This is the episode that started it all. It begins with a woman, dressed in a nightgown, running through a dense forest at night. She falls – as women tend to do in these situations – and a light appears over a nearby hill. A figure that appears to be male steps out of it, and approaches her.
The leaves on the ground begin to rise around them both in a vortex, then an eerie glow engulfs the man, then the woman at his feet.
When we next see her, it’s during the day, and she’s dead (though facedown, when she was face up before the event).
This was the opening to the first episode of Fox’s “The X-Files,” unimaginatively titled “Pilot.”
We’re soon introduced to Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox ’Spooky’ Mulder (David Duchovny) ” first premiered in 1993 and watching it, I get the feeling that few would have guessed that it would last nine seasons and that their adventures would be renown all over the world.
In fact, I recall that I was in Durban, South Africa at a dance club, in the late 90’s when the series was probably at its peak. I suspect that this was the case because an uptempo version Mark Snow’s X-Files theme was very popular.