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Old 07-02-2008, 12:10 AM
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X-Files Movie Fight The Future Discussion thread

I was surprised to see no discussion thread for the very first X-Files movie so I asked Neel for permission and she told me to go ahead and start one.












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8. Michelle Dessler
9. neel luvs tony
10. JayDeeMac
11. Sil
12. Gia
13. *KIA*

Any thoughts you have about the first movie can be posted here, whether shippy or otherwise; what you liked and what you didn't like about the movie. We can gripe about plot holes and that damned bee or just post screencaps or other pics related to this wonderful movie. Whatever you want!

I got a recap raring to go for this movie and I'll probably post it after someone else posts something in this thread so I don't double or triple post.

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Old 07-02-2008, 02:06 AM
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:17 AM
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Yup, hate the bees......


I dunno..... I am not too fond of this movie. The story seems rushed at times, no? All I remember is Mulder literally running through that movie, from set to set......and then he rescues Scully (of course) and suddenly you think....."wait, did I change channels? Is this 'Alien', or what......?!?".

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Old 07-02-2008, 08:27 AM
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Yup, hate the bees......


I dunno..... I am not too fond of this movie. The story seems rushed at times, no? All I remember is Mulder literally running through that movie, from set to set......and then he rescues Scully (of course) and suddenly you think....."wait, did I change channels? Is this 'Alien', or what......?!?".

I have mixed feelings too but overall I think it was okay. I felt like it was more a 2hr X-files episode than a movie, but I think it was because it was made when the show was on. Still love those shippy moments and the beginning of the movie is cool

BTW added a supporters/bee haters list to the OP, if you want to be added let me know
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For all it's plot inconsistencies and odd convoluted explanations, I still love the movie as a shipper. We got as much romance in this "2 hour X-Files episode" than we did the past five seasons. I watched this on my birthday and all I can say is it's one of the shippiest and wonderful birthday presents ever, courtesy of Carter. Did he write the script? Well anyway, 'Walking After You' by the Foo Fighters is my new favorite X-Files related song.

I am ready to gush about this movie like I've never gushed about a movie but first I must apologize profusely to my co-recapper Aine for posting this before she gave me her input. I can only hope she forgives me for doing this and I will be more than happy to edit my recap to include the scenes she wanted to recap. Oh hun, I'm sorry for being so impatient but I really enjoyed our PMs and like I said, I'll edit this as soon as you tell me to and put in whatever you've got to give me!

Get ready for a *really* long post, this recap is hitting the big screen!

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After the shimmery special effects intro with the familiar X-Files theme we fade into the first scene which is all white snow blowing everywhere. It takes a while before I see figures in the background, rushing forward and breathing kind of loudly. The familiar X-Files text appears at the lower left hand corner and tells the viewers that the location is Texas. Snow in Texas? Impossible! Not if it's 35,000 B.C. Our first scene is a prehistoric scene. Interesting. So cavemen had handmade snowsuits back then. They're following weird tracks in the snow I think. A three toed animal of the ice age. Or perhaps something more out there...? They find an icy cave and walk inside, managing to make fire by smacking two rocks together. These are very smart Neanderthals. The Geico cavemen ain't got nothing on these guys. The two look around the cave, one taking one side and the other taking another side. They're walking through long corridors and tunnels, past huge sheets of ice. One of them discovers a prehistoric body inside a block of ice which is pretty crazy to me. Suddenly out of no where, he gets attacked by this screeching creature! If I were drinking something when I watched it the first time, I would've surely spit it out in surprise. Whatever got him doesn't look like any animal I've ever seen. The two grapple in the cave and we don't see a clear shot of the attacking creature as the caveman gets sliced and diced. The other caveman finally appears to attack the thing and it howls in pain but doesn't die. The creature rushes off and after checking on his now dead partner, the caveman goes looking for it. Okay, maybe not so smart. He does eventually find it, sprawled on the ground, lulling him into a false sense of security. It opens its eyes and I can say with a great degree of certainty that this creature is alien. The caveman stabs the alien creature some more and finally it's dead. That is one brave Neanderthal. Unfortunately for him a familiar black ooze leaks out of the creature which is now apparent to all X-Philes as something extraterrestrial. The creature has the black alien oil for blood! The black alien oil crawls toward the caveman and boy does he sound like he's in pain. I'm just surprised that there were aliens around when cavemen roamed the earth. See, this is the kind of stuff they don't teach in anthropology class.

Now we're in Present Day Texas, all hot and dry and full of mischievous little scamps. One of them being Stevie, who falls down into the cave which is now more of a cavern. His three friends look down at him, one of them asking if he's okay. He sputters a bit before saying he's fine, just got the wind knocked out of him. The kids want to know what's going on down there and Stevie shows them a neato skull he found. Those crazy Texans and their fondness for dead things – that's why they're tough down in the Lonestar State. See, any other kid would probably freak out at the sight of the skull and cry for their mother. Or maybe that's just me. Stevie will not part with his skull and marvels at all the dead skeletal remains in the cave, then looks down to see some oil under his shoe. Some alien black oil! That thing is very resilient. He gets invaded by the black alien oil, and we get a nice CGI scene of it crawling under the kid's skin like dozens of little worms until it reaches his eyes and turn them a familiar cloudy black. Lovely. The kids take all of two seconds before deciding to cheese it.

Later on, the fire department finally gets called to the scene. the cave isn't too far away from some houses so a crowd has gathered in the background while the fire chief gets out and gets a ladder down into the hole for some men to climb down. Two firemen get to the little boy, Stevie, having no idea they're in crazy black alien oil danger. The fire chief can't communicate with the firefighters due to static (and yet Mulder and Scully have awesome cell phone coverage). Suddenly a black helicopter arrives at the scene along with men in bio hazard suits and a stretcher or something encased in glass. A man, who I assume is in charge, steps out of the helicopter and tells the fire chief to get their spectators out of there. He does so and the two head towards the hole. The fire chief explains that a couple of firemen were sent down to get the boy trapped in the hole but he's lost communication with them. The bio suited men have the boy inside their glass encased stretcher/container and head to the helicopter. The man in charge watches them take the boy as the fire chief screams about the firemen presumably still in the hole. No answer except for a bunch of plain white trucks pulling up from no where and a phone call from the man in charge, now identified as Bronschweig, who tells the person on the phone that they'd better come up with a plan for the impossible scenario they never planned for. Cryptic!

One week later, in Dallas Texas, one of Aine's favorite scenes of the whole movie, we see there's a huge FBI operation going on. Helicopters in the air, and several dozen FBI guys on a roof, huge. They have a building evacuated and have searched it over but haven't found any explosives. Oh, I see what this is. They've even got the bomb sniffing dogs up in there but found nothing. Might as well send the dogs through again, get your tax payer money's worth. Finally, on the other side of the street, on a building across from the one with all the FBI men, we see a familiar FBI agent, and really the only one I care about in this movie (besides her partner). About time too. It's Scully! And she's on her cell talking to Mulder! Aine totally calls it when she says they're cell phone flirting. He asks where she is and she says she's on the roof. That's pretty obvious. He asks if she found anything and when she responds in an annoyed tone that she did not, Mulder asks what's wrong. Scully proceeds to tell him that she climbed up 12 flights of stairs, she's hot and thirsty, plus she doesn't know why he has her checking out that rooftop when the bomb threat was called into the building with the other FBI agents on it. We all know Mulder just wanted some alone time with her. She starts ranting about the nature of terrorism and how they're wasting time on that roof. He doesn't respond for a long time so when she calls his name over the phone, of course he decides it'd be fun to sneak up behind her and say "Boom". She should've thrown her big 90s cell phone at his head. Mulder starts talking about playing hunches and anticipating the unforeseen as he pops a sunflower seed into his mouth (me and Aine were totally that seed in another life!), then pauses before asking Scully why they're up on the roof since it's hotter than hell up there. Okay, now she should throw the phone at his head. Scully thinks Mulder is bored since they closed down the X-Files (I thought they just burned the office down. Now they closed it up too?) and Mulder wonders if they could call in a bomb threat to Houston so they could get some free beer at the Astrodome. It's like talking to a child with this one... a tall, smart, foxy child. That's why she enjoys being his baby-sitter so much. Well, that and the occasional teasing she gets to do back. Scully grabs the rooftop door handle to open it but it looks like it's locked. Scully sighs, "So much for anticipating the unforeseen" and when Mulder tries to open the door, it does so easily and Scully grins. See? She's giving as good as she takes. She says she had him and he gives her this a screen-lunging, Aine swooning grin before replying 'No way'. She's all, 'Yeah way' and he's all 'I saw you jiggle the handle!' They can both be so adorably childish when they want to be. The two get to the bottom, still playfully arguing about whether Scully got him or not. (Why did they take the stairs instead of the elevator? Bad memories from that technologically haunted elevator in season 1?) Scully recognized Mulder's panic face and he says he never panicked in front of her, then proceeds to show her his "panic face". He makes a regular blank face. I like to think that's a subtle jab at those of us who like to make fun of his "monotone voice" (which I absolutely adore and I believe he can really emote when he has to). Scully claims that she did see that face and Mulder is all too happy to continue arguing and stave off his lack of X-Files boredom. Scully tells him to buy her a soda. His choice. I think it's telling that she lets him choose her drink for her.

Mulder passes a man exiting the vending machine room, and he puts, I think, two coins in the soda machine. How I miss the cheaper prices in the 90s! He pushes the top button, I think it's a Coke or something but he gets nothing. Then he pushes another button and soon pushes all the buttons but still gets nothing. He does what any red blooded American male would do in this situation: he whacks the machine then shakes it up for eating his money. When he checks behind the machine, he sees it's unplugged. But the light in the drink machine is still on. Uh oh. He calls Scully and tells her he found the bomb. Scully mentally rolls her eyes, not believing him. She won't be getting tricked after she got him on the roof. Mulder tells her he's in the vending room then he starts pounding on the door. She walks over and hears him then tries to open the door but it doesn't budge. She still thinks it's a trick and Mulder says the bomb is in the soda machine with about fourteen minutes left until it blows. One last laugh and a hope he's pulling her leg before we see the bomb in the machine and Mulder counting down the seconds to Scully. She looks at the doorknob and sees the key hole is sealed up. She finally realizes Mulder isn't kidding and tells him she's going to get him out. She goes to the security guard in the lobby and tells him to evacuate the building in ten minutes and call the fire department to clear the area around the building within a one mile radius. Take charge Scully is awesome. She calls someone on her phone and informs them the FBI agents have the wrong building. Now we've got a bunch of cops and firefighters in front of the correct building and SAC Michaud, the agent in charge of the operation, meets with Scully to find out where the bomb is. Mulder's in the vending machine room sitting in front of the soda machine and he nearly falls off in alarm when his cell phone rings. He sighs then answers it, telling Scully he's making his panic face. I think that's more than just a panic face. It's a "Holy crap please don't let me die!" face. Scully orders him to move away from the door and some FBI agents use a torch to cut through the door then kick it open. SAC Michaud identifies the bomb in the machine and tells everyone to clear the area. The guys who kicked in the door leave but Mulder and Scully linger for God knows what reason. Mulder thinks someone should stay with him while he defuses the bomb but SAC Michaud reiterates that they get the hell out of the building and Scully makes sure he can defuse it before she leaves. Mulder hesitates but follows her out. People are running out of the building but SAC Michaud doesn't move an inch as he sits in front of the bomb. Is he going to defuse it telepathically? When Mulder and Scully run out of the building, Mulder's "something's not right" senses are tingling and he looks back but Scully grabs his arm and yells there's no time so he should get his sweet ass in the car before she drags it over there herself. He's tempted to see if she follows through on that promise I'm sure, but deciding to play it safe, he and Scully get into the waiting police car. While SAC Michaud buries his head in his hands, looking like he's not going to disarm the bomb with his mind, the police car drives and Mulder and Scully turn their heads in time to see the bomb explode and send their car flying (worth noting that Mulder grabs Scully's head and yells for her to get down while the loud explosion rocks the greater metropolitan area). They nearly do a back flip but luckily they survive. Mulder and Scully get out of the car slowly after the blast subsides and they see the crumbling building, the burning wreckage, and hear the sirens and car alarms. Mulder says Scully's buying next time. Heh. If she ever finds herself in a similar situation you can bet Mulder would be even more panicked than he was in the vending machine room.

Now we're at the FBI Headquarters in D.C. Our favorite scientific agent is in front of a review board where, among many serious looking FBI suits, we see Skinner on the panel. Yay Skinner! The woman in charge of the hearing (represent the women in power, ma'am!) is giving a speech on how the Attorney General is eager to place blame for the terrorist acts that cost them loss of life and property. Yeah, no need to tell me this; I'm from NYC and I've been through 9/11, thank you very much. But they don't know that since this movie was aired in the 90s. Mulder decides to waltz into the meeting at that moment and the woman in charge, who I may as well say is named AD Cassidy (there's more than one Assistant Director, it seems), tries to continue with her speech, saying that Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Michaud, three firemen and one little boy died in the explosion. Mulder interrupts to ask if the firemen and the boy were found inside the building and AD Cassidy gives him a school marm glare before chastising on his lateness and ordering him to wait on the hall. Mulder tries to argue that they were told the building was clear but AD Cassidy just orders him out. He looks at Skinner and Scully before sorta stomping out like a petulant little boy who can only be comforted by sunflower seeds. Hope he doesn't get the nice FBI hallway all dirty with his sunflower seed shells. Skinner meets Mulder out in the hall to tell him that they're asking Scully why she was in the wrong building. Mulder says she was with him and Skinner says that they're basically trying to blame them for the damage that could've been prevented. What the hell? They're the ones who found the bomb. If they weren't in the "wrong building" then more lives would've been lost! I sense a flimsy reason to separate the two and forever have the X-Files shut down. Mulder is quick to take the blame for everything, telling him they should leave Scully out of this. As luck would have it, Skinner says Scully is inside doing the same thing; taking all the blame on herself. Awww, so sweet. Mulder keeps saying it's his fault and lists off all the reasons but Skinner lists him Scully's reasons and the two stand when Scully is out of the room and in the hallway. She walks over to them, telling Skinner they're asking for him. When Skinner leaves, Mulder tells her she doesn't have to protect him and she says she just told them the truth. He doesn't want to let them divide him and Scully but she's got news for him: she's got a meeting in two days regarding her reassignment and when he says that they're the ones who paired them up in the first place, she brings up the fact that she was initially paired up with him to invalidate his work. Mulder sulks that it's all about him and they're taking away Scully to hurt him but hello? She's also going to be hurt by losing her favorite paranoid partner! So much so that she tells him she'd rather quit than get reassigned. She thinks he should ask himself if his heart is in it too. Skinner spares him from responding as he tells Mulder it's his turn in front of the proverbial firing squad. Scully tells him he's sorry and he just walks off. Scully stops him and gives him his jacket, then sadly wishes him good luck. He still says nothing as he walks into the review board room and Scully waits for a bit, unsure of what to do before leaving the building.

We're at a bar where our favorite paranoid agent is getting drunk. A female bartender is serving him another shot glass while saying he probably exceeded his minimum daily requirement of alcohol. Listen bartender lady, no one goes to a bar alone to take in the "minimum amount" of alcohol. They go there to get good and drunk. And when they're alone it's safe to assume they're either depressed, horny, or both. She asks him if he's had a "poopy day". Yes, extremely. Mulder points two fingers at her like, I think, he may have been trying to channel Elvis but is too drunk to pull it off. Then he makes a gesture for another drink. She serves him another one and he notices a grey haired man from across the bar giving him the eye. Don't be getting any ideas, slash fangirls! The bartender asks him what he does and it's time to summarize his persona and his work for the audience members who've never seen an episode of the X-Files before: Mulder is the key figure in an on-going government plot to conceal the truth about the existence of extraterrestrials and no one believes him. He's an annoyance to his superiors, a joke to his peers and they call him Spooky Mulder. I miss that nickname. It's been ages since I've heard it and I resolve to call him that more often after this movie. Mulder says his sister was abducted by aliens and that he's like Chicken Little shouting about the sky falling. He also says the 'S' word. The word that the perky bartender lady could've used instead of "poopy". I'm a bit surprised to actually hear him say it, and in fact he says it two more times in this movie. Hooray for less censorship on the big screen but I can't say the word because would censor it! The irony is delicious. Just as well. Even if this site didn't censor it, I wouldn't say/type it. The bartender lady takes Spooky's drinks away and says 86 is his lucky number (he drank 86 drinks!? ...No wait, maybe that's the cost of all the drinks he put away. If so, that's expensive). Mulder gives her some money and says that 1 is the loneliest number. Aww, he totally misses his Scully. Mulder looks over and notices the grey haired man is not there anymore. Then he gets up to find a bathroom. The men's room is out of order and when he tries the ladies' room he gets a "Hello" so he apologizes quickly and realizes he must improvise.

Out in the alley of the bar and we hear the sounds of a drunken Spooky relieving himself against a wall with an Independence Day movie poster on it. Classy *and* subtle. The grey haired man from the bar steps out and accuses Mulder of "standing around, holding [his] yank while bombs are exploding." His yank? Heh. Mulder wants to know if he's supposed to know this man but the man says no, he does know Mulder, however. He's been watching him since he before he was an FBI agent. Mulder just turns back to focus on his yank in hand but the man doesn't leave. When Mulder asks why he stepped out, the man walks over and also starts relieving himself against the same wall! Oh geez. Aine and I are glad we're both girls. Mulder decides it's time to get back inside and the man introduces himself as Dr. Alvin Kurtzweil, an old friend of Mulder's late father. Mulder walks inside the bar and Dr. Kurtzweil quickly zips up his fly and follows Mulder inside. Mulder grabs his coat and asks the doctor how he found him. Dr. Kurtzweil knows that Mulder likes to go to that bar occasionally and I suppose word got around regarding what happened at the Dallas building plus the partner break-up so it was safe to assume he'd be getting hammered tonight. Mulder gives Dr. Kurtzweil (OBGYN) about as much time as it takes him to hail a cab to tell him whatever it is he wants to say. Dr. Kurtzweil tells Mulder that SAC Michaud never tried to defuse the bomb in Dallas and that building was chosen to house the bomb because FEMA had a quarantine office in there which had the three firefighters and the little boy who were already dead before the bomb even went off. That's right, the building was blown up to hide the bodies and something more. A cab pulls up beside Mulder and he turns to Dr. Kurtzweil and tells him he's full of... "it". Just add 'S' 'H' in front of "it". (Second time Mulder says it.) So he tells the cab to take him to Arlington and Mulder thinks for a while. We can be sure that he's thinking of two things: what Dr. Kurtzweil told him, and what Scully told him. He tells the cab to nix the Arlington route; he wants to go to Georgetown. That's where Scully lives! How many fics have started with a Drunken Pensive Mulder going to pay Scully a late night visit? I'm guessing alot.

Scully is wide awake in her room, tossing a bit in her bed and just staring up at her ceiling looking sad. No one likes a partner break-up, especially when you're as close as these two. She hears someone knocking loudly at her door and gets up to answer. It's Mulder, who asks in an apologetic tone if he woke her. She says no and he asks why, since it's 3 am. She asks if he's drunk and he stumbles that he was until about 20 minutes ago. Scully sounds skeptical (of course) as she asks if it was before or after he decided to pay her a late night visit. He wonders what she's implying. Mulder, what do you think she's implying? Don't make me repeat my depressed/horny spiel from earlier. She tells him to go home. He tells her to get dressed. Hey, he didn't say the 'un' part in 'dressed'. Scully is confused but Mulder insist she get dressed so he can whisk her away somewhere that is not romantic or even sleazy. He'll explain on the way.

In North Texas we see two helicopters fly across the night sky while tanker trucks and tractors drive over the ground below. There are three white tent domes below them and the helicopters land nearby. A familiar man gets out of one of the helicopters, walks a few paces towards the white tent domes, then stops and lights up a cigarette. That's right! It's Cigarette Smoking Man (CSM)! Inside a tent dome we see several men and computers fussing around, hauling important equipment and generally doing technological stuff. They've placed a ladder and metal enclosing in the hole where the boy and the firefighters were found. A man in a biohazard suit is climbing up the ladder to greet CSM. It's Bronschweig, the cryptic man who screwed over the fire chief earlier. CSM asks what they've got to show him. The two shady men biohazard suit up and get into the hole where we find out the temperature is set to freezing to control "the development". They think heat makes "it" gestate faster. The two walk down some stairs and through a door all of which was installed in the hole presumably to add to the dramatic atmosphere. Behind curtain number one is: a really decomposed gooey body. CSM says the man is still alive and Bronschweig replies that the man may be technically/biologically alive but there's an organism in him using his life energy and eating him from the inside out so he's not due to survive much longer. CSM is rather shocked. Must be pretty big to shock Mr. "I've Seen Presidents Die". CSM wants them to try their vaccine on it and if it doesn't work, Bronschweig must burn the body and the organism like the others. Ah, there's the calm and ruthless CSM I know.

We're now at the Bethesda Naval Hospital where Mulder and Scully are in FBI agent mode and walking down the hall. Okay then; how many fics have ended with a Drunken Pensive Mulder taking Scully to a Maryland Naval Hospital to investigate the claims of an OBGYN? I'm guessing not many. They are stopped by a young man in uniform who serves as a security guard. Mulder says they're going to the morgue but the young cadet says that area is off limits to anyone who isn't authorized. Mulder wants to know who says it's off limits and the young cadet gives a general's name that Mulder pretends to know, saying the general requested them. Way to think on your feet, Spooky. After some back and forth where Mulder lies easily and says something like "we don't have time to dick around" to a flustered cadet, they finally get past and head to the morgue. Nice one! Mulder suspiciously ponders why the morgue is suddenly off limits before the two get to the morgue. All the bodies are wrapped up in sheets and he finds one of the firemen thanks to a toe tag. Mulder starts to untie the sheet to find cause of death and Scully mentally rolls her eyes as she guesses he died in the bomb blast. When Mulder finally pulls back the sheet, the two see a gooey body not unlike the one CSM and Bronschweig had in the hole. Mulder has the courtesy not to sound smug as he asks if she doesn't want to rethink her 'cause of death' suggestion. Scully is surprised, noting the body's tissue underwent some kind of cellular breakdown and she gets into doctor mode as she snaps on the latex (heh). She also notices that there is no Y-incision therefore no autopsy performed on the man. The two wheel the body into an autopsy lab area and Scully wants to know why Mulder wasn't as surprised to find the autopsy results on the body were false. Oh Scully, after all these years working with him you should know he's got his theories way before you do. She guesses it's part of a cover up but Mulder doesn't know what exactly is being covered up. As Mulder leaves the autopsy area, Scully tells him that there's a good chance they'll be discovered in there. Wrong, there's a good chance that she'll be discovered in there because Mulder is out of there. Movie Myth-Arc Split-Up!

Mulder takes a cab to Dupont Circle in Washington where a certain OBGYN informant lives. The apartment is also being visited by cops. Officers are ransacking the doctor's office while Mulder glances at some gynecologist magazines. I didn't know there were magazines devoted to that area of study. Well, not in the 90s at least. A detective asks what Mulder is there for and he flashes his FBI badge. The detective calls to his fellow officers that the feds are looking for the doctor too, before he turns to Mulder and explains they found out the doctor was selling naked pictures of little kids on his computer. Mulder, who was looking at some outer space conspiracy titled books written by the doctor, looks up in surprise. In turn, the detective wonder if Mulder didn't know about that, then why was he looking for the doctor? Mulder cracks that he had an appointment for a pelvic exam. One Mississippi, Two Mississippi, and... Mulder smiles slightly as the detective finally gets the joke. Heh. Mulder leaves the place and spots Kurtzweil behind an apartment building, in an alley and gesturing for Mulder to come over. Oh geez, last time the two were alone in an alley... Kurtzweil says the kiddie porn has been planted in his apartment because someone knows he's talking to Mulder and they want to discredit him. Mulder asks why they would want to do that and Kurtzweil says he's too dangerous. He knows "too much about the truth". Mulder refers to Kurtzweil's apocalyptic books and refers to it as garbage which is surprising because I would think his books would be right up Mulder's alley. Oh how he's grown. Sort of. He's still not above the often inappropriate sarcasm and overwhelming tendencies to annoy/prod Scully just to see what would happen. Mulder starts to leave but Kurtzweil mentions the Dallas thing, saying he was right about it. Mulder wants to know how he knew about the Dallas thing and Kurtzweil brings up the deadly Hanta Virus which was spread by field mice throughout the southwest. He mentions FEMA's powers to take control if there was a national emergency like when they took charge of the Hanta Virus outbreak. Suffice to say, the little outbreak wasn't so little and wasn't even the Hanta Virus. The two go back further into the alley to avoid being spotted by a police car and Kurtzweil reveals it was actually a plague that has been developed for 50 years to help the secret covert government against a silent war and an impending Armageddon. After a long speech by the paranoid doctor, Mulder scoffs and Kurtzweil tells him to go back to Dallas and dig for his answers before it's too late.

Back at the military morgue, Scully is doing her autopsy, taking out a rib that looks like jelly. Suddenly she hears some footsteps. Took the cadet long enough to figure out Mulder pulled one over on him. The young cadet opens the door to the autopsy room but Scully is no where to be seen. She managed to run into the refrigeration room where a bunch of other bodies are being kept. She takes off her doctor's mask and gloves then cringes when her cell phone goes off. She grabs it and quickly answers. It's Mulder with his impeccable timing and when she answers him he asks why she's whispering. She doesn't say why like she should've and even though she can't talk right now she stays on the line long enough to tell Mulder her findings, learn that Mulder needs her to join him at Dallas for some investigating, and argue that she's too grown up to follow him to the Lone Star state and dig up bones while hopefully making enough time to chug an Astrodome beer. He tries to talk her into coming with him, promising to get her back to DC in time for her hearing but Scully hangs up on him. Mulder says her name twice before slamming down the receiver in the phone booth he's currently in and presumably leaving. Meanwhile Scully isn't out of trouble just yet because the young cadet decided to check out the refrigeration room that Scully was hiding in and... there's no Scully inside. She ducked under a gurney with a body on it and watches as the cadet walks past her, stopping nearby while some gross yellow goo drips down. Scully has to endure so much for her little intelligent, muscular, hot, foxy child.

Looks like Mulder has decided to go digging for clues without Scully. He's at the FBI field office in Dallas where a an agent is telling him there's not much for him to see as anything that was recovered in the explosion was already sent out to Washington. Everything except for some recently found bones discovered a few hours ago, which according to FEMA are nothing more than broken fossils. That's when Scully makes her entrance and Mulder is pretty much thrilled to see her. He tells the agent that he wants Scully to take a look at the bones and the agent goes off to get the fossil bones for them. Mulder wonders what changed her mind. She managed to check out the blood and tissue of the body she autopsied and was stunned to find it had a strange protein code and she realizes it could be hazardous so naturally she wanted to help Mulder discover what it is. The agent comes back with the fossils and after she looks at them under the microscope she gets this shocked expression on her face like I did when I found out some unpleasant news regarding Fowley in a bra. The less I talk about it, the better. Mulder wants to know where the bones were found specifically and the agent points out an area on a a map. Mulder and Scully exchange disbelieving looks.

So children are our future. Nice to see the secret covert government doesn't give a flying leap about the kids who are playing a few feet away from the white tent domes that house weird alien material. Under one of the domes, we see Bronschweig in a bio hazard suit checking on the glass encased stretcher/container. He wants everything to go smoothly when he's down in the hole to test the alien vaccine on the body. He climbs down into the area where he showed CSM the barely alive body earlier, but much to his horror-movie shock, the body is open and the creature inside is gone. The alien has hatched from it's host. Some Alien/Predator style fighting is about to go down. Bronschweig looks around for the escaped creature and of course takes off his helmet to get a better view. He should take off the entire bio suit and wrap himself in bacon with a giant "Attack Me" sign hanging from his neck. He yells at the men above him that the creature is gone. They are shocked too. He says he thinks it gestated as he climbs up the ladder then pauses when he hears a noise, announcing that he sees the alien. You know what I hear? The last few minutes of his life ticking by. And you know what I see? Alien chow. Nice knowing you, dude. Bronschweig actually takes out the needle and the vaccine and edges closer to the creature. He calls for some help and one of the men runs off as if he's going down to help. He walks and looks a bit, then finally the alien pounces on him. The alien is all evil looking with claws. Nothing like the cool little grey alien dudes with the big eyes. The alien slices off a piece of Bronschweig's face! Then Bronschweig stabs the alien with the vaccine and the alien goes down. Alot of good that will do him in about a minute. Bronschweig rushes to the ladder screaming for help, and one of the men above is wearing a bio hazard suit but he's not going to go down there. Instead he and his colleagues shove a glass cover on top of the hole and seal him underground. Oh gee, who knew secret covert government guys would only be interested in their own health? They throw dirt on top and proceed to bury him alive in that hole. What's worse than being buried alive in a hole with a fallen alien? Being buried alive in a hole with an alien who turns out to not be affected by the vaccine and is really pissed off.

Oh lookie! We're in Merry Olde’ England where little ones frolic and laugh and have oh so much fun. I really hope we don't see or hear about Agent Phoebe "The Town Bicycle" Green. And thank goodness we don't; we actually see a huge fancy mansion of the British member of the Consortium: Sir Prissy Pants! (Or Well Manicured Man if you want to go by the DVD but you must admit it's not that much manlier). Sir Prissy Pants is drinking a spot of tea while fondly watching the young children play in the huge back yard. A servant interrupts him, saying he has a call. "If it's Prince Charles, tell him I'm not home! His big ears creep me out." No, it's CSM with bad news. There's an evil meeting tonight. They're all chipping in on a couple of pizza pies so Prissy should bring his wallet. Wait, the meeting is in London? Then let's change it to fish and chips, gov'ner. Strughold called the meeting and Sir Prissy Pants looks annoyed. After hanging up, he looks out his window and sees one of the kids is hurt on the grass. There may be some humanity in this man yet, so of course he's going to die. What? Well, he is. He takes his fancy black car with his fancy servant and enters the fancy meeting to see he's the last one to show up. In the fancy library, we see most, if not all, the members of the secret covert government, aka The Consortium, aka The Syndicate, aka A Bunch of Old White Men With Waaaay Too Much Free Time On Their Hands. Since they have nothing better to do then obsess over those who are a pain in their side, no matter how slight, they have been watching Mulder and Scully on a video surveillance camera from where they entered the morgue. (I like to think they have their own betting pool going as to how long it takes before the two agents give in and do the Horizontal Slip n' Slide. You know CSM has the technology to spy on them virtually everywhere.) The video is paused as Strughold want to know why he's late since he lives the closest to the meeting place, presumably. The Prissy man says his grandson broke his leg but none of them care so they get down to business. He learns that "the virus" has mutated into a new kind of alien which will surely ruin their selfish plans for colonization survival. Sir Prissy Pants puts on his Pissy Pants as he yells that their work is ruined and they've been used by the aliens all along. When he finds out they're planning to try and make a deal with the evil aliens, possibly to buy more time to work on a vaccine, Sir Pissy wonders why he even showed up since they already decided on what to do about this unforeseen development. Fish and chips, sir? CSM tells them about Mulder's discovery and his OBGYN informant. CSM thinks they should get rid of the informant and Strughold wants Mulder to be eliminated as well but you know the deal: they can't kill him or his work will become a crusade. Strughold's new plan is to take away what Mulder holds most valuable. "That with which he can't live without." Oh yes. Shippy confirmation as the scene immediately after those words shows Scully! I'm happy at what he implies, yet also dreading what he's going to do to her. I am confused, ship wise. I am shipfused.

So yeah, this scene starts with she who is most valuable to Mulder looking around at the large Texas desert and saying that there's no evidence of an archeological site where the fossil bones may have come from. He who cannot live without Scully says that they're right where the agent said the bones were found, then he asks her if the bones she examined had the virus from the fireman she autopsied. Yes they did. Mulder's eye is drawn to a playground in a green field in the middle of the dry Texan heat. He lifts up the grass and realizes the sod has been laid down recently, plus the playground equipment looks new. They look around before seeing Three Kids on Bike Man! (MST3K reference ) Actually, it's the three kids from near the beginning of the movie, Dead Stevie's friends. Mulder and Scully walk over to them and ask if they've seen any suspicious digging around where the new playground is. One of the kids says they were told not to talk about it and Mulder thinks whoever said that figured they could bribe the kids with new bikes and the spiffy new playground. Bribery over assassination? Well why not. Scully thinks they should start talking and tells them they're FBI. The kids don't believe them, one of them saying Mulder and Scully look more like door to door salesmen. Heh. If they must know, they're door to door salesmen by day and crime fighting FBI agents by night. Mulder shows off his badge as proof and the kid immediately starts talking. They say the men left about an hour ago then point out the direction in which they left.

Mulder and Scully are driving along and talking about what archeologists may be using unmarked tanker trucks for. Scully doesn't know and she checks out the map while Mulder continues driving. They come to a fork in the road and Mulder wants to know which way to go. Either path they take, they'll be driving for miles with nothing but cacti and the errant beer can on the side of the road. He asks for Scully's opinion and she puts down the map thinking that if they choose wrong they'll be kinda screwed. Mulder thinks they should go left so of course Scully thinks they should go right. They can be so much like an amusing, bickering married couple when they try to be. Mulder carefully weighs both options and decides on a compromise by just driving straight ahead into the desert. He tells Scully that they've been together for five years and asks how many times he's been wrong. Well that Spooky leap to conclusions intuition does make him right most of the time on cases but there are so many other ways in which one can be wrong. Scully rolls her eyes and sort of makes a face at him. Mulder amends, saying he's never been wrong driving, at least. He drives and drives for hours on end until it's night time and the car stops at a fenced off dead end. Scully is not pleased. She gets out of the car and gives him her patented icy glare. Mulder gets out shortly afterward and shrugs that he was right about the bomb. Scully gets warmed up for a long rant as she says she has to be in D.C in a few hours for the most important meeting of her career and she's busy chasing phantom trucks in the middle of the desert while they both suffer from sexual frustration because they're too chicken to make a move. I may have added a bit to Scully's rant. Mulder is looking at the map trying to reason with Ranting Scully. He lets it slip that he thinks the trucks are hauling the weird virus that she found in the fossil bones and body. Scully is surprised and asks what he means by that. He stalls before finally admitting, with a sheepish look, that he believes the virus may be extraterrestrial. Scully looks about ready to really skepticize her rant when the two hear a train. Mulder walks towards the tracks and Scully is confused by his intrigue. The two see white, unmarked tanker trucks on the train freight cars. The two share a look before scrambling to their car and chasing after the train. Eventually they stop the car and notice something. They walk out and see two white domes shining down below the hill our agents are standing on, and the domes are surrounded by a huge cornfield. They make their way down their and walk into the cornfield. Don't they know that people can get lost in those things? Especially when it's the middle of the night and in a suspicious middle of nowhere area? When Scully wonders why the corn is being grown in a suspicious middle of nowhere area, Mulder points out that the domes look like giant Jiffy Pop poppers. Well actually to me they look more like a pair of women's... you know what, never mind what I thought they looked like. (Aine is amused I won't say they look like boobs... and now I said it. ) They get to the huge white domes and Mulder opens a door, releasing a blast of air from inside. Inside they close the door, more fans come on, and walk into a huge white metal hangar-like area. There are fans and slats in the ceiling and walls and it's all pretty cool, both figuratively and literally. Scully realizes the temperature is being regulated in this structural venting system and Mulder stops asking if she hears something. She says she hears humming, thinking it could be electrical. Mulder leans down to put one ear over a grid/vent and thinks maybe but then again maybe not. The two look up at the roof of the huge place and when the flap/vents on the ceiling open up Mulder suggests they run for their lives. The vents on the floor also open up and we see hundreds, maybe thousands, of bees being released! Aaaaahhh! Mulder and Scully run from certain swarming death while trying to tug their jackets to protect their vulnerable heads. Mulder, with his long legs and experience at running for his life, is way ahead of Scully and her little feet (thanks, Aine). When he turns around to call for her, she yells that she can't see. Mulder runs back and grabs her hand, running to the entrance. They stamp around, trying to shake any bees loose before getting outside and checking if they got stung. They did not, lucky for them. Why don't you guys celebrate by doing it in a cornfield? Or maybe not since they've been discovered by a bright light. The aliens have extraterrestrial back up! No wait, it's black helicopters. That's not any better. Mulder and Scully run into the cornfield to escape and with all the high speed chasing and action and running and blinding helicopter lights, our favorite duo get separated. Scully crouched down at one point while Mulder kept running. He's good at pumping his legs and she's good at squatting down. Heh. Mulder soon realizes he lost her and starts calling out her name like fifty times, each time longer and louder than the last. Scully hears him on his thirtieth "Scuuuullllyyy!" and calls out his name. The two play a rousing game of "Scully!" "Mulder!" ala the 'Marco Polo' game. He runs around looking for her and she runs around looking for him. The two eventually make it out of the cornfield and rush over to each other. No time for "thank goodness your safe" hugs because they gotta get out of there. The two run to their car but then Scully realizes the helicopters are gone. No time to figure that out either so Mulder nudges her shoulder and pushes her towards the hill, away from the weird corn and bee domes.

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A certain FBI agent is late for her Professional Review meeting with AD Cassidy and the others FBI suits on the pane. Skinner is out in the hallway waiting for her and Scully finally arrives, quickly fixing herself up in the mirror and wearing what I think is the same suit she had on from the cornfields. Skinner tells the rest of the panel that Scully just arrived and he opens the door for her. Scully apologizes for the wait but says she has new evidence and pulls out the fossilized bones from Dallas. AD Cassidy is surprised Scully went back to Dallas and while her meeting goes on, we cut to Mulder at the bar known as Casey's Bar. He's looking for his informant, Kurtzweil, and spots him at a booth. He tells him he found the tanker trucks and some kind of virus which is very surprising news to Kurtzweil. Back to Scully's meeting, she tells the panel that SAC Michaud may have been involved somehow in the bombing and AD Cassidy admonishes her for her serious allegations. Back with Mulder in the bar, Kurtzweil is pumping him for more information which Mulder gives gladly: the bees, the corn, the helicopters. He's still surprised by all this. You'd think a man with all his info would've known about those experiments. Once again we're back with Scully who is explaining that she's in the process of gathering completely conclusive evidence to all her charges. Scully should've changed her suit because it turns out a lone, evil bee has been hiding under her coat collar ready to piss of a million shippers in about four and a half minutes. AD Cassidy wants to know who's working with her to help collect the evidence. Oh right. Scully almost forgot that they have a grudge against Mulder. She must admit that her partner has been working with her and Mulder is none the wiser as he asks Kurtzweil about the bee/corn project in the bar. Kurtzweil doesn't seem to know, asking what Mulder thinks about it and Mulder guesses the corn crops are engineered to carry the alien virus. So what would be the carriers, hmm? I think you all know. Kurtzweil says that would be his guess before getting up and leaving a surprised Mulder. Looks like his informant isn't as in the know as he thought. Mulder thinks he's been lying about his knowledge, about knowing his late father, all to use him and get information for his books. I guess gynecology doesn't pay like it used to. Kurtzweil tells Mulder to keep it down then goes to "their alley" with Mulder on his heels. Kurtzweil says the 'S' 'H' word now as he declares he led Mulder to find those answers and he's putting his ass on the line for him. Mulder responds that Kurtzweil wasn't the one chased down in Texas by the helicopters. Not to mention the bees. He'll never wear tacky yellow and black ties again. Kurtzweil says that those men aren't the type to make mistakes so while Mulder may have been let go on purpose, Kurtzweil is expendable and more fearful for his life. He leaves Mulder in the alley and Mulder hears footsteps. He looks up at the fire escape and sees a suspicious old man who may be one of those Old White Men With Waaaay Too Much Free Time On Their Hands. The man leaves and after a while so does Mulder. He needs to do some thinking in his apartment.

It's the scene which leads up to one of the best scenes in the whole movie! So Mulder checks a desk drawer in his apartment and finds a family photo with a young Kurtzweil and Bill Mulder. It looks like he was telling the truth about being friends with his father. Mulder is too stunned to say much and here comes more bad news. Scully knocks on his door before letting herself in. She looks miserable and she tells him about the transfer. Mulder turns away and looks like he can't handle anymore shocking revelations. Oh by the way, did she fail to mention she is carrying Krycek's love child? Heh. Scully says she's quitting and Mulder says she can't do that to him. She says she can and she has and he's lucky she managed to muster enough courage to tell him the news in person. She should've mustered the courage to tell him something else. He turns to her and exclaims they're on the verge of something huge but Scully corrects him, saying he's on the verge. Mulder walks over and wants to know how she can just walk away after all she's seen, then tells her he needs her. She doesn't think he does, saying all she's ever done is hold him back, then she says her goodbye and leaves his apartment. Oh the raw emotion of it all! Mulder is hurt and upset but not enough to just let her walk away. He follows her out into The Shippy Hallway. He tells her she's wrong and she stops to face him, reminding him that she was originally sent to debunk his work and shut him down but, damn it Scully, you saved him! Mulder tells her exactly that: her strict rationalism and science have saved him many times and she's kept him honest. He says he owes her everything and she owes him nothing. Oh God, Mulder... my heart is swelling at this declaration and five years of intermittent jackassery is all forgiven! Scully is tearing up at his words, unable to keep up her pro facade. Mulder is all soft words as he says that he doesn't think he can do it all alone. He needs her, and if he quits, "they" win. She wraps her arms around him and he wraps his arms around her. Tears fall as she takes his forehead and lays a soft kiss on it... Oh my goodness, shippy overload!
Okay, I'm good, I'm good. The music as they draw closer is perfect and They ALMOST TOUCH LIPS but then the evil bee of ship-ruining moments stings her and she turns away in pain! Could that bee have picked a worst possible time to strike!?! (Alright, if I gave this some "serious" thought I suppose if it struck when they were doing the Bump n' Probe... Yeah, I guess that would be a slightly worst time to sting her but I'm still shipper-angry). Where's my bug spray!? Where's my torch!? Where's the S.O.B who decided to release the bees in the dome!?! I'm going to get you, Strughold!!! So after Mulder carefully lays Scully down on The Shippy Hallway floor, he rushes to his room to call 911. Some paramedics arrive to haul Scully out on a gurney, asking if she can breath and checking her vitals. Mulder follows them as they get her in the ambulance, explaining what happened and mentioning her possible virus exposure before asking where she's being taken. They don't answer so he goes to the ambulance driver and asks. The ambulance driver gives him a cool, blank look then pulls out a gun and shoots Mulder point blank! Thank goodness there's another ambulance, likely the real ambulance, pulling up to his place. We see that the fake ambulance attendants drive to a waiting plane and haul a glass encased stretcher/container with Scully inside to the plane. CSM is inside smoking all evilly before everything fades to black.

We hear some familiar voices. If you're an X-Phile, you'd recognize them as the Lone Gunmen! Our favorite geeky paranoid trio and friends to Mulder. I'm just glad they had a cameo in the movie, even if it was brief. Frohike and Langly argue about Mulder's chart and sensible Byers says that Mulder appears to be regaining consciousness as we get a groggy Mulder POV of the three concerned Gunmen. Mulder looks no more beat up than usual. How does one survive a bullet at point blank range? He identifies them as the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and... Toto. Hah. Poor short Frohike, seen as more of a little dog than a Tin Man. When Mulder tries to sit up he winces since he's in pain. He asks where he is and the Lone Gunmen explain that bullet just barely grazed his head and he's been unconscious since he was brought into the hospital. Ah, Mulder luck at work. Mulder sits up quickly and asks where Scully is. Byers thinks his 911 call got intercepted by the Consortium Syndicate who sent the fake ambulance. Frohike managed to save the bee that stung Scully in a vial. Flush that sucker down to bee hell! Mulder needs to find Scully despite his glaring head wound and probably being pumped with enough sedatives to bring down a moose. Skinner enters just in time to see Mulder staggering around trying to get out and save Scully. He tells him he's not going anywhere, and suggests Mulder tell him where Scully is so Skinner can find her. No way, man. Mulder's the only one who's going to get to Scully and he knows how to get information on her whereabouts. Skinner says he's being guarded so the hospital won't let him leave. Well Mulder is getting out of there by any means necessary – no critical head wound or armed guard is going to stop him from finding his woman! First, they'll need to strip Byers naked. Nice! Of the three Gunmen, he'd be my first choice to see naked... if I actually had the courage to look for more than a second before turning red and covering my eyes like a little pansy. Mulder plans to sneak out of the hospital dressed as Byers. He actually succeeds and the guard looks in the room to see Byers facing away from him wearing Mulder's head bandage while Skinner paces in front of him to make it more believable. So we get some cursing in this movie but no shirtless Byers? Well that's no fun for other Byers fangirls (I'm sure it's not just me!) Mulder calls someone on his cell phone as Frohike and Langly open and close a side exit door for him and that's about it for the Lone Gunmen cameo. Very nice cameo.

Now Mulder is running down the street, his head undoubtedly better since he's too busy thinking about Scully to worry about it. He takes off Byers' jacket and tosses it aside, making some bum's day. I hope that jacket wasn't too expensive. In a familiar alley, where Kurtzweil is walking around looking on edge. He opens the bar door and sees Sir Prissy Pants! And here I thought he was too uptight to visit a little hole-in-the-wall bar like that one. Kurtzweil backs away when Prissy ID's him but he doesn't get far because a black car drives over to block him in. He's trapped in the alley. Mulder manages to get to Casey's Bar and looks for Kurtzweil. When he goes out to the alley he sees Sir Prissy Pants and his driver slamming down the trunk of the black car. Mulder asks where Kurtzweil is. Why don't you take a wild guess, Mulder? Sir Prissy Pants is actually willing to tell Mulder where Scully is located but first they must take a little ride. You know what they say to little kids about getting into a stranger's van? We should extend that advice to desperate FBI agents and include fancy black cars. Well, if he listened to me he would've never gotten the means to save Scully but still, he should be more careful. The car with Sir Prissy Pants and Mulder takes off and Sir Prissy Pants gives Mulder a pouch containing the vaccine necessary for Scully plus coordinates to her location. She must take it within 96 hours or she won't be cured of the alien virus. I'd say Mulder needs to hustle. Sir Prissy Pants goes on to explain in detail what we pretty much already know: there's an alien virus dormant in the earth which will be used by the aliens who are planning to colonize our planet if they don't find a way to stop it or at least protect themselves from the ever-mutating virus. They didn't realize until the Dallas thing that the Consortium Syndicate was being two-timed and the virus plans to use humans as their hosts. Prissy is telling Mulder all of this because he expects our hero to do something about it and protect the world for Prissy man's children and grandchildren. That's actually quite noble. Mulder wants to stop the car but Prissy won't let him until he informs Mulder that he was ordered to kill him along with Kurtzweil. He only did the job half way and he takes out his gun to shoot... his driver. Blood splatters onto the backseat and hits Mulder. He is shocked. Sir Prissy Pants tells Mulder to "Trust no one". Oh, no fair using my favorite informant's catch phrase to garner my sympathy! He also mentions the title of the movie when he tells Mulder his father had hopes in him; hopes that his Spooky son would rise up and "Fight the future". That's a double whammy on being quotable. Now Mulder and Prissy get out of the car, with Prissy urging Mulder to go find Scully and test the vaccine on her and find all the answers to his questions. Well, maybe just save Scully. Sir Prissy Pants, knowing that he's dead meat after betraying the Consortium Syndicate, gets into his fancy black car which explodes in a huge fiery blast of awesomeness. Aww, Prissy. Nice knowing you. If you're really dead that is... He may pull a CSM and escape or something! No wait, my research (see: Wikipedia) tells me that he dies in the movie. Sucks to be him. Mulder, who was knocked down by the force of the blast, watches the flames in shock before getting up and checking on the vaccine. It's not broken. Time to rescue his skeptical sweetie! Run Mulder! Pump those long paranoid legs!

The X-Files text on the bottom left hand corner tells us we're in Antarctica and it's been 48 hours since our British friend made the ultimate sacrifice. It's as white and snowy as Texas was in 35,000 B.C. You think they may have used the same snowy set? Mulder is driving a sort of snow plow/tractor thing through the pretty winter wonderland and he looks around, possibly wondering if he's lost. It all looks the same, so I hope your "always right when it comes to driving" instincts kick in. He's running low on gas and he checks an electronic device that tells him his coordinates. And now his gas is all gone but Mulder luck has it so he's pretty much right where the British man said he needed to go. Mulder gets out and climbs a snowy hill, any lingering pain he may be feeling from the gunshot should be numbed by the cold icy wind. When he reaches the top, he sees an igloo base in the distance. He whips out some binoculars and sees some more snow vehicles like his parked nearby the building area, one of them taking a little joy ride around the snow. Wheeee! Mulder puts his binoculars away and strides forward, a man on a mission, going faster as he gets closer. His determination to save Scully will not stop him... from falling through some thin ice. Mulder luck is funny like that. He falls through several layers of snowy ice, making several grunting noises on the way down. He's going to have quite the headache in the morning. When he finally stops, he huffs in pain, silently thanks a few deities, and gets on his feet. It doesn't look like he can climb back up easily but he doesn't need to because he sees a hole which leads to a long snowy tunnel with steam coming out of it from the oher side. Mulder wants to know where it leads. The tunnel is at an angle which is like the world's most uncomfortably cold slide. Mulder crawls down and when he reaches the end, which looks like a big pipe, he jumps down onto a weird hallway with ominously lighted ice structures. He walks down, flashlight in hand and stops at one of the ice structures to wipe snow off of it. He discovers a human body inside with something alien inside the body. These ice structures are large icy container pods! Somewhere above the snow, CSM discovers Mulder's snow rig and puffs his cigarette in silent seething. Walking down the hallway Mulder finds himself at a sort of... okay, how the hell do I describe this? This whole scene is going to be hell to describe and this is when a co-recapper would've been awesome to bribe into recapping this part. Let's see... it looks like a he's at a cross juncture which now leads him to this huge, dark, futuristic machinery room. There's thousands, maybe even millions of the icy container pods everywhere and pipes and tubes and technology like you wouldn't believe. He looks down to see some icy container pods on this hanging conveyor belt thing and then sees something down there that makes him want to take a second look. He pulls out his binoculars and sees, I think, the container that was carrying Scully. It's not an icy container pod because those have a sort of different shape and color to them. He needs to get down there and he starts to climb down a makeshift ladder carefully but not carefully enough because he loses his footing and dangles for a few seconds on the ladder that's on another slide tilt. If ever there where an appropriate time to shout a curse word being on the verge of plummeting several yards (maybe miles) down to your death would be as appropriate as you can get. Mulder half falls, half slides down the ladder which leads to a small ledge that he barely grabs onto. He looks down to see his binoculars fall down to certain doom then uses superior upper arm strength and his feet to get to this other ledge where there's more stable ground. He is relieved to have cheated death on the big screen (like twice already, right?) and he walks a bit across this walkway bridge before hopping off a round cylinder entry way that the walkway was on. He falls one or two feet down, sort of ungracefully then makes his way to Scully's glass encased stretcher/container! We know it's Scully's because her clothes, and more importantly her gold cross necklace, is still inside. He grabs the necklace and his determination to find her grows. Knowing that she's naked somewhere in there may be making other parts of him grow as well. Sure there are hundreds upon thousands of icy container pods and precious little time to find her but he's got Scully radar and Mulder luck on his side. Walking down a long hallway of iced over container pods, we see carefully obscured (but implied to be) naked bodies with wide eyes and gaping mouths. They're suspended in liquid inside each icy container pod and the fifth icy container pod Mulder checks out encases the only wide eyed and gaping mouthed test subject he cares about. That's Mulder luck at it's best, people! Mulder bangs on the container pod but gets no where fast so he uses his flashlight which will prove to be equally useless. Above with the snow vehicles, we see what's inside the man made igloos at the base. CSM and some soldiers are running around while CSM orders them to get down below, armed to the nines because they have a breach. Down below, Mulder yanks a metal oxygen tank from the glass encased stretcher/container and uses it to try and break open Scully's icy container pod. And he's actually making headway. CSM is yelling at his soldiers to get down the ladders but Mulder's progress breaks a hole large enough for a ton of liquid, that I don't think is water, to come rushing out. Mulder uses his gloved hands to yank out more pieces of ice and that's when we clearly see this weird tube in her mouth. Her expression remains frozen and Mulder takes out the vaccine and the needle. Having no medical experience with needles but knowing his trust and faith will guide his hand (plus he must've seen Scully do it a hundred times), he injects Scully. The tube in her mouth starts to shrivel and weird dark goop travels out of her body via the tube. I can only assume that was the gestating alien inside her. Eww. He says her name and reaches for the tube in her mouth but falls back when there's some shaking in the large mechanical pod room area. Above in the evil igloos, all the different monitoring equipment seem to be reading one thing: Danger. A man tells CSM that there's a contaminate in the system and CSM realizes Mulder has the vaccine. That's one hell of a vaccine. And the British guy said it was weak? Geez, I'd hate to see what a strong vaccine would do! Steam shoots out of vents in the hallway with our two agents, and Mulder focuses on poor gasping Scully who's showing signs of life. He grabs the tube in her mouth and gives a good pull, taking out a long umbilical cord-esque tube like a clown would pull out a bunch of colorful scarves from someone's ear. I don't know how else to explain it. Just know that the tube is pretty long but he pulls it all out and begs Scully to breathe. She starts to cough up some of the liquid and gasps, trying to breathe. She just barely manages to say she's cold. Being naked in an icy container tends to leave a body chilly. Mulder assures her he's going to get her out of there and grabs his trusty oxygen tank to bust out some more ice. The room above ground is experiencing technical difficulties of the worse kind (sparks shooting everywhere, flashing lights, and a siren blaring) CSM realizes it's time to abandon ship. One of the men ask what happened and CSM merely says it's all gone to hell. That's quite an understatement. When they wonder about the Mulder situation, CSM says he'll never make it out alive. Hah! Foolish CSM underestimating Mulder. Right now, Mulder has finally broken off enough of the container pod to lift a naked Scully out of there. Aww, such a gentleman, that one. But then he may store this image for future use in his photographic memory. Why is it that these two only see each other naked when they're in mortal danger or really sick? He lays her down on the floor to wrap her in his winter jacket and this bit of implied female nudity is all we're gonna see of Scully because now she's wearing some more of Mulder's winter clothes, including some socks I'll assume he kept in his pocket or something. He's carrying her in his arms as he tries for the heroic escape. The two see a long metal wall with an opening at the top and find the makeshift ladder. CSM and his soldiers have abandoned their posts, all of them running and panicking except for Mr. Cool Smoking Man. They drive away in their snow vehicles and CSM looks vaguely surprised and concerned but probably more annoyed than anything. Mulder and Scully are dragging themselves up the metal ladder while the icy container pods are defrosting or something and there's water everywhere. Last time I checked water and machinery don't mix very well. Oh, and something is moving in the container pods. When they finally reach the top of the ladder, Scully's cough has returned and Mulder urges her to keep moving but she can't. Mulder insists he can but decides to take it into his hands, or rather take her into his arms. He has her flung over his shoulders and walks past some more melting icy container pods. They reach the metal pipe where he first slid down from. Mulder tells her to reach up and grab the vent. Oh, so it's a vent and not a pipe slide? No wonder it wasn't so much fun. There's some movement in the container pods and Mulder sees an angry alien creature in the container pod right in front of him. Oh crap, the aliens gestating in their human hosts are hatching! When Mulder repeats for Scully to grab the vent, he gets no response. He checks over and sees she's unconscious. Mulder lays her down and checks her pulse. The aliens inside the container pods are making quite a racket as they try to bust out. See, this is the scene that doesn't seem to get as much discussion as The Shippy Hallway scene. Long before I saw the movie, all I heard when I checked fanfic and fanvids was the cursed bee and the almost kiss in the hallway but I never knew that about this scene where Mulder leans down to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Scully. That kind of counts as a kiss; it's the kiss of life! And it works because Scully is roused from her sleep like a bizarre X-Files version of Sleeping Beauty. Mulder's CPR technique and constant pleading for her to breathe pays off. (Though I subscribe to Aine's theory that Scully was just pretending to be unconscious so they can engage in an all out a tongue war!) Scully coughs alot then starts to say something we can't hear. Mulder puts his ear close to her mouth to listen and we hear Scully weakly say "I had you big time" while giving him a small smile. He smiles back and even manages a tiny laugh – forgetting that she totally won the argument at the most inappropriate time – just glad that she's alive. We need more of this adorable teasing in season 6, people. Mulder helps her stand up and lifts her up the vent, commanding her to pull herself up. The container pods are cracking all around them and they're really cutting it close on their escape. Scully pulls herself into the vent with Mulder close behind. Not close enough however, because one of his legs still dangles down for an escaping alien to grab! Scully stops and calls his name but he just tells her to keep moving forward and kicks himself free. What do you expect from a man with legs strong enough to run, swim and kick doors open on the first try? The two climb up the vent tunnel with Mulder looking behind every so often to check if there are any alien creatures after them. They're closer and closer to the surface; Mulder tells Scully to keep going and she does. They get to the area where Mulder first landed when he fell through the snowy ice layers. An alien tries to make a grab for them but a blast of steam sucks it down or something and it falls back.

They manage to climb out and get up onto the surface, Scully lying down thoroughly exhausted. Too bad the ice beneath them starts to crack. Oh damn. Now our intrepid heroes have to outrun the gaping hole that's ever widening a few feet away from them. Mulder picks up Scully and flings her arm around his shoulder they take a few steps before Mulder stops because curiosity killed the fox and he has to know what's happening. The igloo base behind him is falling into the cracking ice and you two are next, that's what's happening! Run, run, run, as fast as you can, it can't catch him, he's the believer man. Or maybe it can catch him. The ice and snow that's been cracking and caving in catches up to them and our heroes fall! But then something lifts them up and they slide down onto the snow a few feet in front of them. Now *that's* a fun looking slide. Well, until they reach the end and drop the rest of the couple of feet but they land in snow so it's all good. No broken bones, just hypothermia. How did they survive? Have all those years on the X-Files given them some kind of amazing supernatural powers? No, they actually got lifted by... an alien space ship!? Is that what that huge mechanical room was? Wow! The two are near the hole's edge and Mulder sees that huge alien mother ship hovering over his head. His eyes grow wide and he's the most shocked expression I've ever seen on him considering all the shocks he's gone through over the past five seasons. It's a UFO miracle. He has his arms around Scully who's facing the snow in exhaustion but Mulder needs her to look up and see it. The ship is almost gone - Dear God Scully just lift your head about three inches and make him the happiest man on earth, in the non-romantic way! The UFO disappears but Mulder's most adorable grin ever does not. He looks over at his partner, the one who's been through hell and back with him, the one whom he cannot live without and Scully mutters something I can't quite decipher. After re-watching it three times it almost sounds like she said "I saw it". If Mulder thinks the same thing, he can now die a happy man knowing that they saw proof of extraterrestrials, had a kick-ass adventure, and best of all they shared a lip lock. Wait, Mulder, why are you closing your eyes? I don't mean you should die right now! His exhaustion has caught up to him and Scully manages to muster some strength in that weak little body of hers to take Mulder into her arms, hold him close, and bury her head in his hair. You know Scully, I once heard the best way to regenerate body heat was to crawl naked into a sleeping bag with somebody else who’s already naked. And don't give me that sleeping bag rhetoric because I think Mulder's abandoned snow vehicle a few yards away would do nicely. We are left to wonder how they not only survived the freezing cold, but managed to escape and get back to Washington. Perhaps they do have amazing supernatural powers... what else would you call their intense luck and the ability to dodge death at every turn?

Scully is back in front of the DC review panel, still looking a bit bruised and worn from her Antarctic adventure. What a trooper. AD Cassidy is in the middle of a speech that's intercut with conspiracy covering activity. She says her report is incomplete in light of the new evidence she's gotten, the fossil bones in Dallas being the evidence she could be referring to, which is currently being stolen by a mystery man. AD Cassidy says that Scully's version of the events sound too incredible and just plain implausible to report. When Scully asks for her to elaborate, the female AD is happy to do so, mentioning the implausible connection between Texas and Antarctica. Meanwhile, there are new tanker trucks being painted with the sign "Nature's Best Corn Oil". Yeah right. She continues talking about how bees and corn crops don't fall under their terrorism purview, then thinks Scully's ordeal may have affected her in some way while we see soldiers set corn fields ablaze. In short, Scully's testimony is so out there, the AD has no choice but to leave them all out in their final report and basically sweep it under the rug until she gets some actual evidence. Scully gets up and hands her the vial with the cursed evil bee of ship-ruining moments inside. How's that for evidence? Scully makes a vaguely insulting comment towards the panel then exits dramatically. That's why I love her. And some of the FBI suits all turn to look at Skinner to share a look. Yes, he has to deal with her everyday. What of it?

Mulder is sitting by a bench near the Capital's reflecting pool. He's reading the newspaper, specifically the article about the "Hanta virus outbreak" being contained in Texas. I must say, they're very fast in their cover ups. Though what do you expect from a Bunch of Old White Men With Waaaay Too Much Free Time On Their Hands? Scully walks over to him and he hands her the paper, snarking on the "interesting work of fiction" and how they're burying the truth. Scully says she told the FBI panel everything she knew and when Mulder walks off, Scully follows him. He says she's wasting her time but she thinks maybe they can tell their information to some higher ups. Oh Scully. So optimistic. He stops and turns towards her, lamenting how familiar it's been for them. They've been in this helpless position any times before, close to the truth only to end up back where they started with nothing to show for it expect for some bruises and lingering semi-awkward memories. Scully insists it's different this time. Yeah, they're going through it all on the big screen. That's different. Mulder disagrees and thinks Scully was right to leave him and become a doctor. He's raring for a mega guilt trip and says he doesn't want to see her die because of him and his cause. She will have none of that. The tables are turned as she refuses to leave him with the same conviction he refused to let her go in The Shippy Hallway. She wants to continue working by his side and as a doctor, she thinks they're the only ones who can save lives of many people. Ah yes, Mulder had the vaccine but he used it on Scully and doomed all those thousands of people on the alien ship just to save her... totally worth it. She grabs his hands and echoes his words that if she quits, "they" win. He has the barest hint of a smile and the two walk off holding hands which would be a perfect way to end the movie (in my opinion) but we must have the one final scene of ominous evil to let us know it ain't over.

Last scene is in the arid deserts of Tunisia. A familiar black helicopter is flying overhead and an equally familiar Consortium Syndicate member is walking by the cornfield planted there. CSM meets up with Strughold to discuss something very important involving Mulder. Well, that goes without saying - if it's important, it must involve Mulder somehow. CSM says that Mulder has seen way too much but Strughold says he's only seen pieces of their puzzle. We're never going to get straight answers from this series, are we? CSM insists that Mulder is more determined than ever but Strughold says that one man cannot "fight the future" (second use of the movie title). CSM reveals what he got in the mail. The new issue of 'Old Matrons In Their Skivvies' monthly? I think I just made myself gag a little. No, he got a telegram that informs him the X-Files have been re-opened. Way to tie up a few lose ends, Carter. The X-Files are back and our two favorite agents are ready to continue their search for the truth. CSM walks away and we see how huge this new cornfield is in the arid desert. Genetically modified alien virus corn really grows well in those kinds of areas.

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And that's it. Roll credits, listen to the cool sci-fi action music followed by the sweet shippy music and praise the deity of your choice that there was no unpleasantness from the season 5 finale in this movie. I'd like to reiterate my apology to my lovely co-recapper, Aine and I want to thank those who read this super long recap. I hope your eyes aren't ready to roll back from all the reading. Here's hoping the rest of the series is as good... or perhaps being more realistic, here's hoping the second movie is as good as this one!
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Can I be on the Bee Haters List??! Damned bees!

Hestia, LOVE the recap!
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Didn't even realize there was a bee-haters list! Neel is so crafty. I wonder if she'd like to be added. Anyway, I've added those who asked including myself. I hate those little black and yellow pests for so many reasons it's just insane!
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"Hest" just read your cap, it was awesome, and hehe you used the seed line. I apologise for not being online that week, as i said in the ot thread, i wasnt really there...lol, but yeah, you did a fantastic job, and maybe for the next one we can do a cap. Or like one of the shippy eps, your yet to see

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Added all you bee haters! Thanks for the compliments on the long winded recap. I wonder if I should go tell the girls over on the other M/S thread that I did the movie recap already.

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"Hest" just read your cap, it was awesome, and hehe you used the seed line. I apologise for not being online that week, as i said in the ot thread, i wasnt really there...lol, but yeah, you did a fantastic job, and maybe for the next one we can do a cap. Or like one of the shippy eps, your yet to see
Aine! I'll still edit the recap if you have any input for any of the scenes! Seriously. The shippy scenes, maybe?
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OMG, that's a LONG recap and it's 3:45am already, so I'll read it later

A "Bee Haters" list???? YESSSSSSSSSS add me, that DAMN bee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As for the movie. I hated it the first time I watched it because:

1) I had never seen the show before, didn't know the character or anything about that mythology whatsoever, so obviously I didn't understand anything.

2) English is not my native language, I was still studying it and I got a tape without subtitles, so OBVIOUSLY I didn't understand anything

In fact, even after watching the show and having subtitles it still took me some rewatching to understand the movie

I agree with Neel that it seems like a 2h episode, but that's not a bad thing to me, actually
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