Christmas Carol (The X-Files)
"Christmas Carol" is the sixth episode of the fifth season of American science fiction television series The X-Files. It was written by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz, and directed by Peter Markle. It aired in the United States on December 7, 1997 on the Fox network. "Christmas Carol" earned a Nielsen household rating of 12.8, being watched by 20.91 million people in its initial broadcast. The episode received moderately positive reviewers from television critics, with many complimenting Gillian Anderson's performance, although one reviewer did criticize the episode for being slightly misogynistic.
The show centers on FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, Scully, on Christmas vacation with her family, receives a mysterious phone call that leads her to a case involving a little girl that she believes to be the daughter of her dead sister, Melissa.
"Christmas Carol" is the first of a two-part story that concludes with episode seven, "Emily". The episode was inspired by the 1951 British version of A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim. The young actress who originally played Emily was terrified of the hospital setting in the episode's sequel "Emily", and as a result the producers had to recast the role and reshoot all footage featuring her including her scene featured in this episode. Gillian Anderson's younger sister, Zoë, was chosen to play Scully in a flashback sequence.
Other related articles:
... Christmas Carol"premiered on the Fox network on December 7,1997 ... This episode earned a Nielsen rating of 12.8,with a 19 share,meaning that roughly 12.8 percent of all television-equipped households,and 19 percent of households ... Club gave the episode an A and called it generally a terrific episode" ...
Famous quotes containing the words carol and/or christmas:
“Shall I tell you who will come
to Bethlehem on Christmas Morn,
Who will kneel them gently down
before the Lord, new-born?”
—Unknown. Words from an Old Spanish Carol (l. 14)
“A woman spent all Christmas Day in a telephone box without ringing anyone. If someone comes to phone, she leaves the box, then resumes her place afterwards. No one calls her either, but from a window in the street, someone watched her all day, no doubt since they had nothing better to do. The Christmas syndrome.”
—Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929)