The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 17

End Game (17 Feb. 1995)
"The X Files" End Game (original title)

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Mulder attempts to catch an alien bounty hunter who holds the key to his sister's whereabouts.



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Episode cast overview:
Peter Donat ...
Lt. Terry Wilmer
Garry Davey ...
Andrew Johnston ...
Allan Lysell ...
Able Gardner
J.B. Bivens ...
2nd Doctor
Beatrice Zeilanger ...
Paramedic (as Beatrice Zeilinger)
Field Doctor


Samantha tells her brother about the shape-shifting Alien Bounty Hunter and why he is out to kill all of them. With Scully taken prisoner by the Alien Bounty Hunter, Mulder arranges to swap his sister for her. Snipers are in the woods to take out the alien creature but it does not go well. The swap takes place on a bridge and while Scully is safe, Samantha and the bounty hunter fall into the waters below. Mulder's father gives him an envelope Samantha had left for him and as a result he goes to a women's health clinic in Maryland. There he gets a greater understanding of what is really going on. When Mulder disappears, it's Assistant Director Skinner who goes the extra mile to find out where he's gone. Written by garykmcd

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This was the first episode of the series written by Frank Spotnitz. He would later become a collaborator on many mythology-centric episodes, and a co-writer on the two ''X-Files'' feature films. See more »


Mulder meets Mr. X at the Kennedy Center in Washington, at night. Stock images of the building show it awash with downward-pointing white spotlights on all outside walls. In the establishing shot, all those lights appear to have been turned off. Later on, there appears to be limited up-lighting of the walls, which in real life have much more down-lighting. See more »


[Skinner enters Mulder's apartment after fighting with X]
Skinner: Agent Mulder took a commercial flight to Tacoma, Washington... there he took a military plane to Deadhorse, Alaska. Using his FBI credentials, he chartered a Rologon All-Terrain Vehicle - still a ten-mile hike across the ice. Here are the co-ordinates of his final destination.
Scully: Where did you get this?
Skinner: Unofficial channels.
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19 April 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

End Game is a chess term used to describe the later stages of a chess game when there are few pieces left on the board. The pawns become more important in the game. In reference to the x-files episode of the same name, who are the pawns? Are they the clones of Samantha who sacrifice themselves so that the original can survive? Or is it Mulder being used as a pawn by the alien bounty hunter (ABH) to expose the clones so that he can kill them? These are thought-provoking questions that can enhance your enjoyment of this episode. What I like about the ABH is that no only can he morph into whomever he wants, but he can also don the personality of the person whom he is impersonating. That makes him especially dangerous. This episode is just as exciting as Colony. It doesn't skip a beat. The elevator fight scene between X and Skinner is classic. It's great to see Skinner sticking up for Mulder and Scully. And, in the grand tradition of the x-files, it leaves lots of questions unanswered, making us ask for more.

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