8×02: Without

“We live in a darkness of our own making, blind to a habitant world all but unseen by us. A world of beings traveling through time and space imaginable to us only as flights of fancy. Who are these beings we dare to imagine but fear to accept? What dark goes on inside their impossible machines, cloaked from us by invisible forces? If they know our secrets, why can’t we know theirs?” — Dana Scully

The search for Mulder continues as an alien bounty hunter causes trouble, only for Doggett and Scully to end up becoming partners on the X-Files.

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Radhika: And so continues the story of Scully’s search for Mulder in part two of a very sad, angry and paranoid set of episodes. This is the episode where Scully, Skinner and the audience need to accept that things really have changed in X-Files land and that things might not be terribly great for some time. And it’s something I still watch with a twinge of sadness, even though I lived through this trauma more than a decade ago.

Where we last left off, it looked like Doggett had cornered Mulder — but in this episode, we learn that it’s not actually Mulder, just an Alien Bounty Hunter trying to track down wunderkind Gibson Praise, who has been hiding out at a school for the deaf. The Bounty Hunter eventually takes on the guise of Scully as well, causing some real havoc when he attacks another FBI agent. Continue reading

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8×01: Within

“Look… I saw what I saw. I have to make a statement in there. I’m not going to tell them it didn’t happen.” — Walter Skinner
“Well, you heard Kersh. They don’t want the truth. You give them the truth, and they’ll hang you with it.” — Dana Scully
“They can hang me with a lie, too.” — Walter Skinner

The hunt for Mulder is on, but Scully has to contend with Special Agent John Doggett, the man heading up a task force to locate her partner…

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Max: And here we are. Did you our faithful readers survive the jump? You did? Splendid. Welcome to our coverage of season eight of the television program that brought us all together. I joked around with Radhika that the next two months or so of coverage will be my thesis on why this season is underrated and deserves to be talked about in the company of the Vancouver heyday. It does gladden my heart that as the years have gone by, this season has undergone a bit of a critical reevaluation amongst fellow Philes, so this will be more of a celebration rather than an evangelizing mission.

We pick up nearly right where we left off last season, now with the understanding that Scully is dealing with the massive fallout from both her partner’s abduction as well as the shocking news of her pregnancy. Continue reading

4×17: Tempus Fugit

“These men, no. These men are trained to identify moving parts. Hydraulics, electronics. They’re trained to reconstruct those parts and the past and arrive at the present. But they can’t do that because somebody has stolen the past from them. Nine minutes of it. Nine minutes that became a lifetime for those passengers, and now for their families. Someone has got to figure out what happened in those nine minutes. Somehow, we’ve got to get them back.” – Fox Mulder

Mulder and Scully are roped into the investigation of what happened to a crashed airliner when they learn that an old friend was on that flight, potentially carrying some dangerous material…

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Max: “Tempus Fugit” kicks off the spring two-parter of mythology episodes with perhaps one of the most unusual entries in the overall puzzle. Bringing back the beleaguered Max Fenig from season one’s excellent “Fallen Angel,” the cold open is a cacophony of paranoia and horror, with Max being threatened by a mysterious man, but then finding himself with bigger fish to fry as the tell tale sign of bright white lights flood the plane he is on, causing intense turbulence as he braces for another of his many abductions.

This is contrasted by the post-credits scene of Mulder and Scully at a bar, where he surprises her with a cake and waitstaff serenade, managing to remember her birthday this year (with a gift to boot!). Still, this jubilation is predictably short lived as a woman claiming to be Max’s sister Sharon interrupts them and tells them that she was instructed to find our heroes if Max didn’t survive his flight. Continue reading