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The Erlenmeyer Flask

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 Written by
Chris Carter

 Directed by
R.W. Goodwin

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After being chased and shot by the police, a mysterious man is jumping into the water.

- For the first time in the series, the tagline from the opening credits has been changed from "The Truth Is Out There" to "Trust No One."
- When we see Mulder in his apartment, he's watching "Journey to the Center of the Earth."
- In the secret facility, it seems very obvious that Scully is walking the set of what will become the FBI corridors in the next season.

Deep Throat: Trust... no... one.

Fox Mulder: "I'm not going to give up. I can't give up. Not as long as the truth is out there."

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Outstanding season finale
Written by Jack Anderson on 2016-01-01
The pace of the first season of The X-Files is clearly slow. And I don't mean that as a criticism. I think this was one of the force of the beginning of the series.
So, coming after episodes such as the very slow "Born Again" and "Roland", the introduction scene from "The Erlenmeyer Flask" feels astonishingly fast and thrilling to watch! You can sense that there is something happening in the directing. And that something is R. W. Goodwin. This is the very first episode directed by him and I truly believe that he had a very profound effect on the series.
At the 27 minutes marking, there is an outstanding Dolly Zoom shot. This marks the moment when Fox Mulder finally witnesses

For the very first time as well, the episode will move forward and break its own boundaries to become so much more. One of the visual clue is taking place in the opening credits, where the tagline "The Truth Is Out There" is replaced by "Trust No One". This is so obvious we can almost touch it. The show will start a brand new era that will forever change our lives and television itself.
"The Erlenmeyer Flask" is the beginning of the most beautiful chapter from The X-Files. "Little Green Men", "The Host", "Blood", "Duane Barry", "Ascension" and "One Breath" all take their roots into this beautiful season finale.

The relationship between Mulder and Scully is great in that episode. After visiting Dr. Berube, Mulder wants to pursue with their investigation and Scully stops him. "No!".
This is the essence of the Scully character. Without her, we would simply watch Fox Mulder running around chasing aliens with a butterfly net. She is there to remind him and the audience about the reality of things.

Mark Snow is providing us with a great soundtrack that goes the next level. We sense that the stakes are extremely high and that nothing will be the same after the episode.

Excellent season finale. The mythology starts to become really interesting. And the last sequence, similar to the very end of the pilot episode was a superb idea. (And let's forget about Gillian Anderson's haircut.) I give it a 10/10

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