"The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati" is the second episode of the
seventh season of the American science fiction television series The
X-Files. Originally airing November 14, 1999, on the Fox network, it
was directed by Michael Watkins and written by series creator Chris
Carter and lead actor David Duchovny, who plays Fox Mulder. Mimi Rogers
(pictured) guest-starred in her last appearance in the series. The
X-Files centers on Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents Mulder
and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who work on cases linked to the
paranormal, called X-Files. In this episode, Scully returns from Africa
to discover Mulder in a coma induced by exposure to shards from an alien
spaceship wreck. After Mulder awakens from his coma, he realizes his
duty to prevent alien colonization. Carter explored themes of
extraterrestrial involvement in ancient mass extinctions in this
episode, the third in a trilogy focused on Mulder's severe reaction to
an alien artifact. Initial reviews were mixed, but later critics viewed
the episode in a more positive light and several writers named it among
the show's best.
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