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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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Some Secrets Are Not For Us
24 October 2006 | by andyetrisSee all my reviews

In the season 6 final episode cliffhanger, alien artifacts were discovered in Africa and Mulder's exposure even to images of their coded messages induced increasingly violent seizures. Scully, pursuing the artifacts to their source on the African coast, found an apparent alien spacecraft incised with religious scriptures. In the season 7 opener a noted skeptic, confronted with the evidence, went on a murderous rampage. When it appeared that the spaceship could actually raise the dead he completely lost his mind.

Meanwhile former CIA agent Michael Kritschgau appeared to know what was affecting Mulder, who had become seriously ill. However the Cigarette-Smoking-Man, assisted by FBI agent Diana Fowley, kidnapped Mulder for apparently sinister purposes.

Most of this episode is a hallucinatory dream of Mulder's in which he succumbs to the blandishments of the C-S-M. However he is nagged by feelings that he has been left in the dark (no duh!) Scully, realizing what is most important to her, is the true key to Mulder's survival.

Anyone hoping for a nice crisp denouement is in for a major disappointment as this is even muddier than "One Son," season 6's conclusion to the mythology story arc. This simply isn't a continuation of the mythology; what's actually happening is the snipping off loose ends as two formerly important characters are terminated - with extreme prejudice - while as for the alien spaceship...

The episode "Closure," later in the season, will finish off what little remained of a sub-plot that drove much of the most interesting parts of this series. Whether you liked "the mythology" or not it's hard to see it treated this way!

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