Mulder escapes from a Russian prison camp. Scully is jailed after she refuses to cooperate with a Senate subcommittee hearing.



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Vassily Peskow (as Jan Rubés)
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Mulder and Krycek are taken prisoner in Russia and subjected to bizarre experiments that includes the black oil and vaccinations. They manage to escape but are separated and find different ways out. Back in the U.S., Scully is subpoenaed to appear before a Senate sub-committee and is threatened with jail for contempt when she refuses to tell them where Mulder is. Meanwhile, some of the conspirators, including the Cigarette Smoking Man and the Well-Manicured Man are worried their secret is getting out. Written by garykmcd

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1 December 1996 (USA)  »

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The title refers to terma, a set of Buddhist teachings hidden from the world. See more »


Around 00:11:52, on the right of screen, we can see Krycek's actor and the bald Russian's actor waiting for their scene side by side. Around 00:12:01, the bald Russian is on the bridge and Krycek is going up to him. See more »


Fox Mulder: Why is this so hard to believe? When the accepted discovery of life off this planet is on the front page of every newspaper around the world? When even the most conservative scientists and science journals are calling for the exploration of Mars and Jupiter? With every reason to believe that life and the persistence of it is thriving outside our terrestrial sphere? If you cannot get past this, then I suggest that this whole committee be held in contempt for ignoring evidence that cannot be ...
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The tagline in the opening credits reads "E Pur Si Muove," which translates from Italian to "And still it moves," a phrase ascribed to Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei after his arrest, trial, and conviction for defending the Copernican heresy by the Catholic Church. According to legend, he would utter this after his prayers in quiet protest against the Church, although the stories of this occurring did not surface until a century after Galileo's death. See more »


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"It is wonderful, the persistence of life."
22 June 2017 | by (Florida, New York) – See all my reviews

Consider for a moment the way we left Mulder at the finale of the prior episode of this two-parter. He had just been injected in the neck with some experimental serum, and was left encased in a wire mesh in a very ominous closing scene. So what happened with all that? He shows up in this story for the first time as part of a prison detail. looking not too much the worse for wear except for being somewhat tired and dragged out. And then, one might ask, is how he got the energy to pull off hijacking the truck to make his escape. I'm glad he did, mind you, but it all seems a little far fetched.

Something else to think about. What about those forest dwellers who came across Krycek with their left arms missing? The story made it seem like the removal of the arm was to negate the effects of an experimental injection they all received as prisoners at the work camp. But wait a minute; how would that work if the bloodstream carries serum to the rest of the body? On the flip side, if removing an arm was meant to discourage an injection, why wouldn't the mad doctors at the prison camp just use the other arm? Maybe I'm overthinking this, but I don't think so.

With Mulder showing up at the Senate sub-committee where Scully was testifying under duress and contempt of court, this episode had an even more disjointed aspect to it. Getting to the heart of the matter, she was at least able to get her point across that there was a widespread conspiracy to control a lethal biotoxin (the black oil) of extraterrestrial origin. Putting myself in one of those Senator's seats, I don't think I'd be ready to accept any of that, nor even Mulder's passionate interruption. But it made for good drama, and kept the conspiracy thread going as part of the X-Files mythology arc.

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