Reposting this for a second time after my dumbass accidentally deleted it, here’s Part 2 of my massive summary breakdown of The X-Files. In this part I’ll be covering Seasons 5 through Seven, as well as the first feature film based on the series – The X-Files: fight the Future. The alien mythology the show has created and developed from the beginning gets more involved and stranger, we are introduced to two of the most annoying characters of the series, and the Monsters of the Week concept of stand-alone episodes if changed up. I hope you find this part interesting and get to read it before I accidentally delete it again. Come computer tech I am…
Season Five Promo
The fifth season of The X-Files is quite different from the previous seasons for various reasons:
- It introduces story elements that are explored further in the film The X-Files: Fight the Future, which came out after the season finished airing.
- It has several humorous and oddball episodes that lighten the mood a bit. The past two seasons of the series had been pretty dark thematically with several deep and emotional story arcs.
- Several major developments are revealed in the growing mytharc.
- Three new characters are introduced who will make appearances in various episodes through the rest of the series.
At the end of Season Four, Scully was dying from her brain cancer and Mulder did something really, really insane – but only to prolong his life and find a possible treatment for Scully. Mulder infiltrates the Pentagon, which is housing the cure for the cancer, and he makes a shocking discovery about other cancer victims who are afflicted by the same malignant cancer as her. Mulder also has his faith in the extraterrestrial shakes by a man who works for the Pentagon, and this same gentleman becomes an informant for our agents. No, Marita has not died – he’s more of a neutrally-good informant who only seeks to help our agents out, but also breaks Mulder’s belief in extraterrestrials. Poor Mulder…
Scully is the one who discovers the Pentagon informant, Michael Kritschgau, after they played an almost deadly and extended version of cat-and-mouse. After she detains him, he begins to tell her an incredible tale involving the U.S. military kidnapping American citizens and experimenting on them for their own purposes. The chicken pox vaccine surveillance program that singled out Scully, Samantha Mulder, and countless others? Run by the military. But we all know there’s more to the conspiracy than just the military being the sole involved party *cough* aliens and the Syndicate *cough*.
With this new information about extraterrestrials, a new FBI agent named Jeffrey Spender, and an alien abductee who Mulder doubts (Jeffrey’s own mom), Mulder starts to question himself and the purpose of the X-Files existing in the first place. As Spender makes his move to take over the X-Files unit, a young boy named Gibson Praise enters the picture, and his abilities are the very validation that Mulder and Scully have been seeking for years to prove the existence of the paranormal and the extraterrestrial. Gibson’s quite an important person in the X-Files’ mytharc because he’s one of a very limited group of people: an alien-human hybrid. Fight the Future talks more about the alien-human hybrids.
The worst part of Season Five? The introduction of one of the most aggravating characters ever to appear in the series. Who is she? Special Agent Diana Fowley. What’s her purpose? To try and win Mulder’s heart back, re-join the X-Files, and be a future double-agent between the FBI and CSM. Oh, did you catch that part about her capturing Mulder’s heart? She used to be an old flame. Her introduction is one of the issues I have of the next season.
Select “Monsters of the Week” from the fifth season: friendly Frankenstein-ish creature (“The Post-Modern Prometheus”), murderous mind-bender returns (“Kitsunegari”), murderous doll controlling a little girl (“Chinga”), murderous artificial intelligence (“Kill Switch”), “vampires” (“Bad Blood”), and angel-human hybrids (“All Souls”).
Motion Picture Trailer
The X-Files: Fight the Future
The first feature film based on The X-Files is a really fun movie. Even if you’ve never seen a single episode of the series, it’s still quite an enjoyable film filled with action, suspense, conspiracies galore, and explosions. If you’re scared of bees, then you should probably skip this movie; they play a major part in it. The bees also ruin a moment that MSR’s (Mulder & Scully Relationshipper’s) had been waiting a long time for. Damn you, bees! *shaking fists*
If you are watching the series from the beginning and have seen Season Five, I highly recommend watching this film first before jumping into Season Six. A lot of the storylines won’t make sense until you watch the film first. As I’ve mentioned above, it’s a pretty cool flick and a favorite of mine. After viewing the film, then all of the crazy storylines that pop up in Season Six will make a bit more sense. Hopefully. ‘Cause I’m still confused by a lot of what happened in Season Six.
Our first introductory scene to the film is literally explosive: Mulder and Scully are investigating a possible bomb threat at a building in downtown Dallas, Texas. Annoyed by their present assignment, our agents are about to call it a day when Mulder accidentally stumbles upon a massive bomb while grabbing a drink from a vending machine-turned-explosive device. Yay Mulder? A fellow FBI agent with bomb-disarming skills is called in and he just stares at the device, spending the last few seconds of his life living with a very difficult decision. That decision? Allowing the device to explode anyway, covering up the existence of several bodies that were infected by the mysterious black oil that’s been a central part of the series from almost the beginning.
Throughout the course of the movie, Mulder and Scully try to gather more information about the bombing in Dallas while being thrown under the bus for not preventing it. The FBI LOVE going after our agents ’cause they’re good at their jobs and they don’t like it when they get clos to blowing their own secret covers. Our Syndicate friends also make a few appearances – some warning Mulder, while others plan his demise. Along with the extraterrestrial black oil, found in a previously undiscovered cave beneath a Dallas suburb, there’s also another carrier of the alien virus (though much deadlier): bees. Thousands and thousands of bees. Scully falls victim to one of these bees as she and Mulder come thisclose to having their first kiss (which would’ve been an epic moment for fans at the time).
Mulder seriously can’t catch a break. Between FBI interrogations from his superiors, dodging Syndicate members, alien colonists, and just about anyone who has a vendetta against him, the poor guy doesn’t have much time as he races to save Scully’s life. Scully’s been transported to a MASSIVE alien vessel beneath a huge ice shelf in the Arctic North. She’s lying in a creepy green transparent container in a comatose-like state as she and many other abductees are being prepared to be new hosts for the alien colonists to continue their experiments on creating more alien-human hybrids. Will Mulder be able to save her (again) and keep his job (again)? Is the truth still out there? (Answer: yes it is).
Bonus! Action Figure Pictures! A few years ago, when Kaybee Toys (remember them?) were going out-of-business, they had a massive liquidation sale at all of their locations. My mom used to take my siblings & me every few days to buy greatly discounted toys and action figures. I love collectibles and I used to have a decent and growing collection of figurines and action figures and other collectibles, but recently lost most of my collection. But I happened to have two of my four sets of action figures from Fight the Future, and the two I have are pictured below. Well, not my pictures, but those are the figures that I have. I have them hanging up on a wall in my bedroom because I’m one of those collectors that likes to keep them in their original packaging.
Season Six Promo
Season Six is a very mixed season for me, and I’m sure for a lot of fans too. For starters, it introduced a love triangle between Mulder, Scully, and Diana Fowley. Introduced at the end of Season Five, we learned a little about her past history with Mulder. The jealousy between the two ladies and the love triangle made the season drag on a little, and it also felt out of place. While some fans hated the introduction of Special Agents John Doggett and Monica Reyes during the eighth season, to me they were a million times better than the Annoying & Irritating Dynamic Duo of Jeffrey Spender (aka “Agent Whiny Man-Boy”) and Fowley (aka “Agent Jealous Ex”). There was still lots of great UST between Mulder and Scully, but seriously – really didn’t like her at all or Spender. But they each had their own parts to play in the conspiracy, with one personally involved and the other aligning herself with the man behind it all.
The show started to go downhill creatively a little bit, and there are various theories about that. The first five seasons had a great mix of both original mythology and Monster of the Week episodes, but they flowed well together. In Season Six, there was a move away from MotW episodes to a more standard storytelling format, with stand-alone episodes mixed in that had equal amounts humor and drama with a few oddball moments thrown in, but it didn’t feel as seamless as in previous seasons. That could be partially due to the show moving from its Canadian home in Vancouver, British Columbia to Los Angeles, California. If you’ve ever watched a TV show that showed lots and lots of forest scenery and a downtown area that filled in for any major U.S. city, there’s a high likelihood that it was shot in Vancouver. With the move to Los Angeles, that changed a lot as there were more on-location shoots at office buildings and residential areas, and there was a lot less rainy days – an atmospheric touch that I really liked about the first five seasons.
Season Six begins with Mulder and Scully being reassigned to other FBI divisions, denying them access to the X-Files. This makes it 3-4 times that they’ve been reassigned to different divisions before eventually returning the X-Files. Jeffrey Spender and Diana Fowley have been reassigned to the X-Files, and their main job is to try and deny the existence of the alien colonists, their bounty hunter adversaries, and the Syndicate. They are involved in several X-File cases, but they tried to look at them with rational approaches. But we all know that Mulder can’t leave his pride and joy alone in the hands of people trying to ruin the rest of his credibility, so we see him inserting himself into various cases – much to the chagrin of Spender.
Agent Spender’s mother, Cassandra, plays a large and pivotal role in Season Six. An alien abductee introduced in Season Five, Cassandra plays a major part in the growing alien mythology. She meets with Mulder and Scully and claims that the alien colonists are getting ready to return to Earth and wipe out all existence. She’s also in tremendous danger because she also to be the first successful alien-human hybrid. Egads! The plot thickens! So, how are the alien colonists going to destroy humanity? The black oil is one of the substances that they are using to infect and kill all humans. Is there a way to prevent our race’s eventual destruction at the hands of the colonists? Our friends at the Syndicate have been trying to perfect a possible vaccine for themselves and their family members and other associates by injecting test subjects with the black oil and trying to find ways of ejecting it from their systems. Marita Covarrubias, Mulder’s informant and Syndicate darling, is used as one of the test subjects. The Syndicate is willing to experiment on their own to find a cure, which adds to the growing list of horrible things that they’ve done.
At the end of the season we have another major piece added to the alien mythology puzzle: an alien spacecraft recovered on the African coast with a strange language carved into the exterior of the spacecraft. What’s even stranger is that a simple etching of some of the characters causes Mulder to have massive headaches and his mental state to become quite unstable. What the hell is happening to him, and will Scully be able to figure out what the correlation is between the alien language and Mulder’s deteriorating condition is before he possibly dies? And will Diana Fowley back up and let Scully control the situation? Seriously – that woman is irritating. “I know what’s best for Mulder. I know Mulder. You’re killing Mulder. I still love Mulder.” If Mulder wasn’t on the first cart of the Crazy Train, he’d choose his partner Scully over Fowley any day.
Select “Monsters of the Week” from the sixth season: deadly experimental military signals (“Drive”), the Bermuda Triangle (“Triangle”), murderous Christmas spirits (“How the Ghosts Stole Christmas”), demon baby daddy (“Terms of Endearment”), a photographer who literally captures Death (“Tithonus”), sea-monsters (“Agua Mala”), escaped prisoner who can walk through solid matter (“Trevor”), and aliens playing baseball (“The Unnatural”).
Season Seven Promo
At the end of Season Six, one of the most curious and confusing plotlines introduced in the series involved a drawing of an alien language that has part of the story of our creation on it – the story of Genesis from the Bible. Why would aliens have such a popular and well-known chapter from the Bible written in an unknown language on their spaceship? ‘Cause they in fact are our creators (take that, Prometheus!). PLOT TWIST!!! Scully, our skeptic since the beginning of the show, traveled to Africa to investigate the strange markings on the exterior of the alien spacecraft half-buried in the sand off the African coast. Why would Scully travel halfway across the world to see the spacecraft in-person and to investigate the origins of something that she didn’t believe in for so long (aliens, not Christianity)? Because Mulder has dedicated his entire life to finding some evidence about the existence of extraterrestrials. He also desperately needs her help in surviving his current catatonic and psychotic state, caused by coming into contact with an etching of the markings from the spacecraft.
It turns out that the markings on the ship itself are a language that is known to us, but a few people outside of the culture that speaks it are familiar with it: Navajo. It is implied that the Navajo’s have been the first to really be in contact with the alien colonists, and every religion around the world is centered on that first contact. As Neo would say, “Whoa!” Why were the Navajo translation of the Book of Genesis causing such dire results in Mulder’s condition? From what I remember after watching this season several times and still trying to understand the overall storyline, it has something to do with Mulder being somewhat of an alien/human hybrid himself – I think. While Scully is trying to save Mulder from CSM and the Syndicate, his former lover Fowley is now aligned with CSM and is doing everything she can to pacify Mulder and keep him under CSM’s control, while also professing her love for him. Oh, honey – that ship sailed a looooooonnnnnnnnnggggggggg time ago. Fast-forward through more confusion and Mulder is eventually healed from his affliction. Yay!
While new storylines were introduced surrounding the alien mythology, there were other great mysteries that were eventually solved and those plots were put to rest. Since the beginning of the series, Mulder’s sister Samantha and her story was a major plotline that was repeated in several seasons with different results. We saw her as both an adult and child with her clone counterparts, we learned that CSM had adopted her after she was “returned” from abduction, and she later disappeared. So what in the heck really happened to Mulder’s sister? She was abducted for the umpteenth time, but this time by CSM. She lived on a military base for a few years with CSM and his son, Jeffrey Spender (plot twist!), against her will. She later died by supernatural causes. The best way to describe it are spirits who take children who are troubled or have had horrible situations that have happened to them that will be repeated for the rest of their lives. Samantha becomes one of the many children on this military base who becomes a “walk-in” spirit. Mulder is finally able to find some closure on his sister’s life after she was abducted, and as much as it pains him that she’s gone, he’s knows that she’s finally at peace.
What are the other loose ends of the alien mythology that are finished in Season Seven?
- CSM recruits Alex Krycek and Marita Covarrubias in joining him in reforming the Syndicate and keeping the conspiracy alive.
- Though I really disliked her, Diana Fowley really isn’t treated well at the beginning of the season. I won’t spoil what happens.
- Jeffrey Spender is also treated like crap, thanks to his own dad.
Select “Monsters of the Week” from the seventh season: a sympathetic monster point-of-view/POV (“Hungry”), return of our murderous death fetishist (”Orison”), a COPS-inspired episode chasing after creatures (“X-Cops”), murderous computer games (“First Person Shooter”), hexcrafter/dark magic practioner (“Theef”), mutated tobacco beetles (“Brand X”), and a genie who grants unfortunate wishes (“Je Souhaite”).