"The Unnatural" is the 19th episode of the sixth season of the American
science fiction television series The X-Files, which first aired on
April 25, 1999, on the Fox network. The series centers on FBI special
agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson),
who work on cases linked to the paranormal. This episode was written and
directed by Duchovny (pictured), and received positive reviews from
critics and a viewership of 16.88 million people on its debut. In the
episode, Arthur Dales (M. Emmet Walsh), the brother of a previously
recurring retired FBI agent, tells Mulder the story of a black baseball
player who played for the Roswell Grays in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947
under the pseudonym "Josh Exley" (Jesse L. Martin). Exley is actually an
alien who is later tracked down by the Alien Bounty Hunter (Brian
Thompson) and executed for betraying his people. The episode was
inspired by the 1947 Roswell Incident. Many of the outdoor baseball
scenes were filmed at Jay Littleton Ballfield, an all-wood stadium in
Ontario, California. The episode has been critically examined for its
use of literary motifs, its fairy tale-like structure, and its themes of
racism and alienation.
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From the Hindu perspective, each soul is divine. All religions
are branches of one big tree. It doesn't matter what you call Him just
as long as you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are
only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a
delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless forms of life, are
naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One's values are
profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a
vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate