Monday, February 2, 2004
MUTANT X'S "CONSPIRACY THEORY"
"Conspiracy Theory," a new episode of Mutant X, will air in syndication this week. The episode is written by Peter Mohan and directed by Bill Corcoran.
Below the photos is a thorough plot synposis, with spoilers. (Click on the thumbnails for larger images).
At the site of a plane crash, Eddie Boyle (Jason Schombing) secretly snaps photos of two men carrying dead bodies dressed in silver suits out of the wreckage, while armed men in black suits stand guard.
Following a tip on the plane crash from Lexa (Karen Cliche), Brennan (Victor Webster) and Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) suddenly hear gunshots. As they run towards the sound, they see the black-clad guards firing automatic weapons at Eddie, who is now hiding behind some rocks. Brennan and Shalimar unleash their mutant powers on the men, scaring them off. But just as they are about to rescue Eddie, the men in black fire a grenade at the wreckage-site, destroying all evidence, and then flee in SUV's.
Eddie, an admitted conspiracy theorist, then suggests to Shalimar and Brennan that they have just witnessed the work of aliens.
Later at a remote military base, the men in black suits tell their boss, Benedict (Matt Cooke), that there were three witnesses on-site. Infuriated, he immediately orders them to find the leak.
Meanwhile, Eddie, an ex-reporter for the Daily Times, takes Brennan and Shalimar to his headquarters in an old tailor store. There, he shows them a fuzzy photo of a man with lightening coming from his hands and reveals that his alien theories stem from this image.
Seeing himself in the photo, Brennan feels guilty playing a major role in Eddie's theories, especially since they have cost Eddie his job and family.
At Sanctuary, the Dominion contacts Lexa and reminds her that Mutant X only has twenty-four hours to complete their mission. Lexa then confesses to the Dominion that she is re-assessing her future with Mutant X.
Meanwhile, Eddie, Brennan and Shalimar go to see Leon, Eddie's informant who runs a suppressed information website from his trailer. To their surprise, however, they find him dead. A helicopter suddenly appears overhead and fires gunshots demolishing Eddie's car and all of Leon's computer equipment except for a back-up system hidden in a floor safe.
Back at the tailor store, Brennan distracts Eddie while Shalimar works with Jesse (Forbes March) via her comlink to access Leon's back-up system on Eddie's computer. Once Jesse's tapped in, Brennan, Shalimar and Eddie go to an old age home to see Silver (Jack Duffy), one of Leon's contacts, who gives them a lead on a place called Area 12 which is supposedly crawling with aliens.
Back at Sanctuary, Jess tries unsuccessfully to figure out what is bothering Lexa. He then focuses back on the mission and discovers Leon was communicating with a high rank government official.
With only 12 hours left, Jesse sends Brennan, Shalimar and Eddie to a military base to investigate. There, they recognize the guards from the plane crash site and spot a strange ice cream truck. Shalimar and Eddie create a blockade to stop the approaching truck, and when Brennan sneaks into the back of the vehicle, he finds two bodies in silver suits and a third empty suit. He takes one of the bodies and comlinks Jesse to meet them at a clinic.
Examining the body, Jesse discovers that its genetic structure has been modified to manufacture deadly diseases while remaining immune to its own bacteria, creating the ultimate killing machine. Brennan realizes that the third suit indicates that there is another killer out there.
Suspicious of Brennan and Shalimar's involvement, Eddie asks who they are and Brennan flashes him an FBI badge.
Meanwhile, the men in black capture Dr. Harrow (Graham Harley), an employee of Benedict's, who leaked information to Leon about Benedict's evil intentions. Benedict then orders their killer to assassinate Harrow.
Later that night, Lexa meets her Dominion associate in a dark alley and learns the bodies are connected to "Contact," a secret military project that Dr. Harrow was running before he was murdered.
Back at the tailor's, Shalimar gets an update from Lexa and the information leads Eddie to believe that Senator Daniel Richards (Philip Craig) may be in danger. Eddie's research shows that Richards shut down Project Contact a year ago and established a commission to police the abuse of genetic military research.
In a government building, Benedict, posing as security, goes to see Richards. When the Mutant X team learns that Richards will deliver the report of the commission at eight o'clock that night, they head towards the federal building. Lexa stays behind, however, conflicted.
At the federal building, Brennan, Shalimar and Eddie rush into Richards' office to warn him, but an outburst from Eddie referencing aliens makes him skeptical. Brennan then asks Eddie not to interfere with their mission from this point on.
As Eddie leaves, he sees Benedict in the hall and recognizes him as being connected to Project Contact. Hiding in the shadows, Eddie watches as Benedict and the killer, posing as security guards, head towards the conference room. The Mutant X team, with the exception of Lexa, is taking their positions for the press conference when Eddie bursts in to warn Brennan about Benedict. When Brennan ignores him, Eddie takes matters into his own hands and races to save Richards. Believing Eddie might be on to something, Brennan, Shalimar and Jesse race after him. Without hesitation, Eddie dives between Richards and the killer sacrificing his own life.
Brennan arrives and takes out the killer with series of telsa coils. Brennan then takes a dying Eddie into his arms and reveals to him his mutant powers, confirming Eddie's theories.
Suddenly, the killer revives and lunges for Brennan. In nick of time, however, Lexa, who has had a change of heart towards Mutant X, appears and takes out the killer with her powers, saving Brennan.
In the aftermath, Eddie is touted by the media as a hero.
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