With his mother on deathbed and the alien bounty hunter in pursuit, Mulder decides to put the alien healer in mortal danger for a chance to finally uncover the whole truth behind the alien conspiracy. Meanwhile, Mr. X's cover is blown.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
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Mulder is intent on saving Jeremiah Smith from the alien bounty hunter if for no other reason than he hopes Smith could save his mother who has suffered a severe stroke. Smith takes him to rural Alberta where he reveals another aspect of the conspiracy: fields where bees can pollinate that are tended by children, several of whom are identical to his sister when she was abducted at age 12. Scully meanwhile believes she has found a connection between smallpox vaccinations and the encrypted files she' located. Written by garykmcd

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4 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Thousands of live bees were used during production, with the understanding that the bees would not sting without a queen present. However, this theory proved incorrect, and Vanessa Morley, who played the Samantha Mulder clones, was stung during filming. She kept quiet and did not react until the scene had finished filming, leading Frank Spotnitz to call her "a trooper". See more »


Around 00:33:41, Mulder is holding the alien's special weapon in his right hand. On the next shot, the alien bounty hunter is taking it on the ground, far away from Mulder's hand. See more »


Fox Mulder: I've seen too many things not to believe
Scully: I've seen things, too. But there are answers to be found now. We have hope that there's a place to start. That's what I believe.
Fox Mulder: [sighing] You put such faith in your science, Scully, but... from the things I've seen, science provides no place to start.
Scully: Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it. And that's a place to start. That's where the hope is.
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At the end of the opening title sequence the words "EVERYTHING DIES" replaces the line "THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE" usually seen. See more »


Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.1 (1996) See more »


Mr. X
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow
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World's Deadliest Swarms
25 July 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

I love how on the x-files you have this exciting cliffhanger. Then, the next episode, or in this case, the beginning of the next season, picks up where the story left off. So, you are all excited to pick up the action. However, in the teasers of the second part of the two-parters, something totally unrelated to the cliff-hanging action is shown, as if to keep the viewer in agony for 5-7 more minutes. I love it! Herrenvolk is a great season starter. Most of the episode is an exciting pursuit of Mulder and Jeremiah Smith by the seemingly invincible Alien Bounty Hunter. Mulder makes some interesting discoveries about his sister along the way. Mark Snow excels with the music in the episode, especially in the chase scenes, keeping the suspense at a height. I liked the set for the bee apiary. It was cool looking. What makes the myth/arc episodes so great are the awesome recurring characters like CSM, X, and Agent Pendrell. Pendrell gets a decent part in this episode, helping out Scully. I love how he straightens his tie when she first comes in to see him. X gives a poignant performance in this episode which you shouldn't miss that ultimately leads to the the new character of Marita Covarrubias. This episode has lots of action, good drama and suspense, and keeps my interest, which helps to give Herrenvolk a high rating.

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