As a review panel probes Mulder's claims regarding aliens and a government conspiracy, Mulder and Scully hunt down a deadly extraterrestrial creature.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Gulka ...
First Carpool Man
Arthur Taxier ...
Assistant Director P. Bart
Alan Henry Brown ...
Second Carpool Man
Scott Eberlein ...
Assistant Director J. Maslin
Don S. Williams ...
1st Elder


An new, violent kind of alien that developed from a mutated alien virus is on the loose in Arizona. Mulder and Scully get reassigned from the x-files while Agents Spender and Fowley become the new agents in charge of the x-files. Mulder and Scully go to Arizona without permission to search for this new alien. Written by Muldernscully

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8 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The concept of an alien life form incubating in a human host before bursting through the chest was pioneered by Alien (1979). See more »


In the beginning the label says Phoenix, AZ and the landscape has Joshua Trees. There are no Joshua trees near Phoenix. See more »


The Cigarette Smoking Man: You can kill a man but you can't kill what he stands for. Not unless you first break his spirit. That's a beautiful thing to see.
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Followed by The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) See more »


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Performed by John Beal
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The Beginning of a great season
9 August 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This episode picks up where the film "Fight for the Future" left off. Even though the X-Files are no longer filmed in Vancouver, they are as good as ever. L.A had its downside, since the gloomy and creepy atmosphere of Vancouver is completely gone it doesn't quite feel the same. The cinematography is just as good as a feature film. I love the teaser for this episode, it reminded me of the movie "Alien" and the gore was similar too. Cigar Smoking Man is as evil as ever, when he starts talking about breaking the human spirit gave me chills. Overall a great season opener to a fantastic X-Files season. And Scully is as hot as ever.

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