8×16: Three Words

“Look, Scully, I need to make sense of what happened to me. So that I can stop it. Because if I can’t stop it, it could happen to anyone. It could happen to you. And who’s to stay it’s going to stop there?” — Fox Mulder
“Mulder, if you go down, the X-Files will go down too. I mean, theoretically, they could put you in prison for what you’re doing here.” — Dana Scully
“Yeah, well, compared to where I just was, prison would be a Princess cruise.” — Fox Mulder

Mulder is drawn back into X-Files land when a man claiming to have information about an alien invasion is shot on the White House lawn.

Three Words

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Radhika: Mulder’s back! And with that, we get to see some delightfully familiar scenes of Mulder and Scully (and The Lone Gunmen) teamed up again. And even though all isn’t quite well with Mulder, with his return comes a touch of humor to the show again — something I love seeing amid all the darkness, doom and gloom of season eight. That said, it’s not like this episode is a light and fluffy outing. We’ve come back to the world of conspiracies and alien invasions and then some.

The teaser: A man infiltrates the White House lawn and in the ensuing struggle with the Secret Service, he winds up shot. As he bleeds out, he hands over a CD he wants the president to receive. Written on the CD are the words: “Fight the Future.” Enter The X-Files theme. Continue reading

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8×15: Deadalive

“Do you know…? Do you have any idea what you’ve been through?” — Dana Scully
“Only what I see in your face.” — Fox Mulder

With Mulder dead and buried, Scully has to learn to move on from this life-altering event… until some patented X-Files craziness upends her assumptions.

Deadalive

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Max: Hospital rooms. God knows how many times we’ve ended up there at the end of an episode, with one or all of our heroes recuperating after encountering the latest freak of nature or mythological puzzle piece. In fact, a cute recent project makes light of this, so enmeshed is this tableaux in the DNA of our program. And so, with “Deadalive,” we come right back to where we have been many times before (the full circle motif just keeps on spinning), with Scully’s tearful reunion with her partner that she thought she’d never see again.

To get there though, we have to bear witness to Scully burying Mulder (with the usual mourners in attendance), and the three-month period that followed, with her at her lowest, grieving and resigned to a world without her closest friend, unable to share in the miracle that is her pregnancy. For a mythology episode, and particularly for one as landmark as this one is, the plot is relatively straightforward. What we get here is essentially a mirror image of “One Breath” — but without the cheesy allegorical device that framed that earlier outing. Continue reading

8×14: This Is Not Happening

“You believe in extraterrestrials?” — Dana Scully
“Let’s just say I don’t not believe. As I said, I try to stay open.” — Monica Reyes

We begin the buildup to Mulder’s return and get introduced to a new agent as Doggett, Scully and Skinner try to figure out what’s going on with a number of returned alien abductees.

This is Not Happening

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Radhika: “This is Not Happening,” a fairly emotional and reasonably action-packed episode, brings us to that point in season eight where we can start moving away from searching for Mulder and begin thinking more about what will happen once he returns. Of course, Mulder can’t just return in a simple manner, which is why this episode isn’t quite the “ta-da!” reveal promos from back in the day might have made us all think.

When Theresa Hoese, a woman abducted right around the time Mulder was, reappears, bruised and broken, Skinner, Doggett and Scully head to Montana to get to the bottom of things. There, they encounter Richie Szalay (who discovered Theresa), who has been searching for his abducted friend Gary. Meanwhile, viewers are reintroduced to shape-shifter/healer extraordinaire Jeremiah Smith — who has assumed the form of a doctor and had Theresa transferred. That’s around the time Doggett calls in some backup: Special Agent Monica Reyes, a believer in paranormal phenomenon, who nonetheless thinks Mulder may have joined a UFO cult. We later see Jeremiah Smith up to his old tricks, healing Theresa of her injuries. He’s also teamed up with some guy who goes by the name Absalom (and is essentially the leader of a doomsday cult). Continue reading