In North Texas in the present day, a group of boys are digging a deep hole and one of the boys, Stevie (Lucas Black,) falls down into the hole, finding a human skull. As he holds it, the black oil courses its way through his body, claiming him as a host. Four firefighters descend into the hole, but none of which return. A hazmat team arrive on the scene, much to the confusion of the firefighters present.
Meanwhile, Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson respectively), have been assigned to other projects since the closure of the X-Files yet again, at the end of season five. They are currently helping to investigate a bomb threat against a federal building in Dallas, Texas. Mulder and Scully inspect the adjacent building across the street, from the supposed target and Mulder discovers the bomb in a vending machine. Special Agent in Charge Darius Michaud (Terry O’Quinn) stays in the building to disarm the bomb as Mulder and Scully evacuate the building. What they don’t know is that he has no intentions of doing so and his actions will have severe consequences on both agents.
Returning to Washington, D.C., Mulder and Scully are blamed because, five people – including Michaud – were apparently still in the building when the bomb went off. The FBI are saying that it was a situation that could have been prevented. They’re to both appear at separate scheduled hearings at which their job performances will be evaluated.
That evening, Mulder covertly meets with a paranoid doctor Alvin Kurtzweil (Martin Landau), who explains that, “The victims were already dead and that the bomb was allowed to detonate, in order to destroy evidence of how they died.” At the hospital morgue, Scully is able to examine one of the victims, finding evidence of an alien virus.
Mulder and Scully travel to the crime scene in Texas. They notice a strange train hauling tanker trucks, so they follow it to a large cornfield surrounding two glowing domes. They enter the domes, only to find them empty. Abruptly, grates leading to an underground area open in the floor and ceiling and what Scully thought was electricity generating the domes, was in fact hundreds of bees which gave chase out into the cornfield. Bees were first featured in the season three finale, ‘Talitha Cumi.’ Black helicopters appear and begin to chase them, but they escape and head back to Washington, D.C.
After returning, Mulder unsuccessfully tries to get help from Kurtzweil, while Scully attends her performance hearing and learns that she is being transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah. Mulder refuses to lose Scully as a partner. Then suddenly, the two are about to share a kiss when Scully is stung by a bee, which had been hiding under the collar of her shirt. The sting causes Scully to go into hypovolemic shock. Mulder calls for the paramedics but when an ambulance arrives, the driver – who is not a real paramedic – shoots Mulder in the head and drives off hurriedly.
Waking up in hospital, Mulder is told the bullet only grazed his temple and leaves with the help of The Lone Gunmen (Bruce Harwood, Dean Haglund and Tom Braidwood.) He then meets a former adversary, the Well-Manicured Man (John Neville), who helps by giving him Scully’s location in Antarctica, along with a vaccine to reverse the effects of the virus. The Well-Manicured Man is then killed in a car bomb explosion, before his betrayal of The Syndicate Group is discovered.
Mulder travels to Antarctica to save Scully, and discovers a secret underground lab run by their enemy, the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis.) Mulder uses the vaccine to revive Scully, disrupting the stable environment of the lab and reviving the cocooned aliens. The lab is destroyed just after Mulder and Scully escape to the surface. It turns out to be part of a UFO, lying dormant beneath the snow. Mulder watches the UFO fly directly overhead and disappear into the distance, as Scully regains consciousness.
Sometime later, they attend a hearing, where their testimony is ignored and the evidence covered up, juxtaposed with images of the evidence being destroyed. The only remaining proof to back up their story, is the bee that stung Scully. She hands it over, noting that, “the FBI does not currently have an investigative unit qualified to pursue the evidence at hand.”
At another crop outpost, this time in Tunisia, the Cigarette Smoking Man warns Strughold (Armin Mueller-Stahl) that Mulder remains a threat. He then hands him a telegram revealing that the X-Files has been reopened.
This will be the point at which season six will commence, not exactly from here but a few weeks after the X-Files have been re-opened and chronologically a few weeks after the events of the film.
Ah, everything is now restored, so stay tuned because next week we’ll be back with an overview of season six. Enjoy!