The X-Files (1993– )
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Mulder receives an encrypted computer disk containing the defense department's top secret files on extraterrestrial life and becomes a target. Scully takes him to a Navajo family that unearthed a buried secret to decipher the disk.


R.W. Goodwin


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Peter Donat ... William Mulder
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Albert Hosteen
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Senior FBI Agent
Renae Morriseau ... Josephine Doane
Ken Camroux-Taylor Ken Camroux-Taylor ... 2nd Senior Agent (as Ken Camroux)
Dakota House ... Eric Hosteen
Bernie Coulson ... Kenneth 'The Thinker' Soona
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike


A man known as "The Thinker" has hacked into the U.S. Department of Defense mainframe and uncovered 50-years-worth of proof that the Gov't has been dealing with aliens. Mulder and Scully race against time to distinguish truth from lies, uncover the secrets, and survive them. Written by EJS

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English | Navajo | Japanese | Italian | German

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19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Peter Donat had been in a really bad car accident just prior to shooting. It's a testament to the show's expert make-up department that you can't see any of the bruising on his face. See more »


Near the end, Mulder jumps inside a buried metal box car yet still manages to use his mobile phone once inside. See more »


Fox Mulder: You have my files, and you have my gun. Don't ask me for my trust.
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Featured in The X-Files: The Truth (2002) See more »


Anasazi Music Suite
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by Mark Snow
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Who Cares about Minor Ethnic Errors?
7 April 2014 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Back when I saw this the first time it was run on TV, I Wanted to believe, and I believed.

I believed that they actually flew the production crew out to New Mexico or Arizona, I WANTED to believe that. I wanted to believe that the late and incredibly great Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman was an ancient Navajo Shaman, and I believed that as well.

But Mostly, I remember not being very interested in The X-Files until this very episode, which was the first great Mythos episode. The threads of the story are all here: Genetic Manipulation, Skully and Skully's Sister's involvement, Mulder's Father and his relationship to Cancerman, Alex Crycek's enigmatic involvement and the questions we have about him all the way to the end of the series. We also see the first evidence here that Cancerman has a special Protective Interest in Mulder. If we had watched the show from start to finish, we know why- But for this to be revealed here, was just another puzzle piece.

It was only revealed to me recently how Chris Carter tricked us. He really had us believing that Mulder and a Navajo Kid are riding a Bike through a Reservation. Carter Himself makes one of his three appearances in The X-Files, the others in "Hollywood AD" and in the film "I Want to Believe".

A comment was made about "Research" - And I want to knock that down just to say that a name is not important, there are a lot more details in this and the two following episodes to get caught up in conventions about how to pronounce any Native American names. For instance, we do know that in WWII, Messages in the Pacific Arena were written in Najavo, this is basic history- And I had heard this long before this episode was originally broadcast.

What is important here, are the beginnings of Themes used all through the series - Train cars, Smallpox Vaccinations, genetic markers used to keep track of specific people. Some of the information may be real, some of it just sounds real- I have heard that when you are making a fabrication, stick as close to the truth as possible, and The X-Files research department got all the right words in - "Majestic" is used, as well as some other hints and tidbits. And that if you have a piece of metal embedded in you, think twice about removing it.

I had only been watching The X Files sporadically up to this point, it was this episode that made me a lifetime Fan and that has not wavered since then. Besides, it is better when we know a conspiracy is going in, but we can't quite grasp the whole Boundaries of it. When they were finally revealed in the first X Files Film- And it reaches back from that film all the way to this episode, it was a lot larger than the TV show and the TV sets of the time could handle, but it was also the end of the story.

So I salute this as one of the best Cliffhanger Episodes of all time, for me it was the best Season Finale of the whole series.

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