The X-Files

Tempus Fugit (1) - S4-E17

Corrected entry: At the crash site of Flight 549, Scully says "The plane came in nearly vertical at 300 miles per hour." yet the fly-over view of the debris field shows it spread out over hundreds of feet. Unfortunately, on 9/11 we learned when large commercial aircraft crash straight into the ground, they leave massive, smoking holes. First responders at Flight 93 were not even aware they were looking at a crash site.

stevewaclo Premium member

Correction: The appearance and shape of a crash site depends on many factors, such as the exact angle of impact, density and composition of the ground, landform, airplane construction, amount of fuel, and more. Since we have virtually no information regarding these factors, the comparison between Flight 549 and Flight 93 seems to be far-fetched.

Correction: There's no mistake here. He's still technically an agent with the FBI.

E.B.E. - S1-E17

Corrected entry: When Mulder and Scully pull away to follow the truck, if you watch in slow motion, you can see the reflection of a piece of equipment on the car. (00:31:05)

Correction: Per submission guidelines mistakes that require slow or stop motion are not considered valid mistakes.

Sein und Zeit (1) - S7-E10

Corrected entry: Up to this point in the series, Samantha has been shown by the Smoking Man to Fox. In this episode it appears Fox has completely forgotten the fact that he already saw his sister alive on more than one occasion and appears to back on the belief that she's missing and has accepted the fact that she is dead.

Correction: That wasn't actually his sister he saw on those previous occasions, but rather clones of her. The Smoking Man was only trying to trick Mulder into believing his sister was still alive in order to manipulate him.

Phaneron Premium member

Squeeze - S1-E3

Corrected entry: Tooms is sneaking into the room through a vent by unscrewing bolts. The problem is that the bolts should be attached directly to the wall and it would be impossible for Tooms to unscrew them. (00:02:00)

Chop Luftmysza

Correction: Not necessarily. The vent cover could just as likely be secured to a support plate, in which case, the screws would be inserted into holes in the plate that would leave The End of the screws exposed.

Phaneron Premium member

The Post-Modern Prometheus - S5-E5

Corrected entry: When The Great Mutato is lured out by a peanut butter sandwich, he puts down the sandwich when the agents give chase and we see he has taken one bite. When Scully picks up the sandwich, there are two bites taken out of it.

Correction: Yes, we saw him take one bite, and yes, Scully picks up the sandwich showing two bites were taken out of the sandwich; but what you fail to observe is that The Great Mutato has 2 mouths.

Correction: This is not true. He never grabs his left arm and always grabs or favors his right arm.

Bishop73

Herrenvolk (2) - S4-E1

Corrected entry: After Mulder retrieves the metal spike right after stabbing the alien bounty hunter, he chases Jeremiah, who has boarded a boat. The shot cuts back soon after to the bounty hunter's body and the spike can still be seen in his neck.

Correction: The metal spike Mulder picks up belongs to the alien bounty hunter. You see him holding it before Mulder stabs him.

Herrenvolk (2) - S4-E1

Corrected entry: When Mulder stabs the alien bounty hunter and the body rolls down the hill, we see the metal spike in the back of his neck, surrounded by his green acid blood. Yet when Mulder climbs down after it, it is suddenly lying on the ground away from the body.

Correction: The metal spike he picks up belongs to the alien bounty hunter. You see him holding it before Mulder stabs him.

Correction: Mulder and Scully are FBI partners in the middle of an investigation. He can't wait around while his partner tends to Belt so he obviously needs a doctor OTHER than Scully.

Damian Torres

Pilot - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When Mulder, Scully and the other police officers are digging Ray Soames's grave, one strap of the coffin breaks and the coffin falls and starts to roll. When it hits a tombstone and opens, you can see there's a normal size body in the coffin. When they look into the coffin, there's this small alien body. (00:13:35)

sam68

Correction: When the coffin opens, it is impossible to notice what sort of body is located in the coffin without using slow motion, which invalidates the mistake.

Chop Luftmysza

Zero Sum - S4-E21

Corrected entry: Misty finds the cabin Jane was in open, however when Jane went to the toilet, she locked the cabin. Because of the bees Jane could not have unlocked the doors. (00:02:55)

Chop Luftmysza

Correction: In fact, Jane managed to open the cabin's door even though she was attacked by bees.

Chop Luftmysza

Hollywood A.D. - S7-E19

Corrected entry: In this episode, Mulder and Scully are watching a film about them that was shot sixteen months ago. But that would have been sometime in late 1998, when Mulder and Scully were not on the X-Files. But yet they're in Skinner's office at The Beginning. If they had shot the film in consistency with the current timeline, (2000) then the film would have been shown in late 2001. But in that time, Mulder was missing and Scully had a newborn. if anything, she would have seen the movie with Doggett. Somebody didn't plan ahead... (00:04:05)

Correction: The X-Files were closed at The End of season 5, but Mulder and Scully were still working under A.D. Skinner in the first X-Files movie, which takes place in the summer of 1998. It wasn't until The Beginning of season 6 that they were reassigned to A.D. Kersh. Plus, the case they were working on in this episode wasn't officially an X-File, it was a church bombing, so there's no reason they couldn't have been working on a domestic terrorism case under Skinner. There's no error in the timeline here.

Phaneron Premium member

Anasazi (1) - S2-E25

Corrected entry: After Mulder has his tantrum and goes to see Skinner, he does not have or reach for his suit coat, but when he walks up to Skinner, he has it on. (00:11:20)

Correction: Not necessarily. When leaving his office, Mulder is not heading directly toward the doors. It seems as firstly he goes up to the hanger to take a suit coat, and only then he leaves. He probably grabs his coat and carries it with his right hand, which is not presented in this shot.

Chop Luftmysza

Pilot - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When we first see Scully, going into the office at The Beginning of the episode, we see when she is on her way to the office and when she enters it she is wearing her badge, yet when the shot changes, it is no longer on her, then when she comes out she is wearing it again. (00:02:20 - 00:04:35)

Chaz1003

Correction: That's because she is never "wearing" her ID badge. It is clipped to the strap of her purse, not her jacket. You can see this in several shots and you see the badge move with the strap as opposed to moving with the jacket. When she removes the purse the badge comes off too.

Bishop73

Pilot - S1-E1

Corrected entry: Mulder takes out spray paint from the trunk. The problem is that the car isn't his but it was rented. It’s not plausible that all the cars in the rent-a-car company were equipped with spray paint. It is also doubtful that Mulder anticipated the paint use and bought it on purpose. (00:10:40)

Chop Luftmysza

Correction: He does expect it from other similar abduction cases. I believe he takes the spray paint from his own pack and not from a rental car supply kit.

Ice - S1-E8

Corrected entry: The worm is supposed to increase production of a violent hormone, making The Host incredibly violent and unable to control it. Yet the infected member of the group manages to hide it perfectly between making their first kill and being discovered by the rest.

Correction: It's explained that The Host becomes violent because of the parasitic worm attacking the hypothalamus gland of the brain. When the infected person is finally discovered, the worm is shown to be making its way back towards their brain, indicating that the worm makes its way around The Host's body, and that The Host can behave normally if the worm is not near the brain.

Phaneron Premium member

Correction: The Smoking Man, who put the embryo in the pentagon's vast storage room in season 1, has direct access to the pentagon at all times and is extremely high up in the ranks of the conspirators, it's more than plausible that he could have taken the embryo back from storage and returned it to the freezing containment if it was needed for further tissue/testing.

Purple_Girl

Correction: The X Files timeline is somewhat confusing, since the show began in 1993 but the Pilot lists the year as 1992. However, at The End of The X Files: Fight the Future, the telegram that Cancer Man receives lists a date of September 6, 1997. The episode, "The End" occurs immediately before the movie in The X Files timeline, so Doggett was in fact correct.

X-COPS - S7-E12

Corrected entry: The tv-esque footage of the show is supposed to be being recorded as the investigation goes on, it's not pre-recorded or supposed to be airing as we watch, yet there is a perfectly placed 'blur circle' following the face of the prostitute. That kind of thing is generally done when filming is done and being edited for tv; even if for whatever reason they decided to blur her face during filming, the blur point follows her face perfectly despite her flailing and panicking, which is highly unlikely.

Correction: Much like the show COPS which this episode crosses over with, the footage is presented in a raw format and always appears to be in the process of being recorded. The episode as we see it is how the viewers of the X-Files universe would see the "episode" of COPS with Mulder and Scully.

Phaneron Premium member

Bad Blood - S5-E12

Visible crew/equipment: I don't know if this is visible in all formats, but on the newest UK release on DVD, watching in widescreen, it's amazingly obvious. When Mulder recovers from the vampire attack, he gets up from the floor and breaks up a chair to make a stake. There is a shot of his feet as he smashes the legs off and bends to pick up a piece. In the bottom left hand corner of the screen, you can see a crew member's hand carefully and quickly placing a piece of wood on top of the pile for Mulder to pick up.

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