The X-Files

The X-Files (1993)

402 mistakes

Existence (2) - S8-E21

Continuity mistake: When Agent Reyes is aiming at the oncoming car of a ranger, in the front shot the windscreen of the car is completely covered with dirt and fully opaque, while filmed from the ranger's side the windscreen seems to be transparent and relatively clean.

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Nothing Important Happened Today II (2) - S9-E2

Factual error: Deputy Director Alvin Kersh tells Agent Doggett a story about King George III, who, on July 4th, 1776, the same day the American colonies declared their independence, allegedly made an entry in his diary: "Nothing important happened today." However, according to Arnold Hunt, curator at the British Library, King George III never kept a diary.

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Nothing Important Happened Today II (2) - S9-E2

Factual error: After a short examination of Shannon McMahon with a stethoscope and blood pressure meter Scully definitely claims that physically Shannon is absolutely normal. However, this type of examination cannot reveal any of Shannon's supernatural abilities. In order to prove or disprove that Shannon is a supersoldier, Scully could only examine if she could breathe underwater.

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Nothing Important Happened Today II (2) - S9-E2

Continuity mistake: After entering the room with the water tank Agent Doggett has dived into, the Assistant Director Brad Follmer screams "Doggett!", while in the same scene in the "Nothing Important Happened Today I" episode he screams "Agent Doggett!"

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Improbable - S9-E13

Revealing mistake: When Scully is examining the body of Vicky Louise Burdick, the dead woman moves her eyeballs.

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Trust No 1 - S9-E6

Revealing mistake: When Doggett visits Scully in Quantico and interrupts her pathology class, the cadaver left on the table blinks his eyes at least twice.

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Trust No 1 - S9-E6

Continuity mistake: When Scully reads the alleged printout of the email sent to her by Mulder, it says: "Dearest Dana: I've resisted contacting you for reasons I know you appreciate...I want to come home, to you, to William", but when Scully has previously viewed this message in the internet café, it had a different form: "I've resisted contacting you for reasons I know you continue to appreciate...I want to come home. To you, and to William."

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John Doe - S9-E7

Visible crew/equipment: In the final scene of the episode, when the camera goes up, its shadow can be seen on the left side of the screen.

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The Unnatural - S6-E19

Plot hole: When Arthur wakes up on the bus, he sees an alien reflection in the window beside Josh, but it's not possible that the reflection could be seen at all - especially from the angle that Arthur first sees it - considering how much of the pillow is covering both Josh's face and the window. The pillow extends past Josh's face so he could lean on it as cushioning against the window, but somehow Arthur sees a full facial reflection.

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The Unnatural - S6-E19

Plot hole: Josh Exley's 'real' face shouldn't be visible as a reflection on the window. It's not an illusion that he creates to fool people, whereby his real self could theoretically be seen in a reflective surface, but a complete physical change, as we've seen in many episodes of the X-files regarding the shape-changing abilities of the aliens. What his face appears to be while altered is essentially what it is, and the reflection should show as much.

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The Unnatural - S6-E19

Plot hole: After Exley has gotten up after being hit by the ball, Dales notices green alien blood inside the glove where the back of Exley's head was resting. However, Exley was hit in the face, not the back of the head; not only was there no bleeding face wound while he was on the ground, but the glove was clean when Exley first gets up.

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The Unnatural - S6-E19

Plot hole: When Arthur looks closely at the green alien blood on the baseball glove, he has no reaction to it, despite the continuous pattern in the show about the blood being incredibly toxic to humans, even from a distance. It should have badly hurt his eyes at the least.

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Folie a Deux - S5-E19

Other mistake: When Mulder is on his knees in the cafeteria talking to the gunman, there are several shots where you can see the sides of his jacket hanging wide open because of his raised arms, which would make the gun on his belt easily visible to the gunman as he talks to him, but he somehow doesn't see it until he goes to take Mulder's phone.

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Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When Ben Drake is walking in front of the paintings in his office, for a short moment one can see the camera setup and the cameraman reflected off the first painting.

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Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Other mistake: When Jerry Lamana goes up in the elevator in the Eurisko building, the "thirteen floor" message is missing.

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Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: During the conversation with Mulder, in the front shot the Deep Throat tilts his head to the left while in the back shot his head is tilted to the right.

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Per Manum - S8-E13

Continuity mistake: When Scully enters her apartment, the blinds are up and there is quite a lot of light in the room. However, when the flashback with Mulder ends, during which Scully was supposedly standing still, the shades are rolled down and there is much less light in the room.

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Empedocles - S8-E17

Continuity mistake: When the fiery figure comes up to Jeb, he is standing alone on the street, however in the previous and following take he stands in the crowd surrounded by other people.

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Surekill - S8-E8

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene, when the guy is calling from the booth, he is standing either on the left or right side of it, depending on the shot.

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Space - S1-E9

Factual error: According to the NASA space shuttle launch countdown procedure, the close-out crew retreats to fallback area in the "T-3 hours and counting" phase. The members of the crew are the last persons who leave the launch pad at least 20 minutes before liftoff. However, during the close-up take of the main engines, when the ground control says "All systems go for APU start", we can see two members of the ground personnel in orange suits near the engines.

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