season 1, episode 17, “ebe”
this episode anchors our agents together in a fight against the powers that be. even though scully challenges mulder’s theories, she still searches for answers with him. mulder is deceived by deep throat whom he had thought he could trust. now only scully is worthy of his trust and scully only trusts mulder. they only have each other now. scully’s seen too much to deny the deception, but she’s still skeptical, but with more of a paranoid slant; that everyone is out to circumvent their attempts to uphold basic justices. she’s still going to pursue hard evidence because scully hearts science. mulder’s paranoia is always justified and sometimes he is too quick to believe. (“it’s so intense that sometimes it’s blinding.”) i love that scully gets a win in this episode. she’s right about the falsified UFO photo that deep thoat gives to mulder and she may be right that they are using mulder’s beliefs against himself. “where i can respect and admire your passion, they’ll use it against you.” thank god he has scully to make him look at every possible angle and fight for his theories.
we see a little deeper (get it?) into the character of deep throat. i believe that he gave mulder true information and then was forced to mislead him for fear of his loyalties being discovered. his look to mulder at his apartment that he just told him was bugged is like willing him to shut up, but mulder goes on and thanks him for all his help, thus jeopardizing deep throat’s position and his ability to keep assisting mulder. and deep throat continues to help him with possible grave risk to himself. he saves him from being detained at the (yet another) secret government facility. he could have stopped there, but he gives mulder a profound explanation for what mulder’s seen and the secrecy and his own motives. he’s atoning for his participation and for past sins. “maybe sometime through you the truth will be known.” helping mulder expose the truth is the only way he knows to make amends.
we are introduced to the lone gunmen and are confident that from here on out any appearance they make will only benefit the show. the dynamics of mulder discussing conspiracies with like minded people and scully fighting for logical explanations with them are great. and frohike voicing his opinion of scully’s hotness is an added bonus. “is this your skeptical partner?” what has mulder told them about her??
mulder comes out of the warehouse dazed, not unlike in “deep throat.” although, this time his brain wasn’t rewired. he’s not sure what to believe though. again, he got so close to seeing actual proof, but only ends up with an explanation that he can’t trust as true anymore. hopefully deep throat’s confidence in him to uncover the conspiracy and scully’s willingness to share his allegiance to the truth will strengthen his resolve. to just keep swimming, to incorporate deep throat’s earlier shark metaphor. if a shark stops swimming it dies. if mulder stops seeking answers the truth is lost.
swamp gas? really, scully.
is that a billiard ball coat rack?
i got major “fight the future” vibes from this episode. chasing the truck was like chasing the tanker. and the music seemed quite similar.
did you know? behind the scenes facts:
tom braidwood is the 1st AD and the actor that plays frohike. they use his name for mulder’s fake id.
the cover name given to scully is val stefoff, which is a variation on ‘vladimir stefoff’ – another 1st AD.
s: “it’s a natural phenomenon in which phospine and methane rising from decaying organic matter ignite, creating globes of blue flame.” m: “happens to me when i eat dodger dogs.” scully cracks a smile.
byers: “he’s being put into power by the most heinous and evil force in the 20th century.” m: “barney?” scully digs this joke.
byers: “that’s why we like you, mulder. your ideas are weirder than ours.”
m: “i think it’s remotely plausible that someone might think you’re hot.” her look.
s: “mulder, you’re the only one i trust.”
m: “i don’t speak japanese, but i think some businessman told me to stick a piece of sushi where the sun don’t shine.”