The X-Files (1993– )
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Founder's Mutation 

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A scientist working for the DOD commits suicide. Mulder and Scully start an investigation only to discover a secret mutation experiment.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Jonathan Whitesell ... Kyle Gilligan
Rebecca Wisocky ... Jackie Goldman
Doug Savant ... Augustus Goldman
Aaron Douglas ... Lindquist
Vik Sahay ... Gupta
Ryan Robbins ... Murphy
Christine Willes ... Sister Mary
Kacey Rohl ... Agnes
Christopher Logan ... Dr. Sanjay
Omari Newton ... Rogers
Nikolai Witschl ... Dr. Hill
Alison Wandzura ... Cynthia


A scientist working for the DOD commits suicide. Mulder and Scully start an investigation only to discover a secret mutation experiment.

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25 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Christopher Logan, who played Dr. Sonny Sanjay, originally auditioned for two different roles on the series. See more »


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Very good episode, X-files like it used to be
27 January 2016 | by rlaineSee all my reviews

After the somewhat lacking first episode, this was a lot better. I watched the two first episodes back to back, so I was expecting episode two to continue from where the episode one left, but it didn't. It took me a while to figure out that this was actually one of the "monster of the week" episodes and in that matter it took quite a jump from the episode one. In my opinion the jump was a bit of a stretch. In episode one they are pretty much detached from the days of x-files at FBI, but in this episode they are almost like nothing had ever happened in between. So watching this as a part of season 10 is not as rewarding as watching it as a stand alone MOTW episode.

Having said that, the script does fill out Mulder's and Scully's story quite a lot. At least from my point of view, I'm not as familiar with the seasons 7-9 as I am with the earlier seasons. All in all very very enjoyable episode, but worth noting that the main plot is not (necessarily) connected to the mythology at all. I got a bit distracted before I figured it out.

This could become one of the classic x-files episodes. The production values were good. The episode was somewhat gory, but it's kind of "90s gory", not too real looking.

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