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Air date: Sep 16, 1994
Air date: Sep 23, 1994
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Air date: Oct 7, 1994
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Air date: Oct 21, 1994
Air date: Nov 4, 1994
Air date: Nov 11, 1994
Air date: Nov 18, 1994
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The second season of The X-Files begins with Dana Scully having been reassigned to teach at the FBI Academy, whilst Fox Mulder is given a new partner and is assigned to help in a hostage situation. In the midst of shapeshifts and alien clones, things take a shocking turn when Scully is abducted and shows up comatose three months later, with no explanation as to how she got there. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.


David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi
as Skinner
William B. Davis
as Cigarette-Smoking Man
Peter Donat
as Mulder's Father
Megan Leitch
as Samantha
Tom McBeath
as Det. Munson
Christine Willes
as Agt. Kosseff
Sheila Larken
as Margaret Scully
Les Carlson
as Dr. Troisky
Freddy Andreiuci
as Det. Norman
Steve Makaj
as Highway Patrolman
Ken Kramer
as Coroner
Tuck Milligan
as Adam Pierce
Shaun Johnston
as Pete Calcagni
Gillian Barber
as Beth Kane
Robyn Driscoll
as Det. Joe Darnell
Matt Hill
as Pvt. Harry Dunham
Mar Anderson
as Halverson
Frank C. Turner
as Dr. Hakkie
Garvin Cross
as Red Head Kid
Ric Reid
as Steve Holvey
Angelo Vacco
as Angelo Garza
Caroline Kava
as Doris Kearns
Mike Puttonen
as Dr. Pilsson
Mark Saunders
as Agt. Busch
Bob Frazer
as Gary Kane
Tasha Simms
as Laura Kelly
Travis MacDonald
as Dave Duran
Gabrielle Rose
as Dr. Zenzola
Dave Adams
as Dr. Girardi
Jamil Walker Smith
as Chester Bonaparte
Gary Grubbs
as Sheriff Arens
Meredith Woodward
as Dr. Slaughter
Nicola Cavendish
as Nurse Owens
Denalda Williams
as Marilyn Mandas
Marcus Turner
as Young Mulder
Fred Henderson
as Agt. Rich
Malcolm Stewart
as Cdr. Carver
Deborah Strang
as Det B. J. Morrow
The Enigma
as Conundrum
Linda Boyd
as Elizabeth
Steve Railsback
as Duane Barry
Lindsey Ginter
as Crewcut Man
Roger R. Cross
as Pvt. Kittel
Gordon Tipple
as Hepcat Helm
Anna Hogan
as Dr. Charyn
Morgan Woodward
as Harry Cokely
Larry Musser
as Sheriff Oakes
Bill Dow
as Chuck
Kim Kondrashoft
as Bobby Lawrence
Ron Sauve
as Foreman
Rebecca Toolan
as Mulder's Mother
Donna Yamamoto
as Night Nurse
Jay Brazeau
as Dr. Daly
Bradley Whitford
as Daniel Trepkos
Jayne Atkinson
as Willa Ambrose
John Savage
as Trondheim
Terry O'Quinn
as Lt. Brian Tillman
Doug Abrahams
as Paul Vitaris
Tim Henry
as Federal Marshal
Kay E. Kuter
as Calusari Leader
Jude Zachary
as Winston
Nic Lea
as Krychek
Don MacKay
as Charlie
Don S. Davis
as Capt. William Scully
Leland Orser
as Jason Ludwig
Frances Bay
as Dorothy
Nick Chinlund
as Donnie Pfaster
Jack Rader
as Ed Meecham
Debis Simpson
as Waitress
Tony Shalhoub
as Dr. Chester Banton
Katya Gardner
as Robin McAlpin
Robin Mossley
as Dr. Rudolph
Shawnee Smith
as Jesse O'Neil
Lance Guest
as Kyle Lang
Kate Twa
as Det. Kelly Ryan
John Maclaren
as George Kearns
Mark Rolston
as Cult Leader
Sheila Moore
as Sharon Dawson
Joy Coghill
as Linda Thibedeaux
P. Lynn Johnson
as Debrah Brown
John Cygan
as Sheriff Spencer
Bruce Weitz
as Agt. Moe Bocks
Eric Christmas
as Stan Phillips
Glynis Davies
as Ellen Brumfield
Daniel Benzali
as Col. Wharton
Kevin McNulty
as Dr. Christopher Davey
Raymond J. Barry
as Sen Matheson
Michelle Goodger
as Barbara Ausbury
Alex Diakun
as Curator
Matthew Bennett
as Attacked Workman
Ashlyn Gere
as Bonnie McRoberts
Hiro Kanagawa
as Peter Tanaka
George Touliatos
as Larry Winter
Dan Butler
as Jim Ausbury
Bruce A. Young
as Pierre Bauvis
John Milford
as Walter Chaco
Darin Morgan
as Flukeman
Jonathon Gries
as Sal Matola
Timothy Webber
as Jess Harold
CCH Pounder
as Agent Kazdin
Jim Rose
as Dr. Blockhead
Peter LaCroix
as Tram Watchman
Teryl Rothery
as Michelle Charters
Susan Blommaert
as Phyllis Paddock
Kevin Conway
as Pvt. Jack McAlpin
Melinda McGraw
as Melissa Scully
Heather McComb
as Shannon Ausbury
Tom Butler
as Chapel
David Fresco
as Hal Arden
Don Thompson
as Henry Willig
Helene Clarkson
as Maggie Holvey
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files Season 2

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

The X-Files remains the Twilight Zone of the '90s, but more elliptical, with few factual conclusions and a ceaseless paranoia about the US government.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

By the time the show really hits its stride with the second and third season, the writers had found a near-perfect balance between its arc plot and its monsters of the week.

Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The events that go on here really laid the groundwork for the mythology arc for the rest of the series.

Oct 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Mulder, you sad loveable wonderful disgrace. You've been through the mill this season.

Oct 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The X-Files has become Oliver Stone's Ghostbusters.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

When the mythology episodes are bad, they're really bad. But when they're excellent, they're as transcendent as this two-parter that pits Mulder and Scully against the Bounty Hunter

Oct 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Give yourself over to The X-Files, and you'll be in the hands of people who know exactly how to mess with your mind.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

More than any other genre show before or since, The X-Files exploited a simple truth: we all want to believe.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The X-Files: Season 2

  • Sep 24, 2017
    The Conspiracy reveals itself in Season 2 of The X-Files. After getting the FBI to reopen the X-Files, Agent Fox Mulder is assigned a new partner, and Agent Dana Scully becomes one of their first cases when she is abducted. Additionally, Mulder finds a new inside contact and learns more about what happened to his sister and the alien conspiracy. The season's a little jumbled (partly due to behind-the-scene issues like Gillian Anderson's pregnancy) but eventual it settles back into a routine and starts developing a continuing mythology about the alien and shadow government conspiracies (as opposed to the scattershot approach of Season 1). Also, the season features a litany of impressive guest stars, including Tony Todd, Shawnee Smith, Terry O'Quinn, Laura Harris, Lance Guest, John Savage, and Tony Shalhoub. The show is still finding its footing, but Season 2 of The X-Files is incredibly exciting and full of thrills.
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  • Dec 27, 2018
    Enjoyed a lot, again, and even better than the 1st season.
  • Mar 09, 2018
    The second season of the x-files continues the good tradition of season one. a couple of episodes like "3" and "fearful symmetry" fall a little short.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Unbelievably the show got better. The introduction to an overall conspiracy within the FBI sets this a little higher than the previous season. Cast regulars are introduced and the growing paranoia is mounting throughout the season. With Anderson being heavily pregnant the writers took full advantage and served up some of the best drama on the show. The stand alone episodes are better and more consistent and the cliff hanger at the end is a memorable turn in the X-FILES leagacy. Mulder and Scully are fleshed out in this season and you feel the closeness develop between them throughout.
  • Sep 18, 2017
    Some of these episodes get very caught up in dark subject matter, which gives me the creeps but may draw others. Some truly evil and scary monsters both human and supernatural.
  • Mar 28, 2017
    The X-Files: Season 2 is created by Chris Carter, and it stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in a science fiction drama about the X-Files being gone, and so Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) have to spend their lives apart from each other in different careers, despite the fact that they still hang out in secret and solve cases their own way. Ever since I finished the first season, I got less enthusiastic in watching the second season as I keep falling asleep during the episodes, and was at the point that I didn't feel like watching the show, that is until months later where it's about to expire on Netflix here soon, so I had to come back to the show and try to watch it with the same amount of enthusiasm as I did with the first one, but I won't be able to finish the remaining seasons as there's way too many episodes with that long runtime that I have time with, so let's talk about this. The acting is still good, and it seems like their chemistry is getting more comfortable enough for me to find interesting in their interplay, despite them not agreeing with each other. Skinner is in this more, and when I keep seeing him, the more I realize how cool this character is based on what he has to deal with, and a great performance from Mitch Pileggi. Most of the episodes are entertaining and interesting to watch, while some of the episodes are either similar to other episodes, not quite that good, or just not that interesting to watch. I actually find the main plot to be more interesting than the Monster-of-the-Week episodes which there are half in there that are creepy and creative, especially that one episode called Humbug that is a bit different from the usual episodes in terms of its tone that is more comedic, and it's really funny thanks to the script by Darin Morgan. There are some new characters that are in the season, and while it's interesting to see them actually be the villains, it's a bit too early on that reveal, and when it gets to the end of the season, I immediately forgot about that character. I could say that this season is a bit of an improvement from the first one, and it gives off some new character moments from Mulder and Scully, which I'm glad I got more from those guys. So with that on end, The X-Files: Season 2 is a great season that hopefully I get to watch the next seasons so I can get more of an understanding on the X-Files films.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    In the preceding (first) season of the X-Files, the show was meant to be a scary show. Based off of the old "Kolchak: Night Stalker" television show, the X-Files explored paranormal F.B.I. cases dealing with all sorts of spooky phenomena. The core of the show, however, was Agent Fox Mulder's (David Duchovny) pursuit of UFO's (as he believed aliens abducted his sister when he was young) and his pairing with the skeptical Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Yet, during that first season, there was little to no continuity within the "mythology" episodes. Deep Throat (Mulder's secret informant) was the only recurring character, while the UFO/alien plots did carry over beyond a single episode. The Second Season changed all that, providing quality drama in three distinct fashions: 1. First, the coherent "mythology" (over-arching plotlines) of the show was inadvertently created when lead actress Gillian Anderson needed some time off to have a baby. So, show creator Chris Carter had Scully be abducted by aliens (or was it the government?!) and the mythology was off and running. Over the course of this season, Mulder learns more about the mysterious Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis), comes face-to-face with his long-lost sister, and discovers a government cover-up the likes of which has never been unearthed. 2. While developing that mythology, the X-Files also continued to crank out solid "procedural" episodes. "The Host" (a toilet-dwelling monster) and "Irresistible" (featuring a serial fetishist) are two of the creepiest hours of the show ever produced. 3. Finally, with the episode "Humbug" (the investigation of a bizarre circus side-show), this season began the tradition of what are now know as "comedic" episodes. In a show where the subject matter is often quite serious and often disturbing, these comedic episodes (filled with sly humor) were a breath of fresh air. To conclude, the Second Season of the X-Files is better than the first, as it continues to provide intense drama, while also creating a mythology for the show and introducing humorous episodes. Update (12/2015) -After a recent re-watch, this Second Season is truly a marvel. It may be my favorite season of the show. The standalones are still original/creepy, while the mythology begins to take root in some epic episodes.
  • Dec 05, 2015
    Again, another brilliant season of the X Files. This season had just as many great episodes and kept me wanting more. Now onto season 3.
  • Aug 08, 2015
    Almost the perfect season, marred by just a few bad episodes and a second half of the season that often doesn't quite live up to the first half. Let's get the bad out of the way first: "3." What a terrible episode. Mulder, still reeling from the events of the previous few episodes, is supposed to be going to dark places, but the plot is so convoluted and unclear that he becomes a different character entirely. Episodes like "Firewalker" and "Død Kalm" aren't that bad, but they suffer for being "Scully and Mulder in isolation" episodes, which the X-Files just could not do well in the first two season. The latter also features an annoying deus ex machina ending. Finally, this is the season that you would die from liver failure if you took a shot every time Scully got kidnapped, thus motivating Mulder to action. The first time it happens, it is compelling, the second time, still frightening, but by the end of the season it just becomes expected. But when Season 2 is good, it is very, very great. The three related episodes "Duane Barry," "Ascension," and "One Breath" takes the mythology to exciting new heights. "One Breath" itself is a masterpiece. The second mythology multi-episode arc including "Colony" and "Endgame" is also fantastic. Then there are the stand-alone monster-of-the-week episode that X-Files was finally starting to get right. "The Host" is dark, disgusting, and darkly hilarious. "Irresistible" is just plain frightening and very, very upsetting, even without a paranormal element. "Die Hand Die Verletzt," like "Irresistible," features a fantastically evil guest star and a really dark, funny ending. "Red Museum" isn't one of my favorites, but it has very interesting twists and turns that unexpectedly relate to the show's mythology in the second half of the episode. And then there is "Humbug," the first outrightly comedic X-Files episode. It is great to rewatch X-Files after having watched most episodes only once because I have forgotten so much and I can enjoy them again as if I'm seeing them for the first time. There are many laugh-out-loud moments in this episode and the end is just perfect, including priceless expressions on the faces of our FBI heroes. Finally, the season finale. "Anasazi" came after four episodes that weren't that strong, and it added a lot of great material to the mythology. It also ends with a great cliffhanger. I'm surprised rewatching these episodes how much of the mythology was in place even after only two season; I incorrectly remembered it taking much longer to play out. At this point in the series, ten million viewers were tuning in each week, the plots were generally getting better; the secondary characters like Cigarette-Smoking Man, Walter Skinner, Alex Krycek, and the Lone Gunmen were very strong; and X-Files, while still suffering occasionally from the weaknesses of its first season, was beginning to hit its stride. "Humbug" especially demonstrated that The X-Files could be successfully comedic, that it could play with expectations and genre and come up with something original, new, and wonderful. This was just a hint at the fantastic episodes to come in season 3.
  • Jun 21, 2015
    This season gets better as it goes, and has some of the best episodes of the show (at least as far as I know, I'm not even half way through the show), and the only complaints I have about this season is the same as the last.

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