6×11: Two Fathers

“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.

Two Fathers

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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

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4×01: Herrenvolk

“Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it. And that’s a place to start. That’s where the hope is.” – Dana Scully

We left our heroes (and the enigmatic Jeremiah Smith) last season at a industrial site in Maryland, the Alien Bounty Hunter looming over them. What follows is a race against time, with lives in the balance…

Herrenvolk

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Max: Welcome to our coverage of season four of The X-Files! The show has been at the height of its powers, and going from strength to strength. We pick up this episode where we left off last season, but first, we get a prelude of new developments in the cold open. An electrician in rural Alberta, Canada is doing maintenance work when a bee stings him. Suddenly, he is swarmed by five young blonde boys as he begins to convulse and falls to his death. This is yet another ominous demise the show does so well, and sets the stage for new wrinkles in the mythology.

Meanwhile, the Alien Bounty Hunter — who has pursued Mulder and Scully to an abandoned steel mill — chases them through the structure, intent on capturing Jeremiah Smith and condemning him to death for his recklessness in “Talitha Cumi.” Continue reading

2×16: Colony

“Our friend from the C.I.A. is about as unbelievable as his story… as is everything about this case. I mean, whatever happened to ‘trust no one,’ Mulder?” – Dana Scully
“Oh, I changed it to “trust everyone.” I didn’t tell you?” – Fox Mulder

Our agents are tipped off to the deaths of identical looking doctors around the country. Little do they know what the path they set off on will uncover.

Colony

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Max: Oh boy. This one folks is what you might call a “doozy.” “Colony” is the first part of a pair of episodes that are some of the absolutely best the series ever produced. Frequently acclaimed by audiences and critics alike and ranked commensurate to this esteem, these episodes represent a lot of what people think of when they think of The X-Files.

We start this one in media res, with Mulder being brought in from the Arctic cold on a stretcher, barely clinging to life. Scully is not far behind, and pleads with the doctor on staff that the cold is the only thing keeping him alive. Mulder begins to flatline, and we are off to the races. Continue reading