Yea, I think I’ll just leave that alone.
Anywho, welcome to episode two. Besides changing Scully’s hairstyle in a week, this episode introduces the great actor Jerry Hardin as Mulder’s new confidante, who like many of the shadowy figures in this tale, never really gets a name. The opening theme starts here, and though the graphics will change later as Duchovny moves out of the show, the music stays pretty much the same. Notably missing is the one-liner at the end of the theme, things that usually say “The truth is out there” or something similar.
In this second outing, Mulder and Scully are asked by a military officer’s wife to investigate his disappearance. The show opens with the MP’s storming her house, carrying her husband away, and after that she doesn’t see him for weeks. Hardin’s character warns Mulder to stay away from the case, as he has more important things to do. But Mulder won’t back down without more explanation than that, and his “advisor” disappears before Mulder can inquire further.
Also in this episode we get Seth Green, who does a great stoner-kid.
The story goes on as the agents ask questions on the base and try to uncover what happened to the missing officer. Deeper than that, the show asks the question of just where the is the line drawn between what the public needs to know about what the military is doing, and what should be kept secret. It’s done in a very clever way that adds a lot of depth to the whole story.
The show also examines the human element in what it might actually be like to fly advanced aircraft reverse-engineered from UFO technology. It would be so far advanced that human beings might not capable of handling the stress, resulting in the extreme behavior exhibited by some of the characters in this episode. Another good call.
Not everything adds up, though. At one point, Scully is asleep in a car and something loud passes over her, breaking the back window. The other windows remain unaffected. Huh?
Later Mulder sneaks onto the main military base by stalking through some high grass. When he gets onto a tarmac, and is subsequently seen by the base guards, instead of running back to the grass he just takes off down the runway. What are you doing?
This episode results in my favorite exchange between the agents in this entire season.
Scully: “Did you see their eyes? If I was that stoned…”
Mulder: “Ooh, if you were that stoned what,”
She never answers that. But if you watch that scene closely, you can see just how close Gillian Anderson came to just busting out laughing. Makes me wonder how many takes they had to do.
At the end, Mulder’s “advisor” shows back up to warn him his life might be in danger. Mulder asks,
“Mulder: “They’re here, aren’t they?”
Deep Throat: “Mr. Mulder, they’ve been here for a long, long time.”
We find out just how long in the first X-Files movie, Fight the Future. Although later seasons seem to suggest the aliens go back even farther.
Until next week, when we Squeeze through another episode!
See You in the Future,
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