Episodes of "The X-Files" can generally be split into two categories: those with elements that build the overarching mythology of the series surrounding the government conspiracy to hide the existence of extraterrestrial life on Earth and stand-alone "monster-of-the-week" episodes that follows the agents as they attempt to solve various cases involving paranormal phenomena. Similarly, the two "X-files" films can be separated into the same categories. "Fight the Future," the more successful first film released in 1998, serves as a bridge between the Season 5 finale and Season 6 premiere by further exploring the government conspiracy attempting to hide the truth about aliens colonizing Earth. 2008's "I Want to Believe," released years after the series' conclusion, is a stand-alone horror story with the FBI turning to former agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) for their unique expertise to help solve a case.
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