Top 6 Season 2 Episodes of The X-Files
Season 2 of The X-Files is largely similar to season 1 with the bonus of the monster-of-the-week episodes being kicked up a notch. This is also the season in which Gillian Anderson got pregnant and they dealt with it by having Scully abducted. That is, without a doubt, the best way I’ve seen a pregnancy covered up in a show and is yet another reason to love The X-Files.
6. The Host (Episode 2) – While Tooms was the first monster-of-the-week character, I feel this episode has the first true X-Files beastie. A man is attacked by something in the sewers and the evidence points to “a giant, bloodsucking worm”… and that’s exactly what it turns out to be. The Flukeman is definitely one of my favorite beasties. How gross and memorable he is easily earns this episode a top spot.
5. Firewalker (Episode 9) – I’m not going to lie, this episode is slow to start. The first group of actors we see are a collective shitbomb. They make you doubt yourself and The X-Files. However, should you be able to get past them, you’ll regain your self-respect. A team discovers a new lifeform in a volcano and, one by one, they’re turning up dead. The effects aren’t stellar, but in an age overtaken by CGI, they’re like a childhood hangout (never as grand as you remember, but you love it all the same).
4. Aubrey (Episode 12) – A pregnant woman finds herself in a field, having dug up bones. We quickly come to find that there is a connection between this woman and the killer. It’s a cool story and, as an added bonus, we get the scoop on Mulder’s sunflower seed obsession.
3. Irresistible (Episode 13) – This is the episode where we meet Donnie Pfaster. He’s a killer who keeps the hair and fingers of his victims. There’s something Ralph Fiennes-esque about his face, but I do admit that this dude has nowhere near the acting chops. The look in his eyes is extremely convincing, though. Look for his reappearance to be in another top 6 as he and his fixation with Scully are too good to pass up.
2. Humbug (Episode 20) – This case takes Mulder and Scully into the world of circus sideshows. This episode leans more toward comedy than any other episode up to this point and I love the comedy episodes. Humbug is definitely not the best of them, but being that it’s the first, it deserves to be here. It’s just plain fun with some awesome guest stars (my personal favorite being Vincent Schiavelli).
1. The Calusari (Episode 21) – A family is plagued by tragedy and their young son is at the center of it all. It’s like The X-Files with a pinch of The Exorcist (just a pinch). Also, there’s magic. It’s weird, it’s good, and you should watch it.
-Baby Jane Grey