When a terrorist ends up in a coma, a pair of younger FBI agents ask Mulder and Scully for help communicating with the man, resembling them when their adventure first began and reminding them of just how far they have come.

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When an art gallery that's showing potentially offensive artwork is bombed, Mulder and Scully seek some way to communicate with the comatose bomber in order to prevent a future attack. Meanwhile, a pair of younger FBI agents on the case push Mulder and Scully to examine their own beliefs as Scully seeks answers from neuroscience and Mulder from mysticism. Written by http://www.spoilertv.com/2016/01/the-x-files-episode-1005-babylon-press.html

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In the beginning, Mulder and Scully watch a video of people hearing sounds of trumpets apparently coming form the sky. Although the video is fictional, the phenomenon does exist and it's called "The Hum", also known as "The Apocalypse's Trumpets" or "The Apocalypse's Sound". According to the ear witnesses, it consists of a persistent loud trumpet-like sound, with no clear origin, happening randomly around the world. See more »

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Where Mulder and Scully are walking away from his house holding hands, you can clearly see a mike strapped to DD's chest through his jumper. The mike pack can be seen attached to his back pocket as well. See more »

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Fox Mulder: I saw things though, Scully. Powerful things. I saw deep and unconditional love.
Dana Scully: I saw things too. I witnessed unqualified hate that appears to have no end.
Fox Mulder: How to reconcile the two? The extremes of our nature.
Dana Scully: That's the question. Maybe the question of our times.
Fox Mulder: Walk with me, Scully.
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Roll Out for Mulder's Mystery Tour
15 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

UPDATE - Thank you Jimmy Bernardino for stating precisely how I felt about this episode.

I don't know what other people are viewing when they watch these episodes, when I am moved and elevated on so many levels. It certainly does not seem to be the same thing I just watched. For me to come in here and put down my feelings, I see some of these other reviews and it's like putting a heavy stone around my neck and falling into a well, with so many just not getting it. It's The X-Files, that's all the explanation anyone needs. This was for me one of the most powerful X-Files episodes I have ever seen. Most people would not rush to write a review about something that they hated, so this activity is another form of propaganda. Perhaps it is Chris Carter's name in itself, what if he had used a pen name to write and direct this episode?

What we have here-- it really is "Babylon". This episode is making it's own point, with certain viewer's reactions to it. In today's world, nobody speaks the same language, and as Skully says "it's all about learning to speak the same language again". Unfortunately, nobody wants to make an effort to do this. So, "Islamophobic" my Arse, Carter is panning basic bad behavior, it's not limited to any one religion or people group. He is making fun of the basic stereotypes, we can't take any of this seriously, however, these stereotypes exist in some ways.

I didn't see anything wrong with Chris Carter's general script, because by the time the denouement rolls out, I think I understand what's being said. And this particular episode addresses this phenomenon that I see happening in the last 16 years, which is basically so many examples of unfounded hate. It's been happening on news websites and social networks since before 2008, and it has just been getting worse. But it has also moved out from social media to the point where people are just bellowing rage-hate messages in the open- And being applauded for it.

And this is exactly what Chris Carter is saying here especially in this episode, how words can take on an atomic weight and fill so many people with unfounded, unmitigated HATE. In the last 16 years, I have seen good friends I know take on ugly belief systems, all on the word of someone else "who said so". I've actually seen TV evangelists like Kenneth Copeland for instance tell his followers to log into Movie sites and give bad reviews to shows like The X-Files, or Star Wars, or even Star Trek. And, this has been happening. Before that, most likely they'd have been telling their people to worship God. When churches and TV ministries move away from The Gospel and start trying to tell us what kind of shows we should watch, something's wrong. So as far as nailing the point home, Chris Carter aced it.

When the shows that I like start reflecting the reality that I see, that's not bad writing. Chris Carter has a gift for seeing what's happening in the world and putting it into his work.

As far as the Director's chair goes, Chris Carter is also coming into his stride. I was pleased especially with Mulder's "Mushroom" trip, and I have to say from first hand experience, that's just how it is. The most difficult thing is to portray a psychedelic experience in film, this episode is up there with Altered States as far as giving us a glimpse as to how it might be. Carter wove a splendid tapestry using sight and sound, his choice of music recently is superb.


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