4×18: Max

“What are these people dying for? Is it for the truth or for the lies?” — Dana Scully
“It’s got to be for the truth. If we owe them anything, it’s to make sure of that.” — Fox Mulder

The mystery surrounding Max Fenig’s abduction and death deepens, as the hunt for an alien artifact carries on.

20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

Radhika: Generally speaking, “Tempus Fugit” and “Max” are well-remembered episodes of The X-Files’ mythology, with plenty of iconic abduction imagery and heightening intrigue surrounding the conspiracies that Mulder and Scully always find themselves investigating. But in retrospect, I wonder if the storyline could have been wrapped up in one tight episode because in all honesty, while I enjoyed “Tempus Fugit,” I could feel my eyes glazing over during a couple of scenes here. The mythology felt pretty logical up through “Memento Mori,” but I feel there’s a bit of a shakiness in this episode that may indicate the beginning of the convolutions found in later seasons.

The episode picks up where the last left off: Mulder is apprehended by a group of commandos after diving to the bottom of a lake to find an alien spacecraft. And Scully is trying to save the injured Agent Pendrell after he was accidentally shot — poor Pendrell goes on to die off camera, so no happy ending there. Meanwhile, U.S. Air Force air traffic controller Louis Frish is being arrested for false testimony. The official explanation for the crash is that a military fighter craft was mistakenly put on a collision course with Flight 549. But Mulder is more convinced that the crashed UFO he found underwater was involved. Continue reading


My First Time: Adventures In Babysitting

Welcome to “My First Time,” a recurring section on the blog where we query fellow X-Philes about how they came to the show, and then later on how their fandom developed and evolved over the years.

Before we reached out though, we’ve taken the opportunity to tell you all our stories.

The X-Files: The Truth Is Out There

Not my personal copy, but I own the exact same book!

Max: Somewhat unique amongst X-Philes, I can pinpoint the exact day I discovered the show. It was April 14, 1995, and I had just turned 10 a little over a month prior. It was a Friday, and my parents left my sister and me to the care of our sitter (whose name escapes me sadly) while they went out to dinner and a movie. Our sitter at the time was a devoted watcher of The X-Files, and would be one of the many who stayed home on Friday nights to catch the latest adventures of Mulder and Scully. She also was meticulously taping each new episode that aired to add to her collection. Given that she was watching us that evening, she nevertheless kept up her devotion, and let us stay up to watch TV with her. Giving me a brief rundown of the premise, she switched the set to Fox. The night’s episode: season two’s “The Calusari.” Continue reading