4×10: Paper Hearts

“Scully, do you believe that my sister Samantha was abducted by aliens? Have you ever believed that? No. So what do you think happened to her?” — Fox Mulder
“What are you saying you believe now?” — Dana Scully
“I don’t know. I don’t know what happened. I don’t know what to believe. I just know that I have to find out now.” — Fox Mulder

Mulder and Scully investigate a child killer Mulder helped catch years ago, who seems to have killed more victims than everyone thought. Mulder begins to consider the possibility that the killer may have been behind his sister’s disappearance.

20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

20th Century Fox via Chrisnu

Radhika: Every once in a while, an episode of The X-Files will draw upon its larger mythology in its Monster-of-the-Week episodes, and “Paper Hearts” really takes that to the next level. Mind you, I still wouldn’t consider this an actual mythology episode, but it preys so heavily on the vulnerabilities Mulder has after his sister’s abduction, that it really gives us a chance to experience the impact that event had on his personal and professional life.

“Paper Hearts” is a beautiful episode. It has dark content — as 99.9 percent of X-Files episodes do — but it is shot beautifully, acted beautifully and is ultimately a compellingly told story. Continue reading