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And this is where the second most important (or possibly even most important) arc in the show kicks off, with Scully's abduction. A storyline born out of necessity because of Gillian Anderson's pregnancy, it became THE defining character moment for Scully. What would Scully's arc have been like without it?

Writer: Paul Brown
Director: Michael Lange
Originally aired: November 4, 1994

Synopsis:
Mulder begins his desperate search to find Scully and follows Duane Barry's trail to SKyland mountain.

Most Memorable Quote:
Krycek: If Mulder is such a threat, why not eliminate him?
CSM: That's not our policy.
Krycek: It's not? After what you had me do?
CSM: Kill Mulder and you risk turning one man's religion into a crusade.

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Date: 2014-10-06 11:16 pm (UTC)
fueschgast: (The X-Files)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
Argh, every time I start playing a DVD, I have to turn VLC's Deinterlace on. Why can't this thing just remember?! But hey, there's a Deinterlace mode called X, I should try that one. Why, yes, I am easily amused.

Isn't 35 a weird number for an apartment on the ground floor?

DENY EVERYTHING
In German we always got the episode title when "the truth is out there" or an alternative text appeared.

I'm pretty sure I've seen Sam and Dean's Impala drive down this road. Or all of the roads around Vancouver look similar.

I'm not sure how Mulder opening his holster would convince the guy to let them use the cable car. Come on, as if Mulder could use the gun - he'd be in such deep shit, if he did. On the other hand, who knows what kind of law inforcement people the guy has met.

When I was younger I didn't understand what the Smoker meant by "Kill Mulder and you'll risk turning one man's religion into a crusade.", how Mulder could do anything when he's dead. Then one day I finally understood that others like Mulder would find Mulder's death highly suspicious and only take it as evidence of something going on.

Aaaand Skinner is reopening the X-files. Mwah!

Date: 2014-10-07 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
I'm pretty sure I've seen Sam and Dean's Impala drive down this road. Or all of the roads around Vancouver look similar..

Mwahaha! You're probably right!

Oh, man. When I first began watching Supernatural I kept expecting Mulder & Scully to show up. Now I watch XF and I keep expecting Dean or Sam to show up.

Date: 2014-10-07 05:27 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (Trust No One)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
Isn't 35 a weird number for an apartment on the ground floor?

In a word, yes. Unless the apartment building is huge and sprawling and all on one level, the way you see sometimes in suburbia. But in Annapolis? It's improbable. Usually apartments here have three numbers with the first denoting the floor. So a ground floor apartment could be 135. If only two numbers and a multiple floor apartment, I'd assume #35 was on the third floor.


DENY EVERYTHING
In German we always got the episode title when "the truth is out there" or an alternative text appeared.


No taglines. That makes sense.

Or all of the roads around Vancouver look similar.

All of the forests look the same, too. But they have them standing in for everything from Puerto Rico to Iowa.

I'm not sure how Mulder opening his holster would convince the guy to let them use the cable car. Come on, as if Mulder could use the gun - he'd be in such deep shit, if he did.

It's a convention of American television that law enforcement show their guns to signal a threat and get people to do what they want.

When I was younger I didn't understand what the Smoker meant by "Kill Mulder and you'll risk turning one man's religion into a crusade.", how Mulder could do anything when he's dead. Then one day I finally understood that others like Mulder would find Mulder's death highly suspicious and only take it as evidence of something going on.

Mulder's a lot of trouble. If I were the CSM, killing Mulder is a risk I'd be willing to take.

Date: 2014-10-10 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] szgrey.livejournal.com

When I was younger I didn't understand what the Smoker meant by "Kill Mulder and you'll risk turning one man's religion into a crusade.", how Mulder could do anything when he's dead. Then one day I finally understood that others like Mulder would find Mulder's death highly suspicious and only take it as evidence of something going on.

Mulder's a lot of trouble. If I were the CSM, killing Mulder is a risk I'd be willing to take.

You are much more practical than the CSM.

On first viewing, I don't know if I thought much about that line, but it's really strikingly bad reasoning, isn't it? Because yes, it's true that conspiracy theorists would see his death as evidence of something going on, but conspiracy theorists see a LOT of things as evidence--there's just not much most of them can do about it. Mulder, however, is a conspiracy theorist with connections and credentials, a senator backing him, and the resources of the FBI at his disposal--he's gotten closer to the truth than anyone else, and he's way more of a risk than anyone who might be inspired to a 'crusade' by his removal. The longer he's allowed to continue, the more danger he poses. And if we're talking about risk, abducting Scully is such a gamble--they can't predict exactly how losing his partner will affect Mulder, but "increasingly desperate and driven in his pursuit of the truth" is an obvious possibility, and an outcome that could easily work against the conspirators' interests.

Looking back at this exchange now, the explanation that makes most sense to me--and that I like best--is that the Smoking Man is mythologizing Mulder, imagining him as a figure whose martyrdom would have sweeping consequences that are objectively really unlikely, because (although he'd never admit it, maybe even to himself) he's more invested in the narrative he's crafting around himself than he is in, well, winning. He loves having Mulder as an opponent--and as an audience--because he loves playing god, watching, manipulating, directing. Leaving Mulder alive might be bad strategy, but it's great storytelling.
Edited Date: 2014-10-10 04:52 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-07 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
I've always been notoriously bad at noticing music in movies or shows. Unless it's a song I already know, I often don't hear it at all. I was watching via Netflix and there's some weird song playing on Duane's car stereo as he's driving around with Scully in the trunk and gets stopped by the police. The only reason I noticed now is because I have the subtitles on. Wow, all these years and countless viewings and I'm only noticing this now?

I don't think I ever noticed the spaceship-y lights in the sky when Mulder gets to the mountain, finds the empty trunk (and Scully's cross necklace) and just before we hear Duane's voice!

And wow, that's a really clear up close shot of her cross. Somewhere, there must be an icon of it!

Whose bright idea was it to leave the partner of a missing agent alone with the suspect like that? Especially since I'm sure Mulder's reputation for being unpredictable and a bit of a hothead precedes him?

Um, no one outside the room can hear them yelling and struggling and all that commotion? Come on.

CSM to Krycek: You have no rights. Only orders to be carried out.
Ouch.

I loved Scully's mom as a character! And I thought the casting of Sheila Larkin was perfect. Maybe it's just my imagination and wanting to see things that aren't really there, but I always thought they resembled each other in their facial expressions and manner of speaking. She had so few episodes, but I always bought them as mother and daughter. I wish she'd had more appearances and that she and GA had had more scenes together!

I love that last shot of Mulder looking up into the dark sky. So iconic.

Date: 2014-10-07 05:41 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (Coda)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
And wow, that's a really clear up close shot of her cross. Somewhere, there must be an icon of it!

You would think.

Whose bright idea was it to leave the partner of a missing agent alone with the suspect like that? Especially since I'm sure Mulder's reputation for being unpredictable and a bit of a hothead precedes him?

Technically, Mulder isn't supposed to be on this case at all. He disobeyed orders and went after Duane Barry anyway. Skinner and his minions arrive after Duane Barry has been questioned. It's no one's decision--it's just Mulder being Mulder.

Um, no one outside the room can hear them yelling and struggling and all that commotion? Come on.

I'm trying to think who else might be there, besides Krycek and the medics? Those shadowy men-in-black types who might or might not actually be real? Anyone who is on the search and rescue team is out on the mountain looking for Scully. And Skinner arrives moments later. Krycek wouldn't interfere with Mulder because his orders are to kill Duane Barry if Mulder doesn't.

I also loved Sheila Larkin's performance.

That last shot of Mulder looking up at the sky is breathtaking and memorable.

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