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Second Episode of ‘The X-Files’ Revival Focuses on Genetic Experiments

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Even before FOX’s “The X-Files” season premiere, Bloody Disgusting was able to nab details on the second episode of the two-night event.

On Monday, January 25th, Mulder and Scully investigate a doctor with unscrupulous practices in ‘Founder’s Mutation.’

Doug Savant (“Desperate Housewives,” “Melrose Place”) guest-stars in this episode written and directed by James Wong, who was the writer on the famous episode, “Home,” not to mention director of Final Destination and producer on Black Christmas.

When a scientist suddenly commits suicide, Mulder and Scully investigate what unseen force may have driven him to it. What they uncover is a laboratory where extreme genetic experimentation has been going on for decades, breeding subjects who possess unexpected and dangerous powers – and who harbor deep resentments.

What’s interesting, though, is that this was originally the fifth episode filmed. To me this implies that none of the internal episodes (2-5) have anything to do with the “wrap,” meaning that the season will finally come together in the finale. With that said, the concept of genetic experiments lives heavily within the alien-hybrid conspiracy world of what Mulder and Scully are investigating.

The series stars Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully, David Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder and Mitch Pileggi as FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner

Guest Cast include Doug Savant as Augustus Goldman, Jonathan Whitesell as Janitor, Rebecca Wisocky as Jackie Goldman, Chris Logan as Dr. Sanjay, Omari Newton as Rogers, Nikolai Witschl as Dr. Hill, Alison Wandzura as Cynthia, Aaron Douglas as Lindquist, Vik Sahay as Gupta, Ryan Robbins as Murphy, Christine Willes as Sister Mary, Kacey Rohl as Agnes, and Craig March as Detective Gordon.



  • SansSyntax

    It makes me nervous about the flow of the series if they can just swap episodes around. especially when they move the next to the last one up to the second episode.
    There are so many spoilers floating around including what characters appear in what episodes. It’s like they’re saying nothing ties together. I know the middle ones are standalones, but with only 6 episodes I was thinking there would be small threads to tie everything together. It seems like the original episode Home Again would take place closer to when they reopened the X-Files. Now they’ve shifted it further into the series.

    For example there are rumors that Scully’s mom dies. If that had happened early, wouldn’t that be relevant to later episodes? Other rumors are that Founders could make mention of William and deal with his situation. If it was originally meant to be the episode before the finale, do they go the rest of the series without mentioning William again? Also don’t think it’s fair to the stars that probably played the scenes differently based on what had happened in previous episodes.
    Keeping an open mind but after the switching of the pivotal season 4 episodes Leonard Betts and Never Again for Super Bowl ratings, I’m worried Chris Carter or the network is airing for ratings and not continuity. I’d really just like an explanation to ease my mind. (I’ve looked) The fact that Carter has released one, tells me there isn’t a good one.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    thanks for the spoilers, you are so smart

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