The X-Files (1993–2018)
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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.


James Wong


Chris Carter (created by), James Wong





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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Early in the episode, Mulder is mistakenly sexually propositioned by Gupta in a public restroom, to which, Mulder denies his sexual advance. At this, Gupta paraphrases the shows iconic tagline 'The Truth is Out There' when referring to Mulders' closet homosexuality by saying 'The Truth is In Here' pointing to Mulders heart. See more »


The letter opener in dead Dr. Sanjay's head sticks out from his ear perpendicular. On the X-Ray however, it reaches up at a distinct angle. See more »


Murphy: Let me remind you, Agents Mulder and Scully, dissemination of any classified material, either internally or publicly, will be dealt with harshly.
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Great monster of the week episode with some memorably creepy imagery.
25 January 2016 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

This episode was a very solid standalone episode which will be remembered best for its disturbing imagery. Right off the bat, the opening scene has you pretty creep-ed out. It's a standard episodic hook, but a well executed one. From there, the plot and a lot of the twists are pretty standard, but the visual storytelling and the characters are so compelling here that you get wrapped up in it and forget to critique it. Some of the shots from this episode won't be leaving me soon. Especially the final shots of the second last scene. Real nightmare fuel. The ending to this final sequence cut off in a way that felt slightly anti- climatic, but it was used for a good moment of humour.

The only really weak link in the episode is the scene that explains some of what happened between Mulder and Scully in the time gap. What should have been a heart-wrenching story left me grinding my teeth in disappointment at how stale it seemed. The actors also didn't seem to really be in it. I just wish it had been executed a little better, since it is such blatant foreshadowing to a twist in future mythology episodes. In the end, it's just one scene that felt a little out of whack in an otherwise masterfully balanced episode. Written and directed by X-files alumni James Wong, this is in my opinion better than "My Struggle", an excellent episode.

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