And we hit double figures with an episode that is a vast improvement on the previous. This is before The X Files mythology is established so the scope is not quite as big as the seasons that lay ahead of us but we get our first taste of just how far the government is willing to go to withhold the truth.
Fallen Angel introduces one of the most likeable characters in the show’s run. Alien abductee and huge Mulder fan Max Fenig makes a huge impression and provides us with a nice mirror for Mulder to look in. Just how far away from being like Fenig is Mulder? If he was working at the FBI would Mulder have ended up in NICAP?
Mulder comes across as a bit of a dick at the start of this episode but we also get to see a gentler side of him when he cradles a convulsing Max. This is one of the first times we really get to see how much this cause means to Mulder and how far he is willing to go.
This is the first of several times The X Files face closure and we get our first hint at just how dangerous they are seen to be by the shadowy government figures we meet throughout the series. Fallen Angel is another brick in the foundation of establishing The X Files mythology and is definitely worth a watch.