Tuesday, 28 June 2011

ABC Wednesday X for X-Files

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A long time ago we used to watch the X-Files with the agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. We were fascinated by their adventures and wouldn't miss an episode. Some months ago I saw a movie of the X-Files again.

The film opens in North Texas, 35,000 BC. Entering a cave, a Neanderthal man stumbles upon what appears to be a large extraterrestrial lifeform. They fight and the caveman wins, stabbing the creature to death, but is infected by black oil. In 1998 small-town Texas, a young boy (Lucas Black) falls down a hole and finds a human skull. As he picks it up, black oil seeps out from the ground and slithers up his body until it reaches his head, causing his eyes to turn black. Firefighters descend into the hole to rescue him but are not seen again. A team of biohazard-suited men arrive on the scene.

Meanwhile, FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) have been assigned to other projects since the closure of the X-Files. They are helping to investigate a bomb threat against a federal building in Dallas, Texas. Mulder scouts out a building across the street from the believed target and discovers the bomb in a vending machine. Special Agent in Charge Michaud stays behind to disarm the bomb as Mulder and Scully evacuate the building. Unknown to the agents, Michaud makes no effort to disarm the bomb, which ultimately detonates.

Returning to Washington, D.C., Mulder and Scully are chastised because four people were still in the building when it exploded. They are scheduled separate hearings at which their job performances will be evaluated. That evening, Mulder encounters a paranoid doctor, Alvin Kurtzweil (Martin Landau), who explains that the four victims were already dead, and that the bomb was allowed to detonate to destroy the evidence of how they died.

Mulder and Scully travel to the crime scene in Texas. On the way they follow a convoy of tanker trucks to a large cornfield surrounding two bright, glowing domes. When they enter the domes, they find them empty, but grates in the floor open up and a thick swarm of bees forces the agents out onto the cornfield. Soon black helicopters appear overhead, chasing them, and the two escape back to Washington.

Upon their return, Mulder unsuccessfully tries to seek help from Kurtzweil, while Scully attends her performance hearing and learns that she is to be transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah. Mulder is devastated to lose Scully as a partner. The two share a tender moment, when Scully is stung by a bee which had lodged itself under her shirt collar. She quickly loses consciousness. Mulder calls for emergency aid but when an ambulance arrives, the driver shoots Mulder in the head and whisks Scully away. Awaking in hospital, Mulder is informed that the bullet only grazed his temple, and leaves with the assistance of the Lone Gunmen. He is accosted by a former adversary, the Well-Manicured Man (John Neville), who gives him Scully's location in Antarctica along with a vaccine to combat the virus that has infected her. The Well-Manicured Man then commits suicide before his betrayal of The Syndicate (a shadow government group working against Mulder and Scully) is discovered.

Mulder travels to Antarctica to save Scully, and discovers a secret underground laboratory run by their enemy the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). Mulder uses the vaccine to revive Scully, disrupting the stable environment of the lab and reviving the cocooned aliens. The lab is destroyed just after Mulder and Scully escape to the surface, when an alien vessel lying dormant beneath it leaves its underground port and launches into the sky. Mulder watches the ship fly directly overhead and disappear into the distance, as Scully regains consciousness.

Some time later, Mulder and Scully attend a hearing where their testimony is ignored, and the evidence covered up. The only remaining proof of their ordeal is the bee that stung Scully, collected by the Lone Gunmen. She hands it over, noting that the FBI does not currently have an investigative unit qualified to pursue the evidence at hand. Later, appalled by the media's cover-up of the incident, Mulder tries to persuade Scully to leave his crusade. She refuses, saying, "If I quit now, they win."

At another crop outpost in Tunisia, the Cigarette Smoking Man hands Strughold a telegram revealing that the X-Files unit has been re-opened

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.We started round 8 of the fascinating meme of ABC. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with X.


Rosey said...

I want to believe. :)
I loved the x files. We still watch them once in a while , my husband bought the entire series on DVD and the most creative shows are the early seasons.
Best choice ever for X.

Arija said...

Wil, you had me totally X-ed in. A fascinating read, so deliciously improbable.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Congratulations on finding an X to blog about Wil - things beginning with X are not easy to come by.

Roger Owen Green said...

I did watch a few episodes of the series, but haven't seen the movie yet.

Good choice!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific choice for the X Day, Wil!! I very rarely watch TV, but do enjoy movies and I'll have to look for this one! Hope your week is off to a good start! Enjoy!

ABC Team

Kay L. Davies said...

Good choice for X day, Wil. I had never heard of X-Files because I didn't watch much TV. Then a friend came to live with me, and she loved X-Files. Before very long, I was watching it regularly, too.

Wanda said...

I never watched the Xfiles, and now after reading your post...I wish I had...guess I'll have to rent the movie.

Arkansas Patti said...

I am with Wanda. Never watched the original series (have no idea why not) but am definitely intrigued.
Nice job on "X".

Joy said...

I used to follow the X files, but never saw the film. Sounds just like a normal week for Mulder and Scully:-)

Paula Scott said...

My husband was TOTALLY addicted to that show. Now, everything seems to be reality TV, so he isn't addicted to any show. Great choice for X!

Hildred and Charles said...

My goodness, I was quite mesmerized by these adventures. I don't watch much TV, and have never seen the X-files, but perhaps I will pay more attention now.

Cloudia said...

Just in general:

Thank you for teaching me about life, Wil-

Aloha from Honolulu

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Kay said...

Good gracious! My husband and I used to watch Scully and Mulder ALL THE TIME! We really miss it now. Thank you for a look back.

Shooting Parrots said...

One of my favourite tv series. Remember, the truth is out there.

And trust no-one!

Kim, USA said...

I haven't watch this movie and it sounds very techy to me. Happy Wednesday!

See it?

Indrani said...

This is a fantastic one, so perfectly fitting for the meme.

Tumblewords: said...

A truly fine review! I've never seen the program...

chubskulit said...

eXcellent choice!

Please come and find out what the Letter X is at my page. Have a lovely day.

helenmac said...

The truth is still out there!
Thanks for reminding me of the many enjoyable hours we spent watching the X-Files!
ABC Wednesday Team

Hattie said...

I can't believe this. I watched that film last night! I was just trolling through some blogs on Kay's (Musings) blogroll.
what a coincidence!