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Join us as we watch and discuss some of the best episodes of The X Files from a scientifically created list (picked by us). We talk about the aliens, cryptids, and 90s to find out if the truth is indeed out there.

Shelby and Laura


    • Aug 4, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • every other week NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 9m AVG DURATION
    • 38 EPISODES


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    S04E23 – “Demons” feat Abriana

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 50:17

    Abriana (@abriana) is on again to talk Mulder family drama in S04E23 "Demons". We see what they get up to on the weekends as Mulder goes to Providence to get treated by a highly unethical doctor and Scully shows up to bail him out of this pickle he finds himself in. Mulder reflects on some suppressed childhood memories and learns more than what he hoped from his mom. Tune in next time when we watch the season 4 finale "Gethsemane" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E21 – “Zero Sum”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 51:40

    We finally follow our favorite Assistant Director as Skinner tries to save Scully's life by committing a series of felonies in S04E21 "Zero Sum". Skinner is called in to dispose of evidence of a bee related crime as Mulder slowly catches onto him. That's right, the bees, and their nonsensical science, are back! Tune in next time when we watch S04E23 "Demons" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E20 – “Small Potatoes” feat Tori

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 71:20

    Tori (@torlinnea) joined us for another episode as we discussed the hilarious S04E20 (nice) "Small Potatoes". We talked Amanda Nelligan's quest to watch Star Wars 400 times, the "loserness" of Mulder, and the 90s cop show vibes of this episode. Tune in next time when we watch S04E21 "Zero Sum" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E14 – “Momento Mori” feat Tori

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 79:16

    Tori (@torilinnea) returned to discuss the beginning of the cancer arc with S04E14 "Momento Mori"! The writers bring us some high quality angst as Scully learns she has cancer and while she's getting treatment, Mulder runs off action hero style to find answers, accompanied by the Lone Gunmen. The deleted Bill Scully Jr clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRtut9taHyU The deleted kiss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IaiIP6JzEM Tune in next time when we watch S04E20 "Small Potatoes" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E13 – “Never Again” feat Brianda

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 76:31

    We're joined by Brianda to talk Scully in her slut era in S04E13 "Never Again". While Mulder is banished to taking a vacation, Scully follows a case to Philadelphia and has a bit of a midlife crisis. We get a redpilled tattoo voiced by Jodie Foster, see a train wreck of a first date at a biker bar, and Scully gets a tattoo. Mulder only shows up to be the worst kind of guy throughout the episode, leading to a long awaited Mulder rating from Shelby. Tune in next time when we watch S04E14 "Momento Mori" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E12 – “Leonard Betts” feat Zoe

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 77:05

    This week we're joined by Zoe (@maurastierney) to talk our heads off about S04E12 "Leonard Betts". The X Files gives fellow 90s show ER a run for its money with a EMT with a supernatural gift. We talk Walkmans, the writer's ideas about what cancer is, and Mulder's joke density. Also, this Monster of the Week episode leaves us with a little surprise at the end. Article about Fox-NFL deal: https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2018/12/13/18137938/nfl-fox-deal-rupert-murdoch-1993-john-madden-terry-bradshaw-howie-long-jimmy-johnson-cbs-nbc Tune in next time when we watch S04E13 "Never Again" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E12 – “Paper Hearts” feat Meagan

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 70:05

    We returned to talk to our friend Meagan about S04E10 "Paper Hearts"! We discuss the procedural heavy Vince Gilligan penned episode that makes us question that the main driving force of the show--that Samantha Mulder was abducted--was instead a non-extraterrestrial kidnapping. Mulder spirals as Scully tries to keep him together and Skinner mostly yells at both of them. Check out Meagan's podcast at https://derpsanddragons.buzzsprout.com/ Tune in next time when we watch S04E12 "Leonard Betts" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E08/09 – “Tunguska” and “Terma”

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 90:17

    Here we are, once again, to talk the mythology with S04E8/9 "Tunguska" and "Terma". Mulder travels around the country to flirt with every one of the mytharc regulars he can find as Scully tries to find out what's in this ROCK FROM MARS! We see some beloved faces (Pendrell) and some ones we love to hate (Krycek) as the conspiracy goes global. Tune in next time when we watch S04E10 "Paper Hearts" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E07 – “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man” feat Brett

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 60:07

    We're joined by our friend Brett to take a peek into the eventful life of Cigarette Smoking Man in S04E07 "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man". We follow his journey as CIA hit man, rejected author, and man behind the curtain as the X Files writers take a big swing and overexplain the mysterious antagonist. We ask the important questions about this episode: how can the most powerful man on Earth not get his silly little spy novel published??? Tune in next time when we watch S04E08/9 "Tunguska" and "Terma" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E02 – “Home” feat Kevin

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 56:01

    This week we are joined by our friend Kevin (@droneymitchell) to talk The X Files episode that was banned from re-airing, S04E02 "Home"! Join us as we discuss this gory episode that ping pongs between extreme violence and jokes, while exploring the receding of rural life in the 90s and today by globalization, technology and modernity. Tune in next time when we watch S04E07 "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S04E01 – “Herrenvolk”

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 56:39

    We return to the humble mytharc roots to talk S04E01 "Herrenvolk" as Jeremiah Smith struggles to explain the Syndicate's plan for colonization to a PEAK sad boy Mulder. We navigate some old staples of the mythology (Samantha and her never ending clones, smallpox vaccines) with some new elements (bees!) and discuss what we think of this new shift in the ongoing plot. Tune in next time when we watch S04E02 "Home" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S3 Wrap Up and S03E18 – “Teso Dos Bichos”

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 32:32

    We wrapped up season 3 by watching S03E18 "Teso Dos Bichos", the lowest rated X Files episode on imdb so y'all don't have to. We talk archaeology and dogs who eats cats who eat rats. Tune in next time when we watch S04E01 "Herrenvolk" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E24 – “Talitha Cumi”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 62:49

    We finally made it to the season 3 finale "Talitha Cumi" where this stellar season ends with an ok mytharc finale. We see the return of Shelby's nemesis, Teena Mulder, and learn some…interesting things about her past. We also have a scene inspired by a 19th century Russian novel, some biblical references, and another face off between Mulder and X. Tune in next time when we watch S03S18 "Teso Dos Bichos" for a bonus episode/season 3 wrap up and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E23 – “Wetwired”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 64:02

    This week we chatted about the overwhelming 90s S03E23 "Wetwired", which we watched via a VHS, of course :P. We talked about the fantastic score, Mulder's inability to pick up on Scully's deteriorating sanity, and a very convenient medical condition given to Mulder that is never mentioned again. This episode brings in almost the whole squad in right before the s3 finale. Tune in next time when we watch S03S24 "Talitha Cumi" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E22 – “Quagmire” feat Abriana

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 72:51

    Abriana joined us this week to talk about S03E22 "Quagmire". We discussed all the animals, including the return of Queequeg, the ancient 90s tech featured, and the midnight boat ride turned disaster. Most importantly, we finally got to talk about the crucial Conversation on the Rock and discussed the importance of this scene in understanding Mulder. Tune in next time when we watch S03S23 "Wetwired" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E20 – “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” feat Nick

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 95:57

    We were joined by our friend Nick (@NickRichWrites) to talk the legendary S03E20 "Jose Chung's From Outer Space". We discussed the meta nature of this episode and whether it's actually making fun of The X Files, the incredible directing by Rob Bowman, and the cultural impact of the show. Of course, we also try to piece together what "the truth" is, if it even exists, and what sort of plot is provided through the constant jumping timelines. Tune in next time when we watch S03S22 "Quagmire" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E17 – “Pusher” feat Kat

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 77:02

    We were joined by our friend Kat to talk S03E17 "Pusher". We discussed Supermarket Sweeps, Mulder and Modell both being weeaboos, and Scully's hair being in top form. We lovingly made fun of the 90s fashion on display and the hyper masculine battle of strength and Russian roulette going on. Tune in next week as we talk S03E20 "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E15/16 – “Piper Maru” and “Apocrypha”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 100:45

    Laura and I return to the mytharc once again for S03E15/16 "Piper Maru" and "Apocrypha" to talk ships, ships, and more ships! We discuss more about the stranglehold WWII has on this writers' room, an overabundance of nineties energy, and Skinner's polar opposite relationship with Scully versus Mulder. We see our favorite cranks, the Lone Gunmen, ice skate, and get further pulled into Syndicate beef history. Tune in next week as we talk S03E17 "Pusher" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E12 – “War of the Coprophages” feat Sam

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 87:33

    We were joined by our friend Sam to talk S03E12 "War of the Coprophages", which involved a lot of bug talk. We discussed Scully's 90s lazy weekend in look, Mulder's bizarre idea of a vacation, and them joining forces again to beat cockroaches. Sam gave us their guesses on what exactly is the deal between Mulder and Scully and we all weighed in on the hot entomologist, Bambi. Tune in next week as we talk S03E15/16 "Piper Maru" and "Apocrypha" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth.

    S03E09/10 – “Nisei” and “731”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 90:33

    We return to the mytharc well for a stellar two-parter: S03E09 and 10 "Nisei" and "731". We talk the episode's namesake and how it fits into Mulder and Scully's quest, catalog Mulder's increasingly poor decision making going on, and TRAINS. Scully learns some upsetting news about what happened to her a year ago and Mulder takes a train ride. The writers give us an ever expanding scope of the conspiracy, but with two equally plausible stories of what exactly is going on with alien abductions. Tune in next time as we return to the mytharc and watch S03E12 "War of the Coprophages", and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E04 – “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” feat Abby

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 91:07

    CW: Suicide This week we are joined by first time guest/X Files watcher Abby to discuss an all time favorite and one of Darin Morgan's best scripts, S03E04 "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose". We talk about the Emmy winning performance by Peter Boyle as the depressed lonely old man who happens to be psychic and this episode as a sendup of The X Files as a show. Most importantly, Scully gets a dog! Tune in next time as we return to the mytharc and watch S03E09 and 10 "Nisei" and "731", and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E03 – “DPO”

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 69:55

    CW: We talk about stalking a bit in this episode. This week David rejoined us to talk S03E03 "DPO", about a burnout teen boy somehow getting lightning powers and using them to do what all terrifying teen boys do: crash cars and kill animals. Also featuring someone even more skeptical than Scully! Apologies for the late episode, sometimes people get sick. Tune in next time when we watch an all-timer, S03E04 "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S03E01/02 – “The Blessing Way” and “Paper Clip”

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 108:54

    We are back with a new season! We talked S03E01/02 "The Blessing Way" and "Paper Clip". This week we discussed the formal introduction of the mythology "Big Bads" The Syndicate, Operation Paper Clip and the behavior of a certain three letter government agency, Skinner's big moment, and check in on the state of Mulder and Scully's partnership. Tune in next time when we watch S03E03 "DPO" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    Bonus – Mailbag and “The Springfield Files”

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 37:45

    We take a breather after the season 2 finale to take some questions and discuss our favorite conspiracy theories. Then, we discuss David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's guest roles as Mulder and Scully on S08E10 The Simpsons episode "The Springfield Files". If you have any other ideas for future bonus episodes or questions for future episodes, email us at condensedtruthpod@gmail.com. Tune in next time when we watch S03E01/02 "The Blessing Way" and "Paper Clip" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S02E25 – “Anasazi”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 69:46

    This week we wrap up season 2 with S02E25 "Anasazi". We discuss the depiction of the Navajo characters, Mulder's extra moody behavior, and how we feel about the direction the mythology takes. We get the return of some old foes and the return of Mulder's father, Bill Mulder. Tune in next time for our first between season bonus episode, where we answer questions and watch The Simpsons S08E07 "The Springfield Files" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S02E20 – “Humbug” feat. Tori

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 62:13

    Our friend @torilasso dropped back by the circus to talk S02E20 "Humbug". We talk about the circus town setting, its status as the first comedic episode of the x files, and how Mulder and Scully are too hot to be FBI agents. Tune in next time when we wrap up season 2 with S02E25 "Anasazi" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S02E16/17 – “Colony” and “End Game”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 72:36

    We return to the mythology to talk about a two parter neither of us cared much for, but we discuss it anyway to figure out what worked and what parts of the ongoing mythology need some more fine tuning. We meet the much discussed Samantha Mulder, the rest of the Mulder family, and a new foe in the Alien Bounty Hunter. Tune in next time when we talk mythology with S02E16/17 "Colony/End Game" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S02E14 – “Die Hand Die Verlezt” Feat Kevin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 71:04

    This week we were joined once again by our friend Kevin to talk S02E14 "Die Hand Die Verlezt" and talk about about this satanic panic inspired episode of The X Files. We discuss snakes, the devil, and this episode's commentary on Christianity, as well as how this plays now that a new version of satanic panic is back. Tune in next time when we talk mythology with S02E16/17 "Colony/End Game" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S02E08 – “One Breath”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 67:00

    This week, we wrap up the Scully Abduction Arc with "One Breath", observe and comment on Mulder's ongoing spiral, and talk about the shadowy forces that are putting their thumbs on the scale against the two of them. We also discuss the return of the Lone Gunmen, the appearance of Scully's New Age sister, Melissa, and the very 90s cigarette machine. Tune in next time when we talk S02E14 "Die Hand Die Verletzt" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S02E05/06 – “Duane Barry” and “Ascension”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 97:04

    We bring you two pivotal episodes of The X Files, which is also our first super-sized two parter. We discuss "Duane Barry", full of twist and turns and speedos, then cover the suspenseful "Ascension", with Mulder Taking it Personally (TM). We admire some stellar guest acting from CCH Pounder and Steve Railsback, a too in detail discussion on the depiction of grocery stores, and the roots of the mythology as established in this two parter. In the segments, we have our most contentious Mulder rating to date and a fruitful reflection on the medium of tv and its strengths. Tune in next time when we talk S02E08 "One Breath" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S02E04 – “Sleepless”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 57:53

    In a monster of the week episode where Laura and I fly solo, we talk about "Sleepless" and cover a variety of topics like the legacy of the Vietnam War and its portrayal in media in the 90s, how we think the themes of this episode could've been explored better, and Mulder's inability to work well with anyone other than Scully. Most importantly, we meet Mulder's new source, X, and Alex Krycek (rat boy). If you have any questions, feel free to email or DM us them for a potential mailbag episode. Tune in next time when we talk S02E05 and 6 "Duane Barry" and "Ascension" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S02E02 – “The Host” feat Brett

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 47:25

    Our friend Brett joins us to talk "The Host" and we bring y'all a gross flukeman to haunt your dreams. We talk Russian sailors, Mulder's job prospects outside of the FBI, Soviet fears, and human's role in creating the radioactive flukeman. If you have any questions, feel free to email or DM us them for a potential mailbag episode. Tune in next time when we talk S02E04 "Sleepless" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S02E01 – “Little Green Men”

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 59:06

    We start off season 2 with "Little Green Men" and talk about Mulder's mental health after being reassigned from The X Files as he jets off to Arecibo Observatory (rip) to get some clarity on his life's mission looking for aliens. We finally get to discuss Samantha Mulder's abduction and we also learn a lot of facts about Martha's Vineyard, mainly that it's an island. If you have any questions, feel free to email us them for a potential mailbag episode. Tune in next time when we talk S02E02 "The Host" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S01E24 – “The Erlenmeyer Flask”

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 78:00

    We have made it to the season one finale! This week we watched "The Erlenmeyer Flask" and this episode has it all: Car chases! Alien viruses! Deep Throat! We discuss how this episode lays the foundation for The X Files' interesting and frequently convoluted mythology episodes, and have a long discussion about the science of the alien bacteria and/or virus. We hope y'all liked season one and hope you continue to watch along. Tune in next time when we talk S02E01 "Little Green Men" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S01E20 – “Darkness Falls”

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 58:26

    This week we were joined by Tori (@torilasso) to talk "Darkness Falls". We talk about this episode's climate change message and how it plays in 2021, ecoterrorism, Mulder being an idiot, the beauty of the Vancouver forest, AND the iconic 90s jackets in the episode. And even after all that, we managed to talk a little about David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's post-X Files careers! Tune in next time when we talk S01E24 "The Erlenmeyer Flask" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S01E17 – “EBE”

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 59:16

    This week we dipped our toes into the mytharc with "EBE" and talked aliens. Featuring the return of Science Corner and the introduction of The Lone Gunmen, the lovable conspiracy theorist friends of Mulder. We meet more of the conspiracy forces fighting against Mulder and Scully. Tune in next time when we talk S01E20 "Darkness Falls" and follow us on Twitter @condensedtruth!

    S01E13 – “Beyond the Sea” feat David

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 58:10

    This week we watched "Beyond the Sea" with our friend David! In this Scully-centric episode, we discuss how the death of Scully's dad lead her to question her doubts and the role this episode plays in Scully's character development. We also had our first (of many) contentious Mulder ratings and discussed spray-on hair! Tune in next time as we discuss S01E17 "EBE" and follow us on twitter @condensedtruth!

    S01E01 – “Pilot”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 52:35

    We start our journey into The X Files in S01E01 - "Pilot" via the FBI basement, and then onto the very plausible state of Oregon. We discuss David Duchovny's pronunciation of "Oregon", 90s fashion, and the scientific accuracy (or lack thereof) of this tone setting spooky pilot. Watch along with us or just listen to this episode and tell everyone you watched it. Follow us on twitter @condensedtruth and stay spooky!

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