Gethsemane tagline: "Believe The Lie"
Redux tagline: "All Lies Lead To The Truth"
As Scully's cancer goes critical, Mulder helps the uncovering of what could be an extraterrestrial body. Michael Kritschgau, employee of the Department of Defense, reveals that everything Mulder believes is a lie created and perpetuated by the government to cover its experimentations on the unwitting public on biotechnologies. Mulder stages his death as a suicide, using the transfigured body of the man he killed, an employee of the DoD who was doing surveillance on his apartment. Mulder goes undercover in a DoD facility, where he finds a cure for Scully's cancer, while Scully covers for him. The extraterrestrial body was in fact created by the DoD, using the same material Scully was exposed to during her abduction, an abduction that was orchestrated by somebody in the FBI. The Cigarette-Smoking Man approaches Mulder and makes him an offer to quit the FBI and work for him. Mulder refuses and names Section Chief Blevins as the guilty man in the FBI. The Elder has the Cigarette-Smoking Man shot for disagreements with his way of doing things. Scully's cancer goes into remission.
With Fight the Future already scripted and being filmed in the hiatus between seasons 4 and 5, Carter chooses to end the excellent 4th season with a bang. These three episodes offer a complete, utter reversal of everything we were led to believe about the 'Truth' in the last 4 seasons, about the existence of aliens and the governmental conspiracy surrounding their presence. If the truth as we learn it from Michael Kritschgau would have turned out to be the definitive truth in the world of the series, the X-Files would have proven to be a harsh realistic criticism on post-war USA's politics and business -- but Carter would have a lot of explaining to do. The re-reversal back to 'normal' sci-fi will come with 5X14: The Red and the Black later in the season; nevertheless, the Redux trilogy remains as a gem of conspiracy theories and manipulation, a plunge into real-world politics. It is the big twist that Carter allows himself before the final line leading to the film and the major wrapping up of 6X11: Two Fathers/6X12: One Son. In these episodes, the quest for the Truth gains a chivalrous quality, a quest for a Holy Grail that more than ever becomes a very personal journey for our agents.
Wheels within wheels
Central is the theme of manipulation and the personal agendas that clash or fit together, taking Mulder and Scully with them. Arlinsky needed Mulder to authentify and legitimize his discovery of the 'alien' body. The Department of Defense, with Babcock and Ostelhoff, manipulated Arlinsky and Mulder into falling for the hoax of the 'alien' body. Michael Kritschgau brought Mulder up to date into what he believed was the truth, all the while Kritschgau was being blackmailed by the DoD through his son Michael Junior, victim of the Gulf War Syndrome. The CSM manipulated both truths and lies to reach Mulder and offer him his deal. FBI section chief Scott Blevins cooperated with the Syndicate into abducting Scully and was still actively working with them. Alliances and hierarchies are formed in an abysmal game of lies and double-play. As a response, Mulder and Scully decide to take the upper hand and manipulate the FBI and the DoD themselves. Scully tells straight lies to an FBI panel as she covers for Mulder, who infiltrates a DoD facility.
By the way, parts of the video Mulder watches on the possibility of extraterrestrial life and its implications is the video of a NASA symposium held at Boston University on November 20, 1972 titled "Life Beyond Earth and the Mind of Man". Among the speakers are Ashley Montagu, social biologist with holistic views on the development of the human civilization, and Carl Sagan, exobiologist who worked greatly for the popularization of scientific ideas (absolutely see his documentary series "COSMOS" (1980)!).
The sequence where Mulder and Kritschgau walk in the hallways of the Department of Defense's facility and Kritschgau debunks 50 years' worth of UFO lore is so dense and fast-paced it would be worthy to have it copied and pasted here. Kritschgau's version of events puts to the front the 'military-industrial complex' (a phraseology rendered popular by US President Eisenhower's famous departure from office speech in 1961) and how it fed and spread misinformation on the fabricated phenomenon of UFO sightings, how it took profit from this phenomenon from its beginning, and how it succeeded in formating public opinion and popular culture as a result.
The theory (one could say interpretation of events) that the military-industrial complex and the health of the US economy are tied through the positive feedback loop of war or war mongering is the same supported by Oliver Stone's "JFK" (1991). JFK's scenes of the mysterious "X" exposing the conspiracy behind President Kennedy's assassination is reminescent of Kritschgau's scene in meaning, content, tempo and editing; surely JFK was an inspiration for writer Carter and director Goodwin.
With Kritschgau's walk-through, all the events of the Cold War are rewritten through the lens of UFO and conspiracy theories -- and they are all the more believable that the first part of Kritschgau's speech concerns entirely 'true' events and descriptions of the Cold War: Hiroshima; Nagasaki; Oppenheimer, the 'inventor' of the nuclear bomb, and his disapproval of nuclear warfare; the signature of the end of the Second World War; Senator McCarthy and his 'witch hunt' of communists on US soil; Nikita Khrushchev, USSR chief director 1953-64; Ike Eisenhower, US President 1953-61; nuclear bombs and tests; the Korean war of 1950-53; the Cuban missile crisis of 1962; the Vietnam war of 1965-73; the balance of terror through the menace of nuclear warfare; the military-industrial complex needing a state of fear and war in order to boost the economy... In this historical context, the X-Files weave in their own mythology: UFOs are experimental supersonic aircrafts; cover stories are made up; "the more we denied it, the more people thought it was true: aliens had landed". Bogus information is fed to official investigations: Projects Sign (1947-1949), Grudge (1949-1951), Twinkle (1950-1951) and Blue Book (1952-1970), all these are true names for investigations into aerial phenomena and alleged alien activity that concluded that there might be something out there, but in the confusion of the creation and dismantlement of a multitude of projects they hardly made their voices heard.
The DoD's secret policy and the manipulation of the X-Files
The turn of events is so complete that after Gethsemane and Redux I we are left to wonder if Kritschgau was right and there are no aliens. Later episodes will put the mythology back on track, but what was the point of this reversal then? What good to go to such great lengths to create a conspiracy within the DoD that diverts attention from experiments conducted by very human organizations by spreading the belief that aliens are among us? -- by spreading what amounts to be the definitive truth? The answer is none other than the whole point of conspiracies and top secret projects: for nobody to know what's really going on. By spreading truths hidden between lies, publicising the whole as lies to the DoD serves a double purpose. For the public, plausible deniability is created concerning the experiments run by the DoD.
In light of this shroud of lies between the Syndicate and the DoD, the role of the X-Files as another tool for public misinformation is clear. If Mulder is lead to believe in aliens, abductions and experiments, he will spread this information. Those (few) who believe him won’t look to the DoD for the culprit, but to the skies; those who don’t will believe he’s crazy. The net gain for the conspirators is the confusion of the masses. The Syndicate's First Elder assigned Scott Ostelhoff, an "employee of the Department of Defense", to do surveillance on Mulder's apartment (CSM: "You [Elder]'ve been watching Mulder. You had a man on him."). It was quite predictable that Mulder & Scully were under surveillance by the Syndicate or the DoD, just to keep them on check and prevent them from being too nosy. It's surprising the agents got that far in the first place (that's obviously creative licence, but also the Syndicate can’t go around killing everybody)! This surveillance of apartments could be yet another reference to the Watergate scandal.
Enough cover stories and plausible deniability existed for above top-secret projects to be carried out. "This is about control, of the very elements of life: DNA -- yours, mine, everyone's." As Mulder wanders in big Kafka-esque halls in secret parts of the DoD facility, we hear again how every US citizen is vaccinated, identified, filed and classified in large file depositories (3X02: Paper Clip, 3X24: Talitha Cumi, 4X01: Herrenvolk, 5X02: Redux).
Throughout the Cold War to today, the quality of the bioweapons goes increasing in complexity, effectiveness and stealth: "It was developmental then, nothing like what we and the Russians have now." Kritschgau also references the incident in the Korean War (1950-53): "Germ warfare. We were accused of using it in the Korea." US planes would have spread disease-carrying bees and insects to trigger a plague in the population (would that be where Carter got his idea for the bees carrying the Black Oil?). The veracity of these claims by China and North Korea has not been certified as of this day, as there is still the possibility that this was just Soviet misinformation ("We almost got caught in Korea, an ambitious misstep. China and the Soviets knew it. The UN got all heated up at us."). Kritschgau also references the highly active US army General Douglas McArthur, who fought the two World Wars and the Korean War ("They even hooked Doug MacArthur, for God's sake"); his 'victory at all costs' militaristic attitude during the Korean War caused his removal from command by President Truman. All the way to the (first) Gulf War (1990-91) between the USA and Iraq: "The bio-weapons used in the Gulf War were so ingenious as to be almost undetectable."
In the belly of the beast
Kritschgau's Research Facility in Sethberg seems to be entirely dedicated to the creation of bioweapons ("Developed in this very building"). It is not named but all the descriptions fit: the DoD's Research Facility in Sethberg where Kritschgau works must be part of the DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It is an ageny of the DoD created in 1958, research and technology oriented, responsible for providing the military with innovative technology. Its current projects do sound very much like science fiction, but they are very real projects (Combat Zones That See, Tissue Regeneration...) -- obviously a very attractive organization for conspiracy theorists and writers!
Through an underground passage, Mulder leaves the Research Facility and reaches the Pentagon, using the same doors we had seen CSM use -- Mulder reaches the belly of the beast! What Mulder sees is a storage facility with "an old and antiquated filing system" containing entries for every US citizen -- a filing system akin to the one in the Strughold Mines in 3X02: Paper Clip. This system seems to be of internal use: each entry contains name and date of birth and a series of codes and numbers, each of which could be a reference pointing to another facility or archiving system (for medical files, tissue samples, SEP protein codes...). Mulder uses the code in red (MN 1068-06) to get to the tube containing the chip adapted to Scully's body and cancer. Mulder must have walked past the hallways the CSM used to store implants (1X79: Pilot) or fake alien fetuses (1X23: The Erlenmeyer Flask)!
The chimera: more Black Oil
The Gulf War is also mentioned in 4X10: Terma. Krycek's nationalist-terrorist 'friend' Mayhew said that the Black Cancer was "developed by the Soviets. Saddam [Hussein] used it in the Gulf." Scully: "You mean used as biowarfare?" Mayhew: "Why do you think they made them servicemen take all them pills? U.S. Government knew about the Black Cancer." The Gulf War syndrome could then be attributed to the Russians' Black Cancer bioweapon -- a weaponised Black Oil. In these final days of the Cold War, Black Cancer was forwarded to the hands of Iraqi leaders to fight against the US soldiers. The US DoD would then have got ahold of Black Cancer exclusively from the Russians, not from another source of their own -- which is consistent with their lack of knowledge if it (the Well-Manicured Man in 3X16: Apocrypha) and their struggle to get more of it (4X09/4X10: Tunguska/Terma).
The DoD then used this biomaterial internally; its scientists hybridized it with other elements to obtain the chimera species we see. "Plant or animal?" Dr. Vitagliano: "I don't know. It's what I'd have to classify as a chimera. A hybrid cell." Scully: "The scientifically engineered creation of a chimera, an unclassified biological product". A chimera isn't actually a hybrid, in a sense. A chimera contains two kinds of tissue originating from two different species; two genomes are expressed, separately but in the same body. A hybrid is the result of mixing two different genomes into a single one; parts of the two genomes are expressed as well, but the body only has a single genome. "I put some of the cells in media containing fetal bovine serum. And the cells began to divide.": given enough nutritients, these chimera cells start to multiply. A monocellular organism only does that, divide itself to multiply its numbers. A more complex organism develops a more cohesive cell conglomeration, a body: "they began to go through the stages of morula, blastula, gastrula". These are indeed the early stages of embryonic development, where the body has only a few dozens to a few hundred cells, then going through "somatic development", the development of a body. Given enough time in Dr. Vitagliano's lab, the chimera cells would have grown to a full-size alien-like entity. It's very likely this artificial life form wouldn't be viable, wouldn't be able to survive as a natural life form would -- thus the loads of dead bodies Mulder sees in Kritschgau's facility, each one destined to be part of an elaborate hoax such as the one he was victim of with the Yukon discovery.
With this high level of biotechnology at hand, this 'alien body' chimera presented to us in the episodes doesn't seem as implausible anymore. This also serves the Syndicate's purposes: a hybrid being made with elements of the alien Black Oil DNA combined with DNA from other terrestrial species is possible and credible. More importantly, people in the business like Kritschgau are ready to believe that such an alien-like being can be created using terrestrial-only species without resorting to extraterrestrials: its existence is not enough to make them suspect there is really something alien behind it. What's more, it reinforces their belief that the DoD will go to great extents and expenses to spread these false stories on aliens. DoD scientists can manipulate Black Oil DNA without suspecting its true origin. Again, the result is that nobody knows the truth but the Syndicate.
Black Oil, the cancer and the chip
Scully is able to locate a virus within the chimera cells. All the tests Scully performs during the voice-overs in Redux are genuine: it is a Southern blot using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) -- though the Southern blot here gave results much faster than in real life -- that enable her to compare her own DNA with this viral DNA
As was established by 3X09: Nisei, the removal of an abductee's implant removes all barriers of containment of malignant tumors that would normally develop after the experiments done on an aductee -- malignant tumors created by the imperfect integration of alien genes into the human abductee's DNA. An implant ensures the health and monitoring of an abductee. Its removal causes cancer and leads to death: conveniently enough it's a way to get rid of reluctant abductees who tamper with their implants. Thus, placing another implant, or chip, in Scully's neck is nothing more than a return to the previous state and the remission of Scully's cancer is due to the chip taking control of her body. It's not a "cure" per se, because she still has to keep the chip inside her for the rest of her life, but it's the closest thing there is to it. By the way, the "deionized water" the Lone Gunmen find in the tube Mulder recovers from the Pentagon is an agent protecting the chip from corrosion; Byers just didn't look hard enough for the chip.
'Mythologically speaking', the chip is what 'cures' the cancer, but of course, Mulder & Scully don't necessarily know all that. The realistic approach of explaining the nuts and bolts of the episodes takes much away from the themes the episodes want to explore. At episode's end, nobody knows what made Scully's cancer go away (Mulder: "I don't know. I don't think we'll ever know."). The debate whether or not to use this chip Mulder found, and the storyline of Scully's compicated relationship with her christian faith point to a set of three possiblilities for the source of Scully's cure: faith, science or 'something else'. Faith in her accepting to see Father McCue and pray with him in her final moments; science (what she normally believes in) in the treatment the doctors administer her in the hospital; and 'something else' with this chip of origin unknown, which might contain alien technology, coming from sinister powers superior to the common man.
Scully's abduction was orchestrated by the Syndicate, there was no doubt about that. Only that the Syndicate alone is nothing but a group of influential people (see 6X11: Two Fathers). It does not have the means to actually conduct such large projects; it does however have enough power and influence to make others work for it. The DoD, the military, the Pentagon, Kritschgau's Research Facility, the FBI, they can all be influenced by one Syndicate member or another in their official capacity as high executives of these organizations. It's quite possible that CSM's job description is an envoyé of the DoD to the FBI, or that the Elder works in the DARPA overseeing committee. The Syndicate can then use facilities and manpower to its own purposes.
There are however more ties to the Syndicate than just official positions. In his testimony, Kritschgau names Roush: "Part of my remuneration has come from another source. A Congressional lobbying firm. Something called 'Roush'" and Skinner describes it as "a biotechnology company called Roush, which is somehow connected to all this".
Kritschgau and the Yukon body hoax
Michael Lee Kritschgau, employee of the DoD, is a man with high moral values who has a long career behind him in the DoD. “I ran the DoD's agitprop arm for a decade.” Agitprop is a contraction for ‘agitation and propaganda’, a term used to describe the corresponding department in the USSR. Kritschgau is aware of the ins and outs of the DoD’s secret programs. In order to prevent him from talking to people like Mulder, as he probably was tempted to, the DoD had his son fall ill in the Gulf War ("came back sick from the Gulf War"). This is an obvious reference to the infamous Gulf War syndrome. XF mythology had already attributed it to UFO activity and radiation (1X16: E.B.E.); here its source would be the weaponized Black Cancer.
Along with Scott Ostelhoff, Kritschgau was responsible for the Yukon body hoax Mulder fell for. An ‘alien’ body was placed in a remote site in Yukon by Ostelhoff and Babcock (a scientist in the Smithsonian Institute). The site was isolated enough for the whole story to be credible (as Mulder says, “If you're going to go, why not go all the way?”) The illusion of the body being 200 years old was maintained by pouring very meticulously water and sediments progressively over the body (Dr. Vitagliano: “This sample has numerous levels of sedimentation, like the rings on a tree essentially”; Kritschgau: “Frozen into place over the course of a year using sentiment and materials that would bear out its age, poured through a small channel drilled in the rock above.”). Later, the workers that excavated the body found evidence of this, but Babcock dismissed him (“Or a casing channel. A pour hole. Liquid poured in from the side or above somehow.”). Babcock somehow pulled a “Canadian geodetic survey team” to the site, where they discovered the body. Babcock enlisted Arlinsky, a forensic anthropologist and colleague of Babcock, who in turn brought Mulder on the case.
FBI Section Chief Scott Blevins, the man who recruited Scully to the X-Files and apparently Skinner's superior officer, is named as the man responsible for what happened to Scully. Blevins openly offered Mulder sanctuary if he named Skinner; fresh from another offer by the CSM, Mulder understood he's being manipulated once again. Blevins was named, he panicked, and he was executed by his Senior Agent, the whole thing staged as a suicide following a scandal in the FBI. The Senior Agent, whom we saw at Blevins' side in the Pilot (and also in 2X25: Anasazi and 4X01: Herrenvolk) seems to take over from Blevins as the Syndicate tie (note that before he execute Blevins, he's in Blevins' office talking to the phone). Blevins' guilt is definitely established when it is later found out that "Blevins had been on payroll for four years to a biotechnology company called Roush, which is somehow connected to all this" (Skinner).
Blevins is also named as the man that "could be tied to [...] the terminal disease inflicted on Scully" on many occasions. How exactly Blevins is responsible for that is not explained. Perhaps he was the one that directed Duane Barry to Scully’s house (2X05: Duane Barry); or the one who coordinated the helicopter that picked her up from Skyland Mountain (2X06: Ascension); or the one responsible from her transfer from the abduction site to one experimentation facility or other (DARPA, Pentagon, train box cars) or her return to the hospital (2X08: One Breath). One way or the other, Blevins was involved as a Syndicate associate to the events that eventually lead Scully having cancer.
The Cigarette-Smoking Man’s deal
The CSM tried to tease Mulder by offering him bits and pieces of the knowledge he could access only by joining him. He allows Mulder to access the Research Facility and the Pentagon and not be arrested. He tells Mulder to check more carefully in the tube for the cure for Scully's cancer -- unfortunately for the CSM the effect of the chip is not immediate and Mulder has trouble believing what he says is true. He reunites Mulder with Samantha -- or who Mulder is lead to believe is Samantha. This was not Samantha (6X11: Two Fathers); she was a cloned hybrid like the ones in 2X16: Colony & 2X17: End Game. The CSM either brainwashed the clone to make her say her made-up story to Mulder, or promised her some kind of freedom if she accepted to do that (freedom she probably never got). The story the Samantha says is interesting: Samantha would be the CSM's daughter, an additional way to bring Mulder closer together with the CSM (along with the suspicions that the CSM is Mulder's father, the CSM seems to be the father of everybody -- Tom Braidwood had once joked Frohike's father was the CSM as well!).
The CSM really manipulated Mulder to force his hand in joining him. But no matter how much the CSM had idealized this and hoped that Mulder would see the light, in his over-self-assurance the CSM didn't weight enough the fact that Mulder hates his guts. Mulder refuses. After this, the CSM won't approach Mulder again; instead, he will turn his eyes to his other son and apply the same method (6X01: The Beginning). But the CSM put a lot of himself in this long-term plan and the risks he took with the Elder for defying him on the Mulder question ended up costing him dearly. The Elder orders the CSM's execution; the shooter ('Quiet Willy') is seen again in 5X13: Patient X. The CSM is shot in the chest while he was contemplating on Fox and Samantha and what life has brought about them, holding the picture of the siblings he took from Mulder's apartment.
How the CSM survived is a mystery. It would not make sense for Quiet Willy to set up a rifle and shoot from a distance only to get in the apartment and take the body afterwards. Certainly the CSM had some help for treating his wounds and loss of blood and for his escape to Quebec (5X14: The Red and the Black). All the suspicions fall on Skinner: he tells Mulder that the CSM is dead even though there was no body found. Perhaps Skinner came to his apartment to force the CSM's hand for a cure for Scully, this time not hesitating to pull the trigger (4X21: Zero Sum).
Throughout Redux I & II, the viewer is lead to believe Skinner is the guilty man inside the FBI on many occasions. Scully was about to name him in the hearing, which would have suited Blevins perfectly -- and it would not have been the first time the Syndicate would intent to use Skinner as a scapegoat. Skinner also appears outside Dr. Vitagliano’s lab; Scully believes he’s following her, but it’s more likely he was there to finish Kritschgau’s job: Skinner was there to clean up the evidence, steal the ice core samples and the chimera cell cultures. Evidently, that’s what happens at the end: CSM or no CSM, Skinner still has to answer to the Syndicate. Once again, Mulder & Scully are left with no evidence. Skinner himself says: “They're cleaning up, taking everything away”, which is highly ironic and also bitter for this man who has to lie to the very persons he’s trying to protect.
Skinner is also seen attending a US Senate hearing on human cloning. These episodes were made around the time Scottish scientists successfully cloned the first mammal, the sheep Dolly (February 1997), and Congressional hearings were abound on the issues of human cloning. The hearings Skinner attends to (in fact real images of the hearings composited with Mitch Pileggi’s image) lead to the adoption of the Human Cloning Prohibition Act in February 1998. As the Elder says, “he’s gathering information”; Skinner learnt of Roush Technologies from Kritschgau and has followed the trail to Congress. Evidently, the Elder is observing the hearings from television in order to direct the lobbying actions of Roush Technologies from afar (oddly enough, the Elder fancies horseriding, just like the Well-Manicured Man in 4X09: Tunguska). Seeing Skinner there only means there was a leak in the FBI.
A partnership strengthened
Thus ends the highly emotional cancer arc for Scully. To uncover the truth, Mulder & Scully willfully mislead their superiors and go further than ever before. Scully accepts to lie to the FBI; the time when she was going entirely by the book in candid devotion to the authorities is past. As Mulder says, "I have never seen her integrity waver or her honour compromised"; they are both partners in an even fuller sense after this. Following these developments, the faith of the two agents is reversed. Mulder loses his faith in the existence of extraterrestrials and approaches things more down-to-earth (beliefs that were already shaken with the rationalizing events in 4X08: Paper Hearts and 4X23: Demons), whereas Scully turns to God in the face of impending death despite her initial reluctance.
The strength of Scully is impressive, and not only for a television female character of the 1990s: she is under great physical stress with her illness, she tumbles down the stairs while trying to catch up Kritschgau, but she still manages to bravely arrest Kritschgau, to soundly carry out scientific reasoning and buy time for Mulder -- and this is a compliment for the portrayal Gillian Anderson offers as well. Her family is very protective of her; Bill Scully Jr clearly dislikes Mulder a lot -- understandable enough, since Mulder's quest was the cause of Melissa's death, and nearly Dana's as well. Only that Scully is no longer pulled into it by Mulder, she is as much involved as he is. This trilogy has been accused of integrating too many soap opera elements to the X-Files, namely with the Scully family, but frankly it is hardly noticeable, and with such a dense mytharc it's good to have some non-congested human scenes as well.
When I was watching Redux for the first time, at the decisive scene where we see Mulder considering suicide, and this happened right before Kritschgau calls him, somebody called me and interrupted the episode. Spooky!
Scully: "Four years ago, Section Chief Blevins assigned me to a project you all know as the X-Files. As I am a medical doctor with a background in hard science, my job was to provide an analytical prospective on the work of Special Agent Fox Mulder, whose investigations into the paranormal were fueled by a personal belief that his sister had been abducted by aliens when he was 12. I come here today, four years later, to report on the illegitimacy of Agent Mulder's work. That it is my scientific opinion that he became over the course of these years a victim. A victim of his own false hopes and of his beliefs in the biggest of lies."
Scully: "This is your holy grail, Mulder. Not mine."
Mulder: "What's that supposed to mean?"
Scully: "It just means proving to the world the existence of alien life is not my last dying wish."
Mulder: "What about Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny? This is not some selfish pet project of mine, Scully. I'm as skeptical of that man as you are. But proof, definitive proof of sentient beings sharing the same time and existence with us, that would change everything. Every truth we live my would be shaken to the ground. There's no greater revelation imaginable, no greater scientific discovery."
Scully: "You already believe, Mulder. What difference would it make? I mean, what would proof change for you?"
Mulder: "If someone could prove to you the existence of God, would it change you?"
Scully: "Only if it were disproven."
Mulder: "Then you accept the possibility that belief in God is a lie?"
Scully: "I don't think about it, actually, and I don't think it can be proven."
Mulder: "But what if it could be? Wouldn't that knowledge be worth seeking? Or is it just easier to go on believing the lie?"
Mulder: "After all I've seen and experienced, I refuse to believe that it's not true!"
Scully: "Because it's easier to believe the lie. Isn't it?"
Mulder: "What the hell did that guy say to you, that you believe his story?"
Scully: "He said that the men behind this hoax, behind these lies, gave me this disease to make you believe."
Scully: "Agent Mulder died late last night from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."
Mulder (teaser voice-over): "I've held a torch in the darkness to glance upon a truth unknown. An act of faith begun with an ineloquent certainty that my journey promised the chance, not just of understanding, but of recovery. That the disappearance of my sister, 23 years ago, would come to be explained. And that the pursuit of these greater truths about the existence of extraterrestrial life might even reunite us. A belief which I now know to be false and uninformed in the extreme. My folly revealed by facts which illuminate both my arrogance and self-deception. If only the tragedy had been mine alone, might it be more easy tonight to bring this journey to its end."
Mulder: "As they lie to us, we can lie to them. A lie to find the truth."
Kritschgau: "The American appetite for bogus revelation, Agent Mulder."
Mulder: "But I've seen aliens. I've witnessed these things."
Kritschgau: "You've seen what they wanted you to see. The line between science and science fiction doesn't exist any more."
CSM: "I've never underestimated Mulder. I still don't."
Scully (voice-over): "If my work with Agent Mulder has tested the foundation of my beliefs, science has been and continues to be my guiding light. Now I'm again relying on its familiar and systematic methods to arrive at a truth, a fact that might explain the fate that has befallen me. An investigation that began without, now turning within. [...] If science serves me to these ends it is not lost on me that the tool which I've come to depend on absolutely cannot save or protect me but only bring into focus the darkness that lies ahead."
Mulder (upon seeing CSM in the hospital): "Please tell me you're here with severe chest pains."
[This actually went on primetime national television!]
Kritschgau: "My knowledge of government involvement in a conspiracy against the American people."
Bill Scully Jr: "No. You know how that makes me feel?"
Mulder: "In a way, I think I do. I lost someone very close to me. I lost a sister, I lost my father, all because of this thing I'm looking for."
Bill Scully Jr: "That's what? Little green aliens?"
Mulder (smiles): "Yeah. Little green aliens."
Scully: "Have you ever witnessed a miracle, Dr. Zuckerman?"
Dr Zuckerman: "I don't know that I have. But I have seen people make recoveries. Come back from so far back, I can't explain it."
Scully: "Isn't that a miracle?"
Dr Zuckerman: "Maybe there are miracles. But I don't dare call them that."
Scully: "Thank you."
CSM: "This man you spoke to, Michael Kritschgau, he has deceived you with beautiful lies. He's told you that everything you've ever believed about the existence of extraterrestrial life is untrue."
Mulder: "What are you saying?"
CSM: "As I said, I'm offering you a chance to know the truth."
Mulder: "In exchange for what?"
CSM: "Quit the FBI, come work for me. I can make your problems go away."
[pause] Mulder: "No deal."
Mulder: "Four years ago, while working on an assignment outside the FBI mainstream, I was paired with Special Agent Dana Scully, who I believed was sent to spy on me. To debunk my investigations into the paranormal. That Agent Scully did not follow these orders is a testament to her integrity as an investigator, a scientist, and a human being. She has paid dearly for this integrity."
Blevins: "Agent Mulder, Agent Scully lied straight face to this panel about your death."
Mulder: "She lied because I asked her to. Because I had evidence of a conspiracy. A conspiracy against the American people."
Senior Agent: "We've already heard testimony to these allegations, Agent Mulder."
Mulder: "And a conspiracy intended to destroy the lives of those who would reveal its true purpose. To conduct experiments on unwitting victims to further their secret agenda for someone further into the government operating at levels without restraint or responsibility. Without morals or conscience. Men who pretend to honor as they deceive. The price of this betrayal, the lives and reputations of those deceived. Agent Scully is now in a hospital bed, right now diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Senior Agent: "Agent Mulder, did you or did you not shoot the man found dead in your apartment?"
Mulder: "I will answer that question, Sir."
Senior Agent: "Did you shoot Scott Ostlehoff? Employee of the Department of Defense?"
Mulder: "I will answer that question, Sir."
Senior Agent: "Answer the question asked, Agent Mulder!"
Mulder: "I will answer the question after I name the man!"
Senior Agent: "Agent Mulder!"
Mulder: "I will answer that question after I name the man who's responsible for Agent Scully! The same man who directed that my apartment be surveilled by the DoD. A man I want to see prosecuted for his crimes! Who's sitting in this very room as I speak!"
Senior Agent: "Agent Mulder, the Section Chief asked you a question, you are going to answer!"
Mulder: "I can't do that sir."
Senior Agent: "You can and you will!"
Mulder: "I can't do that sir, because the Section Chief is the man I'm about to name!"