First things first. This episode was a real hoot! Secondly, Babylon was the fifth episode of The X-Files revival and we are way too close to the end.
What do these things have in common? Honky-tonks, Terrorism, Dopplegangers and words? You would at first think nothing, but we had them all in this episode. What started as a “ripped from the headlines” kind of opening, we see the bombing of an art gallery in Texas, displaying artwork of the Muslim Prophet, sitting on a toilet, crapping. We see a young Muslim man praying to Allah, and continuing on to meet a brother to bomb said art gallery. It was an explosive scene. We were then introduced to two fine young agents, Agent Einstein and Agent Miller.
Agent Miller, an ‘in your face’ doppleganger of a young Mulder, enthralled by all weird, and conspiracy based cases. The exuberance of this young fella! Then we have Agent Einstein, medical doctor, red hair and excuding Scully-like mannerisms and clothing, totally skeptical of the basement office and her not wanting to be here attitude. It was great! I almost laughed out loud.
Miller and Einstein, are looking into the case of the bombing and want to get some input from our agents about trying to get into the mind of the surviving terrorist. The banter between the four is priceless and in the end, our agents can’t help them find what they are looking for. Yet…
In classic hilarity, Scully calls on Miller and suggests there may be a way to medically and technically, to get responses from the brain injured terrorist,Shiraz . She flies to Texas with him. In the meantime, Mulder calls Agent Einstein to a meeting about using ‘magic mushrooms’, to get on the metaphysical wave length of the terrorist to find out about upcoming bombings. She thinks this is ludicrous, but ends up helping him to get the said mushrooms.
When at the hospital, Miller and Scully run into some suits, that are there for retribution on the terrorist, but get them to leave. Miller can speak some Arabic, and gets a rise out of Shiraz’s brain waves when speaking it. When Mulder gets to Texas, he gets the ‘shroom’ capsules from Einstein, and takes them.
In a altered state, Mulder is tripping down the hallways and ends up at a Honky-tonk, where he envisions himself a cowboy, complete with hat and meets up with none other than, The Lone Gunman! This was an epic scene! Mulder line dancing to ‘Achy Breaky Heart‘, drinking, and carrying on like a good cowboy should! Wow! The more prophetic following scene, where Mulder is seeing Shiraz, in the arms of a woman, much like Mary holding her son Jesus. All the while, Mulder is being whipped by The Smoking Man. Mulder can hear Shiraz speaking to him, but it is in Arabic, and he can’t understand him.
In the end, after being released from his Honky-tonk escapades, Director Skinner isn’t happy. The truth is, was that Mulder hadn’t been tripping at all. Einstein tells Mulder that he was under the influence of only himself, stoned on the power of suggestion.
Mulder see the woman from his trippy vision, trying to get into the hospital. He recognizes her and realizes that this is Shiraz’s mother. When he escorts her into the boy’s room, she almost collapses from the sight of him. As soon as Shiraz hears his mothers voice, his brain responds. The Mother explaines to Mulder, Scully, Einstein, and Miller that she’d been talking with her son in dreams. He told her that he didn’t use his bomb vest. Once he got inside the gallery, he changed his mind. He couldn’t kill innocent people. Then Mulder gets it! He realizes that when Shiraz spoke to him , he was telling Mulder where to find the rest of the terror cell! In a hotel called Babylon, (‘Tower of Babel’) ! The Feds get there in time to arrest and stop the cell from any future bombings.
When Einstein tries to make sense of it all, she tells Miller, “Remarkably, I did nothing, and remarkably, it worked.“The mysterious: the true source of all art and science, I’ve come to believe words do have weight and power to move people…to do the most psychotic things.”
When Scully shows up at Mulder’s house, they walk. He tells her how he has been thinking of God. Specifically “the angry God of the Bible. “What is this god saying? Worship me in my great anger?, he asks. Scully tries to rein in his thoughts and says that God is,“beyond words,” that we could hear him, if we “open our hearts and truly listen.”
Then Mulder hears something off in the distance. The heralding of trumpets in the sky.
What I learned from this episode is that we all march to the beat of a different drum. I learned that words, do have the power to kill, to heal, and to suggest love and hatred and acceptance, although not always physically. That love, hate, and racism for people and religion, is omnipresent. We all have a power within us to overcome adversity and challenges. This episode was not racist as some Twitter users suggest. If you have anything of an open mind, you should be able to learn something from this. It was a great episode.
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