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X-Files Rewatch: Season 5

Submitted by on December 8, 2012 – 7:19 AM11 Comments

So, I started rewatching The X-Files from the beginning — or, really, “watching it,” because during the series’ run, I came in late and only watched casually. It holds up pretty well almost 20 years later, despite those horrendously budge credits, but you get some hilarious guest stars along the way, so I decided to tweet alternate titles for some of the episodes.

Follow along and/or guess the episodes by following the Twitter hashtag #XFilesRewatch.

S05E02 Amidst Long Speeches And Mulder’s Ugly-Crying, Scully Survives And Cancer Man “Doesn’t”

S05E03 Mulder Meets The Lone Gunmen; The Lone Gunmen Meet Detective Munch. Because, Obviously.

S05E04 Mulder, Scully, Jodi O’Brien, And Tony Olson Get Blair-Witched By Invisible Bigfoot, Ed-Woodian Special “Effects”

S05E05 J. Peterman Perverts Science In Surprisingly Touching “Twilight Zone” Homage

S05E06 Tomas Vergis Helps Scully Figure Out She Had A Kid Somehow

S05E08 Christina Crawford, Brainwasher

S05E09 This Ep + “The Happening” = Proof That Tree-Based Supernatural Violence Is An Idea Whose Time Has Not Yet Come

S05E10 Yes, “Uncle Steve.” Psycho Dollies Are Creepy. Is…That It?

S05E11 “Neuromulder” Ep Tries Heroically (Kung-Fu Scully) But Shows Every Year Of Its Age With Dated Lingo, Buick-Size Laptops (alternate title: “Lawnmulder Man”)

S05E12 Scully And Mulder Get Vamp-Mickey’d By Richie Tenenbaum And The “Sandlot” Kid

S05E13 In The Umpteenth Chapter Of “Shut Up, Krycek: A Russian Novel,” The Great Mutato Returns As Agent Spender

S05E15 “Fra-Gee-Lay. Must Be Italian.” “I Think It Says ‘X-Files,’ Honey.”

S05E16 She’s Written 65 Songs. 65. They’re All About Being Blind But Seeing Murders Anyway. They’re All About Pain.

S05E19 This Giant Bug Episode Isn’t As Bad As The “Buffy” One, But That Isn’t Saying Much

Fight The Future: Mulder And Scully Are Totes In Love, Bela Lugosi Has Conspiracy Info, And There’s Cursing




  • Whitney says:

    I remember this season as the one where Fox manipulated the promos to the point where you pretty much knew as soon as a promo scene showed up in an actual episode it was a dream or hallucination. (I’m still kind of pissed about the “devil tree” episode being about a devil tree instead of the alien as shown in the promos.)

    However, Bad Blood (5-12) remains a favorite to this day and Luke Wilson is super hot in it.

  • Jen S 1.0 says:

    I remember the Stephen King one and being disappointed. As you would be.

    Speaking of conspiracies and love, have you heard the rumor that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny might totally be together in real life? I know, I know, none of my business blah blah blah but OMG the part of me that never left the nineties is squealing with joy!

  • Buni says:

    The X-Files was *not* 20 years ago! It was *not*!

  • Stella says:

    We used to have swamps, only the EPA made us take to callin ’em “whetlands”

  • Turbonium says:

    I was seeing “X-Files” very intermittently (as in, three episodes in five years of college) and I remember the Evil Baby Doll one being actually kind of okay…at least, it’s okay as a single weird show that you watch one time. I have no idea how it held up to the rest of the series.

  • Nanc in Ashland says:

    Whitney, I’m sitting right beside you at the “Love Bad Blood and Hey, Luke Wilson is Super Hot (and Adorably Goofy with the Fake Teeth)” table.

  • Sandman says:

    I remember there was a sizeable to-do at the times on the X-Files forums (… hi, I’m old) about the meaning of the title, but S05E10 convinced me that “chinga” must be Chiapas-area dialect for “big whoop.”

    I loved “Bad Blood”, though, from its “Oh shi –” opening onward. And “… Because, Obviously” has retro-funtimes, like Mulder’s “cellular telephone” the size of a challah.

    S05E13 Alternate title: “Seriously.”

  • Kim says:

    Oh how I loved Bad Blood. My friends and I watched that easily 20 times together over the years. I can still quote Scully’s “I do it all for you, Mulder…It wasn’t even real cream cheese” speech.

  • Jeanne says:

    “Shut Up, Krycek: A Russian Novel”

    Awesome. I would so read that novel.

    This was my first season, and during episode 2 I remember thinking, “Do they always have such long, boring voice-overs?” It’s amazing that I kept watching it.

  • Bwah, Kim, EVERY time people start talking about light cream cheese, I snicker inside and think, “it wasnt’ even REAL cream cheese, it was LIGHT cream cheese!!” I really loved that episode.

    and I’m pretty sure that was the original internet wormhole, down which many unsuspecting people fell and came out believing it was imperative to know episodes by titles and watch and re-watch them to catch every nuance…notthatieverdidthat.

  • Jaybird says:

    “Bad Blood” = Best episode of any 90s series, ever. Bar none.

    The King-penned episode makes me mad to this day, for three reasons:
    1. King-penned.
    2. Maine in late winter/early spring? NOT T-SHIRT WEATHER, people.
    3. I hate anything that actually makes me think that throat-punching a little kid would help the situation. But in this ep, it very quickly began to look like a great idea, and that is wrong. I hate you, Stephen King, you spankhole.

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