I was once an obsessive X-FILES fan. The mythology got a little too dense for my teenage brain and I lost interest altogether when David Duchovny left the show. This new miniseries/season 10 has sparked that obsessive bit in my brain. With that, let’s dissect a few key points about the first episode, “My Struggle.”
The Opening Credits
They used the original opening credits! With the exception of the addition of Mitch Pileggi’s title screen, the opening credits are the exact same that they used from the first season, and throughout most of the run of the show. They didn’t even update Mulder and Scully’s badge photos (which they did do in later seasons of the series). It may or may not have brought a tear to my eye.
Mulder and Scully have one of the most beautiful – and complex – relationships on television. The sexual tension was one of the best parts of their partnership. But what I love about it is that their romantic relationship was never a “thing.” It was always a tertiary story point, after the mythology/monster-of-the-week and after their professional partnership. It might make the ‘shippers nuts because there are no definite answers, no “start” and “end” to their physical partnership. Let’s be honest: regardless of what their “official” relationship status is, they are always going to be meant for one another. In the entire series, they have scarcely dated anyone.
In this new mini-series, it is no secret that Mulder and Scully are no longer an item. They are no longer living together, yet there is no animosity. They are still friends, colleagues, and will forever be a couple or partnership. One does get the feeling that Mulder misses Scully. I get the sense that he only agreed to meet with O’Malley because it was an excuse to see Scully. In the limo with O’Malley, Scully mentions that “for better or worse, we have ended things,” ostensibly referring to their partnership at the FBI, but Mulder follows it up with “for better or for worse,” with a pointed look in Scully’s direction. Yet later on, when Scully drops by Mulder’s house late one night, and she sees Sveta there, her mind immediately jumps to the obvious: that he is sleeping with her. You can almost see Scully’s heart drop into her shoes. What I love about that scene is how oblivious Mulder is. The thought never even crossed his mind, and even when Scully (tries) to beat a hasty retreat, it just doesn’t occur to him. Frankly, I see Mulder as asexual without Scully.
I think they are going to get back together by the end of this miniseries.
I wonder if Mulder will ever be diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. It seems so clear to me that he has it: periods of depression (which is one of the reasons Scully mentions for breaking up with him) followed by frequent, manic, paranoid ramblings. I don’t remember his mania being quite as severe in the original series. I just hope that his mental state isn’t used as a scapegoat for all the weird shit he’s seen over the years.
Cigarette Smoking Man
That fucker just won’t die, will he? He survives cancer, being thrown down a flight of stairs, and being blown up by a bomb. I have to assume that it is alien technology that is keeping CSM alive.
In 1947, the Army doctor who was brought to the Roswell crash site, just took the dead alien. Picked it up, wrapped it in a sheet, and walked away with it. How did the Men in Black there not shoot him dead?