sugoll (sugoll) wrote,

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The X-Files: I Want to Believe


Mulder and Scully try to track down a missing FBI agent, and later an abducted girl, while dismissing (or otherwise) "visions" from psychic Billy Connolly.

This feels very much like an episode. Its scope is very enclosed, so despite the vast amounts of snow on screen, it feels claustrophobic. There's much hand-wringing from the pair of them as they anguish over whether to continue, and Scully's B-plot needs to be taken more to into conflict if it's going to achieve something. Quite why there's a B-plot, since that's episodic structure rather than blockbuster structure, I don't know.

They've done the genuine psychic thing before, in Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, and that included The Stupendous Yappi as a fraud, too, so they had to take this some place else, but it doesn't really come alive. Unlike CBFR, which was a great episode.

Oh, and really - Mulder's on the FBI's Wanted list, and he and Scully live together? Either I misunderstood their domestic arrangements, or the implication was that the Bureau knew exactly where Mulder was, and were happy as long as he stayed quiet and didn't force them to do something. But even so: huh?

And it loses a star for having Scully "research" stem-cell therapy by typing "stem-cell therapy" into Google.

On the other hand, we have to give it an extra star - half for including Skinner, and half for the Skinner/Mulder scene. :-)
Tags: movies, sf, tv, x-files
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