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I’d been working on this list as one long post, but it was shaping up to be so long that I thought, there’s no way that anyone will devote the time to reading it through, so I’ve broken it down into instalments…
Warning: This series of posts is going to deal with religion, religious themes and imagery. I don’t want to upset you all, so if you ‘don’t do’ religion and have a problem with reading about religious stuff, then let’s save your time and mine and you can just skip over this. Straight up, I’m not going to get tangled up moderating negative comments and whinges about religion – so if you’re feeling the urge, just don’t.
The reason that I have always loved the X Files is primarily because of the dynamic between Mulder and Scully but also for the supernatural content, which unapologetically explored ever widening concepts and boundaries from week to week. I watched the series on network television religiously when it was fresh and new. It was something my mother and I did together every week. I’ll always love this show, like a handful of others, for that reason alone. As I’ve gotten older though, and come back to the X Files, I am surprised about how it has spoken to me as an adult, often for the way it depicts religious themes, thought and discovery. I’m one of those folks that enjoys the spiritual and the idea of ‘belief’ being a lifelong journey. Like Mulder, I want to Believe, no matter how long it takes and I’m open to a range of different ideas and endless possibilities. I’m also one of those people that has no issue with faith and science sharing in my belief structure, in fact I believe the two, rather than being the mutually exclusive, probably have a far greater connection than the human mind can rationalise. Who says we need to know the secrets of the universe? Isn’t it far more fun to ponder them? The X Files did that – for 9 seasons and two films. It never attempted to answer many of the questions it asked, and you know, I was okay with that. I am, of course, tickled by the news that a reboot is in the works, which is what prompted me to write this post in the first place. Before we get acquainted with the new Mulder and Scully though, let’s revisit the Mulder and Scully we first fell in love with all those years ago…
(I’ll be starting at 10 and counting down to 1. Honourable mentions/ runners up will come at the end)
8. Syzygy (season 3, episode 13): Hate him, hate him, wouldn’t want to date him…. never has the wrath of two teenage, blonde BFF’s been quite so threatening! Never have Scully and Mulder been quite so at odds! Oh, the humanity!
This episode cracks me up every time I see it, probably more so than Bad Blood. From that first moment where Boom looks across the bench seat of his pick up and you can literally see his mind pondering the possibility of getting lucky with two blonde virgins, until the final sulky comment Mulder makes – it’s just a solid episode. Syzygy finds Mulder and Scully not only dealing with two bratty blonde (virgins?), but an amorous blonde detective, and a town full of people who are convinced that Satanists are on a rampage… not to mention they’re also prey to phases of the moon and positioning of the planets, which are making people do cray-cray things. Scully is a real bitch in this episode. Maybe she is still cranky over Mulder and Bambi in War of the Coprophages, which was also hilarious, maybe she is just over being dragged out to the boonies on Mulder’s every whim, maybe she’s had a gutful of fake blondes and blonde virgins, then again… Maybe it really is phases of the moon. Whatever it is, it’s hilarious.
Since the very first time I saw Syzygy, it’s always stuck with me, especially Scully and her surly ‘Sure, Fine, Whatever.’ Mulder’s reaction is also pretty good, he goes through the whole cycle of emotions, joviality, shock, annoyance, before finally landing on sullen. The fact that both Mulder and Scully take on character traits that are typically not like them is also interesting for the insight it provides into how things might have been… in another life.
The episode also looks at Bloody Mary, briefly, which is cool, although this is the only time I have seen that legend being linked to saying ‘Bloody Mary’ 13 times into a mirror. That’s a lot of times. Plus, for those of you who didn’t notice, this episode marked the début of Ryan Reynolds, as the about to get lucky Boom, poor guy. His coffin, exploding into flames, is pretty impressive though.
Oh, and Scully finally confronts the fact that Mulder always does the driving: Why do you always have to drive? Because you’re the guy? Because you’re the big macho-man? LOL. Mulder isn’t lying down on this one though – calling her out on those tiny little legs that we’ve all been noticing, (but not mentioning), since season one.
This episode reminds me a little bit of Heathers. I’m not sure if it’s the fashions or the dark eye make-up, or the high school setting, I just feel like J.D and these girls would have been a trio made in Hell if they’d run into each other. Mulder and Scully wouldn’t have had a chance, that’s for sure.