The X-Files

The X-Files (1993)

44 mistakes in season 5

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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Bad Blood - S5-E12

Revealing mistake: When the doctor examine Ronnie's "corpse" in the morgue, he pulls out the stake. It is quite obvious that he's struggling with a wooden stake that is placed on the actor's side, not through his chest. Moreover, the camera pans up and you can briefly see Ronnie's unharmed chest.

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Mind's Eye - S5-E16

Other mistake: When Marty is being transferred and 'sees' herself because the killer is watching her, she should have seen herself viewed through a wire fence, as the killer was standing behind one.

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Emily (2) - S5-E7

Continuity mistake: Mulder says that Scully was abducted and missing for four weeks. In "Duane Barry," the date stamp is given as August, then in "3," when Mulder returns to the X-Files office he turns the calendar all the way to November. Since Scully is returned the next episode after this, she must have been missing for at least 3 months, not 1.

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All Souls - S5-E17

Revealing mistake: During the autopsy, right after Scully has the vision of her daughter, the body of Paula Koklos can be seen to move (watch her hands and neck).

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Christmas Carol (1) - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: The toxicology report lists the birth date of Mrs. Sim as 6/6/67 which would make her 30, but Detective Kresge says that she is 40 years of age.

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Patient X (1) - S5-E13

Continuity mistake: In season 2's "Ascension," Skyland Mountain was a private ski resort, yet here we are told it is a national park.

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All Souls - S5-E17

Visible crew/equipment: Just after Mulder asks Scully "Could the victim have placed it?" a boom mic is visible at the top right of the screen.

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The Pine Bluff Variant - S5-E18

Continuity mistake: When the bank manager goes to open the door for the brinks truck containing the robbers, the clock on the wall reads 9:45. When the robbers are taking him back to the vault, a couple of shots of the skull-masked robber shows the clock reading about 9:43.

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Mind's Eye - S5-E16

Continuity mistake: At the end of this episode when Mulder is talking to Marty through her jail cell, the position of their hands change. In one shot, Mulder's hand is covering hers, and in the next, each of their hands are gripping the cell bars. This goes back and forth a few times.

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Unusual Suspects - S5-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When the Lone Gunmen catch up with Suzanne at the end of the episode, when she is talking to them and the camera is on the three, you can see not one, but two boom mics at the top of the screen.

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Schizogeny - S5-E9

Continuity mistake: After her father is pulled out of the window, Lisa leans out and there is no glass left on the sill, she even places her hands on it. Later when Mulder and Scully look at it, there is all sorts of jagged edges on the sill.

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Christmas Carol (1) - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: Scully's FBI badge number that she gives to the phone company is different to the one she gives in season 4's "Teliko".

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Kitsunegari - S5-E8

Continuity mistake: How was Modell tried and convicted in 1996 if he only woke up six months ago? Six months before this episode would be at least mid 1997.

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Kill Switch - S5-E11

Continuity mistake: In the same season episode "Unusual Supects" Fox Mulder's file lists him as Fox William Mulder. The A.I. discovers a similar file but the name is just Fox Mulder.

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All Souls - S5-E17

Continuity mistake: If the Kernoffs were really devoted Catholics why would they have waited six years to have Dara baptised?

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The End - S5-E20

Continuity mistake: When we see the Russian guy get shot and he falls out of his chair, he knocks the chessboard off the table. But when Jeffrey Spender shows his team the tape, the guy hits the board so that it spins around, instead of falling off completely.

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The End - S5-E20

Continuity mistake: This is probably one of the most intriguing chess plays in the history of mankind. In the first move shown on the screen Gibson moves a white knight from e4 to f6. Then, in the close-up, the situation on the chessboard more or less corresponds to the arrangement of the figures previously shown on the screen. However, in the next shot, when we see the chessboard from the Russian perspective, the arrangement is completely different. Especially, there is no white knight on the chessboard at all. In the following shot the white rook suddenly appears on g8 (and is subsequently beaten by the black king), but in the next move Gibson again moves his white rook on g8, while the black king has miraculously returned to h8 and again beats the white rook. Moreover, Gibson could not play two white rooks, because later on we see that there is still at least one white rook on the chessboard.

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All Souls - S5-E17

Plot hole: It is quite incomprehensible that only Mulder drew Scully's attention to the inverted cross. As a Catholic and experienced investigator Scully would know the significance of this symbol and would pay attention to such crucial detail.

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Christmas Carol (1) - S5-E6

Plot hole: On the phone, Scully asks for the report on her sister to be sent to the San Diego F.B.I field office (since she is visiting her brother and his wife and so is not in Washington), but the package is sent to her brother's home. Even if 'Danny,' whom she asks for the file, decided to be helpful and send it directly to her, her brother's address is not likely to be the one in her personal file, plus she didn't mention that that's where she'd be staying.

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