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"Deadalive" or "DeadAlive" (Part 3) is the 176st episode and the eight season fifteenth episode of the science fiction television series The X-Files. The episode first aired in the United States and Canada on April 1, 2001 on Fox, and subsequently aired in the United Kingdom. It was written by executive producers Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, and directed by Tony Wharmby. The episode continues from the seventh season finale "Requiem"—"This Is Not Happening", where Fox Mulder was abducted by Aliens who are planning to colonise Earth.

"Deadalive" was a story milestone for the series, re-introducing David Duchovny as Fox Mulder who had in the previous episodes appeared in flashback's and small cameo appearances. Shortly after Mulder is buried, a former abductee's deceased body returns and is miraculously resurrected, offering hope for Mulder's recovery. Meanwhile, Krycek threatens Skinner that he must kill Scully's unborn child. The episode earned a high Nielsen household and syndication rating, it was generally mixed to positive received by fans and critics alike.

Plot overview

Three months after Dana Scully, John Doggett, Walter Skinner and Alvin Kersh gathered for Fox Mulder's funeral, Doggett is transferred of the X-Files. If he leaves, the office will be closed since Scully is on maternity leave. In the meantime a fishing trawler catches a body in the water, which is later revealed to be Billy Miles' body who had been abducted the same time Mulder was. Fearing that they buried Mulder alive, Skinner gets his body exhumed at a hospital. Dr. Lim, Mulder's attending doctor said that he had little chance for survival since his body was decomposing. In the meantime, Scully notices that Miles has two heartbeats. Kersh tries to persuade Skinner to stop investigating Mulder's apparent death.

When Skinner walks down an FBImarker hallway, his veins in his neck bulge making him stumble. It is revealed that Alex Krycek was behind this, Krycek reveals that he has the vaccine that could save Mulder's life, but he will only give it to Skinner if Scully does not give birth to her baby. In the meantime, Miles regains consciousness, he takes a shower and his decaying flesh sloughs of away, revealing a healthy body beneath the decaying. Miles later tries to persuade Scully and Doggett that the aliens are trying to save mankind. Scully gets a new lab report which states that Miles has literally became a new person. Skinner later reveals to Scully that there is a cure for Mulder's disease, but doesn't tell her about Krycek demands.

Scully later reveals to Doggett, that it is the virus which is keeping the various abductees alive long enough to make a transformation like what happened to Miles earlier. Doggett tells Scully about his visit Absalom, were they believe that the abductees resurrected are becoming aliens and will eventually conquer Earth. Skinner is in the meanwhile removing Mulder's life support after a scuffle, he explains to Scully and Doggett that he was trying to kill Mulder because of Krycek's demand were to hard to meet, because of the part with Scully's child. Doggett tries to catch up with Krycek in the car park, he nearly gets driven over by Krycek, but survives. Krycek than smashes the vaccine to the ground, leaving Mulder for dead. Doggett then returns to the hospital, and finds out that Mulder is being operated on, saying that stabilising him might reverse his condition for the better. Mulder regains consciousness and asks Scully if she missed him, Scully responds with tears.

Production

Chris Carter felt that they needed to return to the beginning since season eight was the end of the "Mulder Scully era". So they returned various characters from the "Pilot", most notably Billy Miles. They used various white shot when filming David Duchovny is his coffin. Make-Up Effects Artist Matthew Mungle was the man that created the decomposing look for Miles and Fox Mulder. When Miles went into the shower, they created shreading flesh. They used gelletines to pump out warm water, they put strawberry jam on Miles so-called flesh to make it fall of.

Reception

The episode earned a Nielsen household rating of 7.3, with a 11 share. It was viewed by 7.461.000 million households and gathered a total of 12.570.000 million viewers in the United Statesmarker alone. On April 29, 2001 the episode made its debut in Canadamarker on Fox and Global Television Network and made a re-run on American television. The episode subsequently made its debut in Irelandmarker and the United Kingdommarker, but did not make it to the list of the ten most watched television shows that week.

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