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Recap / The X-Files S08 E20 "Essence"

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Season 8, Episode 20:

"They're afraid of its implications. That it could somehow be greater than them. Something... more human than human."
Written by Chris Carter
Directed by Kim Manners

"We call it the miracle of life. Conception: A union of perfect opposites - essence transforming into existence - an act without which mankind would not exist and humanity cease to exist."
Fox Mulder

Billy Miles, converted into an alien super soldier by his abduction, starts killing everyone involved in the alien hybrid experiments, and comes after Scully and her unborn baby.


  • Bandage Wince: Scully tends to a bad gash near Mulder's eye while he and Doggett sit at her kitchen table. They had gotten beaten up by Billy Myles, who had been recently revealed as an indestructible Super Soldier. Mulder winces and bats her hands away as she tries to clean the wound. Mulder teases her and tells her it's a good thing she gave up a career in medicine, since she has "manos de piedra" (hands of stone).
  • Big Damn Heroes: Mulder swoops in just in time to save Skinner from Billy Miles by pushing him off the roof of the FBI Building.
  • Determinator: No matter what, Billy will never stop trying to accomplish his mission of eliminating related to the human-alien hybrid tests. Not even bullets or a car will stop him.
  • Disney Villain Death: Billy Miles is shoved from the FBI building by Mulder into an activated trash compactor.
  • Enemy Mine: Mulder, Scully, Skinner and Doggett are forced to team up with Krycek, since he knows exactly why the aliens are afraid of Scully's baby.
  • Faceā€“Heel Turn: Billy Miles, though the real one died and this is a super soldier.
  • Immune to Bullets: The super soldiers are immune to everything that can kill a normal human being.
  • Myth Arc: This episode continues on with Scully's pregnancy, putting her in the crosshairs of recently transformed super soldier, Billy Miles.
  • Villainous Rescue: Krycek, with some timely Car Fu.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: Mulder and Skinner trap Billy by shoving him off the FBI building and into a trash compactor. The machine closes in on Billy.
  • Wham Shot: Bumps are shown to be on the back of Agent Crane's neck, revealing the Super Soldiers are infiltrating the FBI.