21 August 2007

Season 7: The Sixth Extinction (7X03)

Written by: Chris Carter
Directed by: Kim Manners

Agent Scully attempts to decipher the cryptic symbols on the UFO buried on the beach in Africa's Ivory Coast aided by local biology professor and former colleague of Merkmallen, Amina Ngebe. Meanwhile in Washington Mulder's condition deteriorates, Assistant Director Walter Skinner at Mulder's insistence goes to see former Pentagon researcher Michael Kritschgau.

Skinner persuades him to visit Mulder in hospital. Kritschgau recognises Mulder's condition from a CIA study of ESP ability and explains that Mulder's brain is working harder than his body can sustain. Kritschgau tells Skinner to inject Mulder with Phenytoin, which slows down the electronic impulses in his brain allowing him to regain consciousness.

In Africa Scully is wary when Dr. Barnes arrives and offers his help. Scully and Amina soon discovered that the symbols on the UFO describe human genetics and contain text from every major religion. Dr. Barnes believing that the UFO is the ultimate power of life itself takes Scully and Amina hostage wanting to take full credit for the discovery himself. But Scully hits him with a chair and the two escape while he is unconscious.

Back in Washington Skinner injects Mulder with a greater dose of Phenytoin in order to get him out of the hospital, however Agent Diana Fowley appears and shortly afterwards Mulder is overcome with convulsions. Scully returns to Washington and Skinner warns her that Mulder is dying, she visits him in hospital and pleads with him to hang on.

Scully: (voiceover) The work here is painstaking — a slow and tedious piecing together. It appears to be a craft, its skin covered in the intricate symbols you and I both saw, but which I now understand are part of a complex communication. Dr. Barnes has broken some of the symbols into letters using an ancient Navajo alphabet and, though it has helped to uncover some of what's here, it has also made for greater confusion. On the top surface of the craft I'm finding words describing human genetics. (On graph paper she translates the names of the four basic nucleotides — Cytosine, Guanine, Ademine, Thymine) Efforts to read the bottom of the craft have been harder. Our workers were scared away by phenomena I admit I can't explain — a sea of blood, a swarm of insects. But what little we have found has been staggering — passages from the Christian Bible, from pagan religions, from Ancient Sumeria... science and mysticism conjoined. But more than words, they are somehow imbued with power. I've ignored warnings to quit this work, remaining committed to finding answers, afraid only that our secret here won't last and that I might be too late.

(Mulder is in a padded cell going in and out of a foetal position, Dr. Harriman and Skinner watch him on a video monitor)
Dr. Harriman: He's been quiet for the last 36 hours, but he doesn't sleep. There's activity in the temporal lobe we've just never seen. It won't allow his brain to rest or shut down, manifesting in episodes of aggression... sometimes against himself.
Skinner: You can't sedate him?
Dr. Harriman: Yes. We slow him down for short periods and put him in the neuro ward. It's the only way we're able to run tests. But over time... his brain is going to just die.

Michael Kritschgau: Can he even recognize me?
Skinner: To be honest, I don't know... Agent Mulder?...His brain is on constant redline. They've got him on Haloperidol just to keep him on the monitors.
Michael Kritschgau: Haloperidol?
Skinner: He becomes violently agitated. He just won't speak or sleep even when he's medicated. There's activity in part of his brain they've never seen before.
Michael Kritschgau: Was his...
Skinner: Was his what?
Michael Kritschgau: I started to ask you a question about his prior mental state but he anticipated it. Second time. Agent Mulder?
Skinner: He claimed to be hearing voices.
Michael Kritschgau: I might know why Agent Mulder asked for me. Doesn't mean I can do anything for him.
Skinner: What just happened?
Michael Kritschgau: I think he responded to a question that... I didn't ask.

Scully: 24 panels... One for each human chromosome. A map of their makeup — maybe a map of our entire genetic makeup... A complete human genome. I mean, it's like... it's the most beautiful... intricate work of art.
Dr. Ngebe: It is the word of God.
(Dr. Barnes enters the tent)
Dr. Barnes: You're wrong. There is no God. What's out there on the water... is only what we call 'god'... What we call 'creation' — the spark that ignited the fire that cooked the old primordial soup... made animate from inanimate... made us.
Dr. Ngebe: I believe he is mad from the sun.
Dr. Barnes: Mad? I'm perfectly sane... because today I understand everything, beginning and end, alpha and omega, everything in between. It's all been written. But the word is 'extraterrestrial'.
Scully: You're sick, Dr. Barnes. You need to get off your feet, lie down.
Dr. Barnes: You think you're going to take the credit? This is my discovery.
Scully: I'm only here to help my friend.
Dr. Barnes: You can't help him. You're wasting your time reading it.
Scully: It has power.
Dr. Barnes: It is power... the ultimate power. Your friend just got too close. No one leaves here before me.

Fowley: I know what's happened to you. I know what you're suffering from. I've been sitting back and watching. I know you know. I know you know about me... That my loyalties aren't just to you... but to a man you've grown to despise. You have your reasons but, as you look inside me now you know that I have mine. Fox... Fox, I love you. I've loved you for so long. You know that, too. And I won't let you die... to prove what you are, to prove what's inside you. There's no need to prove it. It's been known for so long. Now we can be together.

Scully: Mulder, it's me. I know that you can hear me. If you can just give me some sign. I want you to know where I've been... what I found. I think that, if you know, that you could find a way to hold on. I need you to hold on. I found a key... the key... to every question that has ever been asked. It's a puzzle... but the pieces are there for us to put together and I know that they can save you if you can just hold on. Mulder... please. Hold on.

Episode Number: 140
Season Number: 7
First Aired: Sunday, November 7, 1999
Prod Code: 7X03

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