The X-Files‘ mini-event ended tonight with a cliffhanger, something Chris Carter said was going to happen, but people still seem really surprised. Anyhoo, on to the science and references.
In this episode we get another look at Mulder’s house. Is there any better indicator that someone is crazy than having a bunch of newspaper clippings on the wall?
Scully claims that 90% of human DNA is anomalous. I’m not sure what she means. The part that’s unique to a specific person? It’s not junk (non-coding) DNA, that’s nowhere near 90%. There’s a lot of DNA talk in this episode, and as far as I can tell most of it is gibberish.
The main threat in “My Struggle II” is that something has triggered a time bomb in human DNA, causing people’s immune systems to shut down. I’ve watched the episode twice, and I can’t quite figure out what that something is supposed to be. There is a cutaway to Tad O’Malley talking about chemtrails, but I’m not sure if we’re supposed to take that as a serious suggestion. In the same scene O’Malley talks about graffiti being used during martial law, apparently a reference to the old canard about colored stickers on mail boxes.
We’re told the plan has been in motion since 2012, an attempt to tie the 2012 doom prophecies into the story. Obviously nothing happened in 2012, so that’s kind of a weird move. Of course, the whole 2012 doom prophecy thing was one of the most bizarre fringe ideas. Why would the Mayan calendar be the only one in the history of the world that was right? The Mayans civilization isn’t even around anymore, so if they were so good at predicting stuff why did they bother to predict something that would happen after it wouldn’t matter to them anymore?
When Mulder confronts the Cigarette Smoking Man, CSM says that the plan represents “the defeat of the big brained beasts by the tiniest unthinking microbes.” This is a reversal of the end of H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds, where germs kill the alien invaders. Mulder replies that this is the “musings of a madman,” a reference to the season 4 episode “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.”
The episode ends with a triangular UFO confronting Scully and Mulder on a bridge. The triangular UFOs have been an indicator of human built craft on The X-Files since episode 2, “Deep Throat.”