The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 9

Terma (1 Dec. 1996)
"The X Files" Terma (original title)

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


Cigarette Smoking Man: Wake the Russian bear and it may find you've stolen its honey.
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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 »


Piano Trio No 2, 3rd Movement
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Who Needs A Left Arm Anyways?
28 August 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

After being betrayed by Alex Krycek, again, Mulder manages to escape from the slave camp with Krycek in tow. Mulder manages to fall into with some locals who help him out. Krycek also falls into with some locals, but is not so lucky, as he loses his left arm. It is a very striking image to see a bunch of men with only one arm to protect themselves from "the test". The reason why it helps to cut off your left arm is because the doctors inject the people where their small pox vaccination scar is. And that apparently is important for the testing. So, no vaccination scar, no test. After Mulder returns from Russia, the action dies down a bit, making Terma not quite as exciting as Tunguska. When Mulder walks into the senate sub-committee hearing, Scully is VERY excited to see him. It is such a genuine smile of love and affection, excellently done by Gillian Anderson. The Tunguska/Terma two-parter once again leaves the viewer with more questions than answers about the conspiracy, but that's what keeps us coming back for more.

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