7×17: all things

“I don’t think you can know. I mean, how many different lives would we be leading if we made different choices. We… We don’t know.” — Fox Mulder
“What if there was only one choice and all the other ones were wrong? And there were signs along the way to pay attention to.” — Dana Scully
“Mmm. And all the… choices would then lead to this very moment. One wrong turn, and… we wouldn’t be sitting here together. Well, that says a lot. That says a lot, a lot, a lot. That’s probably more than we should be getting into at this late hour.” — Fox Mulder

Spurred on by one of Mulder’s investigations, Scully is confronted with possibilities she’s usually dismissed.

all things

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Max: Last season, David got his chance at writing and directing an episode of The X-Files with the wonderful outing “The Unnatural.” Here, it is Gillian’s turn, and I wish we could say we were as pleased with what she brought to the table, but sadly, there are a lot of issues with “all things,” an episode that throughout my life as a fan of the program I’ve wanted desperately to like. Typically, I have a kind of fascination with ideas that would be stereotypically derided as a New Age hodgepodge (at the very least, they give us a novel way of looking at the cold hard reality in front of us), but Gillian’s execution of those ideas leaves a lot to be desired.

“all things” begins as two separate cases that Mulder has asked Scully to lend her expertise and assistance to (the autopsy of a woman and the unmasking of the makers of crop circles in England), that invariably end up as a single “case” through which Scully is forced to confront choices she’s made in the past, choices that affect how she will carry herself in the present and into the future.

By happenstance, the autopsy results get mixed up with the x-rays of one Dr. Daniel Waterston, the man who was once one of Scully’s teachers in medical school, and whom she carried on an affair with that broke up his marriage. Continue reading