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


Season 2
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Air date: Sep 16, 1994

Season two of The X-Files opened September 16, 1994, on a somber note, as Mulder and Scully were forced to deal with the disbandment of the X-Files Unit. Assigned to mundane FBI investigations, the two agents are bored out of their minds. But things begin to pick up when, tipped off by Senator Richard Matheson (Raymond J. Barry), Mulder heads to Puerto Rico to investigate possible extraterrestrial activity at an abandoned radio telescope site. Mitch Pileggi makes his first appearance as FBI Assistant Director Skinner. Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong, "Little Green Men" was the title of the series' second-season opener.

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Air date: Sep 23, 1994

"The Host" gets under way when a corpse is found in a Newark, NJ, sewer. Not long afterward, a sanitation worker is attacked. Assigned to investigate the fact that both victims bore the same strange mark on their necks, Mulder and Scully uncover evidence that the culprit is a vicious parasitic organism in human form. Written by X-Files creator Chris Carter, "The Host" was originally telecast on September 23, 1994.

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Air date: Sep 30, 1994

Mulder is summoned to a small suburban community in Pennsylvania, where an inexplicable murder spree has occurred. The killers are all local residents, otherwise peaceful individuals who have been whipped into a frenzy by subliminal electronic messages. Joined in his investigations by Scully, Mulder traces the cause of the murders to a rare chemical agent that affects only those who are plagued by phobias -- a description that could apply to nearly one-quarter of the town's population. First telecast September 30, 1994, "Blood" was written by Glen Morgan and James Wong.

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Air date: Oct 7, 1994

Investigating the murder of a specialist in sleep disorders, Mulder travels to Connecticut in the company of his new temporary partner, Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea). Linking up with Scully, Mulder and Krycek determine that the dead specialist, as well as another recent murder victim, died of causes other than those that the evidence suggests. The key to the mystery would seem to be a Vietnam veteran who has the ability to transfer his consciousness to the minds of others. Written by Howard Gordon, "Sleepless" originally aired October 7, 1994.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1994

Part one of a two-part X-Files adventure, "Duane Barry" was originally telecast October 14, 1994. The title character, played by Steve Railsback, is a mentally disturbed former FBI agent who has taken several people hostage. Mulder is assigned to negotiate with Barry when the latter claims that he himself was kidnapped by aliens. Though the hostage crisis passes, it is clear that trouble lies ahead for Mulder's erstwhile partner Scully. "Duane Barry" was written by Chris Carter.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1994

First telecast on October 21, 1994, "Ascension" was the conclusion of a two-part X-Files drama that began with the previous week's "Duane Barry." Steve Railsback guest stars as former FBI agent Duane Barry, who has become unhinged after an apparent alien abduction. Escaping from federal custody, Barry kidnaps Scully and forces her to take him to the sight where he allegedly experienced his close encounter -- as Mulder, who believes Barry but worries that the man will turn violent again, rushes to the rescue. "Ascension" was written by Paul Brown.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1994

Wasting no time once the X-Files are opened again, Mulder immediately tackles the case of a serial killer. When captured, the killer claims that he is one of three vampires who have roamed the earth for centuries. This time, surprisingly, it is Mulder who is skeptical -- until his prisoner dies just as the sun rises. Meanwhile, agent Scully, previously abducted by former FBI agent Duane Barry, remains missing (a fact attributable to the real-life pregnancy of X-Files co-star Gillian Anderson). Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong, "3" was originally telecast November 4, 1994.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1994

After spending several weeks searching for his missing partner, Scully, Mulder tracks her down at a Washington, D.C., hospital. He learns that she is comatose and on life support -- but when he tries to find out why, he is told to mind his own business and go home. Mulder tries to solve the mystery and save his partner's life with the help of Scully's sister, Melissa (Melinda McGraw), and a member of The Lone Gunman. Scripted by Glen Morgan and James Wong to accommodate Gillian Anderson's maternity leave from The X-Files, "One Breath" first aired November 11, 1994.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1994

After missing several X-Files episodes due to her pregnancy, Gillian Anderson returned to her familiar role of Agent Scully in the November 18, 1994, episode "Firewalker." Re-teamed with agent Mulder, Scully investigates the death of a scientist who was researching volcanic activity in Oregon. At first, it seems that the murderer is Dr. Daniel Trepkos (Bradley Whitford), head of the research team. But as the evidence mounts up, it becomes obvious that the cause of the tragedy is a silicon-based parasite, capable of assuming human form. "Firewalker" was written by Howard Gordon.

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Air date: Dec 9, 1994

Again traveling to Wisconsin, Mulder and Scully investigate the apparent abduction of a 16-year-old boy. Sheriff Mazeroski (Steve Eastin) suspects that the boy was kidnapped -- and brainwashed -- by a local vegetarian cult, the Red Museum. Things take an even more sinister turn when the sheriff's own son is abducted -- and later turns up murdered, the victim of a mysterious alien DNA injected into his veins. Written by X-Files creator Chris Carter, "Red Museum" was first broadcast on December 9, 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.

Cast & Crew

Gillian Anderson
FBI Special Agent Dana Scully
David Duchovny
FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
Mitch Pileggi
Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner
Steven Williams
Tom Braidwood
Melvin Frohike
Bruce Harwood
John Fitzgerald Byers
Dean Haglund
Richard "Ringo" Langly
Peter Donat
William Mulder
Andrew Johnston
Lt. Col. Robert Budahas
Megan Leitch
Samantha Mulder
Brian Thompson
Alien Bounty Hunter
Sheila Larken
Margaret Scully
Oliver Becker
2nd Doctor
Paul Brown
Sara B. Charno
Steve De Jarnett
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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…

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…
Top Critic

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…

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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  • Jan 28, 2020
    While there are a few lacking, if not outright convoluted, episodes such as "3" and the mythology-disguised-as-an-MOTW-episode which hastily got rid of a character from the first season finale, The X-Files improves drastically in its second season. The acting is better, the production values are higher, secondary characters are fleshed out more, the new characters of Krycek, X and the Alien Bounty Hunter are memorable, there's a better balance between the two different types of episodes and the show isn't afraid to get into some darker topics that the first season was more reluctant to explore. While "Die Hand die Verletzt" is considered to be one of the darkest episodes once it drops its black comedy facade, personally I found "The Calusari" to be the darkest episode of the season with the Donnie Pfaster episode a very close second. I think it had to do with the opening scene giving me uncomfortable memories of Stephen King and Heavy Rain. Who'd have thought one pregnancy would change the entire course of the show back in its heyday? All in all, this is a very good second season that heavily improves on what was good about its preceding season and I look forward to seeing what later seasons have to offer.
  • Jan 07, 2020
    Great Season some episode I have a little mixed reactions.
  • 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.

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