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  • My Struggle III on Random Worst 'X-Files' Episodes

    (#7) My Struggle III

    • January 3, 2018

    Synopsis: Scully has a vision involving her and Mulder's son. She ends up being hospitalized, and Mulder has to investigate the cause. He ends up crossing paths with Erika Price and Mr. Y, who are on a mission to colonize the universe. 

    Why it falls short: The major offense caused by this episode is how it reconnects the previous season's ending. We learn the ending of last season was just a dream, and Scully is in the hospital. Negating an entire season's worth of build-up in a second is always a cheap shot, and this episode was a huge slap in the face to fans excited for the revival but ended up just getting messed with. 

  • Space on Random Worst 'X-Files' Episodes

    (#3) Space

    • November 12, 1993

    Synopsis: After a space shuttle mission becomes mysteriously sabotaged, the team's commander, Lt. Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt, starts having strange visions and flashbacks. As Mulder and Scully investigate, they realize Belt had a hand in another failed mission to Mars. As they uncover more evidence, Mulder begins to believe it was due to an alien spirit that's not inhabiting the body of an astronaut. 

    Why it falls short: The X-Files is normally great at keeping the audience guessing as to what's really going on. But in "Space," you know what's happening even before Mulder and Scully. The protagonists don't really accomplish all that much, and the use of stock footage in the episode makes it feel lazy. Overall, it's a throwaway episode that's neither original nor memorable.

  • Fight Club on Random Worst 'X-Files' Episodes

    (#2) Fight Club

    • May 7, 2000

    Synopsis: Mulder and Scully track down two doppelgangers who don't actually know each other but cause everyone around them to become increasingly violent every time they come into contact. Mulder and Scully are called in to solve the mystery of the connection between the women and the violence. They eventually discover that the two women are, in fact, related.

    Why it falls short: Consistently ranked among the top 10 worst X-Files episodes of all time, the series was nearing the end of its initial run when this clunker came out, and you get the sense they were running out of ideas. The premise is silly and uninteresting for an hour-long episode. Everything just feels off from the acting to the music. The episode never takes itself seriously, which would've been fine had it not been an X-Files episode. 

  • Fearful Symmetry on Random Worst 'X-Files' Episodes

    (#11) Fearful Symmetry

    • February 24, 1995

    Synopsis: An escaped elephant is linked to the death of a construction worker. It's also wreaking havoc of various properties. However, witnesses say no animals have been seen. Mulder and Scully investigate the local zoo and find that the zoo's claim to fame is that a successful animal birth has never occurred there. 

    Why it falls short: Most fans remember this as the "invisible elephant and tiger" episode. The episode tries to make a point about animal rights, but everything else is so silly that it ends up losing its impact. The episode does earn some points for using real animals, so at least you don't have to deal with witnessing bad animal CGI from the '90s. 

  • Teso Dos Bichos on Random Worst 'X-Files' Episodes

    (#1) Teso Dos Bichos

    • March 8, 1996

    Synopsis: Several individuals from an archeological team from Ecuador go missing after excavating an ancient burial site that was allegedly protected by the spirit of a jaguar. The spirit, angry at being disturbed, unleashes a wave of feral cats that wreak havoc around the nearby museum.

    Why it falls short: This episode lacks any kind of coherency. It's basically one tangent after the next, which makes it incredibly hard to build up any kind of tension or suspense. The tone is undermined even more due to a silly monster (in this case a pack of rabid cats). It could have been played for a comedy, but since everything is played straight, it just comes across as weird and disconcerting. Not surprisingly, this was one of the only episodes both the cast and crew strongly disliked. In fact, it went through so many rewrites that it's no surprise the whole thing just kind of feels pushed together haphazardly.

  • Schizogeny on Random Worst 'X-Files' Episodes

    (#5) Schizogeny

    • January 11, 1998

    Synopsis: A maniacal therapist is implanting his patients with her own abusive memories. Meanwhile, a teenager named and patient named Bobby Rich becomes a suspect in his father's murder. However, Mulder and Scully believe a greater evil may be responsible.

    Why it falls short: "Schizogeny" had a lot of potential due to the creepy atmosphere it creates with the bloody trees. Unfortunately, the story falls a bit short; it feels like they filmed a bad spec script for the series, which really could have gone through a few more drafts. In the end, you realize the therapist has the ability to control trees, which is only slightly cool until you start to think about it a bit more.

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In the 10 seasons, "X-Files" led the audience to explore the dark and mysterious unknown world in the world and beyond. The FBI agent Fox Mulder has a firm belief in supernatural phenomena and unsolved mysteries, which led him to question everything. Although the main storyline of the series involves events, including the kidnapping of Sister Mudd, who is related to aliens, government conspiracies, and human trials, many cases have different horrors.

The X-Files series achieve success with attractive mystery, horror, and occasional comedy. Unfortunately, not every episode is a gem. The random tool lists 13 of the worst X-Files episodes most people think.

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