The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Exploring the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully find out how the X-Files themselves may really have originated.


Darin Morgan


Chris Carter (created by), Darin Morgan | 2 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Brian Huskey ... Reggie Something
Bill Dow ... Pangborn
Stuart Margolin ... Dr. Thaddeus Q. They
Dan Zukovic ... Martin
Keith Arbuthnot ... Alien
Alex Diakun ... Buddy / Devil
Susan Wright Susan Wright ... Reggie's Mom
Antonio Cayonne ... FBI Agent #1
Wolsey Brooks ... FBI Agent #2
Ryan Hesp ... Henchman #1
Shane Dean ... Henchman #2
Charles Andre Charles Andre ... Detainee


Exploring the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully find out how the X-Files themselves may really have originated.

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24 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Darin Morgan: (also the writer) as Eddie Van Blundht morphing back from the form of Mulder in the flashback scene edited from The X-Files: Small Potatoes (1997) where Reggie comes through the door and catches "Mulder" and Scully on the couch. See more »


At some point, Mulder starting with the concept of another universe, says that we could live in another dimension. But this is not the same thing. As we know, there are four dimensions but as theoretical science goes there could be eleven. Nevertheless, no matter how many they are, they all happen here not in another universe. So we are already living in them the same way we are living in the four others but without feeling them. See more »


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Multiple characters: Wait, what?
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Edited from The X-Files: Tooms (1994) See more »

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What the heck did I just saw?
3 February 2018 | by Jorge_MotaSee all my reviews

Possibly the best episode of this season - nay, of the whole show! Starting like one of those old 'Twilight Zone' episodes, the rest of the episode is a mockery of mistery and sci-fi shows - and a parody of X-Files itself. Nothing should be taken seriously and I still don't believe how David and Gillian accepted the part on this episode. It's painful to watch these two acting like clown versions of their characters. Yet... I loved the entire story. The idea that, in today's society, we cannot rely on memory because everything we know can and will be altered to satisfy political and economic purposes, hits today's society right where it hurts. And the comical aspects are surrealistically brilliant! Trump's 'real' inauguration, the 'floating alien' who is, in fact, riding a Segway, even the fake cut eliminating part of the episode to hide some company's name - these details hide, behind the façade of a stupid episode, a well thought and written one. I could watch it over and over again without getting tired, and laughed like a madman with most of the jokes. In a few years this may become a cult episode of X-Files - although it is not what anyone would expect from the show. The image of Mulder, standing dumbfounded in the middle of the laughing statues ( Vancouver's 'A-maze-ing Laughter' sculpture by Yue Minjun), is a picture of the spectator dumbfounded at the episode: the writers are laughing at him - and maybe whole society is, because if you can't see the truth about society, you are a clown. The Truth is still out there. RIP Reggie Something.

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