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The Sixth Extinction 

Scully and a colleague try to decipher the symbols on the spaceship beached in Africa before their rival can take over the dig, but the ship starts recreating the Plagues of Egypt. Skinner and Kritschgau test Mulder's telepathic ability.

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Kim Manners

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Mimi Rogers ... Diana Fowley
Michael Ensign ... Dr. Barnes
JoNell Kennedy ... Dr. Amina Ngebe (as Jo Nell Kennedy)
Conrad Roberts ... Primitive African Man
John Finn ... Michael Kritschgau
Warren Sweeney ... Dr. Harriman
Mari Weiss ... ICU Nurse
Abdoulaye NGom ... Driver (as Abdoulaye N'Gom)
Anthony Okungbowa ... Barnes' Driver
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Storyline

In Africa, Scully searches for answers for Mulder's condition by studying rubbings taken from the fallen spacecraft. Back in D.C., Skinner tries to help Mulder by finding Michael Kritschgau at Mulder's request, who may know what is causing Mulder's accelerated brain activity. Written by Muldernscully

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Carter wrote this episode at the same time David Duchovny was working on the next episode, "The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati." See more »

Goofs

When talking about the writings on the spacecraft, Scully says: "24 panels. One for each human chromosome". She means 22 autosomes and 2 different sex chromosomes. See more »

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Fox Mulder: [while getting tested] Who ya gonna call?
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Referenced in The X-Files: Provenance (2002) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Uncle Sam Propaganda Mills and Swanky Addresses
10 April 2007 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

I've got several problems with The Sixth Extinction. So why do I give it a rating as high as a 7? Because it's still interesting and entertaining to watch. I don't like some of the inconsistencies from previous seasons. In season four's Tunguska, Mulder is infected with the alien virus via the black oil. He then is given the vaccine that apparently cured him. I guess not, since they're saying that Mulder's exposure to the artifact activated the virus within him. I felt it was a contrived reason for bringing Kritschgau back to the show. Before he was just a DoD lackey who helped dissuade Mulder from his belief in aliens. Now, he's apparently some expert in ESP, that Mulder already knew about. Mulder's in a psych ward, yet he found access to a red marker to write "HELP ME" on a piece of clothing to give to Skinner? In my Biogenesis review I mentioned how creepy Dr. Barnes was and that he was well cast. Several months later, they bring him back to the show, but now he's just plain annoying. He is given really lame dialogue that grates at the ears, and he's no longer creepy, just annoying. I also don't like the idea that apparently aliens just want to use Navajo to record all religious text and DNA sequences on their spacecrafts. Why? They can't write it somewhere else? Barring numerous shots of Scully's chest which may have helped me get through this episode easier, I still like this episode. I don't like the direction that the mythology is going, but the action contained within The Sixth Extinction still makes for an entertaining hour of television.


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