The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 22

Biogenesis (16 May 1999)
"The X Files" Biogenesis (original title)

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An artifact with strange engravings on it is found off of the coast of Africa. When a rubbing of these engravings is shown to Mulder, confusing noises happen inside his head. The agents ... See full summary »

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An artifact with strange engravings on it is found off of the coast of Africa. When a rubbing of these engravings is shown to Mulder, confusing noises happen inside his head. The agents look to uncover the origin of this mysterious artifact and to find out why it is having a singular effect on Mulder. Written by Muldernscully

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(at around 19 mins) When Mulder and Scully enter the Sandoz residence, they are let in by a landlord. As they come through the front door, a man wearing a flannel shirt and jeans is visible inside a doorway within the vacant apartment. He seems to react when the camera rolls by as if attempting to subtly retreat. The person is not a character or other part of the story. See more »

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Dana Scully: [voiceover] From Space, it seems an abstraction - a magician's trick on a darkened stage. And from this distance one might never imagine that it is alive. It first appeared in the sea almost four billion years ago in the form of single-celled life. In an explosion of life spanning millions of years, nature's first multicellular organisms began to multiply... and then it stopped. 440 million years ago, a great mass extinction would kill off nearly every species on the planet leaving the vast ...
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As the Season Ends, a New Beginning
24 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Strange artifacts have been discovered on the African coast and a local professor (Michael Chinyamurindi) brings them to the U.S. for further study. When both the professor and the artifacts disappear Mulder and Scully look into the case. Strangely, even depictions of the artifacts cause violent seizures in Mulder! With Mulder increasingly incapacitated Scully goes for answers to Navajo medicine man Albert Hosteen, who is hospitalized himself. Meanwhile the Cigarette Smoking Man's secret agent in the FBI, Diana Fowley, reappears as does the villainous Alex Krycek. Finally Scully's pursuit of the source of Mulder's illness leads her to the source of the artifacts on the African coast, where she makes an astounding discovery.

This, the season 6 cliffhanger finale, is a solid episode that offered X-Files viewers hopes of a new beginning for the show's UFO mythology. The sense of urgency has returned as Chris Carter took a leaf from the books of 'alien genesis' theorist Erich von Daniken; the show seemed to be moving towards a new explanation of humanity's place on earth - although not one much consistent with the ideas previously explored!


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