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First screened in Australia: June 7, 2001
First screened in the USA: April 29, 2001
Director: Rod Hardy
Writer: Steve Maeda
- Mitch Pileggi as AD Walter Skinner
- James Pickens, Jr as Deputy Director Alvin Kersh
- M.C. Gainey as Bo Taylor
- Gregory Norman Cruz as Diego Garza
- Kevin C. Loomis as Chef
- Luis Villalta as Simon de la Cruz;
- Steve Wilcox as Ed Dell
- Miguel Sandoval as Martin Ortega
- Lee Reherman as Yuri
- Casey Biggs as Saksa
Mulder and Doggett are begrudgingly thrown together to investigate several mysterious deaths
aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. While Mulder believes the deaths on board to be part of the alien conspiracy, he races to convince the sceptical Doggett that the ship may not be pumping
My Rating: 7/10
Fox Press Release
This was an OK episode but it could have been much more. What looked like being a possibly important mythology link episode (the black oil) didn't really offer up much information. The action sequences were excellent - the effects on The X-Files are always bigger and better than just about any other show on TV - such as the fire and the oil rig explosion but overall it was nothing out of the ordinary. The fact that Mulder is finally fired from the FBI after so many prior run-ins with officialdom seems little more than the plot device to let the character leave the show with David Duchovny's departure.
Where Have I Seen That Face Before?
MC Gainey (Bo Taylor) has been in numerous movies including "Con Air", "Run Bonnie Run", "Happy, Texas", "The Haunting", "Breakdown", "Leap Of Faith", "Soul Man", "Starman", "Frances" and "Pennies From Heaven".
Casey Biggs (Saska) has a theatrical backgound and has appeared in the movies "Alamo: The Price Of Freedom", "The Pelican Brief", "Broken Arrow" and "Dragonfly". On TV he starred in "Ryan's Hope" and had recurring roles on "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" and "Legacy" and also appeared on an episode of "Profiler".
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