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Well, gang. I'm days late with this and I hope you'll forgive me. Scully took me in a very different direction than I set out to lead her. She does that.

I started watching The X-Files in the fall of 1999. What happened was not so complicated - I watched to escape, and I became addicted. Obsessed? Oh, you all know how it goes. I devoured fanfiction and I spent ridiculous amounts of money to obtain videotapes (!) of back episodes. And I found myself. That sounds silly and pretentious, but I attribute a lot of my self-discovery, a lot of growing up, to fandom and to writing, and I wouldn't have found those without Mulder and Scully. Today, it's been a long time since I really watched this show, with that fervor and anxiety I once did. But it resonates still, and it is, after all, a first love. You know what they say....

Y'all might know, "The End" is my favorite episode. I've explored a lot of aspects of it, but this was new to me. Scully, in the basement, in the ashes. It came from listening to my favorite song, "Mary" by Patty Griffin, which I discovered thanks to the OBSSE. (If you haven't ever seen it, I encourage you to find BDodd's "Mary" video from the 2001 Scully Marathon [the version that I found on YouTube appears to have been edited to include scenes from season 9, but it is still awesome]).

So, on to the fic.


TITLE: Leaves Her Fingerprints
RATING: PG-13
Pairing: Mulder/Scully, more partnership than relationship
SPOILERS: The End; series through Season 5
DISCLAIMER: Not mine and I'm not selling.
SUMMARY: "Mary stays behind, and starts cleaning up the place." Scully, after 'The End.'

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Watching the opening scene to "Patient X," I almost want to close my eyes. People are being burned alive, they're running, suffering, screaming, chased by entities that have no eyes, no faces. These episodes have some problems, principally to do with Mulder's abrupt transformation from a believer into a skeptic, and how the myth arc has become too complicated and impossible to understand. Heck, I just watched them and I'm still confused. However, the cinematography is stunning from beginning to end. The acting is outstanding, ditto. And then there's the horror Scully is now faced with—having alien technology in her body that can take over her mind.

These episodes make for very compelling television. I hope they'll make for good discussion, too.

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"Patient X"
Writer: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
Director: Kim Manners
Originally aired: March 1, 1998

"The Red and the Black"
Writer/s: Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz
Director: Chris Carter
Originally aired: 8th March 1998 (in the US) – 27th June 1998 (in Australia)

Synopsis: "Patient X": First in a forest in Kurdystan, then up on Skyland Mountain,in the USA, large numbers of dead people are discovered, their bodies burned beyond recognition. Marita Covurrubias arrives in Russia with an army of UN peacekeepers. Alex Krycek abducts a boy who survived the incident in Russia, infects him with the black oil and attempts to bargain with the Consortium: he'll tell them what the boy knows in exchange for their work on the vaccine. He is thwarted when Marita steals the boy and tries to get him to Mulder. Meanwhile, Mulder and Scully meet Cassandra Spender, a multiple abductee who believes she is going to be called. Her son Jeffrey, who is an FBI agent, says she's not an alien abductee, and asks Mulder to leave her alone. Mulder does his best. But Cassandra and Scully and scores of other people with chips in their necks are summoned to a bridge in Pennsylvania, where another mass burning takes place.

"The Red and the Black": This time there are survivors. Scully is airlifted to a hospital. Cassandra Spender is missing and her son blames Mulder. Scully remembers nothing. Somehow, Marita has been infected with the black oil and is now being experimented on by the Consortium doctors. The boy is dead. Krycek is captured by the WMM. Because Mulder has decided he no longer believes in aliens (wtf!), preferring to give the US government and military full credit for these bizarre murders, he asks Scully to undergo hypnosis to determine what really happened.

Most Memorable Quotes:
"Patient X"
MULDER: One more anal-probing gyro-pyro levitating ecoplasm alien anti-matter story and I'm going to take out my gun and shoot somebody.

"The Red and the Black"
SCULLY: Mulder, when I met you five years ago, you told me that your sister had been abducted ... by aliens. That that event had marked you so deeply, that nothing else mattered. I didn't believe you, but I followed you, on nothing more than your faith that the truth was out there, based not on facts, not on science, but on your memories that your sister had been taken from you. Your memories were all that you had.

MULDER: I don't trust those memories now.

SCULLY: Well, whether you trust them or not, they've led you here. And me. But I have no memories to either trust nor distrust, and if you ask me now to follow you again, to stand behind you in what you now believe, without knowing what happened to me out there, without those memories, I can't. I won't.

Links:
"Patient X"
The A.V. Club's review.
Autumn Tysko's review.

"The Red and the Black"
The A.V. Club's review.
Autumn Tysko's review.

The Truth About Season Five

Fanfiction: After these episodes aired, the ramifications of Scully's chip were ignored by 1013, but not by our fanfic writers. These are both outstanding stories by two of the best writers in this or any fandom.
The Beginner's Guide to Tightrope Walking by Kel. On her author's page at Gossamer.
Bait and Switch by [livejournal.com profile] syntax6.
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What can I say about "Bad Blood" that hasn't already been said? I've lost count of how many times I've watched it, but it's a lot (a lot a lot a lot). Watching Mulder and Scully each tell their version of the story of how Ronnie Strickland ended up with an improvised stake through his heart makes me laugh and cheers me up, every single time. It's my go-to comfort food episode.

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Writer/s: Vince Gilligan
Director: Cliff Bole
Originally aired: 22nd February 1998 (in the US) – 13th May 1998 (in Australia)

Synopsis: Mulder and Scully journey to Cheney, Texas to look into the reported exsanguination of six dead cows and one dead tourist. During the course of their investigation, Mulder drives a stake through the heart of one Ronnie Strikland, believing him to be a vampire. When Ronnie's family files suit against the FBI for $446 million dollars, Mulder and Scully are asked to give an accounting to AD Skinner. Before they do, we see both versions of the events in question play out, first from Mulder's, then from Scully's POV.

Most Memorable Quote: The entire episode is quotable.
Scully: Begin autopsy on white male, age sixty, who is arguably having a worse time in Texas than I am, though not by much. I'll begin with the Y-incision.
[She picks up the scalpel provided to her and the blade falls off]
Scully: Yee-ha.

Links:
Episode transcript
Autumn Tysko's review
TWOP recap
The A.V. Club review

Fanfiction:
Hartwell by David Hearne. A third perspective on the events of "Bad Blood."
Impossible Delilah by Aloysia Virgata. Summary: Mulder arrives with pizza and the vampire debate continues.
And 72 more fics in the Bad Blood Spoilers section at Gossamer.

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