The X-Files

Season 2 Episode 16

Colony (1)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 10, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After the obituaries of three identical men are e-mailed to Mulder, the agents are contacted by a CIA agent who tells them about a Russian Spy Killer sent to eliminate evidence of Cold War era Russian clones who had infiltrated the American medical establishment.

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  • "Who's mom talking to? Your

    Great furtherance to the alien mythology. Some ideas presented in this episode would endure for much of the series. The music and storyline have a strong "Terminator" feel.
  • A bounty Hunter is sent to kill a group of clones and Mulder's sister returns.

    This was a fantastic episode when Mulder and Scully find they can trust no one when a U.F.O crashes in the Arctic and the person brought out of it escapes the hospital and starts killing people who are clones of each other.Mulder finds out there is more of them and must get there before the bounty hunter.There is one problem with that because he can turn into anyone so they won't know who he is but the clones know who he is.The bounty hunter changes into many people in the episode like the FBI agent that Mulder sent to the house,he turns into a CIA agent that made Mulder think trust everyone but Scully was right when she said why would he want our help and he turns into a detective and he kills the clones that are keeping safe.Mulder is also shocked with the return of his sister which mysteriously reappears but says the bounty hunter is trying to kill her.This episode was left on a really good cliffhanger when Scully answers the door to Mulder and gets a phone call from Mulder so that means Scully is in trouble and the next episode is going to be really good.moreless
  • Colony

    Colony was a perfect episode of The X-Files because the story was incredible and full of action, drama, intrigue, and mystery. It was funny to see Mulder and Scully playing phone tag the entire time and to see Scully in the field dressed down for a change. I liked where this story went with the alien connection giving us viewers some juicy sci fi goodness to feast our eyes upon. Mulder's family emergency was shocking as was what he learned. I liked how the story played out so far and the ending was definitely a cliffhanger! I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Up until this point, this is my favorite episode/favorite group of episodes.

    Being a newbie to X-Files, I haven't made my way through my show, which makes it even harder to avoid spoilers. People tell me their own personal favorite episodes and moments, and I try to avoid spoiling how the show goes. However, up until this point, I think it's safe to say that this episode, along with End Game, are my favorite episodes of the series to date. They took the mythology of the show to a whole new level by teasing us with the possibility of meeting Mulder's sister who was supposed to have been abducted. However, the episode doesn't begin with this. All in all, this was a well-acted, well-written episode of television.

    It all begins when we meet Mulder being shipped into an ER room. His face is beaten up and it appears he's close to death. The doctors begin warming him up and Scully bursts in, claiming they must let him remain cold, as it's the only thing keeping him alive. From here, we're pulled back in time as we investigate the events leading up to this. There's the investigation into the deaths of identical men who all worked at abortion clinics and the mysterious crash landing of a ship in Alaska that the government sends submarines to destroy. There's also the bounty hunter going around to try and kill the identical men.

    All of these events coalesce into one thrilling plot that would be a shame to spoil. Let's just say that Fox Mulder meets who he thinks is his sister, Samantha Mulder, while the bounty hunter and the identical men have some extra-terrestrial blood in them.

    There's plenty of plot development here, and for the first time in the show, I've liked Skinner. Skinner always seems to be on the brink of believing Mulder, despite everything else telling him not to. It was also nice to see the return of "X," the nameless man from the government who has begun helping Mulder. It should be interesting to see how he keeps helping with Skinner discovering his existence, along with Scully.

    I realize that many of these events happened in the next episode, the second part, but it's hard to review them separately. They're both important to each other and it feels like watching a two hour episode instead of two separate one hour episodes. Either way, all that really needs to be known is that these episodes are some of the best that the show has made up until this point in the show.moreless
  • One of the best of the mythology

    What an amazing episode. Samantha Mulder is back but, is she for real?

    I always hated the fact that Mulder was such a believer that he actually believed (duh) everything he heard, was told, or read and others took advantage of that. However in this episode, they messed with his emotions.

    Mulder was very vulnerable in this episode (unfortunately, it was not going to be the first time). He always felt responsible for his sister's abduction and to have her back was really important that his mind was not clear.

    What a shocker for his mother. Not so much for his father. Who knows if he was involved in this.

    Scully was in danger again and was doing almost all the job. The end scene is priceless, she realizing it may not be Mulder in the door.moreless
David L. Gordon

David L. Gordon

FBI Agent

Guest Star

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Agent Weiss

Guest Star

Tim Henry

Tim Henry

Federal Marshal

Guest Star

Rebecca Toolan

Rebecca Toolan

Mrs Mulder

Recurring Role

Bonnie Hay

Bonnie Hay

Field Doctor

Recurring Role

Peter Donat

Peter Donat

William Mulder

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Mulder calls the Motel to ask if Scully has checked in. After the call the motel manager instantly forgets Scully's name, just seconds before Scully checks in.

    • Mulder leaves an urgent message on Scully's answering machine to warn her about potential danger, why doesn't he call her mobile? In fact they frequently leave important messages on each others home answering machines throughout this two parter yet at other times use their mobile phones.

    • The FBI doesn't have a field office in Syracuse, New York.

    • In the teaser, the shots of Mulder in the tub show him with an oxygen mask on. When the shot cuts to Scully and the doctor, Mulder in the background doesn't have it on.

    • When the Gregor looks out the window and sees the agents getting out of the car, exactly five seconds pass while the Samantha clone hides before the doorbell rings. How did they get up to the second floor so fast?

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Mulder was hit by a car chasing one of the Gregors)
      Scully: How are you feeling?
      Mulder: Like I should have used the crosswalk. A lot better than my phone.

    • Samantha: Is it too late for a game of stratego?
      Mulder: It's 22 years too late.

    • Mulder: I have lived with a fragile faith built on the ether of vague memories from an experience that I can neither prove nor explain. When I was twelve, my sister was taken from me, taken from our home by a force that I came to believe was extraterrestrial. What happened to me out on the ice has justified every belief. If I should die now, it would be with the certainty that my faith has been righteous. And if, through death, larger mysteries are revealed, I will have already learned the answer to the question that has driven me here... that there is intelligent life in the universe other than our own... that they are here among us... and that they have begun to colonise.

    • Scully: Our "friend" from the CIA is about as unbelievable as his story. As is everything about this case. I mean, whatever happened to 'Trust no one'?
      Mulder: Oh, I changed it to 'Trust everyone'. I didn't tell you?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Place Name: Ambrose Chapel

      Ambrose Chapel, the CIA agent who speaks with Mulder and Scully, shares his name with a church in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. In the movie, the phrase Ambrose Chapel was incorrectly assumed to be the name of a person.

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