X-Files: Founder’s Mutation Recap and Review

X-Files: Founders Mutation Recap and Review

Overview and Review by WALT FRASIER @WALTFRASIER

X-Files is really back now. My Struggle was a bridge to get the gang back together. Founder’s Mutation is business as usual. This is the X-Files we all missed. Thanks to James Wong for bringing us home. NOT “HOME” but to a place we all love and find comfort.


So right off the bat, is this the first time we have heard Mulder – or anyone – narrate the “previously on X-Files” segments? Chris Carter often said “Previously on the X-Files” for two- and three-parters. I suppose Mulder’s recap is more for those that have not been rewatching all summer.


Our episode begins with a seemingly distressed Dr. Sanjay (Christopher Loganheading to work at Nugenics. His coworker (Omari Newton – Continuum) notices things are a little off. “Rough Weekend?”

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Having difficulty focusing in the board room – due to a terrible ear ringing, he storms out, perhaps freaked out by the flock of birds gathering, and heads over to the computer banks to seek data for some unknown voice in his head. Unable to deal with ever intensifying sound, self lobotomy by letter opener is Dr. Sanjay’s gruesome end.

HEY THERE’s SKINNER AGAIN!!! (in the credits)

This feels like 1993 all over again.
We jump right into Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Andersonat the scene of the “Crime.”
M: “What do you see here Scully?”
Scully states the obvious. Mulder smiles and reveals a few less than obvious revelations. Scully gets the last word. “GOOGLE!”
And of course there is a local cop Security Guard (Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Gallactica). 



Glad to see comedy is still at hand. Mulder almost has a GRINDR moment in the can.
Mulder learns where the truth truly lies.
Garry Shandling almost learned which side it falls.
Every gay philes fantasy almost came true.



I did not realize how much I missed the autopsy scenes. While none will ever be as fun as BAD BLOOD, I loved being back in the examination room with Scully explaining the findings.

Watch out for kid crossing the road. You know this is not an accident, right. That kid must mean something.

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When Mulder breaks down with his own ear problems, I am called back to season six finale into season seven premiere when Mulder seems to go crazy. Did he not experience a similar sound effect and torture? Two scenes later Mulder reveals the harsh sounds continued until focusing on the words “FIND HER”


This is so familiar. Mulder and Scully at Skinner’s (Mitch Pileggi) desk with a DOD blowhard (Ryan Robbins – Arrow, Continuum) breathing down necks brings us right back to where we once belonged. I can only imagine Murphy running off to tattle tale to CSM.

Mulder’s office seems a lot cleaner. It actually looks like a place two agents would study filed video footage. Apparently Scully still doesn’t have a desk, or a name on the door. aAt least Gillian finally has equal pay, right?

Clearly a lot of the old files were not recovered. Someone get Mulder a new poster, pronto! . Scully realizes Mulder’s experience at Sanjay’s home was similar to the doctors final moments before suicidal act.
“Mulder, this is dangerous.”
“When has that ever stopped us before?”

Scully brings Mulder to her hospital Our Lady of Sorrows and calls upon her friend, Sister Mary (Christine Willes AKA Agent Karen E. Kosseff 1995-1997 various X-Files episodes). As the administrator goes to inquire about Dr. Augustus Goldman (Doug Savant Matt Fielding), Mulder and Scully are confronted by a scared and pregnant, Agnes (Kacey Rohl Abigail Hobbs form Hannibal).


Mulder and Scully finally get to see Dr. Goldman and his line up of patient children suffering from a number of genetic defects or “mutations”. Goldman thinks he is doing the right thing isolating the children. Clearly Scully is at odds.

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Agnes is later discover killed by a hit and run car with the baby missing. This again brings me right back to the pilot, when a girl (presumed invalid) escapes hospital care and dies in the road. 

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Mulder ties the case into former Alien-Human hybrid cases to explain how a baby might survive the experience.


The duo visit Goldman’s wife, Jackie (Rebecca Wisocky American Horror Story season 1 Burned Man’s wife) at St Elizabeth’s Hospital.

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Jackie shares her story of losing her underwater breathing 2yo daughter, Molly, and her unborn son in a gruesome series of events, including a self performed C-section. GROSS!

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Recognizing a janitor’s outfit, Mulder and Scully find Jackie’s son, Kyle (Jonathan Whitesell also plays Brian on “The 100” on CW), living with an “adoptive mother.


As Mulder has another break down, Scully talks Kyle down. They arrest Kyle and bring him to meet his father.

Kyle finds his sister, Molly (Megan Peta Hill). As in a tweet I posted during the live viewing, this feels like a prequel to ESCAPE FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN. Like Mulder before, Kyle attacks his father to a more finite end. The kids get away. Mulder and Scully are left behind the tape when DOD steps in…


I purposefully skipped over a particular scene to discuss in tandem with the episode’s final moments.

Earlier Scully had a vision, a waking dream, of a life with William. He is about 10 at first. In a series of tableaux, Scully ages as does William, leading to an accident and William heading off in an ambulance with scrapes and possibly a few broken bones…

At the episode’s end, Mulder has a similar vision, ending in William’s alien abduction. The episode ends fading at Mulder pondering over Williams baby picture.

Two things

  1. Both Scully and Mulder are in a very similar place emotionally.
  2. Neither has the other in their respective visions of William.

Do they both imagine a world as single parents? My experience is that there are no coincidences with Chris Carter. No matter how subtle, there are underlying motives to the creators madness.



This episode feels like home. Not like HOME, but where we remember loving to be every Friday, then Sunday night for 7 years. While dealing with Mulder and Scully’s 2016 lives, Chris Carter has dialed back the Mulder / Scully clock, almost as if Seasons 8 & 9 never happened. Almost…

Stay tuned for a Duchovniacs PODCAST on the subject.


Founder’s Mutation
The X-Files (miniseries) episode
Episode no. Episode 2
Directed by James Wong
Written by James Wong
Production code 1AYW05
Original air date January 25, 2016
Running time 44 minutes
Guest actors


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