The X-Files: Scully’s Journey (Season 6)

It’s Fall 1998! And you might notice something different about The X-Files. Like less fog, fewer umbrellas, Scully’s hair stays a little straighter, and an overall lack of gloom. That’s because they’ve moved production from Vancouver to Los Angeles, where it is entirely too sunny for monsters. Carter and Company will make up for this by lighting every scene they can with near total darkness, especially anything that might look like a kiss.

In a nutshell…

We last left off with our duo cemented in their determination to get back to work on the X-Files (and to just never mention that kiss, I guess). Mulder is certainly looking forward to it and is smack in the middle of restoring burnt files when Skinner’s reluctantly like “Everyone who’s working on the X-Files, step forward… Not so fast, Mulder.”

NINA VAN HORN IS MILDLY AMUSED

Yeah, after reviewing our duo’s Antarctic antics, they’ve reopened the division, but not with our fearless duo. Instead, we have Spender and Fowley in charge. Skinner does sneak Mulder a file on a death with that special X-filesian flavor.

Turns out some scientists at Roush (mentioned way back in Redux II) were playing around with the black oil and one of them gets all chest-bursty, leaving one of those clawed up aliens from the movie running around and, I guess, super evolving. The DoM is after it and now, our duo is, too. Our duo get to his house to find no alien, but they do find a piece of claw.

The DoM have been playing with poor Gibson’s brain, too, and now they’re using him as an alien divining rod because, apparently, he can hear its thoughts. He hears our duo when they track it to the house, but hides it from Old Smoky. Also, this happens…

Listen, Mulder, you told me that my science kept you honest. That it made you question your assumptions. That by it, I’d made you a whole person. If I change now… it wouldn’t be right, or honest.

Our duo track the creature to a nuclear power plant, where they find Spender and Fowley.

Smoky is also lurking about and Gibson takes the opportunity to escape and hide in our duo’s car. They take him to a motel, where Scully fails at hiding her disgust at what they did to his noggin.

Fowley finds them (how?) and gives Mulder this whole song and dance about her getting on the X-files to protect them for him, so he leaves Scully to take Gibson to the hospital while he runs off to hunt aliens in the nuclear plant (they think it’s seeking heat) with Fowley.

Scully has Gibson checked out and finds he has the alien virus in his system, but he’s kidnapped the minute she steps away by Old Smoky’s crony. He brings him to the plant to find the alien and they meet up with Mulder and Fowley on the other side of a locked door just as our newborn alien pops up.

The Alien wastes Smoky’s thug as Mulder tries to get to Gibson. Of course, the authorities take that moment to show up and Fowley pulls a gun and pretends she was arresting Mulder, which he’s okay with!

Anyway, our duo are reprimanded and forbidden to touch anything X-Filesy ever again. They also get a new daddy in Kersh and I can only assume they sigh longingly whenever they think of their REAL daddy.

We also find that Old Smoky got Spender the job and that Spender might not trust him, but he’ll take the nepotism, anyway. Scully can’t believe Mulder thinks Fowley is on Team Good.

Anyway, she had that claw tested and compared it to Gibson and it turns out the alien DNA in both of them is present in all of us or whatever, but all special and activated in Gibson. And they’re all “Wowie! Mind Blown!” and I’m all “Didn’t we kinda learn most of this in the movie?” As for Gibson, he’s hiding in the plant with the alien, presumably until season 8.

While Mulder and Scully are doing routine, boring FBI checks in Idaho (something Mulder compares to picking up trash on the highway), Mulder convinces Scully to go rogue to investigate a high speed chase in Nevada that ended up with a woman’s head exploding. We’ll talk about Drive more in the top tens, but Mulder gets himself kidnapped by Walter White, Scully gets herself quarantined, and they both run afoul of Mean Daddy Kersh for going off script and for the expense incurred. He heavily implies that all this is designed to make them quit.

BOOOOOOOOOO! YOU CAN’T TELL US WHAT TO DO! YOU AREN’T EVEN OUR REAL DADDY!

Next, Mulder goes to investigate a suddenly-reappearing ship in the Bermuda Triangle, and disappears into some kind of time warp where there is a gang of WW2 Brits and Nazis fighting for control of the ship and every character (except Fowley and The Gunmen, actually) has a WW2 counterpart, and a Scullyish government agent is his main ally, just like in real life!

I’m still trying to work out the science on that in my head, but my prevailing theory is that the doppelganger part is all Mulder’s perception. Then again, the show treats it straight-up at one point.

The main thing the episode does in the overarching plot is show, through Scully being super badass as she runs around the FBI building trying to find out how to find/save Mulder, just how isolated and without resources our duo is.

Poor Scully. She tries to go to Kersh just to find him hanging out with Old Smoky. She tries to threaten Spender into helping her and he just tattles, and even Daddy has to pretend he doesn’t love them anymore.

He does come through in the end, though, for which he is greatly rewarded.

But the real mover and shaker here is Scully, badassing around in three-inch heels and saving Mulder’s ass again (putting our rescue tally at 18/11.5).

Not that Mulder does nothing. We are led to believe he stopped the Nazis (led by… what’s the German for Old Smoky? Alt Zigarette Mann?) from getting a scientist/weapon that could have turned WW2 in their favor. Also, if the chips are down and anyone who might look like Scully is around, he will kiss her if at all possible… a lot.

I’d like to think Real Scully wouldn’t have punched him afterwards, but her reaction to his delirious declaration of love upon rescue is a bit like a little slap. LOL.

Then we have the first double MOTW, though I really don’t think it required two episodes. Dreamland I and II are just okay for me.

I just feel like it spends too much time trying too hard to be funny.

It does have its moments of Scully badassery, though.

And some quality duo bonding.

But everything in it is undone by the end (except that waterbed). I’m not super mad at it or anything. I just think spending two episodes on a body-switch hijinks episode where nothing that happens actually happens is a bit of a waste.

Next, Mulder lures Scully to a haunted house on Christmas Eve...

…where Lily Tomlin and Ed Asner play mind games on them and try to get them to kill each other.

Though we are dealing with murderous entities intent on luring couples to murder/suicide, they do get some things right…

And Scully’s reaction to actual g-g-ghosts is everything I dreamed and more!

Anyway, they get out alive. I’m going to give Mulder half of a rescue point for this as he’s the one who realizes that what they’re seeing isn’t real, which helps them escape. That puts our rescue tally at 18/12.

Our duo also express how much they love being together, even when things get weird and wacky.

And have an adorable little Christmas gift exchange.

So cute, right?

Anyway, one thing you need to know is that Spender has been sitting around shredding all possible case files, so Mulder picks up one of his discards in Terms of Endearment. It’s almost a subverted Rosemary’s Baby starring Bruce Campbell and, while I like seeing him display his more realistic acting chops, I kind of wish they’d used him in some other way. With his flawless ability to gobble up all the scenery, I guess I just wanted some camp when you’ve got a perfectly good Bruce Campbell sitting there. But maybe that’s just me.

IT CAN’T BE JUST ME. LOOK AT THOSE EYEBROWS!

BTW, apparently Bruce Campbell was considered heavily to replace Duchovny in season 8, but couldn’t due to having been signed onto another show (which didn’t take off). I really wish it had worked out, mostly because I think the final seasons could have used someone with comic chops to balance all the misery. But we’ll get there.

Our duo next travel to a hick town with strange weather and a Rain King (terribly forced title drop!). It’s actually really cute. I love how everyone mistakes them for a couple EVERYWHERE!

And how Mulder, of all people, is asked for relationship advice.

“The blind leading the blind,” as Scully puts it, but she’s not much of a dater, either. And, much like the majority of The X-Files audience, no one can believe these two aren’t sucking face every chance they get.

Then again, she does give some pretty solid thoughts on friendship turning to love. I just wish she’d take her own advice.

And oh, Mulder…

Oh, sure. Never.

Not that Scully never gazes. It’s just not as frequent. But she does get in a really good one in this episode. I don’t care what the context is. I just don’t!

You know, charming as some of these flights of fancy have been, by this time, I feel like we’re watching some alternate universe, fantasy land version of a show that usually balances it’s humorous and serious sides much better, so I guess it’s a good thing the next episode grounds things a little, though I think we could have used it three episodes ago.

I also wish it was a better episode. Not that it’s a bad one, it just wasn’t very exciting to me. Long story short: Skinner’s blood is infected with tiny killer robots by Krycek in Jesus cosplay.

WITNESS!

Our duo work to save his life — Scully on the doctory end and Mulder on the interrogation/frantically messing up everyone’s files end. The main things you need going forward are that Skinner and our duo miss each other like crazy, but Skinner has to hide his feelings and keep playing this game, I guess, because Krycek can kill him any time he feels like it. So Skinner will now be working for Krycek and… whatever agenda that serves. I don’t know anymore. Also, Mulder and Senator Matheson are no longer friends.

In Tithonus, we learn that Kersh thinks Mulder is a lost cause, but has some hope for Scully, so he teams her up on a case with… let’s just call him Agent Pissant, for obvious reasons…

Mulder is a weensy bit upset that he doesn’t get to play with Scully that day.

HE’S SO CUTE WHEN HE’S HIDING HIS HEARTBREAK!

Basically, this Fellig guy accidentally cheated death back in the day, and has been frozen as an old man who cannot die ever since (I wonder if he’d be more okay with this whole thing if he’d been frozen young and attractive, vampire style). Our halfway dynamic (just the Scully part) duo suspect him as he’s a crime scene photographer who’s always a little too fresh on the scene. It turns out he’s been chasing Death, trying to get his picture so he can stare it in the face and finally kick that elusive bucket. In the end, Agent Pissant shoots Scully right through Fellig, but Fellig gets his look, finally meeting Death while helping Scully cheat it.

I’ll go into it more in the tops tens, including the Scully=immortal theory that a lot of people subscribe to, between this episode and Clyde Bruckman. The main things we need to know going forward are that Scully tackles and pimp slaps an actual pimp…

…our duo play handsies now…

… and Mulder calls Agent Pissant “a lucky man” because Scully isn’t dead. It was just threatening enough to give me ship-induced flutters.

Speaking of ship-induced flutters, how about this moment from Two Fathers?

This next mythos duo (Two Fathers/One Son) brings back Cassandra Spender from spaaaace, or labs on trains masquerading as spaaaace. She’s actually an alien hybrid now, something the Department of Mysteries has been working on since the start. This pairing goes into more detail than we have ever gotten at once on the conspiracy and kind of closes the book on the mythos as we know it… to the detriment of the remainder of the show, to be honest.

Look, here’s the gist… Through Old Smoky expositioning to an unseen ally (it’s Fowley. Boo.), we learn that, back in the day, Old Smoky, Deep Throat, and pals made contact with aliens who wanted our planet. They made a deal that was pretty much “don’t destroy us and we will help you create hybrid slaves that you can control. We’ll even give you one of our loved ones each to make into the first hybrids.” Except it was just a stall. They didn’t want to succeed and they just resigned their loved ones to a life of abductions and experiments as they stalled.

The DoM and the Russians (who were opposing the aliens more directly) were both racing to make a vaccine to stop their black oil virus. The Russians won, but the DoM got hold of their cure (which we saw used on Marita Covarootyttooty and Scully). Our late Well-Manicured friend saw the vaccine as a way to fight back while Smoky and the other DoM idiots were all “Nah! Let’s keep stalling as long as possible.” So now that Cassandra is a successful hybrid, Smoky and Pals want her dead before the aliens get wind that they made one and can start the colonization process on all of us.

So remember our faceless pyromaniac alien rebel frenemies? They don’t want the other alien race to colonize humanity. For some reason. No idea what and this is the last time we’ll be seeing them, if I recall correctly. Are they humanitarians? Are they just sick of those Colonization jerks gaining power across the galaxy? Are they super racist and just don’t want their kind playing with our kind? The show will never, ever, ever answer these questions. As for the episodes…

The Faceless burn up all the doctors working on the first successful hybrid (AKA Cassandra), but leave her alive, presumably because they want her found and the conspiracy exposed. Cassandra won’t talk to Spender about it and only wants to see Mulder. Mulder has been playing hooky from his boring bullpen desk jockey work, so he’s glad for the distraction, I guess. He and Scully investigate in secret and conspire to help him meet Cassandra in secret. She can walk now, BTW. Anyway, she tells them about the colonization, the rebel aliens, and how she is no longer an alien fangirl.

Old Smoky has been running around cleaning up after the Faceless, who have been infiltrating the DoM. He even puts Spender up to killing one with the pfft!stick, finally letting Spender see some green, hissing goo action.

HE’S NOT A FAN.

He also gets to meet Krycek, who kind of explains the conspiracy to him in such a way that I’m sure his intent is to make Spender hate his daddy.

At the end, Old Smoky has been expositioning to Fowley, who’s his new bestie right now, I guess. She promises to help him. When Cassandra escapes from the hospital and shows up at Mulder’s place and begs him to kill her, Fowley steps in with the CDC and has Mulder and Scully and Cassanndra brought to a CDC facility, claiming they’ve been exposed to a toxin. Which leads us to the most sexually tense decontamination shower I’ve ever seen. I mean, it’s also the only one, but…

Looks like they both got a a good look, but Mulder seems especially angsty about it, probably because this is the second time he’s seen Scully naked and it is never in a situation that is remotely romantic (in my headcanon, Mulder is definitely the more romantic of the two). Scully reiterates her distrust of Fowley, which Mulder dismisses again…

And again…

Also, Mulder ran into a very sick Marita Covaroomba at the facility so she could drop more clues about Mulder’s exposure to the black oil helping create the vaccine that has her looking so fresh faced these days.

Anyway, Scully does sow enough doubt for Mulder to go to Fowley’s place and snoop, where he finds Old Smoky. Seems legit. Smoky tells him about the project and Mulder learns that everyone in the DoM agreed to the shadiness except his father, which is why Samantha was taken from her home. That alien fetus from back in Erlenmeyer Flask was what they worked with to get working on the hybrids (which they didn’t want to succeed in). Anyway, they got one now with Cassandra and the whole gang are going to hand her over at an airport hanger and go to meet with their various missing relatives. Smoky gives Mulder the address to join them in being spared or whatever. He also dangles the carrot that he’ll see Samantha again and I roll my eyes because we all know she’s goddamned starlight!

Mulder sinks into depression and waits there till Fowley comes back and he figures they should just go the hangar and be spared because who cares anymore. Fowley takes this to be some kind of romantic overture and kisses him.

Meanwhile, Spender is looking for his mother at that facility and finds Marita, then Krycek, then the bodies the Faceless are leaving behind as they wipe out all the DoM flunkies and experiments they can. Mulder’s all “Hey, Scully, we’re going to go surrender to some aliens. You down?” She’s all “Okay, even if there are aliens, which I am not confirming, I don’t surrender.” And Fowley goes to the hangar by herself while Mulder joins his REAL partner to try to stop the train delivering Cassandra. It totals Scully’s car. But they tried… unlike others. (*cough* Fowley *cough*)

When Fowley and Smoky arrive, the DoM and their families are all waiting at the hangar to greet their new alien overlords. Doors open, white light, yadda yadda, but it’s not the colonists. It’s the Faceless!!! Smoky and Fowley quit that bitch in time, but the rest get surrounded and go up in flames with a muffled scream. Well, not Cassandra. She seems pretty jazzed about getting barbecued.

The next day, our duo and Spender meet with Skinner and Kersh. Spender’s all “Look, I’ve been a giant douche and did pretty much nothing to stop all this. Just put these two back on the X-Files,” before heading down to pack his things up in the Basement of Broken Dreams. Old Smoky is waiting there… to kill him. Yeah. Because people die on this show. Pfft. See you soon, Spender.

Anyway, our fierce duo are back on the X-files and Mark Snow cranks up the cartoonish fake oboe to a distracting level in celebration, or perhaps to be heard over the rain that pounds Agua Mala into a gloomy sea of boredom. You know, I love Darren McGavin and his work as Arthur Dale. It’s just a shame his episodes are such a waste of his time and talents, in my opinion. I mean, we’ve got what could have been a good bottle episode with our duo trapped with a hurricane and besieged by a tentacle monster in haunted water. Do they take this time to check in and talk over where they stand now? No. Do they have a “conversation on the rock” moment like in Quagmire, where they can maybe talk over Fowley casting a pall over their bond? No. Nothing like that. Just standard believer vs. skeptic bickering, which is a lame return to formula when they’ve moved into a deeper understanding of each other by now.

AT LEAST THEY’RE STILL ADORABLE.

Their next case back is much better, though not a case so much as a day gone horribly wrong over and over again. I’ll get into Monday more in the top tens.

On to lighter territory…

Next, our duo are extra adorable masquerading as a couple in a planned community (Arcadia).

I WOULD SO MAKE THAT HONEYMOON VIDEO. SCULLY, I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY THIS. BUT ME MORE LIKE ME.

I must say, as someone who lives in Southern Orange County, this episode’s depiction of California Home Owner’s Associations is spot on. They’re scary enough without the garbage monsters running amok. More on that in the top tens as well.

Next, our duo deals with an evil shape-shifting dog monster (Alpha), then an escaped convict who can walk through anything (except glass) because a storm gave him super powers (Trevor). Both are sub par.

THOUGH THIS ONE CUTE MULDER MOMENT IS WORTH MENTIONING.

Then we have an odd duck in Milagro. I can’t decide if I hate it for male-gazing Scully within an inch of her life…

…or if I love it for giving me shippy flutters.

Either way, if this hipster douche thinks he can write Scully into sleeping with him, he’s got another think coming. I can’t believe Mulder even asked.

“Agent Scully is already in love.” Why these two weren’t making out like thirsty reality stars at a paparazzi party by the end of this episode is beyond me.

Well, there was that whole near death thing, but still!

Then we have a flashback episode involving Arthur Dales’ brother, also named Arthur Dales and played by M. Emmet Walsh (Darren McGavin was ill and soon to leave us. RIP, Kolchak.) despite being played by the same actor who played the other Young Arthur Dales in flashbacks. I can’t complain too much. It’s a sweet and earnest episode and I always love seeing the softer side of our future alien overlords. Then again, would I be so disposed to like it if not for this?

Or this?

Maybe. We’ll talk about it a bit more in the top tens.

Next, The Lone Gunmen trick Scully into helping them out in Vegas (Three of a Kind) while Byers deals with more of his unresolved feelings for Suzanne Modeski from way back (Unusual Suspects). It’s a fairly nice episode, but I don’t think I’d have thought much of it without high-off-her-ass Scully.

IN ALL HER GLORY!

Next, we have one of the best episodes of the season (Field Trip), where our duo both deal with a man-eating slime aided by a fungus which makes you complacent by playing out a scenario that goes with your expectations. For Mulder, it’s the insanely optimistic outcome of not only finding the missing couple alive, but finding proof of aliens and Scully agreeing with him.

For Scully, it’s more fear-based, finding Mulder dead from running off on his own, and unsatisfied by everyone agreeing with her science-based conclusions. For both of them, the spell is broken by how damned well they know each other. Well enough that, at one point, I think they share a dreamspace.

Next, the mythos decides to dust itself off and make a reappearance (Biogenesis). The DoM is gone, so this could be a great opportunity to tie up some dangling threads left from that and set up an endgame. Sure, the Faceless burned up the DoM and all their science fair entries. But those colonists are still out there, right? Are they going to retaliate? What do the Faceless want, anyway? Will they fight over humanity? Is there going to be an alien turf war coming to the streets of your hometown?

No. Because the show does not want to set up an endgame. They want to throw more crap into the mythos soup until our palates are so confused we can’t tell what we’re tasting anymore. There’s a ship found in Africa, a ship with all the religious texts from all the religions carved into it. Also, Mulder’s black oil exposure from season four combined with the presence of even etchings of that ship’s carvings are now driving him mad — mad, I tell you! Don’t even ask how charcoal and paper can do that because the show will not answer you.

We can just use that. It’ll be the “a wizard did it” of The X-Files. Anyway, Scully spends the entire episode searching for answers while Mulder spends the entire episode holding his head until he ends up in a padded cell (he also gets nursed by Fowley. Boo!), then comatose (God! Thanks, Fowley. His REAL nurse wouldn’t let that happen!). And Scully ends up in Africa with that ship. And I end up losing my faith that the mythos will ever be resolved to anyone’s satisfaction. I hope you do, too, because (spoiler alert!) as of now, it is still a retconned, convoluted, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mess.

Top Ten…

10. The Rain King

I just don’t care if people hated it when it came out. It was adorable then and it’s adorable now!

9. Three of a Kind

This is not just here for drugged up and hilarious Scully (though that helps). Gunmen episodes almost always end up on my list. And I like that this one took them (well, especially Byers) and their skills more seriously.

8. Arcadia

Though I’m not too into the garbage monster as a concept, the rest was so well done, between the life-or-death lightbulb changes and the creepily helpful neighbors and the air of tension over the stupidest crap and Abraham Benrubi (who I just always love seeing). And yes. All the Mulder flirting certainly helped push this one onto the list.

7. How The Ghosts Stole Christmas

I think this episode ranked for me even without the casting. The cartoonish, almost Scooby-Doo level, atmosphere was a refreshing departure in style. And I love when our duo explores their playful sides, their bond, and even their frustration with each other.

6. The Unnatural

Okay, so our duo being cuter than a box of kittens under a rainbow pushed this higher for me, but it was well done (and well-directed by Duchovny) and, like I said, I really enjoy when the show entertains the possibility that the aliens aren’t all mindless, emotionless drones. I do wonder what this episode would have been like without the Mulder and Scully cute-a-thon, though. I can’t even find a gif of the alien scream and I really want it!

5. Drive

Here begins the pairing of Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston. It will reward us so much (with the most perfectly plotted show to ever grace our TVs). Honestly, I don’t know whether Drive works as an episode without Cranston’s performance. He manages to bring some humanity to a racist, redneck, trailer park jerk when you see it’s all coming from a place of bitterness and fear. I know the type. Some of my relatives are the type. Their life has been terrible and fruitless and they need someone to blame. The problem is they decide to blame or insult or victimize people who have it just as hard instead of placing the blame on a broken system or even their own choices. There’s always a conspiracy! The Jewish are secretly ruling the world! Black musicians are all in the Illuminati and they are ruling the world! Well, in this guy’s case, there is a conspiracy, or at least a cover-up by a government that doesn’t care about putting its more expendable citizens in harm’s way.

4. Triangle

This episode is definitely not all about the ship for me (though it doesn’t hurt). The real star is Agent Doctor Dana Damned Scully!

Look at her, strutting the halls, making sneaky faces, demanding from superiors and threatening the underlings. I also love all the long shots and the effort that must have went into those 30s sequences. It almost makes me forgive the very muddy science.

3. Tithonus

It’s just haunting and depressing and a treat to look at. But I already gave it a verbal tongue bath above. Let’s go into the theory! So… Clive Bruckman told Scully, when she asked how she dies, that she doesn’t. Did this just mean that he can’t see it because maybe, as a man who hates most people, he just likes her too much to see it for her. Or does this mean that Scully will gain immortality? If so, this would be where. I mean, he gets his death and helps her cheat it in much the same way he did. Is Scully now invisible to Death? You know, I don’t fully believe in the theory (Still, you just know she told Mulder about the events and he grabbed onto it hard!), but if anyone could take forever and use it well, helping humanity and staying grounded, it would be Dana Scully.

2. Monday

I know people like to compare this to Groundhog Day but, brilliant as I think that movie was and still is, it wasn’t the first story to play with a time loop, it was just possibly the best. But this one is no slouch, either. We might be following Mulder, but he isn’t the one experiencing the loop, except peripherally. That would be our amazing guest actress, Carrie Hamilton (late daughter of Carol Burnett. RIP, Carrie. You were taken far too young), who has tried every which way to stop this day from killing everyone in that bank, where everything resets, making her both the center of it all and the sacrificial lamb in the end. My only complaint is that the episode spends very little time with her. Besides that, it’s just a great episode, tragic and circumstantially amusing and it would be my number one except...

  1. Field Trip is so damned awesome!

This episode knows our duo as well as they know each other. From Mulder’s ultimate fantasy trip to Scully’s ultimate tragedy trip, it shows them both an outcome where they are right and they both realize that being right doesn’t satisfy them. They need the journey, they need the details, and they need each other. I think I said enough about it above, but it’s just good and creepy and fantastical and shows the bond between our dear duo and I just want to cuddle it into skeletonhood.

Scully’s Journey…

I would say Scully has come pretty far from a default stance of skepticism to a place where she’s always just a little more open to just seeing what unfolds and, when the evidence supports it, Scully can believe. I’d say she’s more open than Mulder is, considering how many times she’s gone out on a limb based on his instincts (and dropped family gatherings to go on his goose or ghost chases) and he barely entertains her gut feelings when it comes to distrusting Fowley. As shippy as some things were this season, there’s a disconnect between them in the mythos episodes and it’s all on Mulder for me. Scully is growing and he is nearly regressing. Thank goodness for Field Trip bringing them back to base or I’d fear that disconnect was about to carry into the next season (it had a whole other set of problems).

Hair Check-in…

It’s a travesty. I’m not even talking about Scully’s mildly curled suburban mom helmet because (thankfully), that sortof depends on how she’s styled and doesn’t torture us for the entire season. I’m talking about this hack job:

Gone is Mulder’s luxurious semi-pompadour. Now we have this choppy, spiky mess! I’m convinced that at least some of the strange tension between our duo in the early half wasn’t all Fowley. Some of it had to be over Mulder taking a weedwhacker to his hair without Scully’s permission!

Ship Check-in…

Okay. Most of it was over Fowley, though. We never did get a full run down on their past together, but Mulder must feel he’s to blame somehow because it’s the only way I can explain this blind faith in Fowley. Still once she’s (temporarily) out of the picture, you have to wonder at this point…

I mean, what the hell is stopping these two? We’ve got Mulder basically confessing his love, random novelist jerk revealing Scully’s love, the both of them being targeted by ghosts who go after lovers, and no one buying that they aren’t totally doing it in Rain King. At this point, Carter is just being stubborn and drawing it out, much like the damned mythos! I am not a satisfied shipper!

Other Notes…

I’ve got nothing to say I haven’t already said. In a perfect show, season 7 would be heading toward the endgame, not adding more elements to an already crowded mythos just to draw things out. But that’s where we’re going … or not, actually.

Next up: A hiatus with a return that basically hinges on whether The X-Files comes back again. Explanation (and unhinged rantings) here.

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