The X-Files

Season 6 Episode 22

Biogenesis (1)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 16, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Two scientists confer about each of their metal objects that were found in Africa and they theorise that the objects are pieces of a puzzle which could be undeniable proof that human, plant and animal life did not originate on this planet. When one of the scientists is killed and the objects are stolen, the agents investigate and Mulder begins to experience severe neurological pain caused by the objects.moreless

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Sheila Tousey

Sheila Tousey

Native American Nurse

Guest Star

Warren Sweeney

Warren Sweeney

Dr. Harriman

Guest Star

Chet Grissom

Chet Grissom


Guest Star

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Cigarette Smoking Man

Recurring Role

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr Charles Burks

Recurring Role

Nicholas Lea

Nicholas Lea

Alex Krycek

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Mulder and Scully are examining the artifact in his office, there are pencils hanging from the ceiling tile over Mulder's desk in the background. Presumably this is a habit that Mulder has had at least since the episode, "Chinga," although they cannot be the same pencils since the office burned down at the end of season 5.

    • The establishing outside shot of the Hospital Mulder went to was also used that same year as San Francisco Memorial Hospital on the show Charmed. In this episode, the hospital is supposed to be in Georgetown.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Scully: (Voice over) From space, it seems an abstraction a magician's trick on a darkened stage. And from this distance one might never imagine that it is alive. It first appeared in the sea almost four billion years ago in the form of single-celled life. In an explosion of life spanning
      millions of years, nature's first multicellular organisms began to
      multiply... and then it stopped. 440 million years ago, a great
      mass extinction would kill off nearly every species on the planet
      leaving the vast oceans decimated and empty.

      Slowly, plants began
      to evolve, then insects, only to be wiped out in the second great
      mass extinction upon the Earth. The cycle repeated again and again. Reptiles emerging, independent of the sea only to be killed off.
      Then dinosaurs, struggling to life along with the first birds, fish,
      and flowering plants their decimations Earth's fourth and fifth great extinctions. Only 100,000 years ago, Homosapiens appear man.

      From cave paintings to the Bible to Columbus and Apollo 11, we have
      been a tireless force upon the earth and off cataloguing the natural world as it unfolds to us. Rising to a world population of over five billion people all descended from that original single cell, that first spark of life. But for all our knowledge, what no one can say for certain, is what or who ignited that original spark. Is there
      a plan, a purpose or a reason to our existence? Will we pass, as
      those before us, into oblivion, into the sixth extinction that scientists warn is already in progress? Or will the mystery be revealed through a sign, a symbol, a revelation?

    • Mulder: A fringe theory called "Panspermia." It's the belief that life originated...
      Scully: ...elsewhere in this universe.
      Skinner: You've heard of this?
      Scully: Yeah. It's the idea that Mars or others planets were habitable long before Earth and that cosmic collisions on these planets blasted microbes into our solar system - some of which landed and flourished here.

    • Scully: I don't understand you, Mulder. You're willing to pursue any case involving aliens no matter how tenuous the connection. There has to be some limit to your interest... I mean, this endless pursuit of the truth, Mulder, it just... it doesn't make any sense to me now.

    • Mulder: I am just a hired gun for the FBI.

    • Scully: Mulder... look, after all you've done, after all you've uncovered -- a conspiracy of men doing human experiments, men who are all now dead -- you exposed their secrets. I mean, you've won. What more could you possibly hope to do or to find?
      Mulder: My sister.

    • Scully: Why were you with him last night?
      Fowley: He called me. I found him in a university stairwell. He could barely speak. He said I was the only one who'd believe him-- about an artifact.
      Scully: You're a liar.
      Skinner: Scully!
      Scully: You're both liars.

    • Mulder: Scully, you packing any latex?

    • Scully: Mulder, this, uh, artifact if I'm to believe what I'm being told about it...
      Mulder: What?
      Scully: It has a passage on it from Genesis.
      Mulder: Scully, that artifact is extraterrestrial.
      Scully: Mulder, it can't be.
      Mulder: Did you know what that would mean?
      Scully: No, it would mean nothing, Mulder.
      Mulder: No, it would mean that our progenitors were alien, that our genesis was alien, that we're here because of them; that they put us here.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although X-Files management was prepared to suspend filming to accommodate the birth of David Duchovny's first child, it proved to be unnecessary. Madelaine West Duchovny was born on April 24, 1999; two days after the filming of Fox Mulder's final scene in this season finale.

    • This episode marks the beginning of the so-called "new mythology".