The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 16

Alpha (28 Mar. 1999)
"The X Files" Alpha (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders that may be connected to a Chinese breed of dog.

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Two men are found mauled to death inside a locked cargo container that was supposed to be carrying a extremely rare breed of dog from China to the United States. The dog is now on the loose and killing more people. Mulder and Scully's interest in this case is in the unique human behavior that this killer dog is exhibiting. Written by Muldernscully

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The character name of Karin Berquist, the kennel owner, is a nod to singer/songwriter Karin Bergquist of Over the Rhine, and an oblique reference to that band's 1996 album 'Good Dog Bad Dog'. See more »

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When Scully enters the operation room, the cameraman is reflected in the window of the door. See more »

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Dana Scully: So, what's he going to do? Come in here, skitter across the linoleum, and pee in the corners?
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Whatsit?
19 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

A rare canid escapes while being shipped from China to LA - and leaves two crew members dead in its place. When the semi-mythological creature begins attacking officers of the Fish and Wildlife service, Mulder and Scully look to a cryptozooligist and an animal behaviorist for answers

  • but more than one person is keeping secrets!




This isn't one of season 6's tooth-grinding 'humor' episodes, but even as an attempt to return to the darkness of the Vancouver seasons it falls a little flat. The actions of the 'canid' don't really make much sense in terms of the range of potential 'alpha's' in the LA area - the season 5 episode "Detour" did a better job with this idea. And why invent a "Wanshang Dhole" when there are REAL crypto-zoological beasties and tricksters? I love Andrew Robinson but he's just wasted in his role, while "Karin Berquist," while an interesting character, behaves totally inexplicably at the end. How exactly is she an alpha? Not one of the best.


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