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The X-Files Phenomena

Scott Elisberg (scott-elisberg@home.com) writes:

The seventh season finale has aired and season number eight has already been touted. I never cared much for it myself, but since I take a passing interest in popular culture, I have forced myself to see what all the hubbub was about. Like it or not, it has become one of, if not the, most popular TV programs in this country and around the world. And what has America and the world seen this past Sunday night? Agent Dana Scully is pregnant with Agent Fox Mulder's child (by implication). The Cigarette Smoking Man is dead, and not by lung cancer -- although he tried so very hard to do himself in that way, right to the end. An amazing new special effect was used, obviously inspired by Dr. Jonathan Reed's description of what a supposedly alien creature was physically doing while it was killing his dog in the woods. But the most significant development in the plot of what I consider to be one of the most significant cultural indicators of this past decade, is the abduction of Agent Fox Mulder, witnessed by his FBI supervisor no less, into a Spielberg inspired craft which disappears quickly into the blackest depths of space. The pre-finale hype whispered of the final appearance of Mulder, but the official web site says he will somehow be involved in half of next season's shows. It may be a convenient plot device in order to ease a new male leading character into the series, but we must ponder the significance of the use of this particular departure route and what it says about what is happening in our culture right now. Even though the modern "alien abduction" scenario has been studied in earnest since the Hill case in the '60's, it hasn't been significant in our culture until recently, and especially since this episode of X-Files. It remains to be seen if this is a bad or a good thing for the serious study of the abduction phenomena. Whatever happens, we can be sure of one thing, series producer Chris Carter is getting his stories from the internet. And from what I've seen on the 'net, Chris has an endless free supply of great material. The Truth Is Out There, but Trust No One.



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