In the first episode of the series, Agent Dana Scully is assigned to The X-Files, run by Agent Fox Mulder, to determine the validity of the project. The two travel to Oregon to investigate the unexplained death of a woman found in the a national forest, the fourth in her graduating class to die without explanation. An exhumation of the grave of one of the classmates discovers a non-human body with a metallic implant in the nose, but the body is stolen from the autopsy lab and the agents' motel room is set on fire, destroying the evidence they collected.
Eventually, Mulder theorizes that one classmate, a boy in a vegetative state named Billy Miles, is delivering people to the forest under some sort of alien impulse. The agents interrupt such a delivery, saving one girl, and Miles testifies that he and several of his classmates were abducted during a graduation party in the forest and fitted with the nose implants. He says the deaths in the forest were a way of the aliens disposing of the evidence after the tests went wrong. Scully presents her superiors with a nose implant, which was not destroyed in the fire. The episode ends with the Cigarette-Smoking Man storing the implant in a storeroom hidden in the Pentagon.
The episode establishes the general relationship between the agents, as well as Mulder's affinity for sunflower seeds. The creators also waste no time in introducing the Cigarette-Smoking Man or Mulder's personal history involving the abduction of his sister.
Episode Body Count
Karen Swenson: found dead in Collum National Forest in Oregon after a strange vortex of light and light.
Two unidentified bodies: similar deaths noted by Mulder in South Dakota and Texas
Three other members of the Swenson's graduating class: mentioned by Mulder as dying under mysterious circumstances
Coffin body: mammalian replacement found in grave of Ray Soames, one of the three other members of Swenson's class. The body is stolen and documents related to it are destroyed in a fire at the autopsy lab. Mulder and Scully also look to see what's in the other two coffins of Swenson's classmates, but find the bodies have been taken. For the purposes of this blog, I'll record this as one creature death.
Peggy O'Dell: another classmate of Swenson's, killed after running in front of a tractor-trailer truck in a "lost time" incident.
Cumulative Body Count (1/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)
Grand Total: 8