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Recap / The X-Files S06 E22 "Biogenesis"

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Season 6, Episode 22:

"He claimed it contained a message - not only of his Mars theories but the very meaning of human existence."
Written by Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Directed by Rob Bowman

"It holds everything. Don't you see? All the mysteries of science; everything we can't understand or won't explain, every human behaviourism - cosmology, psychology, everything in the X-Files - it all owes to them. It's from them."
Fox Mulder

An artifact found in West Africa implies that aliens have had a hand in human evolution and history, and also seems to be doing something to Mulder's brain.


  • Cliffhanger: Scully ends up finding a spaceship buried in the African sands, which will undoubtedly challenge her beliefs.
  • Myth Arc: First part of a three parter.
  • Meaningful Name: Biogenesis means the appearance/creation of life. And it is also one of the stages of evolution in the theories of Teilhard de Chardin.
  • Sanity Slippage: Mulder suffers from this after his exposure to the artifact.
  • Wham Shot: In the end, Scully is taken to another site in Africa where a discovery has been made. She rubs the sand below her, finding a giant slab of metal with Navajo symbols. Cue a bird's eye view of Scully panning up... with the slab being revealed to belong to an alien spaceship.