Patient X | The K Files | The X Files Podcast | Case File 333
What would an X Files Halloween be without a visit from the faceless rebel aliens? For our final Halloween Redux installment of The K Files, agents investigate mythology alien abduction horror show, Patient X.
Though the scares are visceral, the plot can be a little dense: an alien race is ambushing en masse former alien abductees via some serious (literal) fire power, including the one and only Cassandra Spender (played by top notch working actor Veronica Cartwright), a woman claiming multiple abductions who wants to change the message about aliens to be more positive. Mulder, in full on skeptical mode at this point post Gethsemane arc, finds himself on the opposite side of Scully in a whole new way – Scully forms a bond with Cassandra over their shared abduction experiences and finds Mulder’s new attitude frustrating. Always a fun time when we get Scully as the believer (cross reference with Revelations, Orison, the entire 9th season).
Patient X is a key mythology episode outside of the horrific imagery – it was the first episode to feature Chris Owens as Jeffrey Spender (aka Smokey, Jr.) and introduced Mrs. Smokey herself, Cassandra Spender. The two part concludes with episode, “The Red and the Black,” also very scary, though the nightmare factory is really the first one.
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In Kazakhstan, two young boys see an unknown object fall from the sky. Seconds later, they witness a man being burned alive, and one of the boys is captured by an Alien Bounty Hunter who has his eyes and mouth sewn shut. The next day, Marita Covarrubias (Laurie Holden) leads an investigation of U.N. troops of the area. She runs into Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea), who has caught Dimitri, the other Kazakh boy. Krycek tells Marita to tell her superiors that “it is all going to hell”.
Meanwhile, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) attends a lecture at MIT, where the testimony of Cassandra Spender (Veronica Cartwright), an alien abductee, is being presented. Mulder argues against other members of the lecture over the existence of alien life, claiming that it is a lie created to cover up a program of medical experimentation on civilians run by the military industrial complex. When the lecture ends, Mulder is met by Dr. Heitz Werber, who is surprised to see that Mulder has lost his belief in alien life since the last time they met. Werber tells Mulder that he is Cassandra’s doctor, and asks him to visit her.
Meanwhile, Krycek, who has beaten Dmitri into telling him what he saw, orders his Russian colleagues to infect him with the black oil. Back in the United States, Werber introduces Mulder to the wheelchair-bound Cassandra, who considers him a hero of hers. She claims that the aliens are in a state of upheaval and that she will be abducted by them again. Mulder tells Cassandra there is nothing he can do for her and leaves.
In Russia, Krycek, working against the orders of his superiors, kidnaps the infected Dmitri and flees to the U.S., sewing shut the boy’s eyes, nose, and mouth to keep the black oil from leaving his body. At FBI headquarters, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) meets Agent Jeffrey Spender (Chris Owens), Cassandra’s son, who fears the damage to his reputation if his colleagues learn about his mother. He tells Scully to keep Mulder away from her.
Marita reports to the Syndicate, which expected colonization at a much later date. Krycek offers Dmitri to the Syndicate in exchange for all their research on a vaccine. Meanwhile, Scully talks to Mulder about his meeting with Cassandra. She realizes that she has much in common with Cassandra, including being abducted at Skyland Mountain and having an implant inserted in the base of her neck. Scully visits Cassandra, who immediately realizes that she’s a fellow abductee. Scully tells her not to remove the implant. Cassandra assures Scully that she never will, as she looks forward to being abducted again.
A group of abductees meet at Skyland Mountain and are burned alive by more faceless Alien Bounty Hunters. Scully and Mulder visit the scene, with Mulder continuing to be very skeptical of any alien involvement. The Syndicate is shocked by the massacre. Mulder and Scully visit Cassandra again, who knew many of the people who died. They encounter Spender, who is upset about their visit with his mother. Krycek is met by Marita. When Krycek returns to the cell where Dmitri is held, he finds him gone, and the Well-Manicured Man there instead.
Mulder finds that the victims of the attack had implants in their necks and all claimed to be abductees. He believes they were led there by the military, not aliens. Mulder is called by Marita, who kidnapped Dmitri. Dmitri pulls the stitches off his eyes, resulting in Marita getting infected with the black oil. Mulder calls Cassandra, looking for Scully, but Jeffrey answers and reveals that Cassandra is gone. At that moment Cassandra is with a group of abductees, including Scully, at the Ruskin Dam, brought there by Syndicate assassin Quiet Willy. The abductees see a UFO appear in the sky. Suddenly screams are uttered as two faceless aliens arrive. – Wiki
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