From: X-File 101: The Big Picture courtesy of Al@netgate.net There are three types of X-Files. On the one hand, we have the government conspiracy, aliens, cloning, abductions, and colonization theme, which is central to the show. On the other hand, we have the paranormal phenomena, vampires, mutants, and so on, in episodes from Squeeze and The Jersey Devil to Detour and Chinga. This second category can also be called MOTW, for obvious reasons. On the third hand (hey, it's the X-Files), we have the little jewels: Humbug, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, War of the Coprophages, Jose Chung's "From Outer Space", Small Potatoes, Post-Modern Prometheus, and Bad Blood. These few episodes are often self-parodies, and always very funny, clever, and enjoyable, which serve as a refreshing change of pace to an otherwise serious, complex and frustrating show. The aliens and government conspiracy theme (the "mythology") is heavy, complex, and difficult to digest. Only CC knows where everything leads, and he promised we will never learn all the answers, because that is not how real life is, either. What we know is that aliens "have been here for a very long, long time," and they are here trying to colonize. This is how Chris Carter explains it: "The method, as they called it, though it was more so a germ-line procedure of singular mediscientific complexity, had been given to them by the alien colonists as a 'quid pro quo.' The syndicate would help them to create a population of alien-hybrids who would hide in plain sight, cloned from human ova and alien biomaterial. So there would be a clone race immune to the black oil when the return to the planet began. For this, 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 Defense. The operation, under the working title 'Purity Control,'had been launched in 1948. Its original conception, the n-child of German scientists given immunity themselves from war crimes and allowed to continue the eugenics 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, numerous U.S. and UN administrations, the principles began to wrest control, accumulating power and influence across international borders. "Such that by 1990, the operation ceased to have a member accountable to any one government and whose only orders will be taken from a man named Strughold, 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 insure not just their own demise but a far-reaching dissolution of social and religious order around the globe. "To protect against this, the Syndicate employs methods of disinformation, using covert government programs that had been regrettably discovered as a kind of smokescreen. They dodge or blind where the transgressions of ongress- accountable agencies serve to hide their own more odious undertaking. They had even at times used a UFO phenomena to create a hysteria that science and the intelligentsia denounced so completely as to make belief in believers seem ridiculous and completely discreditable. "They had 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 colonization. A double-edged sword whose cold-blooded tactics had helped to stem a leak or threat but who also kept 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. "To guard this secret was perhaps even more critical than the truth of the existence of alien life and of cololonization. If the Syndicate's own secret vaccine were discovered, a vaccine that would make themselves immune from the effects of the black oil, they would certainly be destroyed and the timetable for colonization stepped up. They would protect this secret with their lives, they would kill to protect it as it symbolized the only hope they had of avoiding enslavement when the planet was overtaken. That they had been able to, over decades, conduct their work on the vaccine undetected, was a result of a code among the Syndicate members to put honor and the future above personal politics. "But now this code was beginning to break down. An incipient scramble for power beginning to develop, a threat from within that doubled the threat from without -- from agents Mulder and Scully and the X-Files."
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