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Chapter 1: A Plague and a Project (The Story)
The X-Files movie begins a long, long time ago, in 35,000 b.c., when much of the earth was covered in ice and snow. Two figures, primitive men, walk through the cold, windswept landscape. They are following the trail left by a mysterious creature. Three-toed tracks lead the hunters to the inside of an ice cave.
The creature is an alientall and thin, black-eyed and hairless, with only tiny slits for a nose and mouth. But the alien has razor-sharp teeth and long claws on his hands and feet that extend when it attacks. Suddenly the alien lashes out and fiercely attacks one of the men. One dies in the battle. The second primitive struggles and finally kills the alien. But then we see a scary black oil ooze out of the dead alien's body. It seeps into cracks on the floor and wall. The black oil seems to be alive! It creeps slowly toward the surviving primitive's chest, mouth, and eyes.
Without warning, a boy plunges through the roof of the cave. The movie has cut to the present, to Blackwood, Texas, an area outside of Dallas. A group of boys have been playing at the same cave we saw in the first scene. But now, thirty-five thousand years later, the ice and snow have melted away. Instead, the cave is rocky, and in the middle of empty desert land. The boys, trying to build a fort, have dug a hole in the hard desert ground right above the cave. One of the boysStevie (Lucas Black)digs too deep and suddenly falls through a hole in the earth. He falls so hard the wind is knocked out of him, but he is okay. Exploring the cave, Stevie discovers a human skull and excitedly tells his friends there are lots of bones inthe cave. Suddenly, from a crack in the cave floor comes the same gooey, black substance that seeped into the floor thirty-five thousand years earlier. The black oil slowly inches toward the boy. It creeps onto his shoe, crawls under his skin, and moves through his body until even his eyes turn black and oily. Terrified by what has just happened to their friend, the boys run for help. Stevie stands frozen within the cave. The creeping alien oil has paralyzed him.
Suddenly the air is filled with sirens. Soon, there are fire trucks everywhere. Two firemen quickly climb down into the cave to rescue Stevie. Mysteriously, they don't come back. Two more firemen are sent inand disappear, too. The bodies of all four men have been invaded and infected by the alien oil. The local fire captain is concerned when no one returns from the cave. Now the fire department has to rescue five people instead of one.
Just then, a helicopter swoops down for a landing. Dr. Ben Bronschweig (Jeffrey DeMunn) gets out. He has brought along a mysterious "hazardous materials" team. The team has seen dangerous substances like the black oil before. They carefully and quickly carry Stevie's paralyzed body away. The rest of his team begin setting up tents and other equipment at the site. What the local firefighters do not know is that Dr. Bronschweig reports to a secret organization known as "the syndicate." This cave has become an important part of the undercover "project" the syndicate is working on. Dr. Bronschweig will set up a laboratory here to observe one of the infected firemen.
The movie action cuts to a government building one week later. Someone has planted a bomb here. FBI agents must hurry to find the bomb before it goes off. The FBI has cleared out all of the people who work there, and is now looking for where the bomb is hidden.
But two agents have decided to check the building across the street instead. One of them, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), a handsome man with sad eyes and a quick sense of humor, has a hunch that the FBI is on the wrong track. His longtime partner, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), a beautiful red-haired woman, is on the roof of the building, but she speaks to him by cell phone. Together they used to be in charge of the FBI's X-Files unit. But now, that unit has been closed. In the X-Files unit they investigated, or looked into, events that were strange or difficult to explain. Now they are assigned to more common FBI dutieslike checking out bomb threats.
Mulder's hunch is right. By accident, he discovers the bomb hidden in a soda machine in the building across the street. With Mulder locked in the vending room, Scully hurries to clear the building. She calls for help from the FBI agents next door. With just minutes to spare, Mulder is rescued by Scully and Special Agent in Charge Darius Michaud (Terry O'Quinn). Michaud orders Mulder and Scully and everyone else out of the building while he stays behind to try to defuse the bomb. As the car speeds away, the bomb goes off. The building explodes in a shower of cement, metal, and broken glass.
The next day Mulder and Scully are at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they are questioned by Assistant Director Jana Cassidy (Blythe Danner). She wants to know everything they saw and heard before the bombing in Dallas. The agents learn that five people were killed in the explosion. Special Agent in Charge Michaud, three firemen, and the young boy, Stevie, all died in the blast. Mulder and Scully also learn that they are being blamed for those deaths.
That night, Mulder meets Dr. Alvin Kurtzweil (Martin Landau). The doctor claims to be an old friend of Mulder's father. He also writes books about government conspiraciesplots to hide information or evidence from the public. Kurtzweil gives Mulder important news. The building in Dallas was bombed by the syndicate to hide the already dead bodies of Stevie and the three firemen. The syndicate did not want anyone to find the bodies, so they blew up the building. Kurtzweil also tells Mulder that Special Agent in Charge Michaud let the building explode because he worked for the syndicate.
Mulder is disturbed by what Kurtzweil has told him. He talks Scully into going to the naval hospital where the bodies are being kept. At the hospital, they go straight to the cold, dark morguea place where dead bodies are temporarily stored. Since Scully was trained as a doctor, she carefully examines the body of one of the bombing victims. She snaps on her medical gloves and does an autopsyor examon one of the firemen. Scully quickly discovers the fireman did not die from the explosion, as someone wanted the agents to believe. He died from some kind of infection. It is one she has never seen before. The victim's skin is almost see-through and feels like sticky gelatin. His internal organslike his heart, liver, and kidneyshave been partially eaten away by the virus.