Written by: Chris Carter
One of my favorite
We see frightened loggers
in the woods
running away as green glowing
objects attack them.
finds that all 30 loggers have vanished and that a similar incident happened 60 years ago in the same area.
Mulder and Scully
talk to the forest ranger
and Steve Humphreys, the security chief
for the logging company
. They think eco-terrorists
were behind the attacks.
The four of them head to the woods but are forced to walk the rest of the way when their car tires
are slashed by spike
s. Looking around the camp
they find a man hanging in a huge cocoon
ed of all fluids.
Doug Spiney, an eco-terrorist, shows up talking about a force that comes only at night, can not attack with a light source, and devours people alive. He explains that the loggers have been cutting down
s and are releasing green mites that have been lying dormant
Mulder concludes that the mites are ancient egg
s that affected from radiation
from volcanic activity
Humphreys leaves but is trapped in his car and attacked by the green bugs
. Mulder allows Spinney to go for help, which Scully
greatly disapproves of. Mulder, Scully, and the ranger, then spend a scary night
wondering if they'd have enough gas to fuel
the single light to keep the mites away. Their generator fails
just as the sun starts to rise
Spinney does return but their car is stopped again by spikes. Spinney flees into the night forest and is attacked by the bugs. Inside the car, Mulder and Scully, and the ranger, watch as the bugs enter the car through the air vent
Hours later Mulder, Scully, and the ranger are found cocooned in the car by a quarantine unit
and are treated. Mulder expresses concern about the quarantine
's procedures for dealing with the bugs but the medical worker
replies, "That is not an option, Mr. Mulder
Mulder -- "Come on, Scully, it’ll be a nice trip
to the forest."
Scully -- "Well, you were right about one thing."
Mulder -- " What’s that?"
Scully -- "It definitely wasn’t Bigfoot
Scully -- "What kind of an insect could have gotten a man all the way up into that tree?"
Mulder -- "Itsy-bitsy spider
Spinney -- "Darkness
is our enemy."
Spinney -- "Maybe they been lying there dormant for hundreds of years. Maybe they woke up hungry
Mulder -- "Scully? How is she doing?"
Medical man -- "She’s still not out of the woods
, so to speak. She lost a lot of fluids. Two or three more hours of exposure
, she might not have made it."
Mulder -- "I told her it was going to be a nice trip to the forest."
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