season 1, episode 18, “miracle man”
i don’t like how the writers casually introduce mulder-samantha angst in this episode. i feel like they knew they had a dud on their hands and this was their best way to fix it. it doesn’t work. it comes off as trite. i like how scully handled mulder with compassion and concern. but, i don’t think they gave mulder enough credit. i don’t think he would give into it so quickly. scully doesn’t discredit his feelings or defend logic as hard as she usually does. she’s being sensitive to his weak spot and allowing him to be rattled by it, to a degree.
i guess it’s my aversion to these types of religions, where the preachers exploit people’s faith for their own gain. i just didn’t like much about this episode. the murders end up being totally of this world with a man and a motive. i find it hard to believe that vance waited so long to plot his revenge. the bit about the sheriff hating the church so much that he sends people to kill samuel. and what was up with that autopsy scene. scully sharpening the knife like a butcher and mulder being squeamish? it was like they were trying to validate the religion’s protest against the autopsy. that’s not holding true to our characters, but giving in to the nonsense that is this episode.
the exorcist is one of scully’s favorite movies.
aw, exhuming bodies. just like their first date, uh, i mean, case.
apparently this was scully’s first autopsy on the show. maybe that explains the strange treatment of it. but, i’m not buying it, really.
mulder says, “this is the part where they bring out elvis.” scully stares at his lips for a long moment after this comment.
m: “i think i saw some of these same people at woodstock.” s: “mulder, you weren’t at woodstock.” m: “i saw the movie.”
m: “people are looking hard for miracles. so hard they see what they want to see.”