the x-files project: ep 4:18


the x-files

season 4, episode 18, “max”

aired: 3.23.97


this episode along with “tempus fugit” is a mythology episode that does not advance that plotline in any way, really. they are still so essential. it focuses on the tragic human loss that is a result of the conspiracies and how the agents recognize that and how it spurs their continued quest for the truth. “mulder, what are these people dying for? is it for the truth or for the lies?” “it’s got to be for the truth. if we owe them anything, it’s to make sure of that.”

we lose max and agent pendrell in this two-parter. max’s death is tragic because of his earnest search for the truth. scully is right when she says that him and mulder were kindred spirits. they only want the truth and evidence to expose the liars and hold them accountable. that evidence is near impossible to come by and they are thwarted at every turn. agent pendrell’s demise is sad because it is completely auxiliary. he had no deep desire to find the truth, he just had a crush on agent scully and that results in a close proximity to mulder’s ultimate crusade. scully is like pendrell in this case. she had no such crusade in the beginning, but her involvement with agent mulder’s has lead to a lot of heartache and pain. the two deaths in “tempus fugit/max” mirror mulder and scully’s particular strains of suffering and the rationale behind their perseverance in spite of it.

rating: 5

wandering thoughts:

mulder running in a scuba suit is everything. it qualifies as something black and sexy, no?

it’s not sad enough that pendrell just got shot we need to be reminded that scully has goddamn cancer?

uh, thanks, i didn’t need to know there were children aboard that flight. too fucking tragic.

shipper’s corner:

mulder was totally cool with her not turning around while he dressed.

hand on shoulder when she tells him pendrell is dead.

i love that scully is reading into the gift that mulder gave her. he says, “i just thought it was a pretty cool keychain.” but, he must have had some meaning behind giving it to her. what was that meaning? we will never know, just like we will never know what finished his sentence at the end of “never again.” this is why “the x-files” ruins lives.

notable quotables:

s: “only you and max fenig would appreciate living like this.” actually i would kill for that airstream trailer.

s: “men with spartan lives, simple in their creature comforts, if only to allow for the complexities of their passions.” ie: nerds with no lives. also, who talks like that?

m: “i’d go with you, but i’m afraid they’d lock me up, too.” s: “me too.”

m: “looks like i’m going to miss the in-flight movie and it was something starring steve guttenberg.”

m: “no, i think you should consider yourself the sole curator of the max fenig rolling multimedia library and archive, and you should probably get tax-exempt status as soon as you can. this stuff could be worth something someday.”

s: “i think that you appreciate that there are extraordinary men and women and extraordinary moments when history leaps forward on the backs of these individuals, that what can be imagined can be achieved, that you must dare to dream, but that there’s no substitute for perseverance and hard work and teamwork because no one gets there alone; and that, while we commemorate the… the greatness of these events and the individuals who achieve them, we cannot forget the sacrifice of those who make these achievements and leaps possible.”

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2 Responses to the x-files project: ep 4:18

  1. Lost my fucking crap when Mulder jacks the scuba gear and is like “this is my first time lol”. COME ON, MULDER. I was so paranoid that he was going to like, surface too fast and his head was going to explode or something.
    Also I love Max so much and I was so torn up over his character. ;_;

    • lol, scuba!mulder. hi-larious. max’s character is so tragic because he never wants to hurt anybody, he just wants to expose the truth and so much horrible stuff happens to him. his was a sad death, as was pendrell.

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