|The suggestible Mulder's vision of 2012|
|Where are we? Babylon.|
|The suggestible terrorist|
|At the Ziggurat: black-vested greeters welcome terrorists|
Garland, Texas: there was heavy security and everyone was expecting trouble. Here, in Carter's fantasy, we need a big bang before the opening credits can role, so the art Gallery has no security, just convenient parking. Worse, the gratuitous burning extras in the teaser scene did not match the blasted but un-burned terrorist who spends most of the episode in the hospital.
|An X-Files meet cute: Einstein's twin paradox. Scully: "Nobody here but the FBI's most unwanted".|
Episodes A and B
|Scully: "She calls him Miller."|
Episode A. Scully latches onto Special Agent Miller's business card and follows him to Texas. She wants to use EEG to look for brain wave activity in the brain-dead terrorist, an idea that is so crazy she only want's to run it past Miller, the agent of the very open mind.
|Einstein: pity for Scully|
Doing a complete 180, Einstein returns to Mulder's basement office for some Foxy smooth talking and a medical consultation. Fox wants Dr. Einstein to give him a dose of psilocybin so that he can telepathically contact the brain-dead terrorist. This is the X-Files, so nothing needs to make sense... just go with it.
|The suggestible Mulder in|
Mulder's magic mush room.
Plan B. Agent Einstein refuses to work with Mulder until she teleports to Texas and discovers that Scully is already working with Agent Miller on Plan A. Channeling her inner Scully, Agent Einstein does another 180. Now she seems willing to humor Mulder while mercilessly taunting him for his batshit-crazy ideas. After Mulder teleports to Texas, Einstein hands him two capsules and warns him not to take both at one time because the dose of this Schedule 1 drug might be too high.
|Mulder: "Sit down and shut up." Einstein's first lesson in Mulder's basement school of the paranormal.|
|Telepathic contact with the dead|
|50 shades of bad|
Later, while in a vegetative state in his hospital bed, he achieves telepathic contact with his mother and Mulder. The brain-dead terrorist tries to provide the location of the remaining terrorists who are preparing for their next attack.
|The brain-dead terrorist is an Arabic detector.|
Episode A. Now hospitalized, the brain-dead terrorist has brain activity whenever someone speaks Arabic. After hearing his mother's voice, the terrorist finally dies. And, miraculously, Mulder is then able to "hear" what the terrorist has been trying to communicate: "Babylon motel".
|The Babylon motel|
|The power of words. Afraid of three words.|
|Mixing old X and new Y|
I want to believe
that the finale won't stink
|My Struggle, too|
|When are 2 doctors|
better than 1?
I've been following The X-Files "season 10" in an attempt to learn if Chris Carter will provide a science fiction backstory for the paranormal story lines in the X-Files. Heading into the final episode, we are being teased with the idea that "alien DNA" has been inserted into everyone. Will we get to see the results of Scully's genome project for telepaths? Will Drs. Einstein and Scully science the shit out of alien DNA?
Next: science fiction in Deep Time.