WASHINGTON, January 26, 2018: Those familiar with the Fox network’s sci-fi offering, The X-Files, know all about the shadowy and crafty “Smoking Man” (William B. Davis).
He’s the chief figure in every conspiratorialist’s worst nightmare: a government servant of high station with few limits to his power; a man possessing mind-blowing information so sensitive as to exist many magnitudes above the usual “need to know” security rules; a man who on occasion feels it’s in the interests of the “secret government” to eliminate a U.S. president; in short, a James Bond-like villain. An unlucky few are given hints about his disturbing plots, as the tip to his cigarette glows bright orange, as voluminous clouds of white smoke flow out from his charred lungs to sinister effect.
A new and very different X-Files season
Earlier this month, Fox premiered the X-Files’ eleventh season. The new season begins where 2016’s short, six-episode 10th “revival” season left off.
FBI Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is infected with an alien plague that has gone global and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) must save him. But something occurred between seasons with implications far worse than an extraterrestrial pandemic.
Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 election.
That is why X-Files Season 11 swiftly moves past Mulder’s impending death and, instead, dives right into a Donald Trump-laced prequel.
It is at this point we enter “The T-Files,” with a capital “T” and stands for Trump.
We watch as an alien spacecraft crashes in the U.S. during the late 1940s and are told the extraterrestrial creatures were tortured, their bodily fluids distilled into super biological weapons, while their technology is stolen and reverse-engineered.
For X-Files creator and writer Chris Carter, after Election 2016, America has taken U.S. imperialism to infinity and beyond.
Sometime near the present, Scully and Mulder are attacked and threatened with death in their secluded country home by Russian paramilitary forces.
When the pair are subdued, the Russian team leader sees Mulder’s familiar poster hanging on the wall. You know. The one that features a flying saucer with the words, “I want to believe.”
“Here’s what I believe,” says the Russian commander to Mulder, “We would have all saved lots of money and headaches if we only knew Americans would have been just fine losing the Cold War if they could only make a little money from it.”
If Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was watching, he no doubt launched into a rousing rendition of the “Internationale.”
When our dynamic duo eventually escapes, they just happen to run into FBI Deputy Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) lurking in the woods.
An angry Mulder demands to know why Russian forces are operating on U.S. soil.
Skinner confesses that the goons work for an “American security contractor with headquarters in Moscow” and operates in the U.S. “under a security directive from the Executive Branch.”
Wow! Even more evidence of Trump/Russia “collusion” for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team of Hillary Clinton campaign contributors to consider.
When in a later episode the couple spoon in bed, Scully mournfully observes, “Mulder, sometimes I think the world is going to hell and we’re the only two people who can save it.”
“The world is going to hell, Scully,” responds Mulder, “and the president is working to bring down the FBI along with it.”
To say the FBI is an innocent victim of the orange-haired, Oval Office tweeter, and not the other way around, is a plot twist that only works in science fiction.
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!
We come to learn that “Smoking Man” and the Deep State are locked in a twilight struggle. Puff the Magic Dragon wants to release an alien bio-weapon to cleans a polluted Earth of all but a select few humans inoculated against the disease.
Deep State forces, on the other hand, want to employ extraterrestrial technology to build space craft capable of spiriting a select few from an Earth that is warming and whose natural resources are fading.
The “Smoking Man” acts a lot like an environmentalist fanatic in the mold of former Vice President Al Gore, determined to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint with extreme prejudice.
The Deep State actors of the story, meanwhile, are typical government planners “investing” taxpayer dollars in boondoggles that only benefit the politically connected.
It appears the only hope for the forgotten Americans and bug-eyed aliens of this sordid tale is for President Trump and his merry band of Russians to go medieval on these elitist factions in an effort to Make America – not to mention Earth and Ceti Alpha V – Great Again.
The all-new, Trump Derangement Edition of X-Files airs Wednesday evenings on Fox.