The first episode of the return of The X-Files Sunday night, with the second episode airing on its regular time slot on Monday. The new series has Fox Mulder called out of retirement and reunited with his old partner, Dana Scully, to investigate the bizarre and the unexplained for the FBI. One of those mysteries is the top secret conspiracy revolving around the existence of aliens and the cover up of what UFOs really are. The conspiracy has undergone a reboot and, on close examination, it doesn’t make any sense.
In the old series, a shadowy cabal of old white men had conspired to sell out the planet to alien invaders in exchange for ensuring their survival. But that narrative, as it turns out, is just a smoke screen masking the real conspiracy.
The real conspiracy started during the 1947 UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico. The government acquires alien technology and uses it to develop something called “zero point energy” and a fleet of flying vehicles with which the conspiracy intends to take over the world.
The theory falls apart when you imagine what the government of 1947, headed by President Harry Truman, believed the main threat to the United States was. The year in question is the start of the Cold War, that long twilight struggle with the Soviet Union, a country that was really bent on taking over the world. Just imagine, in the midst of this geopolitical reality, alien technology drops into the laps of the United States military that could affect an early win in the Cold War.
The first thing that the power brokers in DC at the time would be to task the same scientific minds that created the atomic bomb to start building military hardware to defeat the Soviet Union. The X-Files episode suggests that the same vehicles that flew on “zero point energy” were also entirely stealthy. At some point, a fleet of these vehicles suddenly appear over every target in the Soviet Union and takes them out with dispatch. Soviet problem solved.
At the same time, the boys inside the beltway would suspect that the aliens may not be happy that some of their technology has fallen into the hands of the Earthlings. A number of people, like Wernher von Braun, were already campaigning for the United States to start a space program. We would need to have space ships based on the alien technology to deal with the aliens, just in case they got aggressive. This idea is a theme in the upcoming sequel to “Independence Day” which is set in a world in which the aliens invaded Earth in 1996. We have a moon base in the alternate 2016, among other things.
A world in which alien technology fell into American hands in 1947 would be a far different one than the one depicted in The X-Files. The excuse in the show that the evil oil companies suppressed the technology doesn’t wash. The aerospace companies would be keen to profit from the technology. Boeing and Lockheed would have far more clout in Washington than Texaco and Shell.
Clearly, Chris Carter, they purveyor of The X-Files, did not think things through when setting up his fictional conspiracy. He has that tendency in common with real life conspiracy theorists.