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The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati 

Scully searches for Mulder after the Cigarette Smoking Man takes him from the hospital for unknown purposes. An unconscious Mulder dreams of a better life away from his mission and the X-Files. But perhaps he is being led astray.


Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)


Chris Carter (created by), David Duchovny | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Mimi Rogers ... Diana Fowley
Jerry Hardin ... Deep Throat
Martin Grey ... Agent Flagler
Rebecca Toolan ... Teena Mulder
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Albert Hosteen (as Floyd Red Crow Westerman)
John Finn ... Michael Kritschgau
Brian George ... Project Doctor
Warren Sweeney ... Dr. Harriman
Fritz Greve Fritz Greve ... Bearded Man
Anthony Anselmi Anthony Anselmi ... Paramedic


Mulder's condition continues to deteriorate. He is kidnapped from the hospital by the Cigarette Smoking Man for insidious purposes. Mulder experiences dreams of another life, away from the x-files. Scully searches frantically for Mulder before it's too late. Written by Muldernscully

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Release Date:

14 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Amor Fati" is a Latin phrase referring to the "love of fate," which is an important phrase and concept in the work of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. See more »


When Mulder and the Cigarette Smoking Man are driving from the hospital in the rain, the end shot of the car is an older Ford Taurus. When they arrive at the house, the car is a Cadillac. See more »


The Cigarette Smoking Man: [to Mulder] Don't be so dramatic. Only part of you is dying. The part that played the hero. You've suffered enough - for the X-Files, for your partner, for the world. You're not Christ, you're not Prince Hamlet - you're not even Ralph Nader!
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The tag line reads "Amor Fati". See more »


Referenced in The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004) See more »


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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Weakest of the trilogy
11 March 2006 | by alex-ross77See all my reviews

After two underrated episodes, 'The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati' really disappointed me with its boring storyline. For instance, Mulder has a unidentified brain disease, which makes Cancer Man kidnap him to a strange house where in dream-like visions Mulder sees his abducted sister and Diana Fowley tries to seduce him into living with her.

Then, I started to wonder about the spaceship? Answer: Forget about all that, this episode only really focuses on Mulder and Cigarette-Smoking Man, giving us no answers.

3/10 I've never been a mythology lover, but this is just annoying and far too confusing for me to enjoy.

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