Pretty much everyone over 40 remembers a riveting but ultimately frustrating 1990s TV show called the X-Files, in which aliens show up and make some extreme demands on the world’s governments. Hopelessly outgunned, the governments not only surrender but volunteer to help with the transition to alien rule. All unbeknownst to the public, of course.
Shadowy organizations then begin a series of genetic and technological experiments, with sometimes gross and always disturbing effects on their human subjects. Along the way, a couple of FBI agents — Fox Mulder and Dana Scully — catch on and try to expose these plots-within-plots, with (spoiler alert) zero success. The series ends without the much-anticipated final battle between good and evil, depriving millions of fans (including this one) of their Hollywood happy ending.
Now fast forward to the real world of 2020. The US government starts releasing what it claims are videos of legit UFOs and sends talking heads to major networks to confirm that these things are 1) buzzing our military bases with impunity and 2) probably not of this world.
At about the same time, a virus, possibly grown in a Chinese lab with US help but who really knows, emerges and almost instantly circles the globe, leading most governments to impose lockdowns that, at least in retrospect, seem way out of proportion to the actual threat. The story ends with the more-or-less coerced injection of billions of people with experimental vaccines.
Since — in the developed world at least — covid-19 turned out to be less deadly than cigarettes or opioids (or driving), the point of the past year’s hysteria seems, like that of the X-Files’ secret genetic experiments, to be unclear. Was it an overreaction by jumpy politicians who chose to err on the side of safety? Or was it a dry run for something bigger, designed to find out how easy it would be to impose global martial law?
If the latter, they got their answer: We turned out to be really easy to manipulate.
Aliens + genetic experiments + psyops …
Are we living in an episode of the X-Files? Hopefully not. But events of the past year do feel like a prelude to some kind of major societal turning point.