"Mulder, when was the last time you went on a date?"
"I do not gaze at Scully."
Well, first of all, might I say a HUGE improvement from last weeks terrible "Terms of Endearment." Though I wouldn't call "Rain King" a typical X-File, it was nonetheless enjoyable... touching, sweet, hysterical, on the whole a wonderful package. One of the season's most anticipated eps, and definitely not a disappointment.
Well, it looks like they're finally letting it slip a little more! As CC said, Mulder and Scully will be allowed to reflect upon and explore their feelings for one another a little more openly this season, and it seems that's exactly what they've been doing! (And getting closer in a few other ways as well... who else was wondering just where Mulder happened to sleep? ... on a nice comfy cot against the wall, right? Yes. *s*). What was interesting, however, is the actual number of times Mulder and Scully were mistaken for a couple in this episode. I can only call to mind three previous occassions where this was the case, those being "Red Museum", "The Pine Bluff Variant", and of course, "The Ghosts Who Stole Christmas." Moreover, it's shocking how many times it's actually suggested that they should become a couple. Makes you wonder if we're to assume that something is being implied... :-)
What definitely stands out the most, however, is Scully's little pep talk with Sheila in the bathroom, which, if you think about it, can actually be interpretted as Sheila's peptalk to Scully *g* Not only does she deny just a little too loudly that there is nothing between her and Mulder (and we all know that the more you get on the defensive, the more you actually mean just the opposite *s*), but her explanation of friends becoming lovers was essentially a self-revelation about her own feelings towards Mulder (hey, Mulder got to say it in "Triangle. Now it's Scully's turn *s*). And it's such a Scully confession, too. Once again, she lets people know more about her true feelings, not by what she does say, but what she doesn't say. We all know what she meant!
In addition to the sexual tension in this episode, the humour was also exceptional. Scully's whole "I don't believe this is happening" routine was priceless, as was the two of them swaying on the dancefloor in the gym. But when that cow got sucked up into the tornado, damnit I was on the floor. Oh yes, and we musn't forget that gawdy smear of too-red lipstick, and the look of utter shock when Sheila's kiss was forcefully planted on Mulder's face *s*
The only thing that threw me in this ep was the chronology. Now, if I've done my math correctly (I'm assuming that Valentine's Day in this ep took place in 1998) then the episode actually took place in mid-August '98, before the events of Fight the Future, and thus before Mulder and Scully lost the X-Files to evil Spender and Fowley. So I'm just a tad confused about that. Still, I would take nothing away from this episode.
But, to end it off, I'd like to quote Holman.
"Maybe you two should try it sometime."
I dunno. Maybe they should *s*
Squall's Rating: 7+
Ok, down to business. I don't have a lot to say about this episode, mostly because I didn't particularly care for it. I'm sure it seemed worse than it was, however, being the only true low point (with the exception of the "The Beginning", which could have been a little better in my opinion - nothing to really complain about, though *giggle*) admist the brillance of season 6.
What was wrong with it? Well, number 1, Mulder seems to be following such a loose hunch - even for him - that it's ridiculous. There is barely any background into the case, yet he jumps on it with a seemingly unwarranted intensity. Number 2, if Mulder thought that Wayne was the devil, why the hell would he try to show him up? I mean, come on, the guy is the devil! *lol* Isn't there that saying, "don't mess with the devil?" I'd expect Mulder of all people to exercise more caution in such a situation. Number 3, the plot was weak. Only in the last 2 minutes do we really figure out what's going on. That's more like a bad Star Trek episode than an X-File. Number 4, Scully doesn't show up until the last 15 minutes, and there is barely any interaction between her and Mulder at all. Moreover, neither Scully nor Mulder really seemed to be themselves... their behaviour is almost forced. Number 5, the conversations between Laura and Wayne were just... dumb, for lack of a better word. Anyway, enough said. Now on to the few redeeming qualities...
As always, even in the worst episodes, we find something endearing (pardon the pun *s*), and it's the same in this case. Scully's line, "Mulder it's me. That's your cover" was a classic! Also, it stands out more for what it represents. In just a few words, Scully is telling Mulder that they're both in this together, and she'll always be around to stick up for him. And he should expect nothing less. Also, another memorable scene was the almost-drag race between Mulder and Wayne. Boys will be boys *s* Finally, one more reason to hate Spender. He shreds X-Files. *tsk tsk*
And that's about it. I really can't think of anything else worth mentioning. "Terms of Endearment" definitely moves into my list of least-favourite episodes, alongside "Sanguinarium" and "Travelers."
Squall's Rating: 2
Sorry I'm late, gang! The party... I guess it wasn't all that bad, but anyway.. *g*
Ok, now down to business. I really enjoyed this ep! Bizarre, but in a good way *s* Totally symbollic, and the Edgar Allan Poe crossovers were great! The beating of the heart beneath the floorboards....
What is finally touched upon in this episode, always known but never stated, is the perpetual loneliness of Mulder and Scully. Both stubborn and set in their ways, they are perhaps inevitably drawn together because, aside from one another, they don't really have a friend in the world. The ghosts seemed to sense this, and although they may have misinterpretted Mulder and Scully's intentions (well... depending on how you interpret their intentions!! *G*), they try to cure their loneliness by bringing them "together forever." It's kinda sweet, in a morbid sort of way *g*
It was interesting how both Mulder and Scully were described and psycho-analyzed by the ghosts. The ghosts seem to pick up on the most negative aspects of their personalities, and push them out to the forefront. As such, Mulder is stubborn, self-centred and narcissistic, and Scully's only true desire is to constantly be around to drive Mulder crazy by attempting to prove him wrong. A match made in heaven.... I dunno *lol*
Another thing that was interesting about this ep was Scully's reaction to the ghosts. She literally falls apart when she is suddenly cornered with no way to scientifically explain or rationalize the events she is witnessing. Conversely, while any normal person might be scared crapless to see a ghost, Mulder finds the whole situation rather amusing. Ya gotta love this guy :-) Of course by the end, Scully has regained her witts enough to provide a rational explanation for herself, and Mulder, though he doesn't say much, and even seems to superficially accept Scully's belief that the events were all a figment of their imagination - a folie a deux, perhaps? - is obviously reflecting deeply on the events, as he would for any X-File. Now, did they really shoot each other? Hmmmm.... *g*
The best part about this episode? Obviously, the gift-giving scene. Come on, you have to admit it was rather cute *g* Both of them looked like little kids getting gifts on Christmas morning, running wide-eyed to Mulder's couch to tear them open. Awwww. I just wonder what they got each other... *s*
Well this ep has classic written all over it. There's only one thing left to say Happy Holidays, Mulder and Scully.
And Happy Holidays everyone!
Squall's Rating: 8
"I'd kiss ya if you weren't so damn ugly."
Well, so much for speculation, since it seems that everything that happened was essentially erased when time reversed itself... with just a few little remnants that Mulder will be wondering about for the next little while *giggle* At least Fletcher turned out to be a somewhat decent guy in the longrun... well, sort of *lol*
As it happens, there really isn't much to pull out of this episode; since the events were erased, no one can really be bound to them (so I guess this means that Mulder won't have to 'splain anything to Kersh's secretary *g*). Still, there's always something to pull out, besides the great one-liners by Scully! "You baby me again and I'll have you peeing out of a catheter." You go, girl!!!
Probably the most important scene in this episode was the conversation between Mulder and Scully outside the car. Scully, still uncertain about the body switch, yet wanting to believe that Mulder is really inside Fletcher, keeps a safe distance, but still confides her feelings to him in the way that she confides only in Mulder. Simultaneously, Mulder is suddenly faced with the grim prospect that the switch may not be reversible. Once again, they are in a situation which seems to suggest an inevitable separation between them. The angst is so thick that you could cut it with a knife. Mulder, as usual, tries to draw on some humourous element, suggesting that Scully explain the situation to Kersh in hopes that he may disregard her "misconduct." Scully is obviously touched, yet realistic. She replies, "I'd kiss you if you weren't so damn ugly." As the two go there separate ways - a split which could have potentially been final - Mulder calls her back, and hands her something that is more significant than any exchange of words between the two: sunflower seeds. It was almost as if he was giving her a piece of himself to take with her... in case they never meet again :-) A powerful gesture. Unfortunately, they won't remember! *s*
Another intersting season 6 theme which is again reiterated in this episode is the fact that Scully all of a sudden appears to be the trouble-maker, at least in Kersh's eyes. Though I'm perhaps interpretting this slightly out of context, it may be true what Scully said about Fletcher (obviously Mulder from Kersh's point of view), that he was now the bureau's "goldenboy." Hmmm... I like this little reversal of things.
Well, I really did enjoy this two-parter. Chock-full of one-liners, too!! Great eps!
Squall's Rating: 8
"They have a pill for that now!"
Mulder face... priceless!! *lol*
ooo.. and Mulder dancing in his undies...*huge grin*
Mulder and Morris Fletcher switch bodies, and Scully gets to hang out with a chauvinistic pig whom she thinks is Mulder. And once again, poor Scully. She gets to see the UFO yet again, but she doesn't remember it later *sigh* Maybe someday... *g*
Well, I'm going to save most of my commentary for next week, but there are a few things that just have to be said now *g*
At this point, Scully has to be thinking that something is up. Mulder is calling her Dana, smoking Morleys, fooling around with Kersh's secretary, doing things by the book, and generally acting like a total @$$. But, it's not until the end that we see a slight glimmer of familiarity in her eyes. In Mulder's words, "it's so you, Scully." *g*
Ironically, however, Mulder - the real Mulder - does in fact have a scientific explanation for her; that two material objects occupying the same spot in time will phase together. He's just got to get her attention long enough to get the message across.
A few other things to point out. While it is Scully who is lamenting about settling down (does anybody else hear a biological clock ticking or is it just me? *giggle*), it's Mulder who actually does... however his domestic life is short-lived; he gets thrown out into the street, hence proving his previously-stated point that his life is normal the way it is *l*
Also, Scully continues her more aggressive role, this time ditching Mulder - or at least the man she assumes is Mulder - (for once! *g*) to go out and investigate on her own. She may have actually gotten further if it hadn't been for Fletcher ratting on her, and getting Kersh to call her back. While on the subject, Fletcher's motive for wanting Mulder's life remains unclear, but I suspect Scully will figure all that out next week.
All in all, a great ep with some great one-liners... and the Viagra joke was a classic! The Mulder face was great. Can't wait for next week!
Squall's Rating: 8
OH MY GOD!
it's finally out in the open...
he said it... quite seriously, too... *s*
and one more thing...
don't mess with Scully when she's mad!!
you go, girl!!
Ok people, take deep breaths. That's better. Now I figure there really isn't a lot I can say about this episode that hasn't already been said, so I'll be breif. Besides, the events speak for themselves *giggle*
Before I continue... I'm sorry.. you all know there's a shipper in me *lol*
First of all, there's hardly a debate about whether or not Mulder was delirious. I don't know... he didn't seem delirious to me. Hmmm... *giggle* As far as he was concerned, the events that occured were the truth; at the bare mimimum, a representation of the truth. He kisses Scully because he's afraid he'll never see her again. And at some point (whether facing the possibility that they may be eternally separated, or the fact that Scully came thru for him and "saved the world", or maybe just the kiss itself) he finally realizes that he loves her. Unfortunately, real time Scully doesn't believe him when he tells her. She seems to think that he is delirious and talking nonesense, and well, what can we say. Scully is just being her usual rational and skeptical self *lol* But then again, Mulder may have seized the opportunity of being in a presumed "altered state", and used this to get his emotions off his chest. He knew Scully wouldn't believe him, and therefore he was able to be totally honest, saying something as serious as "I love you" without consequence. And (perhaps luckily for Mulder) Scully took the bait. Now where does she stand? Well, we've never seen her quite as agitated as she was when she found out Mulder was missing, going on a virtual rampage thru the hallways of a federal building, insulting a well-repected superior, and uttering death threats at Agent Spender. She even kisses Skinner out of gratitude when he breaks protocol and gets the information she needs! If that's not a token of appreciation (or a representation of some four-letter emotion for that partner of hers), I don't know what one is.
Now, let's compose ourselves for a moment and tear away from all the mushy-gushy stuff *g* Now, while Scully is rampaging about in the hallways and elevators of FBI headquarters, she seems to find out some very interesting things: Kersh does indeed work for CSM, Fowley and Spender are also working in close contact with him, and Spender is CSM's "little rat", to quote Scully. (an aside: the part when Scully was mistaken for Fowley on the phone in the old office, damn I bet she was pissed!! *g*). Now for once Scully knows more than Mulder. She will have ensure that she and Mulder act in view of this new information and tread lightly.
As for the characters in Mulder's "dream" (or whatever you want to call it!) they all shadow and represent events in Mulder's real life. Notice how CSM and Spender are Nazi and pure evil. Not much speculation on what their priorities are in real time. Kersh is a slave, perhaps suggesting that in real time, he is a puppet to the Syndicate, carrying out their every order. Scully, at first a neutral figure, quickly shifts her support to Mulder's side. And interestingly, Skinner, though seemingly evil on the outside, ends up being an unlikely ally. ... More on Skinner, he comes thru for Mulder in his dream when he lets them escape, but also for Scully when he secretly gives her classified information about Mulder's whereabouts (and notice how he actually showed up at the end!). It is now more apparent than ever that Skinner's sentiments have remained unchanged... this may offer hope for Mulder and Scully's future on the X-Files.
Some more interesting things about this episode... Scully crosses herself in the past... perhaps this shows that her feelings and loyalties run parallel in Mulder's split universe. Moreover, she twice insults Spender, in real time referring to him as a "rat", and in the triangle as a "weasle". Confrontation brewing?? *g*... Also, she can't help but refer to herself as a scientist in the time warp. Interestingly, in Mulder's dream world, Fowley is missing (now I know you're all saying, "aww too bad," but just hear me out *g*). Either Fowley doesn't matter enough to Mulder to be included, or he's still not sure where she stands or how he feels about her. Lastly, GO SCULLY! A new side to her revealed.. don't mess with her when she's angry!!
Well, 6 years in the making for this episode... I wonder where it will go from here?? *g*
Squall's Rating: 10
"Big piles of manure."
Already, I have to say, much better than the premiere. A slightly different feel to the show, however, but it was an interesting twist. I have to say I really liked this ep!
First of all, not having read many spoilers, I was thrown by the Fox News broadcast at the beginning. That was a good move, to toss a little angst in there. It really set the tone for what was to come. Though the plot initially bore a more than vague resemblance to F. Emasculata, it quickly progressed into a rapidly-moving government conspiracy.
Mulder and Scully, obviously on somewhat better terms with one another than in The Beginning, are stuck investigating what Mulder terms "piles of manure." Cut off from the X-Files indefinitely, they appear bored and frustrated; so bored in fact, that Scully only protests gently - and almost seems to want to go along - when Mulder suggests they look into an outside case. She even throws a little humour, though somewhat forced, in Mulder's direction when the case takes its usual wacky twist. "You sure know how to pick 'em, Mulder," she scoffs lightly. The disagreement between them, however, is still quite apparent, most notably at the end of the ordeal, when Mulder, exhausted and visibly shaken, is left to stand on his own. Still, Scully sticks up for Mulder in front of AD Kersh, directly taking him on in telling him not to underestimate Mulder's judgement. And, it is she who seems more annoyed with her superior at the end than Mulder. Confrontation brewing?? Maybe...
More on Scully, it appears that her judgement is refreshingly correct; her theory about sound waves and movement ultimately stood unscathed. More interesting is that Mulder doesn't come up with one of his bizarre theories to contradict her. He actually accepts - even pleads for - her explanation with little protest... perhaps in his way, it was an apology for shooting down her science in The Beginning, and moreover, proof to her that he does indeed trust her judgement. In addition, Scully seems to enhance her role in the X-Files movement (so I've termed it since they're trying to get it back *giggle*), not only by letting Kersh know she is more than just a passive presense behind Mulder in the field, but also in her confrontation with a member of the Seafarer staff, where she quicky comes up with a lie to gain information, implying her need for a "quick rundown" of the events for a review to the FCC... Scully breaking rules? Well it's about damn time!! *g*
Although other aspects of general mythology are barely touched upon here, there are several points worth mentioning. For one thing, Mulder's apparent Jewish heritage is alluded to again, as it was in Kaddish. He reacts strongly (and understandably so) to the insults thrown in his direction, and almost refuses to speak with his captor afterwards. The issue, however, is still not brought completely out into the open. Also, more loosely tied in is the ever-present issue of government conspiracies, in this case in the form of the Seafarer group, who were doing the tests with soundwaves in the first place. Whether they will be back in the future is unclear, but the door is left open.
All and all, this was a promising episode, in the sense that season 6 may be getting back on track.
**Afterthought: I recently viewed this episode again, quite a few months after I wrote this review, and I have to say that have I a new appreciation for it. I quite enjoyed it the first few times I watched it, but it wasn't until I watched it months later that I really picked up on the subtleties of the episode. For one, the Scully characterization is great; the initiative she takes in cracking this case is paralleled in only a handful of other X-Files. The general method in which this episode is filmed is fantastic. I honestly found it more intense this time around. I'm not sure why; perhaps it's because I didn't feel the need to over-concentrate on the ep. Anyway, to avoid repeating what I've already stated, I just thought it worth mentioning. Drive is a fantastic episode. Take a second look.
Squall's Rating: 8
And Mulder has a new haircut...
And oh, that Evil Diana Fowley *shudder*
"I'm asking you to turst my judgement... to trust me."
The long awaited start of the 6th season shoots off with a rash of new questions. In a nutshell?? The X-Files are for the most-part gone. Whatever remains of them is now under the control of Agent Spender and *choke* Agent Fowley. Mulder's feelings for Agent Fowley seem to go up and down like a yo-yo. Mulder and Scully fight like cats and dogs. Mulder acts like a jerk toward Scully. Skinner is a traitor, and perhaps no longer a part of the bureau. Gibson Praise returns, after undergoing what appears to be a labotomy. The evil aliens are back, wrecking havok in unsuspected places and mutating into nice aliens. And we're all aliens-and-what-the-hell-is-going-on-here?? *giggle* The general feeling, in one word: confusion - not so much from lack of understanding what is going on, but for lack of knowing exactly what reaction we're supposed to have in regards to these events.
First, Mulder and Scully: tension. They are both obvioulsy frustrated at the loss of the X-Files and their uncertain future, and seem to take out their anger on one another. This is in stark contrast to the mushy Mulder-Scully we saw in the movie. Scully, still not quite sure of what she saw in Antarctica, though at the same time fearing that it may shake her entire belief system, seems to try harder than ever to find scientific proof to the questions they are presented with, probably more for her own peace of mind than for the sake of the X-Files (such as they are *lol*). Mulder on the other hand, refuses more strongly than ever to accept science as an explanation for the events they witnessed. He even rebukes her science when she reaches out to him, as if pleading for at least a truce in asking him to remember the words he spoke to her in the hallway. Mulder, however, responds with the stinging words: "I'm sorry, Scully. This time your science is wrong." This is perhaps one of the coldest things he has ever said to her, not as much as in words but in tone. And it is troubling because the statement was totally unprovoked. In sum, for most of the episode, the two are pitted against each other with arguably more tension than at any other time during the five years they have known each other.
The Syndicate is back, and with WMM apparently out of the picture, CSM is in charge. Gibson still has his powers, and it now seems that he can communicate with the aliens. But while tracking down aliens, Gibson protects Mulder and Scully, warding off the Syndicate when the agents are just about to stumble into their view. This goes back to the soft-spot Gibson apparently has for Scully, as reveiled in The End. His sentiments change quickly, however, after he lands himself in Mulder and Scully's care, and realizes that Scully wishes to use him to explain the strange events of the recent past. Gibson doesn't like the fact the is once again being used, if even for a good purpose. Whether he will even return to aide Mulder and Scully in the future is unclear.
And then, of course, the evil Diana Fowley returns. And evil is an understatement!! At their first meeting in the episode, Mulder, shocked that Diana is now running what remains of the X-Files, chides her for "stabbing him in the back" and taking the X-Files away from him. But when she shows up again unexpectedly, promising to show "Fox" everything he needs to know, Mulder seems to forget that she betrayed him, and considers her offer. He has to make a choice: Scully and Gibson's route to the truth, or the apparent truth Diana is peddling. He chooses the latter (*thinking of X-Philes everywhere shaking their heads in disgust*). Maybe he thinks she deserves a second chance....whatever. Diana then leads him to the reactor where the newly-gestated alien has retreated.
[an aside] Just like in the movie, the aliens need heat to gestate, and it seems the more heat they get, the faster they grow... and into very unexpected things are we discover at the end!!
So while Scully is discovering strange things about Gibson - and losing him in the process - Mulder is being cruelly manipulated by Diana oh-so-evil Fowley. Then Gibson shows up at the reactor, tracking the alien. Diana of course then stabs Mulder in the back - this time for real - setting him up for an arrest and reprimand. Just who is this witch working for?? (Ok everybody, two guesses!! *giggle*). Of course this time, Mulder doesn't see it that way (*hearing X-Philes everywhere saying "hellloooo? Mulder??"*) and at the end, he defends her, clinging to some hope that she may be using him as a scapegoat to protect evidence (X-Philes reply: tsk tsk). Strange that he should think this, since in the finale, Diana revealed that she felt the X-Files were but and "indulgence." If she thinks they're just a hobby, why would she go so far to protect them? I think she's working (with Spender no doubt) to get Mulder out of the X-Files for good, and under the direction of a new AD (better maybe since Skinner just brushed them off... and where was he at the end? Hmmmm....). Diana seems to have had the help of her new-found partner and friend Agent Spender, who's working with daddy-dearest to get Mulder out of the picture... but this time, he's going about it in a different way. They intend to break his spirit. Just how they will do this remains to be seen, but a warning: let's watch out.
Just one note about Spender. He now occupies the role CSM always wanted Mulder to occupy, such that the person running the X-Files has a tie to the Syndicate. This must be the reason that CSM was so willing to toss Mulder aside in favour of Spender.
At the end, Mulder and Scully's anger toward one another finally comes to a head. Scully, at first concerned that Mulder might feel betrayed by Diana, is miffed when he doens't see it that way. Probably feeling the Fowley-tension returning, she again asks him to consider her science as an explanation, but he refuses. Finally, she asks him to choose: "I'm asking you to trust my judgement... to trust me." When it comes down to this line, Mulder can't say no, and as she explains to him her findings, that Gibson is the the active form of the very virus that she was infected with, and that this virus is dormant in all people, thus meaning we are all extra-terrestrials(!), we see a more familiar glow return between the two of them, albeit one with rough edges. So Mulder and Scully have a lot of work to do. Their trust, the one thing that has kept them together over the years, was all at once in question. Though they are headed in the right direction, you have to remember that their edgy feelings won't immediately disappear.
Sooo... like I said. The air of the episode: confusion. I can't call this one.
Squall's Rating: 3
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