Okay, it’s time. I have a confession. I have not watched X-Files. I know, I know, how can such a smart woman who is part of the geek community have not seen X-Files? Well my parents didn’t let me because it was “scary.” So I am setting out to rectify that. I will be watching and reviewing episodes here on our blog.
In “Pilot” the first episode of X-files introduces our heroes. We get Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), a medical doctor FBI agent. We also get Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) , a psychoanalyst obsessed with the unexplainable. Scully is assigned to babysit Mulder in the X-files. I think it’s supposed to evoke an odd couple vibe, but it feels like it’s setting up Scully to be a nag. She may be a smart, educated, doctor and FBI agent, but she still has to be put in the unfun woman role.
Their first case takes them to Bellefleur where people who graduated high school in 1989 are being killed. Victims are being found with two red bumps on their body that has an unknown chemical residue in the tissue. We learn that an early victim did not die but was in a coma, Billy, and another was in a wheelchair, Peggy. Through the investigation we find out that there are similar instances around the country. Scully finds a small unidentified metal object in the body of a previous victim. Scully and Mulder are burglarized and their evidence destroyed.
Mulder believes the deaths and two previous victims are victims of alien abduction. In what I understand is a recurring theme, Scully does not believe him. They receive a call that Billy and Peggy are missing and rush to the scene where the previous body were found. Mulder and Scully are separated. Both see a flash of light, but Mulder sees the event. BIlly and Peggy are recovered unharmed and the agents return home. Scully managed to save the metallic object and gives it to the Cigarette Man. The object is placed in storage with other similar objects in the Pentagon. Bum Bum Bummmm.
I have to say I enjoyed it. I am worried about Scully being the buzzkill, I want to like her. She inspired women to go into science and law enforcement in the real world and that kind of legacy is amazing. It’s hard to like someone who’s always saying no. I did appreciate how quickly Scully trusted Mulder. When she thought she had similar bumps to the victim she didn’t hesitate to ask him to identify them. I can see where the shipping is coming from, but I am undecided on my feelings about this pairing. I will make a final ruling after watching more. Until then I want to believe that I will love it.