The X-Files

Season 5 Episode 14

The Red and the Black (2)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 1998 on FOX

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  • Mulder's struggle

    This was an excellent episode, simply because it continues in the same strain as its previous part. As Scully continues on her journey of belief and growth, Mulder is still struggling with the collapse of his own belief system. He is faced with so many people who seem suddenly bent on convincing him that his beliefs were actually correct, that he digs his heels in even more in an attempt to refute them. The scene between Mulder and Scully in the hospital room is, I believe, the pivotal scene of this episode. Everything that's going on for these two characters is laid bare right there - Scully almost seems to cross an invisible line when she lays down the ultimatum.. If Mulder doesn't know what drives him anymore, then she can't justify following him on his path. And this ultimatum makes him panic because, as we've learned, Mulder has realized he can't live without Scully. It must be confusing to him now, to have his always skeptical partner urging him to open his mind when he's just now learned that all he's believed in has been a farce. Scully's hypnotic regression was revealing and not a little strange. The introduction of this "war" between aliens, the gov't, and now this rebel group doesn't seem to mesh with previous conspiracy arcs. And since the next seasons are all new territory for me, it'll be interesting to see if they continue in this vein or if this was all another "Deus ex Machina" for the use of just one episode. As it is, this episode was interesting and revealing, especially a good reflection on the change being wrought in both Scully and Mulders' views of the world, the continual evolution of what their minds will accept.