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Jennifer O'Dell
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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2007, 04:07:55 am »



Plot summary

The movie opens in prehistoric times in a wordless sequence. A pre-historic man stumbles upon what appears to be a large, primal, vicious alien in a cave (although the camerawork uses zooms and flash-edits to keep the creature from being visualized fully). The two fight, and the caveman wins, stabbing the alien to death. However, what fans of the show will recognize as the black oil bleeds from the alien's wounds and soaks into the Neanderthal. After a fade to modern-day small-town Texas, a little boy (Lucas Black) falls down a hole in his back yard, and finds a human skull. As he picks it up, black oil seeps out of the skull and into the boy's skin, as a team of firemen descend to rescue him.

In the summer of 1998, at the end of the show's fifth season, the X-Files were shut down, and Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were assigned to other projects. They are first seen assisting SAC Darius Michaud (Terry O'Quinn), and his FBI team investigating a bomb threat to a federal building in Dallas, Texas. When Mulder separates from the team to scout out the building across the street, he discovers the bomb. He and Scully are able to evacuate the building and prevent hundreds of casualties before it explodes. (Several media commentators noted parallels between this and the real-life 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing.)[1][2]

Mulder and Scully return home to Washington, DC, but instead of commending their roles in preventing the deaths of hundreds, they are instead chastised because four victims were still in the building: three firemen, and one little boy. They are both scheduled separate hearings in which their job performance will be evaluated.

That evening, Mulder encounters a paranoid doctor, Alvin Kurtzweil (Martin Landau), who explains that the four victims were already dead, and the bomb was allowed to detonate to destroy the evidence as to how they died. Mulder enlists Scully to travel with him to the morgue to examine the bodies. They learn that the bodies have suffered a complete cellular breakdown, not at all caused by the bomb. Mulder leaves Scully in the morgue to fly back to Dallas to investigate evidence left from the explosion. He urges Scully to join him, and she shares evidence that the bodies were infected with an alien virus. They travel to the boy's home, but find a brand-new park in place of the hole in which he fell. Unsure what to do next, they wind up following a team of tanker trucks to a massive cornfield surrounding two bright, glowing domes. When they infiltrate the domes, they find simply a large empty space. However, grates on the floor open up, and a massive swarm of thousands of bees chase the agents into the cornfield. Soon helicopters fly overhead, and the two make a harrowing escape back to Washington.

Upon their return, Mulder, finding the evidence disappearing before his eyes, unsuccessfully seeks help from Kurtzweil, while Scully attends her performance hearing, and learns that she is being transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah. She informs Mulder that she would rather resign from the FBI than be transferred. Mulder is devastated at the thought of not having Scully as a partner to help him uncover the truth, telling her, "I don't know if I want to do this alone. I don't know if I even can. And if I quit now, they win." The two have a tender moment (they lean towards each other, as though to kiss), until she is stung by a bee which had lodged itself under her shirt collar. She has an adverse reaction, and Mulder calls 911. However, when the ambulance arrives to transport her, the driver shoots Mulder in the head, and whisks Scully to an undisclosed location. Mulder awakens, (the bullet grazed his temple) and, with the help of The Lone Gunmen, sneaks out of the hospital. He is accosted by The Well-Manicured Man, who gives him Scully's location in Antarctica, along with a serum to combat the virus she is infected with. Well-Manicured Man then kills himself before his betrayal to the Syndicate is found out.

Mulder journeys to Antarctica to save Scully, in the process discovering a secret lab run by the Cigarette-Smoking Man and his colleague Strughold. The lab is destroyed just after they escape to the surface, when the alien ship lying dormant underneath comes back to life and leaves its underground port, zooming away into the sky. Only Mulder sees it go, as Scully is unconscious at the time.

Later, Mulder and Scully attend a hearing where their testimony is routinely ignored, and the evidence covered up. The only remaining proof of the whole ordeal is the bee that stung Scully, collected by The Lone Gunmen. She hands it over, cooly stating, "I don't believe the FBI currently has an investigative unit qualified to pursue the evidence at hand."

At another crop outpost in Tunisia, Strughold learns that the X-Files office has been reopened...
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