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Ascension 

Mulder and Agent Krycek are in a race against time to find and rescue abducted Scully before crazed Duane Barry can take her to what he believes to be his alien puppet masters.

Director:

Michael Lange

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Paul Brown
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Steve Railsback ... Duane Barry
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
Sheila Larken ... Margaret Scully
Steven Williams ... Mr. X
Meredith Bain Woodward ... Dr. Ruth Slaughter
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... FBI Agent
Peter LaCroix ... Dwight
Steve Makaj ... Patrolman
Peter Lapres Peter Lapres ... Video Technician
Bobby Stewart ... Deputy (as Bobby L. Stewart)
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Storyline

Mulder sets out with agent Alex Krycek to find Scully, who has been kidnapped by Duane Barry. He's getting very little support from his superiors, including Assistant Director Skinner who wants him out of the case. Mulder believes Barry has kidnapped Scully to offer her to his alien abductees in the hope they will leave him alone. Mulder thinks he knows exactly where he is going but it soon becomes obvious that there are some who will go to great lengths to stop him. Skinner for his part makes a fateful decision. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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Color:

Color

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4:3
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Trivia

"Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds would later go on to become the theme music to the BBC hit series Peaky Blinders (2013). See more »

Goofs

The car driven by Duane Barry changes depending on the scene. It is initially a 1986 or older Pontiac 6000 (almost vertical rear window, sealed-beam headlights), but changes to a 1987 or newer model during the drive up the mountain (bulbous rear glass, one-piece aerodynamic headlights). See more »

Quotes

The Cigarette Smoking Man: We tell you only what you need to know.
Krycek: I think I have a right to know.
The Cigarette Smoking Man: You have no rights, only orders to be carried out. If you have a problem with that, we'll make other arrangements.
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Connections

Featured in The X-Files: The Truth (2002) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Great follow-up to "Duane Barry"
20 October 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

The continuation of the thrilling episode "Duane Barry" is more of a full-fledged mythology-arc affair complete with the reveal of Krycek as a bad guy and plenty of CSM screen time. The episode picks up where the last one left off, with Duane Barry taking Scully to where he plans to have the aliens abduct her instead of him. Meanwhile, Mulder and Krycek go after her, with Krycek attempting to sabotage Mulder's efforts, and following CSM's orders. The episode surprisingly ends with Scully's whereabouts still unknown. That mystery would not be solved until "One Breath", but Mulder appears to believe that the government did, in fact, 'abduct' Scully.

"Ascension" is an excellent, thrilling follow-up to "Duane Barry". The episode doesn't concentrate on him as much, but he is still one of the most memorable guest characters as far as mythology episodes go. "Ascension" is the first episode to very clearly show the 'syndicate' at work. A great early mythology episode.

9/10


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