The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 20

Darkness Falls

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 15, 1994 on FOX
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When a group of loggers in the Washington State National Forest disappear in the same way that another group disappeared 50 years ago, Mulder and Scully go along to investigate and find themselves trapped in a cabin surrounded by flesh eating insects that only attack at night.moreless

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  • The best monster of the week from season 1?

    Classic sci-fi at its best. Great story and insect effects.
  • One of the best

    Here we have killing insects, millions of years old, Mulder and Scully almost killed, and some great chemistry between them. No conspiracy in this one unfortunately.
  • Darkness Falls

    Mulder and Scully investigate the disappearance of a logging crew where they find at nigh green flies called wood mite come out and kill anything in their way and cocoon them.Mulder and Scully go with a Ranger and some other people that later fall victims to the wood mite and later Mulder and Scully only narrowly escape.This was really a good episode which I think is one of the best of the season.moreless
  • Darkness Falls

    I did not know of the existence of the term "ecoterrorism" to see this risky episode of "The X-Files," which did very well see the "monster of the week" clumsy way. It is valid because it possibly be alien, but to a swarm of insects micro green aliens? Not needed. Starting at the approach of eco-terrorists' attacks, which are extreme and violent environmentalists, able to kill and break the law to see that the environment is not harmed by what is decided by the government or governing bodies, everything goes walking to the delicate situation the central . Here, agents are quarantined again, no chance of escape or enough energy (almost equal to the situation of 1x08), guaranteed moments of despair among the four survivors. It's fun to see how the plot was well developed, especially if considering the small space it occurs and the freaks monsters . Of course, the plot in its bottom interior reveals a major protest pro-ecology, with the mortal danger released by felling trees and devastation of entire forests, in addition to insect pests, causing disease and death in human contact. The nature rebels, releasing their concealed weapons, new species are discovered and proximity to death almost never got so close to our heroes as here. As I said earlier, a good episode when it comes to the topic and extreme situations, but weak if we consider only the insects.moreless
  • Darkness Falls

    Darkness Falls was a great episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, mystery and some environmental issues. It was fun watching the agents in the beautiful forest trying to solve a peculiar case. The bugs were pretty interesting and I liked the special effects used to portray them. There were some things that didn't make sense or add up, but I was still entertained. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
Jason Beghe

Jason Beghe

Ranger Larry Moore

Guest Star

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Steve Humphreys

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Barry Greene

Barry Greene


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Principal setting: Olympia National Forest, Washington State.

    • Even though a single incandescent light is able to keep the insects away inside the cabin, Doug Spinney (the ecoterrorist) is attacked standing in front of the jeep's headlights.

    • Scully: What kind of an insect could have gotten a man all the way up into that tree?
      Mulder: Itsy-bitsy spider.

      Funny joke, except that spiders are not insects. They're arachnids. The most remarkable difference between them is the number of legs. Insects have six while arachnids have eight.

    • Plot hole: If the insects are repelled by the light why not just build a fire? A cabin that far in the woods would almost surely be equipped with a fireplace. Granted this problem could be handled by saying all the available lumber is waterlogged or there is some property to the artificial light in particular that repels the insects but the matter should at least be addressed.

      Another question is why the headlights on the cars don't keep them away. When Doug Spinney was attacked he was standing in front of the jeep which had the headlights on so why were they able to swarm him?

    • Continuity: We later find out that Mulder hates bugs in season three's "War of the Coprophages." However, he doesn't seem to have much of a problem with them in this episode.

    • Continuity: When they find the felled ancient tree, the stump that Mulder clambers up onto to investigate the growth rings has a distinctive crack at the center and the growth rings are irregular in shape. However the stump that we get a close up of has no crack and regular circular rings.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Mulder: What would you have done?
      Scully: You mean would I have made a decision alone that would have affected the whole group?
      Mulder: Oh, will you cut the sanctimonious crap?!

    • Scully: These bugs aren't moving any more. They're either dead or they're asleep.
      Doug Spinney: It's the light. They don't like the light.
      Scully: That's weird. I mean usually bugs are attracted to the light.
      Doug Spinney: These obviously are not your ordinary bugs, to say the least.

    • Scully: Well, you're right about one thing.
      Mulder: What's that?
      Scully: It definitely wasn't Bigfoot.

    • Scully: And you suspect what? Bigfoot?
      Mulder: Not likely. That's a lot of flannel to be choking down even for Bigfoot. Come on, Scully. It will be a nice trip to the forest.

    • Mulder: I'm going to suggest we sleep with the lights on.

    • Scully: What kind of an insect could have gotten a man all the way up into that tree?
      Mulder: Itsy-bitsy spider.

    • Mulder: 30 loggers working a clear-cutting contract in Washington state. Rugged, manly men in the full bloom of their manhood.
      Scully: Right, but what am I looking for?
      Mulder: Anything strange, unexplainable, unlikely ... boyfriend?

    • Mulder: I told her it would be a nice trip to the forest.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Ranger Moore: A man caught in some kind of insect cocoon.

      This sort of thing happens in nature but usually not to humans. Spiders trap and drink their prey in similar, but not identical, fashion. Female spiders do spin cocoons - but to hold egg sacs, not to immobilize prey. Spiders also drink their food, but they don't just drain all of the fluids out of it; they predigest it, like most other arachnids.

    • Ranger Moore: Larry Moore, Federal Forest Service.

      The Federal Forest Service along with the National Parks Service is part of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

    • Mulder: They call themselves 'monkey wrenchers' or Eco-Terrorists.
      As explained liberally in the episode, ecoterrorists like Doug Spinney are environmentalists who have decided to take it one step further and begin sabotaging logging equipment and driving spikes into trees which are illegal acts in most places.