After "Wetwired" (third season, episode 23) you may never watch cable TV again. Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate a pair of multiple homicides in a small town and find delusional killers with stockpiles of seemingly random … see full wiki
I grow tired of the confrontations between Mulder and the other agents, he always backs down
Dec 13, 2009
The episode "Wetwired" is really bad, simply because the purpose is pointless and there is yet another confrontation between Mulder and "X" where threats are made but you already know the outcome, Mulder backing down. A series of unusual murders has taken place where people go berserk, killing people that they for some reason believe are others. For example, a woman washing dishes looks out a window and imagines that her husband is in a hammock with a beautiful blonde woman. She grabs a gun, walks out and shoots him. However, it is in fact the neighbor man lying in a hammock with his dog. Scully and Mulder are called in and Mulder notices that in both instances where the murders took place a cable repairman was up on a pole nearby. He tries to flag the man down but he speeds away, so Mulder climbs the pole and extracts a mysterious device. Analysis proves that it is a signal scrambler that alters brain functioning, producing hallucinations and paranoia. When Scully watches hours of the tapes taken from the murderers' collections, she begins to lose her mind and suspect Mulder. In the first of two climactic scenes, Scully is at her mother's house with her gun pointed at Mulder, her mother intervenes, stepping between them and talking her daughter into giving up the gun. This scene is tense, the high point of the episode. Unfortunately, this is followed by another confrontation between Mulder and the mysterious "X". Mulder has tracked the cable guy to a house where he is meeting with another principal in the case. When shots are fired, Mulder rushes in to find both men dead, having been killed by "X." Mulder draws his gun and tells "X" that this time he will not get away with it. "X" responds with contempt, altering the scene so that it looks like the men killed each other and then walking away. This was a terrible moment, why have Mulder sound so threatening when he is then going to let a double murderer simply walk away? He is an FBI agent sworn to uphold the law and he is letting a known murderer walk away with impunity. The scene was artificial in so many ways and causes the drama of the episode to collapse. Furthermore, there is no reasonable explanation as to why there would be a plan to deliberately alter people's minds so that they become homicidal maniacs. Unfortunately, the episode "Talitha Cumi" has another such confrontation between Mulder and "X" where they beat the crap out of each other and both draw their guns only to simultaneously back away. The episode begins with a crazed man at a fast food restaurant drawing a gun and threatening to shoot people. When a customer calmly walks up to him in an attempt to defuse the situation, he momentarily calms down only to shoot several people before a police sharpshooter guns him down. The customer then heals all the wounded and disappears when he is being interviewed by an FBI agent. This brings Scully and Mulder into the case and it goes many different directions, including a confrontation between the Cigarette-smoking man and Mulder's mother. The confrontation leads to her having a stroke and Mulder is incensed when "X" shows him photographic evidence of the confrontation. The Cigarette-smoking man is looking for something in the summer cottage owned by Mulder's parents so Mulder goes back and finds a dagger, which is the only thing that can kill the morphing aliens. "X" wants the dagger, so when Mulder and "X" meet in a parking garage. When "X" demands the dagger, Mulder refuses to give it to him. They have an extravagant fistfight but again, nothing is resolved as they both walk away with guns drawn on each other. When the Cigarette-smoking man visits Mulder's mother in the hospital, Mulder slams him into the wall and pulls his gun but once again Mulder meekly backs off. It is hard enough to watch one of these confrontations in an episode; two just ratchets it to the point of absurdity. Fortunately, the episode ends with a very exciting cliffhanger, Scully and Mulder meet with the morphing alien that saved the people, only to be confronted with another alien that is an assassin on a mission to kill the "good" alien. The episode closes with Mulder having the alien dagger in his hand, standing firm and ready for the battle. It was so exciting that I looked up the name of the next episode and will purchase it immediately.
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