SCULLY: (voiceover) From space, it seems an abstraction -- a magician's trick on a darkened stage. And from this distance one might never imagine that it is alive. It first appeared in the sea almost four billion years ago in the form of single-celled life. In an explosion of life spanning millions of years, nature's first multicellular organisms began to multiply... and then it stopped. 440 million years ago, a great mass extinction would kill off nearly every species on the planet leaving the vast oceans decimated and empty. Slowly, plants began to evolve, then insects, only to be wiped out in the second great mass extinction upon the Earth. The cycle repeated again and again. Reptiles emerging, independent of the sea only to be killed off. Then dinosaurs, struggling to life along with the first birds, fish, and flowering plants - their decimations Earth's fourth and fifth great extinctions.
Only 100,000 years ago, Homo Sapiens appear-- man. From cave paintings to the Bible to Columbus and Apollo 11, we have been a tireless force upon the earth and off cataloguing the natural world as it unfolds to us. Rising to a world population of over five billion people all descended from that original single cell, that first spark of life. But for all our knowledge, what no one can say for certain, is what or who ignited that original spark. Is there a plan, a purpose or a reason to our existence? Will we pass, as those before us, into oblivion, into the sixth extinction that scientists warn is already in progress?
Or will the mystery be revealed through a sign, a symbol, a revelation?
MULDER: ... a fringe theory called "Panspermia" It's the belief that life originated...
SCULLY: Ö elsewhere... in this universe.
SKINNER: You've heard of this?
SCULLY: Yeah. It's the idea that Mars or other planets were habitable long before Earth and that, uh, cosmic collisions on these planets blasted microbes into our solar system - some of which landed and flourished here.
SCULLY: What are we doing, Mulder? This is a police matter at best.
MULDER: Skinner wants us on the case.
SCULLY: Are you going to try and convince me that you have no personal interest in this case?
MULDER: I am just a hired gun for the FBI.
SCULLY: I don't understand you, Mulder. You're willing to pursue any case involving aliens no matter how tenuous the connection. There has to be some limit to your interest... I mean, this endless pursuit of the truth, Mulder, it just... it doesn't make any sense to me now.
SCULLY: Mulder... look, after all you've done, after all you've uncovered -- a conspiracy of men doing human experiments, men who are all now dead -- you exposed their secrets. I mean, you've won. What more could you possibly hope to do or to find?
MULDER: My sister.
CHUCK BURKS: Do you know what a Magic Square is?
MULDER: Yeah. It has to do with the occult.
CHUCK BURKS: Right. Very cool. They first appear in the ninth century in history but, uh... as the story goes God himself instructed Adam in their use and then handed down the secret to all his saints and prophets and wise men as a way of trapping and storing potential power to the person whose name or numerical correlative exercises that power.
SCULLY: Well, Mulder, if it were real then why would an American Indian artifact be fused in rock on the west coast of the African continent?
MULDER: In 1996, a rock from Mars was found in Antarctica. How did it get there?
SCULLY: It was from outer space.
CHUCK BURKS: Begs the question, doesn't it? Why produce a fraud with Navajo writing... in Africa?
SCULLY: A passage from the Bible on an artifact that you're saying is extraterrestrial. And, uh, how did the aliens get it?
DR. SANDOZ: They gave it to us. The text came from them. I can prove it. It's written here. I'm sure of it.
SCULLY: Mulder, this, uh, artifact if I'm to believe what I'm being told about it...
SCULLY: It has a passage on it from Genesis.
MULDER: Scully, that artifact is extraterrestrial.
SCULLY: Mulder, it can't be.
MULDER: Did you know what that would mean?
SCULLY: No, it would mean nothing, Mulder.
MULDER: No, it would mean that our progenitors were alien, that our genesis was alien, that we're here because of them; that they put us here.
SCULLY: Mulder, that is science fiction. It doesn't hold a drop of water.
MULDER: You're wrong. It holds everything. Don't you see? All the mysteries of science everything we can't understand or won't explain, every human behaviorism- cosmology, psychology, everything in the X-Files -- it all owes to them. It's from them.
SCULLY: Mulder, I will not accept that. It is just not possible.
MULDER: Well, then, you go ahead and prove me wrong, Scully.
MAN: ...final preparations for mass destruction on a scale that can only be imagined.
ANOTHER MAN: Well, what can we do to stop it?
MAN: There appears to be nothing we can do to prevent it. It becomes a question of managing the crisis. Otherwise, we are facing annihilation ourselves.
SCULLY: (voiceover) It began with an act of supreme violence -- a big bang expanding ever outward, cosmos born of matter and gas, matter and gas ten billion years ago. Whose idea was this? Who had the audacity for such invention? And the reason? Were we part of that plan ten billion years ago? Are we born only to die? To be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth before giving way to our generations? If there is a beginning, must there be an end? We burn like fires in our time only to be extinguished. To surrender to the elements' eternal reclaim. Matter and gas... will this all end one day? Life no longer passing to life, the Earth left barren like the stars above, like the cosmos. Will the hand that lit the flame let it burn down? Let it burn out? Could we, too, become extinct? Or if this fire of life living inside us is meant to go on, who decides? Who tends the flames? Can he reignite the spark even as it grows cold and weak?
DR. SANDOZ: Yes, all right, but I realized something. The letters Albert translated on the artifact... I know what they are.
SCULLY: What they are?
DR. SANDOZ: Yes. They're coordinates, Agent Scully.
SCULLY: For what?
DR. SANDOZ: For genes. They're symbols for gene clusters -- the human genome. I think it's all here. The map to our human genetic makeup every gene on every chromosome -- proof of what I've been saying. If only we could find more pieces.