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The X-Files - Season 2 !!INSTALL!!

The second season of the science fiction television series The X-Files commenced airing on the Fox network in the United States on September 16, 1994, concluded on the same channel on May 19, 1995, after airing all 25 episodes. The series follows Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, portrayed by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson respectively, who investigate paranormal or supernatural cases, known as X-Files by the FBI.

The X-Files - Season 2

The season premiere was originally supposed to have been written by series creator Chris Carter. In his initial pitch, Mulder would have been sent to Moscow. In fact, the producers wanted to film the episode in Russia, but they were not able to secure the appropriate arrangements. In the end, Carter was unable to complete the script idea, which would have also featured the reopening of the X-Files.[19] Instead, co-executive producers Glen Morgan, James Wong and Howard Gordon penned the opening premiere, "Little Green Men"; the episode was the first entry to actually show an alien in the series.[20] This delay gave Carter time to write "Duane Barry", the start of the series' first two-parter.[19]

As the series ended its first season, a problem had arisen for the producers: the pregnancy of Gillian Anderson, who played Dana Scully. Some network executives wanted the role recast, which Carter refused to do.[21] Though they considered having Scully giving birth to an alien child, the producers decided to work around Anderson's pregnancy by having her abducted and appearing comatose several episodes later.[22] This was described by executive producer Frank Spotnitz as "the best thing that ever happened to the series" as it helped form the intricate mythology that would run throughout the show.[23] The writers decided to close the X-Files at the end of the first season and thus separate Mulder and Scully in the earlier episodes of the season.[22] To hide Anderson's pregnancy in the early episodes, the producers disguised it with "very fancy trick angles, trench coats, and scenes where she is seated rather than standing".[24] The two-parter of Carter's "Duane Barry" and Paul Brown's "Ascension" were scripted to culminate in Scully's abduction and the re-opening of the X-Files. Anderson does not feature at all in the following episode "3", as she was giving birth to her daughter at the time of filming.[25]

The season introduced the character X, played by Steven Williams, who replaced Deep Throat as Mulder's informant, following Deep Throat's assassination in the first-season finale, "The Erlenmeyer Flask". X was originally intended to be a woman with Natalija Nogulich already cast in the role, but was replaced by Williams as the writers did not believe she had the "right chemistry" with her co-stars.[26] X was written to be different than Deep Throat; Deep Throat had been selfless, while X was intended to be selfish and scared.[27] Nicholas Lea, who had previously appeared in a small part in the season one's "Gender Bender", was cast as Alex Krycek.[28] Krycek was originally intended as a temporary replacement for Scully when she was abducted, but grew into a character who would last seven seasons on the show.[29]

During the production of the season, Duchovny asked Carter "wouldn't it be great if we had like an alien bounty hunter?"[30] Carter was positive towards the idea and acted upon it, creating with Spotnitz the character of the Alien Bounty Hunter for the two-part episodes "Colony" and "End Game".[30] Actor Brian Thompson auditioned for the role in a casting session, where he was competing with another actor. Spotnitz and Carter did not have much time to cast the character, but they knew this casting would be important since they intended the character to become a recurring character. Thompson was chosen according to Spotnitz because he had a very "distinctive look" about him, most notably his face and mouth.[31] Megan Leitch also appeared in "Colony" and "End Game" as a grown-up clone version of Samantha Mulder, and would return to play Samantha or one of her clones over the other seasons. Carter did not want it to be the real Samantha, since that would have been "straight science fiction" and it was too "ridiculous" to give too many answers.[31] Darren McGavin, star of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, was sought out for the part of Senator Matheson in "Little Green Men" and Mulder's father in "Colony" and "End Game", but the roles went to Raymond J. Barry and Peter Donat respectively, while McGavin agreed to play X-Files founder Arthur Dales in season five.[32]

Carter also served as executive producer and showrunner and wrote seven episodes. Co-executive producers and writing team Glen Morgan and James Wong wrote five episodes for their final season as regular writers for the series, although they would both return as consulting producers for part of season four. Supervising producer Howard Gordon wrote five episodes. Frank Spotnitz joined the series, writing two episodes. Cast member David Duchovny collaborated with Carter for two episodes receiving story credit. Glen Morgan's younger brother Darin Morgan joined the series, contributing the story for an episode written by his older brother and James Wong, and writing another script solo. Paul Brown joined the series as a producer and wrote two episodes. Sara B. Charno, another staff writer, wrote two episodes. Vince Gilligan joined the series, writing one episode. Former supervising producer Alex Gansa returned to co-wrote one episode with writing partner Howard Gordon. Chris Ruppenthal returned to write one more freelance episode after last season. Steve De Jarnatt also contributed one freelance episode for the season. Line producer and production manager Joseph Patrick Finn was promoted to producer with this season. Paul Rabwin continued to serve as co-producer for the show.[33]

Producing-directors for the show included Rob Bowman, David Nutter, Kim Manners and co-executive producer R. W. Goodwin, who all directed the most of the season; Bowman with seven, Nutter with five, and Manners and Goodwin each with two.[33] Series creator Chris Carter directed one episode, making his directorial debut,[34] while Daniel Sackheim, Michael Lange, James Contner, James Whitmore, Jr., Michael Vejar, Nick Marck, Stephen Surjik and Win Phelps each directed one episode.[33]

The DVD Journal gave the season four out of four stars, calling it a "memorable season". The review highlighted "The Host", "Duane Barry" and "Ascension", the cliffhanger finale "Anasazi", the "unforgettable" "Humbug", and meeting Mulder and Scully's families in "Colony" and "One Breath".[63] IGN gave the season a rating of 9 out of 10, with the reviewer noting it was an improvement upon the first as it had "started to explore a little" and the "evolution of the characters makes the product shine even though the plotlines have begun to seem familiar".[64] Robert Shearman and Lars Pearson, in their book Wanting to Believe: A Critical Guide to The X-Files, Millennium & The Lone Gunmen, rated several episodes across the season highly, awarding five stars out of five to "Little Green Men", "Duane Barry", "One Breath", "Irresistible", "Die Hand Die Verletzt", and "Anasazi". However, several episodes rated poorly, with "3", "Excelsis Dei", and "The Calusari" being considered particularly poor.[65]

There are exceptional episodes in the second season. The season provides a wealth of classic stories. Fresh Bones and Our Town stand out as two of the best monster-of-the-week stories that the show had done by this point in its life-cycle. Even outside of that, there are classics like One Breath or Humbug or The Host or F. Emasculata. However, there are also quite a few misfires like Fearful Symmetry or Excelsis Dei or 3.

The expanding mythology brought a wealth of supporting characters along for the ride. An iconic visual part of the show, William B. David had been given four words to say over the course of the first season. However, the second season gave the character a lot more to do. He got to have involved philosophical conversations with Mulder in One Breath and F. Emasculata. He got a personal relationship to Mulder in Anasazi. Davis excelled with the material, and it is no wonder his role expanded.

Similarly, Mitch Pileggi got more to do as Skinner. Introduced in Tooms as a new superior for Mulder and Scully, the second season expanded and developed his character. Skinner was more than just an obstacle for the duo. He became something of a reluctant ally. He was not entirely convinced by Mulder and Scully, and a lot more orthodox and pragmatic in his conduct, but he would stand by the duo. By the end of the second season, Skinner felt like an essential part of the series.

During X-Files season 2, Scully gets abducted and experimented on, taking her out of the picture for awhile, and here's why that story was written. Some have argued that Scully, played by the always captivating Gillian Anderson, spends a bit too much time as a damsel in distress in the early years of The X-Files, and the criticism is a valid one. To be fair, Scully did eventually evolve past that phase, for the most part. In season 1 though, Scully usually wasn't apart from Mulder for long.

The quickly solidified bond between Mulder and Scully - and also fans' bond with the characters - was tested in season 2, with Scully being taken, barely appearing in the following episode, missing the next one entirely, and spending the one after that confined to a hospital bed. In the meantime, Mulder spent his days and nights first searching for Scully, then working cases by himself, then trying to get to the bottom of what happened after Scully's mysterious return.

Gillian Anderson's first marriage was actually to an X-Files crew member, assistant art director Clyde Klotz, who she met while working on the show. That's relevant to this story because near the end of filming season 1, Anderson became pregnant with their daughter Piper Maru, who later got an episode named after her and actually worked behind the scenes in the art department on the recent revival seasons. While tricks were used to try and hide Anderson becoming visibly pregnant, it became clear that she would eventually need at least a brief maternity leave from The X-Files. 041b061a72

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