Secret messages on unlisted CD tracks? A preview audience watching a movie with
certain key scenes missing - with no one being sure whether the scenes were left out
intentionally or because the movie simply wasnt finished yet? Rumours
and yet more rumours - most of them unfounded. Well, were either talking about
scenes from an X-Files episode or the hype surrounding the secretive filming of
the Star Wars prequels . . .
Actually its the
hype surrounding the release of the popular TV show The X-Filess big screen
movie. So far we know that:
- The movie isnt a
standalone episode so that audiences who are new to the show can easily catch up with what
is going on. Instead it will focus on the mythical aspect of the X-Files,
namely the shadowy conspiracy involving UFOs, a black goo that possesses humans, plans for
an alien invasion abetted by an international covert organisation, etc. It will thus
follow up directly on the cliff-hanging ending of the last episode of the shows
fifth season. This is contrary to what producer/creator/writer Chris Carter said in early
- There has only been one
preview showing of the movie - with some minor scenes missing, which the films
makers claimed werent finished yet. Apparently the films producers were so
happy with the final product that there wont be any further preview screenings of X-Files
- Fight the Future.
- Some people who allege that
they have seen the single preview screening werent too happy however. They say that
it felt like watching an X-Files episode on the big screen instead of the small
one. Besides, they claim, the movie didnt answer any of the shows big
questions. Other fans said that the scenes in which all were explained were left out on
purpose so that the surprise wouldnt be spoiled beforehand. A bit like Steven
Spielberg with E.T. - the Extra-Terrestrial keeping the design of
the title character secret before the movies release. Or keeping audiences in
suspense as to what Godzilla would actually look like . . .
- There is an unlisted track
on the X-Files movies soundtrack that has either a clip of dialogue from
the movie or producer Chris Carter himself explaining everything. If you keep the CD
running for another ten minutes or so after the last listed track - you will hear it. Or
so the rumours have it. The truth is out there all right - but will it actually be on a
movie soundtrack released before the films final release? I dont think so . .
is going on here? I can here you ask. If you havent been following The X-Files
for the past few years or so youd no doubt be lost. But theres still time to
catch up by watching the ten or so video movies before the movie opens. The recording?
Presumably it has the following to tell us:
Method as they called it, though it was more so a germ-line procedure of
singular meta-scientific [or "medi-scientific"?] complexity had been given to
them by the alien colonists as a quid pro quo. The Syndicate would help them [the aliens]
to create a population of alien hybrids who would hide in plain site, cloned from human
ova and alien bio-material so there would be a clone race immune to the effects of the
black oil when the return to the planet began.
the Syndicate would be sequestered - granted a sort of immunity or asylum, given a place
in the grander scheme. They were the Vichy government to the German Final
Solution: collaborationists whose motivation was simple, self-directed survival.
These cloning operations were spread across the country, the cataloguing and
record-keeping done through a complex intra-institutional system that connected to every
branch of government, from the Social Security Administration to the Department of
operation, under the working title 'Purity Control,' had been launched in 1948, its
original conception the brainchild of German scientists given immunity themselves for war
crimes, and allowed to continue the eugenic experiments that were Hitler's dark legacy.
The Syndicate had begun as a subset of a shadow intelligence agency whose original orders
were to create plausible denial and an effective cover-up of Purity Control. But through
50 years, [and] numerous U.S. and UN administrations, the principals began to wrest
control, accumulating power and influence across international borders, such that - by
1990 - the operation ceased to have any member accountable to any one government and whose
only orders would be taken by a man named Strunkhold [phonetic spelling], a German
industrialist who had fled his homeland to northern Africa.
These men, whose knowledge and
access provided control of a foreseeable future, had, in spite of this, everything to
lose; their secret work, the cloning preparations and the cataloguing constituted their
greatest vulnerability: exposure. Their detection would ensure not just their own demise,
but a far-reaching dissolution of social and religious order around the globe.
protect against this, the Syndicate employed methods of disinformation, using covert
government programs that had been regrettably discovered, as a kind of smokescreen - a
dodge or blind where the transgressions of Congress-accountable [sic] agencies served to
hide their own more odious undertaking. They had even, at times, used the UFO phenomenon
to create an hysteria that science and the intelligentsia denounced so completely as to
make belief in believers seem ridiculous, and completely discreditable.
also, in a crisis, used a tool of the colonists themselves - alien bounty hunters who
policed the cloning operations and enforced rule on the countdown to colonisation. A
double-edged sword whose clod-blooded tactics had helped to stem a leak, or threat, but
also kept a watch on the Syndicate. A threat in itself, as the Syndicate had something to
hide that not even the colonists knew of: a vaccine against the black oil, an inoculant
against the substance in which the alien life force was held - in fact, the very medium of
the life force itself.
this secret was perhaps even more critical than the truth of the existence of alien life,
and of colonisation. If the Syndicate's own secret vaccine were discovered, the vaccine
that would make themselves immune from the effects of the black oil, they would certainly
be destroyed and the timetable for colonisation stepped up. They would protect this secret
with their lives. They would kill to protect it, as it symbolised the only hope they had
of avoiding enslavement when the planet was overtaken.
had been able to, over decades, conduct their work on the vaccine undetected was the
result of a code among the Syndicate members that put honour and the future above personal
politics. But now this code was beginning to break down. An incipient scramble for power
[was] beginning to develop. A threat from within that doubled the threat from without:
from agents Mulder and Scully, and the X-Files.
Thanks for nothing I can
hear those unfamiliar with the series grumble. Is this it? I can hear X-Files fans
proclaim. Maybe. Maybe not. If youve been following the series you will know that
FBI agents Mulder and Scully arent exactly very good at their job. The X-Files, a
bunch of cases left unsolved by the FBI, usually remains that: unsolved. It is very seldom
that something is explained at the end of an X-Files episode. The explanation
above seems plausible enough, but then again, so does a lot of other explanations of the
central conspiracy theory Ive heard on the show and on the Internet.
question whether all will be revealed with the X-Files movie depends on what
future direction the show is going to take. Will there be another season? What will happen
in that seasons episodes if all is revealed? Will Mulder and Scully then be fighting
a rearguard battle against a shadow government - a bit like the protagonists in the
short-lived Dark Skies television series? What will make fans come back for more
if all is revealed? Recently Chris Carters other TV show, the dark and nihilistic Millennium
resorted to an X-Files-type conspiracy to help sagging ratings. Standalone episodes
arent exactly what audiences want - to keep them glued to their TV screens they must
come back next week as well to see how things turned out. Or will it go the Star Trek -
Generations route by cancelling the show and merely bringing out the occasional big screen
movie? This makes more sense if it is only standalone episodes fans have to look forward
to. Besides, there have been lots of rumours about the two X-Files stars wanting
to quit the show . . .
And if nothing is
revealed? To be honest I think that the show has written itself into such a corner that
will be quite a feat for them to write their way out of it without resorting to something
quite obvious that has already been deduced by the fans. Maybe it would be better:
itd be business as usual then. Fans would keep on watching the show and any movies
made to get to the bottom of things. But there can also be a backlash: fans might think
that the truth will never be revealed and start deserting the show in droves out of pure
disappointment. Who knows?
Personally I wouldnt
mind if the X-Files explained nothing. After all, an unsolved mystery lingers
longer in the memory than the explanation of it. Remember the short-lived Dark Skies
series? That series major fault was revealing all in the first few episodes and with
no central mystery to it all there was nothing left except an alternative revisionist
retelling of history. Not really what people wanted to see. However, a part of me is
becoming impatient with all the smoke and mirrors in The X-Files and would like
some answers for a change . . . Will the movie supply them? I guess well have to
wait until the end of this month to find out.