The Worst Episodes of The X-Files: When Mulder and Scully Missed the Mark

Attention all X-Files fans! As a die-hard fan of the show myself, I have to admit that not every episode is a winner. Whether it’s the writing, the acting, or just a lack of creepy vibes, some episodes just don’t live up to the high standards set by this iconic sci-fi series. But fear not, my fellow enthusiasts, because I’ve compiled a list of the absolute worst episodes of The X-Files. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and get ready to cringe as we dive into the episodes that even Mulder and Scully couldn’t save.
Nothing Lasts Forever

Nothing Lasts Forever

Season 11 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2018-03-14

While investigating human organ theft, Mulder and Scully uncover a mysterious cult consumed with macabre rituals.

Babylon

Babylon

Season 10 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2016-02-15

Scully and Mulder investigate when an art gallery displaying offensive artwork is bombed, and need to discover a way to communicate with the comatose perpetrator to try and prevent a future attack.

Fight Club

Fight Club

Season 7 – Episode 20

Air Date: 2000-05-07

Mulder and Scully cross paths with two women who are identical and have followed each other across 17 states in the last three years, causing chaos and mayhem wherever they are.

The Truth (2)

The Truth (2)

Season 9 – Episode 20

Air Date: 2002-05-19

When an unexpected person comes to Mulder’s rescue, Mulder refuses to slip north over the border to safety. Instead, he heads southwest to the Anasazi ruins of New Mexico seeking a mysterious wise man who the Indians call “The Keeper of the Truth”.

My Struggle III

My Struggle III

Season 11 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2018-01-03

Mulder and Scully learn that they aren’t the only ones desperately searching for their long-lost son, William. The very fate of the world may depend on it.

Teso Dos Bichos

Teso Dos Bichos

Season 3 – Episode 18

Air Date: 1996-03-08

The unearthing of an ancient Ecuadorian Amaru urn and its removal to America despite protests leads to a series of deaths linked to a shaman spirit released by the urn.

Space

Space

Season 1 – Episode 9

Air Date: 1993-11-12

Mulder and Scully are contacted by a communications specialist from NASA who shows them evidence of sabotage in the space programme.

First Person Shooter

First Person Shooter

Season 7 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2000-02-27

The Lone Gunmen call Mulder and Scully to a virtual reality development lab where they learn that one of the program testers was killed inside the computer generated game environment by the digital image of a woman. Needing to get his yah-yah’s, Mulder enters the game to fight the woman, but Scully must step in to save him.

Improbable

Improbable

Season 9 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2002-04-07

When Reyes uses numerology to connect the murders of several women to an obsessed serial killer, she and Scully become trapped with a mysterious checker-playing man who may or may not be the killer.

My Struggle II

My Struggle II

Season 10 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2016-02-22

The season concludes with people all across the country falling gravely ill. A widespread panic develops and Scully looks within to find a cure. Meanwhile, Mulder confronts the man he believes to be behind it all, but another figure from Mulder and Scully’s past may prove to be the key to their salvation.

My Struggle IV

My Struggle IV

Season 11 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2018-03-21

Mulder and Scully rush to find an on-the-run William while the Cigarette Smoking Man pushes forward with his ultimate plan.

The Field Where I Died

The Field Where I Died

Season 4 – Episode 5

Air Date: 1996-11-03

After an FBI raid on a doomsday cult called the “Temple of the Seven Stars”, Mulder meets Melissa, a cultist who claims to have known him in a previous life during the American Civil War. Scully believes the woman is a delusional schizophrenic, but Mulder allows himself to be drawn into her fantasies.

Alpha

Alpha

Season 6 – Episode 16

Air Date: 1999-03-28

A mysterious dog thought to be the last of a rare Asian breed is responsible for several murders which Mulder and Scully are investigating. Now the agents have to find a way to stop the dog before it kills again.

Signs and Wonders

Signs and Wonders

Season 7 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2000-01-23

Snakes are killing the unrighteous, but Mulder and Scully doubt that this is a case of divine intervention.

Hollywood A.D.

Hollywood A.D.

Season 7 – Episode 19

Air Date: 2000-04-30

Mulder and Scully watch a movie with themselves as characters and are thoroughly disgusted at how they and their case are portrayed on the big screen. They recount how 18 months earlier they were followed around by a Hollywood producer while investigating a case concerning The Lazarus Bowl – a mythical piece of pottery reputed to have inscribed on it the words that Jesus Christ spoke when he raised Lazarus from the dead.

Salvage

Salvage

Season 8 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2001-01-14

A man whose blood is rapidly changing into metal alloy enacts revenge on those who caused his condition.

Badlaa

Badlaa

Season 8 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2001-01-21

An Indian mystic whose son died in a chemical plant accident smuggles himself into the United States and takes his revenge on two families in suburban Washington, D.C.

Hellbound

Hellbound

Season 9 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2002-01-27

Agent Reyes takes the lead while investigating an X-file case, surrounding a man found skinned alive after having visions of seeing other people appearing skinned alive. Reyes calls on Scully’s expertise to help on the investigation, which pays off when Scully finds a link to a case from 1960.

Teliko

Teliko

Season 4 – Episode 3

Air Date: 1996-10-18

After several African-American men are killed and the color is drained from their skin, Mulder learns about the Teliko, an African folktale about a creature who must suck the pigmentation from a persons body in order to survive.

Surekill

Surekill

Season 8 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2001-01-07

When a real estate agent is shot inside a prison cell by someone who apparently fired from the roof, Scully and Doggett track him to two exterminators, one of whom has x-ray vision.