Scully and Mulder (Fox)
[This article also
appeared on eXoNews May 22, 2002. Ed.]
Hollywood May 22, 2002 (eXoNews) - With all due respect to John Doggett
(Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish), the ninth season of The
X-Files finished up with the right guy holding the bag. In the end, Chris
Carter handed the legacy of the entire nine years of The X-Files back to
Fox Mulder (David Duchovny). It was the best of all possible
Mulder has won a few and lost a few. He has still not defeated the
ultimate evil power that he battles, but he has won Dana Scully (Gillian
Anderson). We are reminded of the fact that Scully was once Mulder's
greatest skeptic - that she was hired to help her superiors defeat him.
Now she is with him not just as his partner, not just as his faithful
Watson, but also as his intellectual equal and soul mate.
We lost a few too in those nine years. Some we loved, like Byers, Langly
and Frohike. Others we just hated, like Follmer, Spender and Fowley.
Others we loved to hate, like Cigarette-Smoking Man, Krycek, The
Well-Manicured Man and The Alien Bounty Hunter.
Some survived to an uncertain future. Skinner, Kersh, Marita Covarrublias,
Gibson Praise, and the wonderfully loyal Reyes and Doggett. We are pretty
sure we'll meet them again, but it's funny how people disappear.
Nine seasons ago, Mulder was a kind of wimpy guy who often wore glasses
and a pocket protector, watched porno movies in his spare time and hung
out with the geeky likes of The Lone Gunmen. Scully was a baby-faced
intellectual scientist with a medical degree who faithfully typed the
details of every case she and Mulder investigated into her laptop,
presumably to be delivered into the hands of Mulder's enemies, her bosses
at the FBI.
Black ops choppers take out CSM
in "The Truth" (Fox)
Now Mulder is a
rugged man, toughened by years of fighting the most evil opponents that
the natural and supernatural world could throw at him. Frozen, infested,
burned, tortured, shot, abducted, brainwashed, betrayed and often left for
dead, Fox Mulder has survived to surpass the exploits of any other hero in
modern memory. He has lost his faith and restored it.
He has beaten the
odds to find his Truth, and we know that he will beat them again and again
until they are defeated and The Truth is known.
Scully has lost her father and sister and given up her only child in the
years she has pursued the Truth with Mulder. She has suffered at the hands
of secret powers and the very inexplicable forces of nature that she at
first denied. Scully also has nearly died and been reborn in the chase.
She tolerated and
sometimes resented her role and partnership with Mulder, but somewhere
along the way she found that more than anything else she loved this
impossible, unbelievable man. She discovered that she was meant to be with
Now their bond is absolute and Mulder and Scully wait together as hunted
fugitives for the next chapter of Mulder's saga to unfold.
We wait with them, not knowing where Chris Carter will take them, but
trusting that he will get it right.