“In the Big Inning”
While The X-Files: Fight the Future gave us a generous dose of answers, it left plenty of mysteries unresolved as well; loose ends that were left for Season 6 to tie up. Although the threat of alien colonisation still looms at the end of the season, it sees the Syndicate conspiracy fully explained and that part of the myth-arc come to an end, allowing the show to move on to a different stage of its mythology.
SEASON 6 – WHAT WE LEARN
Following on from the events of Fight the Future, we discover that a Roush (a cover company for the Syndicate) operative has become host to an alien life-form in his stomach, similar to victims of the Black Oil in the movie. As we saw in the movie, once the alien has gestated it bursts out of its host’s stomach. What we didn’t see though was that the long-clawed alien later sheds its skin to reveal the Grey Alien form we are familiar with.
At the same time CSM employs the psychic skills of Gibson Praise to help find the alien that has gone into hiding. The boy manages to escape though and finds his way to Mulder and Scully. Scully takes him to a hospital where she makes a shocking discovery – Gibson Praise shares DNA with the Grey Aliens. Not only does the shared DNA explain his psychic ability but suggests that all human life stems from the Grey Aliens.
While the opening gambit of the season raises some big questions, the mid-season two-parter answers some long-standing ones. Cassandra Spencer is returned, and more importantly it’s revealed that she’s the first truly successful Alien/Human hybrid. As opposed to the familiar Clone-style Alien/Human hybrids which are created from genetic material and grown in a lab, Cassandra is the first human to be made part alien. This results in the miracle of her being able to walk again, she was in a wheelchair in the previous season.
Her return marks the beginning of a series of events that ultimately lead to the destruction of the Syndicate by the faceless Rebel Aliens. It starts when the process of turning her into the first Alien/Human hybrid is complete. The Rebel Aliens burn all the scientists who completed the work on Cassandra, leaving her alive. Their plan is that she will reveal what she has become and expose the plans for colonisation. The Syndicate are then faced with the decision of letting her live and allowing the alien invasion begin (of course saving themselves in the process), once the aliens discover that Cassandra is a successful hybrid, or killing her to buy more time and side with the rebels.
The Syndicate decides to turn Cassandra over and spare themselves, but their group is infiltrated by a Rebel Alien. Ultimately they are destroyed. As they prepare to hand her over they are greeted by the Rebels instead of the Greys. The Rebels also manage to steal the alien foetus, which the Syndicate has been extracting DNA from to work on the hybridisation, preventing any further work on an Alien/Human hybrid. Although he survives the Rebel Alien attack, Jeffrey Spender is murdered by his own father, CSM, for his disappointing betrayal of trying to save his mother, Cassandra.
Krycek also escapes and remains in the employ of CSM. Early in the season he is responsible for infecting Walter Skinner with nanotechnology that can be remotely controlled, putting Skinner’s life at the mercy of the agent with shifting loyalties. It is for this reason that Skinner is working against Mulder in the season finale.
As Mulder and Scully discover the truth about the conspiracy we learn that each Syndicate member was requested to surrender a loved one for the purposes of the agreement with the Aliens. They were all taken from the El Rico Air Force base in 1973, except Samantha Mulder. She was abducted the same night at home as Bill Mulder was reluctant to hand her over.
The season closes by taking the myth-arc on a new and more religious tangent. An alien spacecraft is found buried on a beach on Africa’s Ivory Coast. It’s covered in strange symbols which turn out to be passages from the books of various major religions. After viewing a rubbing of one of the fragments of the ship, Mulder develops a psychic ability, though one which drives him crazy to such an extent that he is kept under watch in a padded cell.
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