Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Season 9, Episode 20: The Truth, Part 2

Against Mulder's wishes, Praise comes to offer his testimony. After saying he helped hide Mulder and confirming his mind-reading abilities, he accuses one of the judges of being something other than human. Doggett testifies about how he's seen super-soldiers and their stubborn refusal to die by means other than magnetite. Reyes testifies about William's birth and the presence of super-soldiers there, saying she believes they're aliens who have replaced humans. She says Scully was one of numerous women selected for biological experimentation, though the evidence for that was blown up aboard a ship in Baltimore. Reyes also says that she witnessed William's superhuman powers, but since he was given up for adoption there's no evidence.

Doggett manages to get ahold of the body the military is claiming is Rohrer and has it sent to Quantico. Scully examines the body and determines that it doesn't match Rohrer's medical records, but Kersh still denies Skinner's motion to dismiss despite the exonerating evidence. Mulder is found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Rohrer arrives at the base looking good and not dead, evidently eager to finish off Mulder. Skinner and Doggett and, surprisingly, Kersh help Mulder escape the base. Reyes relays him to Scully, and Kersh advises them to escape from Canada. Instead, Mulder takes them south.

Doggett, Reyes, and Praise return to DC to find that the X-Files office has been scrapped. Praise warns that the non-human judge knows where Mulder and Scully are going. So do the spirits of The Lone Gunmen, who beg Mulder not to go on. He forges on anyway to an Anasazi Indian site in New Mexico, telling Scully that he was sent the keycard to the Virginia military facility from the site. It turns out to be Cancer Man, alive if not very well, hiding in a magnetite-rich region. Doggett and Reyes arrive at the site, shortly before Rohrer shows up as well. Cancer Man confirms Mulder's suspicion about the shadow government and invasion date, and Rohrer is killed after venturing too close to the magnetite.

The agents escape as a pair of black helicopters arrives, obliterating the pueblo (and Cancer Man) in a shower of missiles. In a motel in Roswell, Mulder considers how he's convinced Scully about the his theories but failed in every other respect, including coming up with any way to stop the conspirators and colonization. Scully tells him that he'll only fail if he gives up. She asks him what he wants to believe in, and he says he hopes that the dead can speak to them and give them the power to save themselves. Scully says they believe in the same thing. "Maybe there's hope," Mulder concludes.

Episode Body Count

Not Knowle Rohrer: a crispy corpse that the military claims belongs to Rohrer, but that Scully finds belongs to a man who broke his neck and was burned post-mortem.

Knowle Rohrer: destroyed by magnetite while pursuing Doggett and Reyes.

Indian woman: presumed killed when the black helicopters destroy the pueblo.

UNDEAD'D (sort of)

Cancer Man: it turns out he was alive, hiding out in New Mexico, but that doesn't last too long as he is obliterated by missiles fired from a pair of black helicopters. So he just won't count this time around.

Humans: 3
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Season Body Count
Humans: 196
Creatures: 2
Aliens: 0

Though I suppose the super-soldiers might be considered aliens if Reyes' theory is right...

Cumulative Body Count (202/202 episodes, 1/2 movies)

Humans: 2,299
Creatures: 131
Aliens: 64

Grand Total: 2,494

Woo. OK. I'm pretty sure the library has a copy of the second movie, and I'll try to pick it up to watch this weekend.

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