Founder's Mutation
The X-Files Season 10

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Critic Ratings: 21
Critics Consensus

"Founder's Mutation" gains ground and looks more like the original series, but the episode is still guilty of trying to accomplish too much.

Episode Info

When Mulder and Scully try to discover what unseen force may have driven a scientist to commit suicide, they turn up a laboratory where extreme genetic experimentation has bred subjects possessing dangerous powers.

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Critic Reviews for Founder's Mutation

Lots of classic X-Files plotting; plus, Mulder and Scully remember their lost son, William.

Feb 23, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The X-Files seemed in no hurry to give up its secrets. Situation normal, then. Welcome back, you two.

Feb 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Check it out - a real and proper episode of The X-Files! This is what we remember fondly: a sometimes gross and sometimes scary (but ultimately fun) bit of science fiction vaguely built on fact.

Feb 4, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

You know what else would ease the residual fatigue of "My Struggle"? A nice, stand alone Monster of the Week episode. And what do you know, "The Founder's Mutation" was written and directed by James Wong... We're in good hands.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…

"Founder's Mutation" feels more like a strong episode of one of The X-Files' major scions, Fringe, where the wildness of the weird is simply accepted as part of the gears of the world.

Feb 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Founder's Mutation is The X-Files without trying to cram a decade's worth of old information and new conspiracy theories into a 45 minute script.

Feb 4, 2016 | Rating: 4.25/5 | Full Review…

Certainly, it's an improvement over the premiere... But in other spots, the storytelling was nearly as sloppy as it was in "My Struggle." Too many decisions were being made based on events that happened off-screen.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…

All in all, it was a nifty episode, with a lot to recommend about it, and very little to complain about this time around. It tied into the established plot in a cool way, the effects were top-notch and occasionally cringe-inducing.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…

This was the first of many scenes in this particularly disgusting episode where I had to avert my eyes because GROSS WHY GOD WHY.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Now that's more like it. Okay, not fully. But we're getting there.

Feb 3, 2016 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Like the premiere, it suffered from trying to accomplish too much.

Feb 4, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a much better representation of the show than the first episode and gives a better feel for the dynamic between Mulder and Scully.

Feb 4, 2016 | Full Review…