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Founder's Mutation 

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A scientist working for the DOD commits suicide. Mulder and Scully start an investigation only to discover a secret mutation experiment.


James Wong


Chris Carter (created by), James Wong





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Jonathan Whitesell ... Kyle Gilligan
Rebecca Wisocky ... Jackie Goldman
Doug Savant ... Augustus Goldman
Aaron Douglas ... Lindquist
Vik Sahay ... Gupta
Ryan Robbins ... Murphy
Christine Willes ... Sister Mary
Kacey Rohl ... Agnes
Christopher Logan ... Dr. Sanjay
Omari Newton ... Rogers
Nikolai Witschl ... Dr. Hill
Alison Wandzura ... Cynthia


A scientist working for the DOD commits suicide. Mulder and Scully start an investigation only to discover a secret mutation experiment.

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25 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Early in the episode, Mulder is mistakenly sexually propositioned by Gupta in a public restroom, to which, Mulder denies his sexual advance. At this, Gupta paraphrases the shows iconic tagline 'The Truth is Out There' when referring to Mulders' closet homosexuality by saying 'The Truth is In Here' pointing to Mulders heart. See more »


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A big improvement over "My Struggle"
28 January 2016 | by skiopSee all my reviews

I'll echo the consensus here that this episode was better than Chris Carter's first episode. Sure, it's not any more original. Where "My Struggle" was largely an inferior redo of season 5's "Patient X", "Founder's Mutation" redoes season 2's "Red Museum".

I'm not ready to count this as a purely MOTW episode. Like "Red Museum", it does seem at least partially connected to the mythology, though the events of "Red Museum" never really panned out, so maybe both of these are standalone episodes merely containing elements from the mythology. Either way, it's a fast and fun episode.

This really does a better job of showing the emotional states of Mulder and Scully than "My Struggle" did. William is mentioned prominently, which perhaps could be setting up his return to the mythology. I thought from the beginning that the best direction for the series now would be to feature William forming a resistance against the alien invaders, so perhaps Chris Carter will redeem himself after the ridiculous new direction of "My Struggle".

Hopefully, the third episode will move past these two "best hits" episodes and do something original.

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