The X-Files

Season 5 Episode 14

The Red and the Black (2)

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



  • Allusions

    • Literary allusion: The Red and the Black

      Possibly relates to Stendahl's novel Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black) which is filled with duplicity. The "hero" is a young cleric whose religious beliefs owe more to career advancement than any real faith. He tries to kill his lover during church service; she survives but he is still found guilty and guillotined for the crime. This episode is certainly filled with duplicity and there are plenty questions concerning faith and beliefs. Mulder also believes Scully was killed along with the other burned abductee victims before he finds out she has survived.