Sam Turton continues the alphabetical breakdown of The X-Files by looking at love in the show…
When you think of love in The X-Files, most people would automatically think of Mulder and Scully’s will-they-wont-they relationship (well, up until they were totally doing it!) I’m not a shipper–I’ve only just discovered what this means–but I was part of the ‘just snog her already’ group who got really excited when the sexual tension started heating up. Nobody can deny that Mulder and Scully truly love each other in the traditional sense, but they also respect each other immensely. They’ve saved each other so many times and in so many ways, how could they not? Then there’s Mulder and his work- this transcends love and becomes and obsession, but it is all started by his love for his sister.
Nobody can deny that Mulder and Scully truly love each other in the traditional sense, but they also respect each other immensely. They’ve saved each other so many times and in so many ways, how could they not? Then there’s Mulder and his work–this transcends love and becomes obsession but it is all started by his love for his sister Samantha.
What about the love between Skinner and M&S, here in the friendship sense? He would have their back all the time, even when they think they don’t need it. Oh, and what about all the times that Skinner gets Mulder in a headlock to stop him doing something he will regret? Mulder is a massive pain in the arse and you could kind of understand if Skinner just left him to it; let him get himself in all kinds of trouble and get rid of him! But he doesn’t, he sticks up for him all the time.
Also, one of my favourite characters is Doggett and he is totally smitten with Scully because she’s a bad ass. Yet, it’s obviously not reciprocated and there’s the heartbreaking scene when Mulder is returned from being abducted, Doggett pops in to his hospital room to find Mulder is awake and Scully is hugging him: it’s all happy families with Doggett playing gooseberry. The feels! But, not all is lost for Doggett because Monica Reyes certainly has the hots for him, but his too blind to see it at first. On this note: where was Doggett when Reyes decides to be best buds with CSM!? Total plot hole.
When it comes down to it, love in all its forms drives quite a lot of the plot of The X-Files canon. It means Mulder saves Scully, Scully saves Mulder, Doggett saves Scully, Reyes saves Doggett, Skinner saves M&S… the list goes on.
Maybe love really does make the world go round…