The End 5×20: So you two know each other.


"Why, Mulder? Why did they have to bring in The Fowl One?"

I know this show isn’t real. I’m cognizant that I’m having a fictional adventure when I watch it. But I tell you, when that Fowley woman comes on screen I have a visceral reaction. There are unnatural noises and convulsions intermittently mixed with weeping and gnashing of teeth. I’m keenly aware of my irrationality, of the pseudo-inappropriate nature of my response. But it is what it is.

I hate to do it to you, but I’m going to have to Ship here for a moment.

Last episode, we had this sweet, glorious moment where Mulder declares his need for Scully, pronounces her the only person he can depend on, and begs her to be his friend with the puppiest of puppy dog eyes. To take an MSR hungry audience from that kind of a high to such a FOWL low amounts to pop culture cruelty. Chris Carter, thou art guilty.

I still haven’t fully forgiven that man.

Scully has been the woman in Mulder’s life for a good long time now. His sister has been taken from him. He and his mother’s relationship, though loving, is distant. He has no love, no friend, no one who would or could challenge Scully’s place in the hierarchy of his relationships. And based on Mulder’s famous “one in five billion” declaration last episode, Scully feels reasonably secure in her position.

But what if she wasn’t the only “Scully” he ever had? I’m sure the question never occurred to Scully before Diana Fowley came along. Sure, there was Phoebe Green in Mulder’s past, but that relationship was hardly more than misplaced puppy love, and he never trusted her, he only lusted after her. This… this Diana Fowley situation, is much more dangerous.

Even now, after the show has long since ended, we know very little of the history of their relationship except that there was one. Whether it began before or after Diana Fowley helped Mulder uncover the X-Files, we don’t know. Did she walk out of Mulder’s life against his will? With his blessing? No one can say. But what’s painfully obvious is that he trusted her and trusts her still.

Maybe I’m projecting, but I suspect what disturbs Scully most is how secretive Mulder’s being about his past relationship with Diana. There is precious little Mulder holds back from Scully, and it generally either involves the minutiae of a case they’re working on or something relating to her ova. (Alarmingly, I speak the truth here.) So not only does he trust someone else, but he doesn’t trust Scully enough to explain who that someone else is.

Well, he probably doesn’t tell Scully because he’s embarrassed and uncomfortable, but she doesn’t know that.

I’ve said before that Scully senses very early on in Season 1 that Mulder needs her. She validates him, justifies him, humanizes him. David Duchovny once aptly called her Mulder’s “human credential.” And long before Scully was personally invested in the mythology of the X-Files, it was her refusal to abandon a friend who needed her that kept her in the game

More than even knowing she’s needed, Scully likes being needed. Who doesn’t, right? And Mulder’s appreciation of her talents, skill and intelligence validate her and his admiration is about all she has considering the trajectory of her career. But it’s not until Scully begins to consider that Mulder may not need her, or even want her, as much as she thought he did that she seriously contemplates leaving. But now I’m delving into Fight the Future territory.

Despite her ties to the conspiracy that will come to (a very murky) light later on, Diana Fowley never plays a significant role in the mythology at large which I consider a waste. But watching “The End” back again, I begin to believe that she was never meant to. She’s a foil for Scully and merely a tool/weapon to cause tension in a relationship that had already survived the likes of abduction, cancer, and Morgan & Wong. After all, why should they be happy together?

Verdict:

It’s tough for me to admit that I’m not sure how useful this episode really is.  Gibson Praise is presented as the Key to Everything, but how? How would his telepathic abilities unlock all the mysteries of the X-Files? What does he have to do with, say, spontaneous human combustion? Mutant worms? Vampires? Jeffrey Spender’s “Luke, I am your father” moment with Cigarette-Smoking Man is a little anti-climactic since we knew about that already. Worst of all, though I have a low tolerance for love triangles to begin with, Archie, Betty and Veronica not withstanding, this one moves the mythology and the greater plot forward not at all. Not for now, anyway. It does shake Scully’s head out of the sand, however, for which a small and begrudging part of me is grateful.

The plot development that bodes best for the rest of the series is the return of Cigarette-Smoking Man. The mutual uneasy dislike between him and all the other members of the Syndicate is a treat that I wish had been explored further. Though why these men who secretly control the world are incapable of ridding themselves of a 12-year-old without him begs credulity.

There’s a lot to dress up these faults, however, and “The End” grabs your attention if it’s ultimately not very meaningful, thanks in no large part to Mark Snow’s evocative score, parts of which were clearly harvested from the upcoming movie’s soundtrack. It’s exciting if not fulfilling so I can’t be too mad at it.

Like Gibson, Chris Carter is merely moving chess pieces into place with this episode, putting them into position for what would hopefully be a summer blockbuster and a hit season of television beyond. It remains to be seen what kind of play he’s planning to make.

B+

P.S. Stay tuned for the Season Wrap Up where we can’t help but figure out where Mulder and Scully currently stand before the movie comes along and USTs us to death.

Queen’s Gambit Accepted:

This was The X-Files’ last episode shot in Vancouver with the crew that had been their since the beginning. As it was also R.W. Goodwin’s last episode on the show, it was only fitting that he should direct it. All those extras in the chess tournament scene? Yeah. Those were real fans. Philes fill stadiums.

Somehow, this game has been rigged from the beginning by Cigarette-Smoking Man. He’s edging out Mulder and his precious X-Files to make room for his precious Jeffrey. But why does Mulder have to suffer in order for Spender to make a name for himself? And why, even with scientific proof that something’s afoot, is the wunderkind Mulder’s downfall? Surely the powers that be have heard stranger tales from him. Why they’d balk at Gibson Praise of all things is beyond me. You’d think they’d gleefully subject him to further testing.

Fowley isn’t the only one creating tension. If Spender was at odds with Mulder before, now he’s downright antagonistic. And it’s not like Mulder’s attitude is going to help bring them together.

Why does Gibson keep referring to Scully and The Fowl One as “girls?”

Anyone notice that Mulder can’t so much as look Scully in the face when he says, “You know what to do, Diana?” Coward. Traitor. Bastard.

He lets her call him Fox. – There are no words.

For an ever so brief second in the car there, it looks as though Scully might cry.

I spent much of my first viewing of this episode alternately screaming and whining at my television screen. Not much has changed.

Clearly, sadly, frustratingly, the one thinking about Mulder is Diana. And judging by their secret glances during the car ride earlier, she’s the one he’s thinking about too. My only consolation is that Mulder was loath for Gibson to let the truth be known. Is he afraid of Scully’s reaction because he knows she’d be justifiably discomfited to know about he and Diana Fowley’s past relationship? Or does he not want to give Diana the satisfaction of knowing her presence has affected him since he’s too proud to fall back into a relationship with her just because she’s decided to come back after all these years? Either way, I’m slightly comforted by his discomfort.

Best Quotes:

Gibson Praise: I know what’s on your mind. I know you’re thinking about one of the girls you brought.
Mulder: Oh?
Gibson Praise: And one of them is thinking about you.
Fowley: Which one?
Gibson Praise: He doesn’t want me to say.

——————–

Mulder: You’re insulting me when you should be taking notes.

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54 responses to “The End 5×20: So you two know each other.

  1. “You’re insulting me when you should be taking notes.” Loved that line! I always really enjoyed it when Mulder threw his intelligence in someone else’s face.

  2. The first thing that I am actually dying to point out… you know the shooter? He’s the lawyer who gets eaten by the T-Rex while sitting on the crapper in Jurassic Park!!!!! SAME GUY!!!!! When I watched this I LOLed big time.

    Okay, now that that’s out of the way…

    I think whoever cooked up Diana Fowley’s character should be both patted on the back and punched in the face. Because GOD, don’t we all hate her. We hate her immediately. But, she is so interesting because she is not written to be belligerent or outwardly unlikable – you just KNOW you don’t like her. But here’s the thing… We hate Diana… but oh boy do we love jealous!Scully… At least I do, anyway. I think Diana’s placement ends up illustrating Scully’s feelings, which many times in the series isn’t always so clear. That being said, I hate you Diana.

    I wish we could have like a whole season on just the Syndicate, the history, the dynamics – everything. I am always so curious about the Syndicate and every scene they are in, I am always left wanting/wondering more – but I suppose that is the point.

    I have always loved Gibson Praise’s character but I wish this, like many other XF finales had been like a two-parter or something. We needed more.

    • OMW!! I’ve been trying to figure out for years where I knew that guy from! The pop culture skies have opened and the way before me is clear.

      I do love to hate Diana, with the balance in hate’s favor. I really can’t fault Mimi Rogers in her presentation as I think her ambiguous personality only enhances my hate. If she had earned it too early on I couldn’t hate her as passionately. It has to be irrational to make sense.

      Gibson, like Diana, should’ve been used to his full potential. Here’s a kid who could unlock the keys to the universe and I think we only see him two more brief times before the series finale. Considering the show’s only half done at this point, that’s significant.

      • I completely agree with you. I think Gibson could have been a huge piece to the whole thing but was not used properly. I’ll give CC & co the benefit of the doubt though – they may not have been able to get the kid who played Gibson to be a regular on the series or something. ALSO. THIS IS SO HORRIBLE. But doesn’t Gibson look like a young Frohike?! I’m just saying. LMAO.

        I guess I don’t buy how significant Gibson’s “gift” was, given Mulder basically forgets him after this. I mean sure his office burned to the ground, he lost everything, then the soiree in Antarctica, but… you don’t just not press after this kid who you had and then was taken… I mean, Mulder pursues the hell out of everything – why not Gibson?

        • The Gibson-Frohike connection was also grossly underutilized.

          But, exactly. If Gibson is the key, why didn’t they act like it?

        • WHAT, oh my gosh, I never made that connection, but Gibson really does look exactly like a young Frohike. Now I’ve seen the likeness and I will never be able to unsee it. Poor kid–Frohike is great but he is not an attractive man.

          Salome, your hatred for Fowley makes me ridiculously happy. This is what the internet’s for–when I first watched this show I did so in a vacuum, with no one to discuss it with, and I thought I was the only one who hated Fowley with an irrational intensity. It was a comfort the first time I realized that there were others like me. Anyway, the distaste seeping into every line made this review hilarious. My favorite line: “He lets her call him Fox. – There are no words.”

        • OH MY GOD – My best buddy and I ALWAYS said that about Gibson and Frohike… he was like Frohike’s mini-me! 🙂

  3. “…merely a tool/weapon to cause tension in a relationship that had already survived the likes of abduction, cancer, and Morgan & Wong.” I lol’d! 🙂 Win.

    Although, despite my better judgement – I have to agree with you, it seems the meat of this episode is the tension between Mulder and Scully with Fowley inserting herself in the middle. This is not necessarily steeped in mythology – which is surprising for a finale. I did love to hate this episode and I swear the Scully-in-the-car scene is probably one of my favorite Gillian moments – I *feel* for her, truly.

    • 🙂

      Yeah, it’s lack of progression is why I couldn’t rate it all that highly despite the fact that it forced me to pay close attention in my irritation. It’s supposed to be the lead up to the movie, and I think it successfully does that emotionally, but not in any other way. All these plot threads of wunderkinds, old flames and paternity will be left dangling till next season rolls around.

      But, oh, that car scene. I remember speaking tearful words of comfort to Scully as if she could hear me… which of course she could.

  4. USTs?
    All the acronyms mess with me. I initially read that as UTIs. And that’s not fun for anyone.
    Also, I love to hate Diana. One thing that always bothered me–Diana’s name. Was the Dana/Diana thing supposed to have big meaning? I just thought the writers were getting lazy.

  5. A good finale for sure, as you said though, it doesn’t really move things forward too much, I suppose the entire episode is moving things into position, as the chess metaphors throughout like to remind us. CSM coming into Spender’s life, Fowley coming into Mulder’s, the burning of the basement office and the CSM returning to the ranks of the Syndicate.

    I think it’s greater moments are down to its characters as opposed to the plot and it’s very enjoyable.

    PS-I love to rattle your cage Salome so I’m just going to end this post with the following words. I love Fowley. 😀

    • This is where hindsight is not always 20/20 because I think to myself, “Position for what?” At the time, it felt like something huge was coming down the pike, but now… Diana, like Marita Covarrubias before her, feels almost like a red herring. And Gibson all but disappears. At least the CSM-Spender thing gets some real play and the tensions in the Syndicate are touched on.

      P.S. For the sake of our torrid internet love affair, I’m going to assume that you mean you love her dead rather than alive. 😀

      • What? I love her alive, the way she came in and cause issues between our intrepid heroes just when it seemed they were getting closer, it made for great drama. I loved the element of emotional turmoil she brought to the show.

        I realise your opinion of me has probably went down a few notches now. 🙂

  6. I don’t think any female Philes like the Fowl One. You know that jealousy when a new girl moves to town and is suddenly best friends with your best friend while you are no longer her confidante and somehow left on the outside? That’s how Scully feels and the reason why I glower at the TV every time i see Diana Fowley.

    Off topic but I’m looking forward to your review of “Fight the Future”. 😀

    • I truly think that for the most part this isn’t a romantic but a territorial issue. Mulder is Scully’s domain, or so she thought.

      Fight the Future is so serious I may have to divide it into two reviews if I’m not careful…

    • So true. It’s like they suddenly made Scully the third wheel in this episode – like a horrible dream, and she’s waking up to find out that suddenly both Mulder and the Lone Gunmen know this other main female lead, know her intimately and consider her to be a significant Mulder partner, and she’s being replaced like *snaps fingers* that!

      I think Scully has always known that she loves Mulder, but Mulder has a very long history of ditching Scully, especially for other “broken bird” chicks, that she’s not felt like she could be open in showing him those feelings (he’s ditched her a couple of times in this last season alone for other chicks, in spite of their many awesome moments together). And this one hurts worse, because Diana had and now has more of a connection with Mulder than the other girls. And like someone said earlier, Diana’s a secret that now Scully’s on the outside of, that Mulder won’t even tell her about this history. Poor Scully. 😦

  7. I was pondering my Fowley-hatred much of the day and reminiscing in the weird way you can. I think it wasn’t necessarily jealousy, so much as hurt on Scully’s part – hurt that if this relationship was indeed that big to Mulder, he didn’t share it.

    BUT – I can certainly understand if she was jealous of an ex muscling in on her man (well, maybe not necessarily her man yet – but close enough as her life stood at that point – there certainly wasn’t a closer man to her).

    One thing – I wish that we could’ve delved a little deeper in seeing how Fowley was really involved in the conspiracy/syndicate. Was she brought back into Mulder’s life strictly on their behest or was it just a happy (for the syndicate, unhappy for the fans) coincidence??

    That being said, and I know I’m jumping ahead – but I had such a wicked little smile at the beginning of season 7 when Scully said those magical words pertaining to Fowley being shuffled loose the mortal coil. 🙂

    • I think we were just typing the same thing!

      Scully’s being displaced and she was not prepared for this. I don’t think it had ever occurred to Scully, not for a long time now anyway, that Mulder might not be “hers” forever. How long could they keep going like this? Eventually the X-Files would close. One or the two of them would move on. This bond would fade into memory.

      They’ve been living in a Mulder-Scully bubble up to this point, the two of them against the world, and Diana Fowley just nearly caused it to burst. This isn’t because Scully has any romantic designs on Mulder, far from it. But her position in his world has been undermined causing her, I think, to reevaluate the situation. Who is Mulder to her? Who is she to Mulder? Is their any future in remaining in their precarious position? Can she throw her lot in with the X-Files? If she does, where will she be in 5 years? With Mulder?

      And so, let the Future Fighting commence.

      I had such a wicked little smile at the beginning of season 7 when Scully said those magical words pertaining to Fowley being shuffled loose the mortal coil.

      Wild and hysterical laughter.

      • Great minds do think alike! 😉 And awesome! My goal of hysterical laughter has been achieved! 😀

        I cannot wait for the future fighting! Haa haa. Honestly, this review is gonna kick some arse – I just know it! 🙂

        I totally agree what what you said – Scully was feeling not jealousy, but threatened and slightly worried – with all those questions you said above plaguing her head.

        I think flat-out jealousy is a little too irrational for the ever-rational Scully. Scully, I think realizes she has no stake in Mulder’s romantic endeavors – not yet, anyway. So I think she’s just feeling, like you said, displaced by her closest friend and confidante. (Anyone else just get the Golden Girls theme stuck in their head?)

  8. I really like this episode. Mulder is no longer the jackass with a crush on Scully. He is back to being the leader of the X-Files. He smells the Syndicates’ trail and is on the hunt. He realizes from the beginning that Gibson is the key. Here is the clue why (from the scene in the prison cell with the shooter):

    GUNMAN: The kid is a missing link.
    MULDER: To what?
    [Mulder and the Gunman look at each other. They ignore Spender.]
    MULDER: He’s genetic proof, isn’t he?
    [Gunman nods slightly.]
    SPENDER: Genetic proof of what?
    [Pause.]
    SPENDER: Genetic proof of what?
    MULDER: The kid’s not superhuman. He’s just more human than human.
    [Thanks to Libby’s Final X-Files Project for the transcript]

    Only Mulder could put the pieces together so fast!
    If you don’t think this is significant, think about where this clue will lead (all the way to the end of Season 9 and William).

  9. Are you going to review “Fight the Future” before heading to Season 6 and “the Beginning”? Also, I’m adding a link on my blog, it is about pro wrestling and has nothing to do with The X-Files but it’s my favorite show and there has to be some pro wrestling fans that are Philes… I’m one!

    • Of course! I couldn’t possibly do it out of order, it’d be anathema to my OCD.

      P.S. I don’t see the link, but if you send it over I’ll add you to the blogroll. 🙂

  10. I placed the link on http://www.marcelusive.net on the right side under “Elusive Recommends”; did you watch “The End” on the DVDs or Netflix, because a GLARING error that only dorky Philes like myself notice, the tagline on the DVD says “The Truth is Out There” but when it aired the tagline was “The End”.

    • Added ya! 😀

      But, no! I didn’t notice! I’m watching the DVDs and I confess, I just fast forwarded through the titles… Bad, Phile. Bad! I remember when they changed that too.

  11. I can’t believe no one mentioned the “You are here” post-it on the I Want to Believe poster in Mulder’s office. Hilarious!

    I also never quite understood how Gibson was the key to everything in The X-Files. Some paranormal stuff, certainly, but I must have missed something about the overarching thread that is supposed to run through everything?

    Although I hate me some Diana Fowley, I actually don’t mind her appearance and its effect in this episode. (Let’s not talk about Two Fathers/One Son yet.) I’m sure that Scully’s feelings are mostly about being displaced as Mulder’s number-one confidante, but I do think it goes deeper than that, too. Scully’s scene where she walks out of the facility and to her car (which is just SO well done by Gillian Anderson) is what really brings it home for me. Yes, I do think she’s a bit jealous, but mostly I think she’s confused. I don’t think she’s ever really thought about her relationship with Mulder. Or her feelings for him. She’s just always assumed that he would be there. So Fowley shows up and it rocks her world a little bit. And, even though I do think Mulder might have volunteered some information to Scully about Fowley and their relationship, to be fair, she also never asked.

    Overall, I really like this episode and I think it’s a great lead-in to the movie.

    • Doh! I forgot to bring that up. Such a fun little detail.

      Gibson is supposed to be the key to understanding alien life since he himself is part alien, as are all humans (sigh), but the difference is that his junk alien DNA is active whereas ours is supposedly dormant. Buuuut we haven’t reached that explanation in the plot yet. 🙂

      Yes, I do think she’s a bit jealous, but mostly I think she’s confused. I don’t think she’s ever really thought about her relationship with Mulder. Or her feelings for him. She’s just always assumed that he would be there. So Fowley shows up and it rocks her world a little bit.

      I think that’s about the best summary we can give the situation. Scully’s emotions here are to complicated and convoluted to simply be jealousy, or territoriality, or disappointment. It’s a mix of decidedly unhappy feelings. And I think that brief moment where Scully sits in the car is one of Gillian Anderson’s best acting moments on the show. It’s so subtle!

  12. I think it’s not so much that I hate Fowley (though, to say that I like her would be a stretch), but more that Mulder completely dismisses Scully any time Diana shows up. It’s like the five plus years of partnership don’t exist and whatever Fowley has to say is what matters. Sure, in this ep, we get the token protest of how Scully makes Mulder work for things, but in the future, he never makes that effort. He just sort of fawns over Diana, and it makes Scully wiggy.

    Plus…it’s totally jealousy. Not as much romantic jealousy as shippers would like, but jealousy nonetheless. Who wouldn’t feel like that when your best friend forgets about you and starts paying attention to someone else, especially someone he hasn’t seen in years and that he, oddly, has never mentioned. Rational people frequently behave irrationally, even our Scully. And this situation isn’t entirely dissimilar to Christmas Carol, when Scully said she didn’t realize how much she wanted a child until she couldn’t have it. That’s not to say that she’s suddenly realized she’s in love, but I’d be willing to be that feelings she’d been trying like hell to ignore were suddenly popping up all over the place.

    Even now, when I see Scully sitting sadly in her car, I feel for her. It’s such a wonderful moment, and it breaks my heart. And who can blame her for feeling a tad lost? She comes back from cancer and makes some sort of overture toward Mulder with the wine & cheese thing in Detour, and he bolts; then, throughout the rest of the season, as you’ve pointed out, he flirts with her with much more seriousness than ever before, she’s acquired and lost a child, he has just stated that she is the only person in the world for him, and now…Oh, wait; there’s this OTHER person who I forgot to mention, and she kind of means some stuff to me, too. Yeah…Scully’s in unexplored territory.

    I can’t believe no one’s mentioned the picture of Mulder and Scully on the corkboard behind his desk! I love that!

    • Who wouldn’t feel like that when your best friend forgets about you and starts paying attention to someone else, especially someone he hasn’t seen in years and that he, oddly, has never mentioned… And this situation isn’t entirely dissimilar to Christmas Carol, when Scully said she didn’t realize how much she wanted a child until she couldn’t have it. That’s not to say that she’s suddenly realized she’s in love, but I’d be willing to be that feelings she’d been trying like hell to ignore were suddenly popping up all over the place. <— Yep! I feel the exact same way. To write it off as cheap, adolescent sexual jealousy is too easy. It goes much deeper than that. Scully is being displaced.

  13. This, and The Beginning, are episodes that I usually skip in my rewatch for many of the reasons listed in your review and in the comments. I find the idea that Mulder tosses Scully aside when Diana walks into the room to be abhorrent, especially considering the events of this last season. I also skip these because of the massive takesies backsies that Mulder does from the hallway scene in FTF to The Beginning. Seems like Mr. Carter got uncomfortable with the passion of Mulder’s confessions and decided to nip it in the bud by changing it all up.

    And you’re not the only one. I have that instantaneous bubble of irrational hatred that explodes as soon as I see The Fowl One. I’m telling you, it’s doesn’t make any sense, but I now don’t even like to see Mimi Rogers doing anything else. I don’t watch anything she’s in and I don’t watch any of her XF interviews. It’s oh so crazy, but I can’t help myself.

  14. This, and The Beginning, are episodes that I usually skip in my rewatch for many of the reasons listed in your review and in the comments. I find the idea that Mulder tosses Scully aside when Diana walks into the room to be abhorrent, especially considering the events of this last season. I also skip these because of the massive takesies backsies that Mulder does from the hallway scene in FTF to The Beginning. Seems like Mr. Carter got uncomfortable with the passion of Mulder’s confessions and decided to nip it in the bud by changing it all up.

    And you’re not the only one. I have that instantaneous bubble of irrational hatred that explodes as soon as I see The Fowl One. In general, I fast forward all of her scenes. Why? Why so much hate for a FICTIONAL CHARACTER? Have I finally gone mad?

    I’m telling you, it’s doesn’t make any sense, but I now don’t even like to see Mimi Rogers doing anything else. I don’t watch anything she’s in and I don’t watch any of her XF interviews. It’s oh so crazy, but I can’t help myself.

    • I also skip these because of the massive takesies backsies that Mulder does from the hallway scene in FTF to The Beginning.

      ROFL!!! Yes. I think CC had to turn back the clock before things progressed too quickly between his two leads. He had to stretch out the Ship. Still inexcusable, though!

      • Yes! He could have done it differently, allowing them to remember FTF as it actually happened, and still had the same effect of increased tension between the two..

  15. You philes are totally speaking my language! I had to watch all of the scenes with Diana Fowley through my hands. I felt so sad for Scully through the whole episode. Ugh. And then I let out a big cheer when Diana was shot and my husband gave me the most horrified look. What? NO ONE gets between M&S!

  16. I for one, didn’t seem to have this visceral sort of reaction that a lot of people seem to have to Fowley. I didn’t trust her, that’s for sure, and I definitely didn’t like her by the end of this episode, but I just don’t have this immediate hatred for her that a lot of people have. What am I missing? Great review though, and your reviews have been helpful for me to hammer out my own thoughts on episodes, as this is my first watch through the X Files.

  17. I’m far from a “shipper” (ugh, I feel sick using that word), in fact I often berate all those on this board who go overboard with that crap, projecting and seeing things that aren’t really there. But I didn’t like Fowley in this ep either, mainly because of her snarky comments in the final group meeting in Skinner’s office. What a bitch! I had secretly wanted Scully to get up off that chair and slap her senseless..and then proceed to strip each other down in undies and have a good ol’ proper lubed-up catfight! Yeah..you know Mulder would have wanted that too..

    As for the rest of the episode, I thought it was just awful. So during the big FBI mission brief in the beginning, no one thought to rewind the tape FIVE seconds from when the shot actually occurred? Instead we were subjected to the arrogant Mulder briefing-interruption trope just to inform Spencer of what OBVIOUSLY any competent investigator should have picked up. Shit, we ALL noticed Gibson’s head-turning moment in the intro..i’m surprised the half the fucking stadium didn’t turn their heads as well to see what he was looking at. I mean really?! What bullshit. Speaking of which, why was there a camera recording footage exactly where the shooter was? That’s just terrible writing and directing.

    And apparently during all these ESP tests they never bothered to record any or get any PROOF that would then justify to the Attorney General that the boy’s for real. I can’t suspend my disbelief when there’s so many plot holes. This really should have gotten a C grade or worse, Salome. I think you gave it a B only because of the Young and the Restless sappy dramatic elements to it.

    And then him being the key to everything made no sense. This episode wreaked of Chris Carter all over it. He’s really not a good writer; maybe as a director, but i’d just as soon stick one of the other more experienced ones.

  18. Gosh I am so pleased I found this blog. Expect a lot of likes and posts from yours truly. I am slowly re-working my way through every episode of the show (Fight the Future is loading on my com as we speak). Great, thoughtful, entertaining post! xx

  19. Hey does anyone have an answer for why Spender doesn’t recognize CSM as his father? They try to say in Closure (s07e11) that CSM raised him and this source goes on to say that Spender was 12 years old when CSM left (http://x-files.wikia.com/wiki/Jeffrey_Spender). 12 years old and doesn’t remember his father? Either Closure screwed up there (and where didn’t it? :X) or what–CSM had Spender’s memories erased?

    I WANT TO BELIEVE IN CLOSURE. 😀

    • Closure opened up a whole can of worms, but we’ll get there.

      Suffice it to stay, as the cannon stood in Season 5, Spender didn’t know his father and couldn’t recognize him. He hadn’t seen him since (probably) early childhood and it doesn’t sound like there were pictures around the house.

      Maddening, yes?

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  21. “There is precious little Mulder holds back from Scully, and it generally either involves the minutiae of a case they’re working on or something relating to her ova.”
    I’m dying, leave me

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  23. Aww I always thought Diana was thinking of Mulder as Mulder was thinking of Scully but this is understandable 😩

  24. You know, I actually rather like Mimi Rogers. She’s highly attractive and a pretty good actress. But Diana Fowley… hoo boy. I’m not really a shipper, but she is just insufferable. Oh, and sorry for the constant comment spam. I’ve been reading through this blog systematically and these entries are unearthing a lot of childhood memories.

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