Yep, that was me. I was a junkie. A two-a-day, had to have it, couldn’t live without my fix of …. X-Files. Back in the mid to late 90’s I was caught up in the hysteria that was the X-Files. They were the “Lost” and “Heroes” of my day and the forerunner of which those two shows and more like them should pay homage to on a weekly basis, if not outright paying them royalty fees. I dove deep headlong into a wicked obsession with the show that I’ve only yet been able to admit to myself was probably borderline sickening.
So, this all brings me to my thoughts on the new movie. In typical Chris Carter style, little was known of the plot before the release and many questions remain afterwards. This is his “M.O.”, his style. While many of the reviews were harsh and some were mostly positive (see Roger Ebert’s) I knew going in this would probably not compare well with the last one because of many issues such as the limited budget, past legal squabbling, and the type of this episode being a stand alone “monster of the week” style story line.
The first movie had a grander scope and feel and it was appropriate for the series debut into the world of film as well as the myth-arc story line. This one was what I would call a more local story that was encapsulated in a world of gritty people all seemingly working against our duo. Quite frankly, as an X-phile, it worked for me. While the “x-file” in the film could be honestly described as a weak one when it came to the paranormal, it was intriguing as it exposed Mulder and Scully to the kinds of forces that pulled them together and apart on a weekly basis oh so many years ago. At it’s heart, it was a character study of one who willingly wanted to believe and one who didn’t want to acknowledge their own belief.
It also progressed our intrepid heroes along life’s path to the natural truth they had always shared. They truly are inextricably linked in mind and heart and their life together has evolved into a comfortable setting that shows a domesticated couple moving on into the murky future together, if nothing else.
Mulder is still as sharp as ever keeping tabs on all things spooky and Scully is doing what she does best, bringing hope and treatment to those who need it. Yeah, there are some missing plot elements throughout, but this is nothing new to X-File fans and while we see it as a positive, I fear many reviewers saw it as a weakness. Carter and company have always felt the need to not explicitly lay out every detail possible, the viewer is left to interpret the interleaving minutia. The personal struggles these two work through were in full glory again providing a reminder why these two were so good together.
And while I’ve not really discussed details, as someone once said, that’s where the devil is. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t give kudos to Mark Snow and his scoring of the film. Once again, he delivered a big time score that complemented the film as well, if not better, than his mood setting tones from the show. I especially liked the piece in the heartbreaking scene at the end with Mulder and Scully. It provided a warmth and depth that correctly corresponded to our character’s reunion.
One last thing. I don’t know if we’ll ever see these two together again on-screen, I for one hope we do, but again I’m fairly biased. However, the lasting image Carter gives us of Mulder and Scully is not only a deserved one, but a happy one that they certainly have earned….. together.