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The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Dear Chris Carter,

I can neither forgive or forget what you did to The X-Files. You took something unique and, at times, brilliant and destroyed it over the course of four seasons. When the star of your show decided it was enough, you should have closed up shop, but, no, greed got the better of you. I stopped being bitter long ago. I had Buffy and Farscape and Battlestar Galactica to obsess over. But I shall accept I Want to Believe as an apology. You seem to want to make amends. Given the weekend box office this will probably be the last time we will see Mulder and Scully together, but that's OK because you gave the characters and the fans the ending they deserved.

With thanks,
Asta



I Want to Believe was far, very far, from being a great movie. At best, the main plot was something more akin to CSI than The X-Files (though I did think the 'teaser' was nicely suspenseful). At worst, it had huge plot holes and given the time Chris Carter had to write this they should not be there. Would the police really stop to question a murder suspect while he's transporting an organ for transplant? Would a hospital run by the Catholic church allow an operation involving stem cell transplants to take place? And would Mulder not have Scully on speed dial??? I could go, but I have a headache (not related to the film).

The supporting characters (and cast) were a mixed bag. Callum was good, but underutilized. I really wish we could have seen his motivation for killing rather than being told about it via a comment about having married patient X in Massachusetts. I have a feeling his obsession and murder spree for love was supposed to mirror Mulder and Scully's relationship in some way, but I'm struggling to make a connection. Amanda Peet's Agent Whitney almost made me long for Agent Spender. And did Xzibit's Agent Drummy have more than one facial expression? Not that he had anything to do but be pissy with Mulder. However, I did find Father Joe an interesting and complex character and Billy Connelly did a good job with the role. He also allowed Gillian to have some of her best moments in the movie.

WALTER! I was completely unspoiled for the return of Skinner. I did find it hard to believe they would do another film and not bring Mitch back, but I was getting worried as the film was nearing it's conclusion. It was great seeing him come to the rescue...again...as well as inject a little humor ("Mulder wouldn't do anything crazy" - HA!) and give the slashers a little something. ;)

I've seen some complaints that the film is nothing more than fan service. AND? SO??? :p Overall, I'm incredibly pleased with how the Mulder/Scully relationship was handled. First of all, THEY HAVE A RELATIONSHIP. I must confess, I was a bit concerned we were going to find out that they parted ways after running off together and hadn't seen each other in years. The scene where she goes to his house was immediately reassuring, if a bit awkward. It had more of a friendship vibe rather than lovers vibe. And I would later become confused about the living arrangements. I'm guessing the house is his office, but he sleeps at Scully's (I noticed his fishtank in the background). Though, if they are living together, as Scully's comments about having a home and a life together would indicate, then how exactly was he in hiding from the FBI? Why did they have to go to her first? Just go to her house at night and talk to him directly. But I digress...

I may have jumped in my seat a little when it was revealed that Mulder was next to Scully in bed. Any doubts I had that Carter was going to continue to yank our chain evaporated. And I did like the subtlety with which their relationship was handled. Granted, the handling of their relationship was too subtle on the show (it still kills me they had a baby and then kissed), but I never envisioned either as being demonstrative with their feelings so the snuggling, the kiss, and the almost offhanded, "This stubbornness of yours is why I fell in love with you", all felt right and in character to me.

Following Scully's remarks about loving Mulder, building a home with him, and not wanting to return to the darkness and Mulder seemingly willing to walk away from all that to reembark on his quest for the truth, "asshole" may have popped into me head (Mulder was always on the selfish side). But he managed to redeem himself. The X Files and search for the truth have consumed his entire life. It nearly destroyed him on numerous occasions. Yet, when he was forced to make a choice, stay on the path that has brought him nothing but pain, or finally start down a new path with a woman who stood by him when she should have walked away for her own well being many times before, he chose Scully. There was something glorious and perfect about that final shot of them in the sunlight, surrounded by calm waters, and heading off to an island where nothing and no one could get to them. And Gillian looked pretty hot in the bikini. ;)

I'm also a sucker for shout outs and continuity. The 'I Want to Believe' poster. The photo of Samantha. The pencils stuck in the ceiling and the sunflower seeds at Mulder's side. That they did address William even though I still hate that storyline with a firey passion and it's depressing to think they have a child out there and they aren't a part of his life. Clyde Bruckman! And did anyone else catch Chris Carter pulling a Hitchcock? I thought it was interesting he was holding an earn. The ashes of his a career? ;)

In conclusion, I went into the film with incredibly low expectations and found myself really enjoying it. I was prepared to rant, but, while disappointed with the aspects of the script, nothing was rage inducing for me. I call that a win. :)
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but, while disappointed with the aspects of the script, nothing was rage inducing for me. I call that a win

Anything not rage-inducing is totally a win when it comes to The X-Files. I agree with pretty much everything you said, and who cares if it was all fan-service? I spent the last two seasons feeling completely unserved as a fan, so CC owed us. Hee.
You watched the last two seasons?! I left when David did and only tuned in when he'd come back.

You know what would have been awesome? If they had allowed David to do a rewrite on the script. He definitely would have injected more humor.
i thought it was kind of painful to watch. i agree with everything you've said, only, i didn't come away liking it. am not enraged, just kind of saddened. and jaded.

the only thing i feel i must add is that i hope callum keith rennie, an actor i like and i think has a lot of potential, will not forever be sought out to play a "weirdo", "freak", "psychopath" or otherwise deranged person in every movie he'll be in. he can do other things. and he should do other things.
Yeah, I was disappointed that a) Callum didn't have more to do and b) that he seemed to be typecast again. Leoben may be a villain, but he's a villain with layers.

I'm curious why you were saddened. Was it the movie overall or did you feel something was missing from the M/S relationship?
well, first of all it WAS the movie, as a whole. i knew it would be more like a "long episode", and not at all like fight the future, which, while not perfect, was at least BIG, but i had hoped to get more of an insight into mulder and scully's relationship. overall, it felt like what we got regarding mulder and scully could have been put in a 5-minute epilogue at the end of the last episode. the whole plot of this movie - silly as it was - was nothing more than a vehicle to get us to see where they are now.

so, basically, i think i'm saddened by the fact that instead of a 5 minute epilogue at the end of the series that would have actually given us REAL closure - and not something that comes a billion years later, as a sort of afterthought - we got a bad-ish movie with the budget that equals the GDP of a small african country.

i'm sorry... i ramble. but lately i don't think i've seen a big - or medium - budget movie that i thought was even mediocre. it's like hollywood went stupid and the public joined it.
I have to agree that after a six year wait they could have come up with something bigger and better. The movie did feel awfully small and the case far too much like something on CSI rather than an X-File. My greatest hope was that Chris Carter wouldn't destroy the M/S relationship and, for me, he didn't.
That they did address William even though I still hate that storyline with a firey passion and it's depressing to think they have a child out there and they aren't a part of his life.
I'm kind of disgusted by that. And can I just say that my treatment (which Chris Carter so ruthlessly IGNORED!!!) had William as pivotal to the entire plot? I think I can!!!!

All that said, still looking forward to seeing it :)
Hee! Not that I wanted a kid hanging around the movie, but it would have been nice if we found out they reclaimed their child and he was visiting her mother or something.
Would a hospital run by the Catholic church allow an operation involving stem cell transplants to take place?

As soon as that came up, I figured that the hospital would forbid it based on Catholic-belief grounds. I was extremely confused when she went ahead with it, apparently not dissuaded.

There was something glorious and perfect about that final shot of them in the sunlight, surrounded by calm waters, and heading off to an island where nothing and no one could get to them.

Yes, "glorious and perfect" was exactly right. :) I love that our last glimpse of them is one of unadulterated happiness.
And I wish we found out why of all the hospitals that would probably be happy to have her, she ended up a Catholic hospital. Of course, that is just one of many unanswered questions relating to the plot.
I spent half the movie grinning like a loon.

I may have too. ;-) Actually, as soon as it was over I thought about seeing it again. I'm kind of happy I ended up going solo too, because I'm not sure the friend who I was suppose to go with would have understood my enthusiasm. And the ending was perfect. :)
Actually, this might not be a bad movie to be spoiled for. I know after the final few seasons and the way Chris Carter handled the M/S relationship during the course of the series, I had my worries and I probably would have read spoilers had I found any.

And thanks. :)