The X-Files

Tunguska (1)

Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 11/24/96
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  • Episode Description
  • A rock sample taken from Mars is intercepted at an airport and infects a security officer with the Black Cancer, while Mulder is given a tip about potentially dangerous paramilitary operations but is doubtful when the informant turns out to be Alex Krycek. Reluctantly, Mulder accepts Krycek's help and tracks the rock to Russia where he discovers an elaborate test being performed by Russian scientists.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Frank Spotnitz

  • Chris Carter

  • Rob Bowman

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Black Splatoon

    By gooseysoucy, Aug 16, 2015

  • Tunguska

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jun 19, 2012

  • "These guys, they make it all up as they go along."--Alex Krycek

    By MattMTRUSTNO1, Aug 13, 2011

  • Black oil is back

    By OnePerCentClub, Mar 30, 2011

  • Mulder and Scully find a rock.

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Jan 19, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Krycek: You're keeping me in the dark? Mulder: (punches Krycek) Yeah

    • Mulder: I don't speak Russian. Prisoner: Then no one told you. Mulder: Told me what? Prisoner: That you were brought here to die. To wish you were dead. Mulder: I wasn't brought here, I came here looking for something Prisoner: The only thing you will find here is death. Mulder: What is this Place? Prisoner: This Place.. A Gulag, a place where the guilty rule the innocent.

    • Scientist: (To Mulder and Scully) This rock contains what are called Polythiclicaromatic Hydrocarbons fitting the approximate description of those in fragments of meteorite found recently in the ice fields of Antarctica.

    • Krycek: Hey, you go underground, you gotta learn to live with the rats. Mulder: I'm sure you had no trouble adapting.

    • Mulder: (to Krycek) You're an invertebrate scum sucker whose moral dipstick is about two inches short of bone dry.

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    Notes (3)

    • The character of Dr. Sacks (the scientist who is infected by the Black Cancer in the rock) is possibly named after the famed neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose book "An Anthropologist On Mars" was a major influence on the episode "Demons".

    • In the closed captioning for this episode, viewers saw Mulder pull a cockroach out of a drinking cup and say: "Bambi?". This is a reference Dr. Bambi Berenbaum, an entomologist studying cockroaches who appeared in the season 3 episode 'War of the Coprophages'.

    • Krycek tells Mulder that "When you go underground you gotta learn to live with the rats", a possible reference to Nick Lea's nickname, 'Ratboy'.

    Trivia (1)

    • Parts of the set for Marita Covarrubias's NYC apartment were reused/redressed from the episode "The Field Where I Died." You can see the distinctive leaded glass design in both episodes.

    Allusions (2)

    • Mulder: What did you get for trick or treat, Charlie Brown? This is a reference to the perennial TV animated special It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. In that cartoon, as the kids compare what they get from each house, all Charlie Brown can say is, "I got a rock."

    • Title: Tunguska Tunguska is the location in Siberia where an object (asteroid? UFO?) struck the earth on June 30, 1908. The blast levelled over a half million acres and was hundreds of times stronger than the blast of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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