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The X-Files: Season 5 (1997-1998)




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Season five of The X-Files opens with Fox Mulder attempting to infiltrate The Pentagon, whilst Scully uncovers a Syndicate connection within the FBI. Big issues arise in this season, including Mulder's belief being shaken after finding out some information from Michael Kritschgau, as well as a rebel alien race secretly attacking former alien abductees. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.


David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Arnie Walters
as Father McCue
Sheila Larken
as Mrs. Scully
Patricia Dahlquist
as Susan Chambliss
Garret Dillahunt
as Edward Skur
Pat Skipper
as Bill Scully
John Pyper-Ferguson
as Detective Kresge
Jim Jansen
as Dr. Werber
Colleen Flynn
as Michele Fazekas
Forbes Angus
as Funeral Director
Rebecca Holden
as Marita Covarrubias
Eileen Pedde
as Mrs. Skur
Eric Keenleyside
as Lance Kernof
Leslie Jones
as Gretchen Starns
Jeff Gulka
as Gibson Praise
Barry W. Levy
as Vitagliano
Cynde Harmon
as Patti Rich
Diana Scarwid
as Linda Bowman
Henri Lubatti
as Dr. Wilkinson
Michael MacRae
as August Bremer
Lloyd Berry
as Pollidori's Father
William MacDonald
as Buddy Riggs
Kate Luyben
as Nurse Nancy
Leslie Jones
as Gretchen Starns
Nicholas Lea
as Alex Krycek
Veronica Cartwright
as Cassandra Spender
John Finn
as Kritschgau
Robert Wright
as Dr. Zuckerman
Carolyn Tweedle
as Jane Froelich
John V. Lowe
as Dr. Leavitt
Bob Dawson
as Phil Rich
Brent Butt
as Coroner
Tyler Thompson
as Louis Asekoff
Colleen Winton
as Therapist
John Neville
as Well-Manicured Man
Jane Perry
as Dorothy
Patti Allan
as Jane Kernof
Tim Bissett
as Morgue Assistant
Joe Pascual
as Polygraph Examiner
Kurt Evans
as Sports Store Employee
Kate Robbins
as Lisa's Aunt
Kristin Lehman
as Esther Naim
Cory Dagg
as Bartender
Miriam Smith
as Elizabeth Pollidori
Ken Camroux
as Senior Agent
Alf Humphreys
as Michael Asekoff
David Abbott
as Judge Maibaum
Peter Kelamis
as ADA Costa
Lorraine Landry
as Pathologist
Douglas H. Arthurs
as Skin-Head Man
Scott Burkholder
as Agent Kinsley
Sheila Paterson
as Anna Fugazzi
Luke Wilson
as Sheriff Hartwell
Emily Perkins
as Dana Kernof
Dana Grahame
as Newspaper Girl
Lili Taylor
as Marty Glenn
Pattie Tierce
as Shaineh Berkowitz
Blu Mankuma
as Det. Pennock
Daniel von Bargen
as Jacob Haley
Dean Wray
as Rich Turner
Mimi Rogers
as Diana Fowley
Chad Lindberg
as Bobby Rich
Brian Markinson
as Gary Lambert
Richard Belzer
as Det. Munch
J.C. Wendel
as Agent Stonecypher
Rob Freeman
as Marshall Sim
Stewart Gale
as Izzy Berkowitz
Katharine Isabelle
as Lisa Baiocchi
Alex Shostak
as Dimitri
Sam Anderson
as U. S. Attorney Leamus
Cynthia Preston
as Nancy Aaronson
Anthony Rapp
as Jeff Glaser
Gerard Plunkett
as Dr. Calderon
Dean Aylesworth
as Mulder's Father
Jody Racicot
as Father Gregory
Merrilyn Gann
as Mrs Asekoff
Bob Morrisey
as Dr. Vinet
Frederic Lane
as Young Arthur Dales
Glenn Morshower
as Aaron Starkey
Megan Leitch
as Samantha
John O'Hurley
as Dr. Pollidori
Sarah-Jane Redmond
as Karin Matthews
Susannah Hoffman
as Melissa Turner
Roger R. Cross
as Field Agent Rice
Larry Musser
as Jack Bonsaint
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files: Season 5

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

If this season of The X-Files can operate consistently at this level of quality, we fans will have no complaints.

October 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Bad Blood was the strongest of all the series' comedic episodes. Like many of the standalone episodes in season 5, it proved that the writers were not only willing to abandon linear storytelling but play with tone as well.

October 14, 2017 | Full Review…

If any one thing can convey the sheer importance of this friendship as the backbone of the show, it's the way one character starts to falter at the slightest indication they might lose the other one.

October 14, 2017 | Full Review…

There are some stinkeroos... but also some true winners.

September 27, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The idea of an all-out alien war is introduced into the series as well, but the mythology episodes were pretty much running into a wall by season five.

October 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The show had completed production on its first feature film, which led to everybody involved in the show seeming kind of tired of it and a strangely rigid structure, that HAD to lead to a destination everybody already knew about.

January 5, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The X-Files: Season 5



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The script is flipped in Season 5 of The X-Files as Mulder loses his faith and Scully finds hers. After having the "Alien" conspiracy revealed to him as a government psyop, Mulder comes to doubt everything that he thought he knew, meanwhile Scully's battle with cancer reawakens her faith and opens her up to extreme possibilities. Additionally, Scully discovers a child that may be her daughter, Mulder goes undercover with a terrorist group, and the origins of the Lone Gunman are revealed. Unfortunately the filming of the X-Files movie takes a toll on the season, resulting in a number of episodes in which David Duchovny and/or Gillian Anderson either don't appear or have minimal roles. And, the season is cut back to 20 episodes. Still, there's a strong Syndicate story arc, with their goals and inner factions becoming clearer. Also, a number of interesting guest stars make appearances, including Richard Belzer, Luke Wilson, Darren McGavin, Lili Taylor, and Mimi Rogers. The first chapter of The X-Files comes to an end in Season 5 as the series makes the leap to feature film and leaves Vancouver.


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