Dod Kalm (2x19)
written by Howard Gordon & Alex Gunsa
MULDER: I want to show you something, Scully. This was the course of the USS Ardent when she disappeared. Now, I've been tracking the points of departure and destination for each of these X-files. On December 12, 1949, a Royal Navy battleship disappeared between Leeds and Cape Perry. The sea was calm, the weather sunny. In 1963, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, a fleet of Soviet minesweepers left from here for Havana. All 6 vessels vanished without a trace. All in all, I've counted 9 unexplained disappearances. Each of them passed through here - the 65th parallel.
SCULLY: Another Bermuda Triangle?
MULDER: It's more like a wrinkle in time...
MULDER: You know anything about the Philadelphia Experiment?
SCULLY: It was a, uh, a program during World War II to render battleships invisible to radar. But then the Manhattan Project heated up, and it was discontinued and most of the scientists were relocated to Los Alamos.
MULDER: Except none of those scientists ever made it to Los Alamos.
SCULLY: Where were they sent?
MULDER: Roswell, New Mexico.
SCULLY: Are you suggesting that the Philadelphia Experiment used alien technology?
MULDER: Less than nine months after the alleged crash of a UFO in Roswell, New Mexico, the USS Eldridge did more than just hide from radar screens, it disappeared altogether from the Philadelphia Navy Yard only to reappear minutes later, hundreds of miles away, in Norfolk Virginia.
SCULLY: That's not possible, Mulder, not without defying all laws of, of time and space.
MULDER: Those physicists may have been trying to manipulate wormholes on Earth.
MULDER: Actual portals where matter interfaces with time at a relatively decelerated or accelerated rate. I'm betting that the military never stopped the work it began 50 years ago.
SCULLY: Have you let Skinner in on this?
MULDER: I'm giving myself a 24-hour head start before I give Skinner my report. I want this one myself.
SCULLY: What is it, Mulder? Why are they so afraid? My father spent the better part of his life at sea. He had a healthy respect for the ocean, but he never feared it. I see fear in these men's eyes.
MULDER: How good are you?
TRONDHEIM: About as good as you're going to get, considering no one else will take you there.
MULDER: What we're seeing here may be the result of some kind of military experiment.
TRONDHEIM: Military experiment?
MULDER: An artifical time band, where matter moves through time at an accelerated rate.
TRONDHEIM: Tell me in English.
MULDER: Time may be speeding up.
SCULLY: Time acceleration is an equation, Mulder, a theory.
MULDER: Then theoretically it's possible.
SCULLY: Mulder, what do you know about free radicals?
MULDER: Is this a quiz?
SCULLY: They are highly reactive chemicals containing extra electrons. Now, they can attack DNA proteins, they can cause our body tissue and cell membranes to oxidize.
MULDER: Grow old, you mean?
SCULLY: It's the prevailing theory on how our bodies age.
MULDER: So you think something is triggering that reaction in us?
SCULLY: This is just a theory. But what if this ship is drifting towards another massive metallic source, like a meteor. Maybe it's way down deep in the ocean or embedded into an iceberg. But the two could effectively be acting as positive and negative terminals with the ocean itself being a kind of giant battery. That level of electromagnetic energy could be exciting the free radicals and effectively oxidizing every piece of matter in its field.
MULDER: It makes sense, Scully. The organic equivalent to rust would be rapid premature senescence.
MULDER: I always thought when I got older I'd maybe take a cruise somewhere. This isn't exactly what I had in mind. The service on this ship is terrible, Scully. It's not fair. It's not our time. We still have work to do.
SCULLY: Mulder ... When they found me, after the doctors and even my family had given up, I experienced something that I never told you about. Even now it's hard to find the words. But there's one thing I'm certain of. As certain as I am of this life, we have nothing to fear when it's over.
MULDER: I'm so tired.
SCULLY: Among Halverson's belongings, I found a children's book of Norse legends. From what I can tell, the pictures show the end of the world - not in a sudden firestorm of damnation as the Bible teaches us, but in a slow covering blanket of snow. First the moon and the stars will be lost in a dense white fog, then the rivers and the lakes and the sea will freeze over. And finally a wolf named Skoll will open his jaws and eat the sun, sending the world into an everlasting night. I think I hear the wolf at the door.