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When Fox TV announced it was bringing back The X-Files for a six-episode run in January of 2016, sci-fi and conspiracy fiction fans rejoiced. The time is right, and ripe, for Mulder and Scully to return, since the public’s distrust of government, law enforcement and the corporate/financial syndicate that controls everything has never been greater.
And the public's suspicion is entirely justified. Since the original X-Files went off the air the whole world has seemingly been engulfed by a gigantic multi-faceted conspiracy. Whoever our controllers are they’ve worked hard to make us penniless and powerless and to render us clueless about the true nature of the threat.
In the post-X-Files era everything has gone horribly, inexplicably wrong. A foul stench of rot and decay has enveloped our institutions. Psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists are now completely in charge and accountable to no one (Donald Trump for President? Are we freaking serious?).
Edward R. Murrow is Dead, Long Live Fox Mulder!
Ideally the professional talking heads would expose the graft, corruption, bribery, money-laundering, warmongering and social repression that characterize this New World (Dis)Order. But rather than opposing it the media is apparently in on it. Establishment media types smear and libel the voices of reason while minimizing the fetid deeds of the scummy scammers who repeatedly pull the wool over our eyes as they rob us blind and plunge us into war after war.
The alternative media does what it can to balance the equation. But without mainstream outlets the truth is inevitably suppressed, and that is why pop culture creations that explore deep political realities are so important and potentially so subversive.
The X-Files’ approach does include aliens in the mix, which makes the show trivial in the eyes of some. But as its used here the alien cover-up meme is mainly a story-telling device, a fictional Trojan Horse that helps illuminate the fascist agenda of powerful underworld actors and the political hand puppets they use their wealth to manipulate.
Like Always, the Truth is Out There
Early X-Files trailers suggest Mulder and Scully will confront NSA-style hyper-surveillance and the rise of the police state. In support of this hypothesis is the following statement from the show’s creator, Cris Carter, talking about how things have changed since The X-Files was last on the air:
“A lot has happened since then. A lot of rollback of rights and liberties in the name of our protection. We’re being spied on now, we’re being lied to — all things that, for me, remind me of when I grew up, which was right around Watergate. I think we’re in similar and much more dire times right now.”
Dire times indeed. But with Agents Mulder and Scully back on the case (along with the Lone Gunmen, of course; you didn’t really believe they were dead, did you?) the tables are about to be turned.
When the return of The X-Files was announced there was no cheering in the boardrooms, backrooms and dark rooms where corporate, financial, military, intelligence and political elites spin their webs. Their feet are about to be held to the fire by this seditious little TV show; they know it and you can rest assured they don’t like it one bit.