“Believe to Understand”
Season 7 is the final full season for Mulder, and while he goes out with a bang the mythology episodes that are sprinkled throughout are a bit of a whimper considering the mythology-rich seasons that preceded it. Scully makes some shocking discoveries about the alien spacecraft she found on the African beach, Mulder briefly gains control of his alien abilities which are soon taken away from him, and loose ends are tied up as he discovers the truth about his sister’s ultimate fate. At the end of the season the series returns to its roots as Mulder and Scully return to the scene of their first case together and Mulder gets abducted.
SEASON 7 – WHAT WE LEARN
In the opening two-parter we discover that Mulder has become part alien, much like Gibson Praise, who was introduced in 5×20 ‘The End’, and Cassandra Spender, who was revealed to be the successful result of an experiment to create an Alien/Human hybrid in 6×12 ‘Two Fathers’. Michael Kritschgau, the man who formerly got Mulder to believe that the whole alien conspiracy was a hoax explains to Scully that the alien part of his mind came from the extra-terrestrial virus he was infected with in ‘Tunguska’, activated by the rubbings of the alien symbols.
This alien part is eventually transplanted into CSM, who kidnaps Mulder and forces him to undergo the surgery. Mulder makes a full recovery though after the operation CSM’s health starts to decline and he shows no sign of possessing the same mind-reading ability.
Later in the series, and out of the blue, Mulder and Scully work a case which definitively reveals the fate of Mulder’s sister Samantha. While it still seems like she was abducted by aliens in 1973 (though it is never explicitly said in the episode) she disappeared permanently six years later when “walk-ins” took Samantha, transporting her in starlight, to save her from the tests that were being performed on her.
During the six years between her abduction and her disappearance she lived on an Air Force base with CSM and his son Jeffrey Spender.
Later in the season a dying CSM tricks Scully into helping him retrieve information about the alien implants, like she has in her neck, from someone inside the Department of Defense. The information is retrieved and though CSM possesses the key to technology which could cure any diseases he chooses not use it, for the greater good or himself, and throws the disc containing the information into a lake.
The season closes where the series began. Mulder and Scully return to the scene of their first X-File, Bellefleur, Oregon, where an alien spacecraft has crashed and once again people are being abducted. It turns out that the Alien Bounty Hunter is removing evidence of the experiments that were conducted on the people there. Mulder goes in search of the ship, after a tip-off from Alex Krycek and Marita Covarrubias, and gets abducted himself. Meanwhile Scully is taken ill and has to go to hospital. When Skinner goes to break the bad news to her she already knows, and has an equally shocking revelation to share – she’s pregnant.