“This is the end. I never thought I’d hear myself say those words after all these years. You put your life into something… build it, protect it… The end is as unimaginable as your own death or the death of your children. I could never have scripted the events that led us to this. None of us could. All the brilliant men… the secret that we kept so well.”
– Cigarette Smoking Man
The sudden return of Cassandra Spender opens up a whole can of worms for our heroes, where everything seems to be in the balance.
Max: Well here we are sports fans, the first entry of a two-parter in which Chris Carter and company decided to tie up a vast majority of the mythology’s threads and blow the whole damn thing up. For nearly six whole seasons (and one feature film), we’ve witnessed Agents Mulder and Scully investigate an elaborate puzzle of conspiracy and secrets buried deep from prying eyes.
I utilized the puzzle metaphor heavily during the first two seasons of this rewatch to express how the writers took a loose association of ideas about the existence of extraterrestrial life to assemble an overarching story. Radhika and I also spoke at length how stuff like Anderson’s pregnancy spurred Scully’s abduction arc, which was pivotal in bringing us alien bounty hunters, black oil, bees, genetic experiments, vaccines, and her cancer. In covering the last season or so, our concerns about losing the thread of the top-heavy mythology grew, something the creative team took to heart when season six convened. Continue reading