The future of the X-Files project is jeopardized after Mulder secretly infiltrates the government cover-up of a UFO crash.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Frederick Coffin ...
Chief Joseph McGrath
Colonel Calvin Henderson
Scott Bellis ...
Corporal Taylor
Deputy Sheriff Jason Wright
Sheila Paterson ...
Gina Watkins
Lt. Fraser
Freda Perry ...
Mrs. Wright
Lt. Griffin
Dr. Oppenheim (as William McDonald)
Jane MacDougall ...
Laura Dalton
Kimberly Unger ...
Karen Koretz


With inside information courtesy of Deep Throat, Mulder heads off to Wisconsin where the Defense Department is in the process of reclaiming a downed UFO. He sets off on his own and finds the crash site only to be knocked out by a soldier. In the brig, he meets Max Fenig, a UFO enthusiast who was also arrested for being too close to the clean up site. Mulder, who has been working on his own, is rescued by Scully but he is clearly in big trouble and faces a professional conduct hearing. When Fenig is found dead, it is clear that there are forces within the government who will go to any length to keep the existence of alien life forms a secret. Written by garykmcd

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Max tells Mulder that he read Mulder's pseudonymous article in Omni Magazine about the Gulf Breeze sightings. Omni was a real magazine that covered both science and science fiction; it was published in a hard-copy edition between 1978 and 1995. The Gulf Breeze sightings were also "real." In late 1987, a Gulf Breeze, Florida, resident, Ed Walters, claimed that he had seen--and photographed--an alien spacecraft near his home. Although some flying saucer enthusiasts found the photographs convincing, they were revealed as staged hoaxes several years later when the new owners of Walters's old house found a model of a UFO identical to the one in the photos secreted in the house. See more »


The reporter claims that Townsend's 12,000 residents are being evacuated. Townsend has less than 1,000 residents. See more »


Max Fenig: Say no more. You're a cautious man. Trust no one. Very wise. After what happened to JFK, I understand completely.
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U.F.O Ascension
20 September 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Usually any episodes of the x-files which involve U.F.O's are comprised of solid acting,quality script and plenty of tension all the way to excite the viewer.This episode from season one is no different.A genuinely interesting character alien abductee Max Fening makes an appearance and appears to be a huge fan of Mulders.Mulder acting on information from the mysterious Deep Throat sets about finding the pilot who crashed an unidentified flying object.The ending sequence has to be seen and is truly fantastic to watch over and over again.The ascension itself is a visual treat and leaves Mulder finally with tangible evidence to back up his beliefs.

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