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I love season two, almost as much as season one, and this is one of my favorite episodes of the season. Even though this is when the bad stuff starts happening to Scully, I love the abduction arc. Making Scully an abductee gives her a reason to commit to working on the X-Files apart from her loyalty to Mulder. It deepens and enriches her character, and does the same thing for The X-Files universe. It’s a good creative move by the writers.

I have fic recs: a couple of post-eps, an AU, a horror story AU, and one masterpiece.

The Soft Embalmer (5310 words) by Scarlet
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Angst
Summary: It's Sunday, Dana.

"The Soft Embalmer" is, hands down, the best story written for the abduction arc, period. I can't imagine a better one. Scarlet didn't use any keywords or spoilers because she didn't want to give anything away. If you only have time to read one post-ep for "Ascension," make it this one. It is a masterpiece.

Ascension (1014 words) by leiascully
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Margaret Scully, Alex Krycek
Additional Tags: Episode Related, Abduction, Alien Abduction
Series: Part 32 of The FBI's Most Unwanted
Summary: There was a hole in the world and it was shaped like Dana Scully.

This is an excellent post-ep for "Ascension," maybe the best—so far—of her series.

Life in Technicolor Flashback (740 words) by Jintian
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alex Krycek, Fox Mulder
Summary: A brief detour through Krycek's thoughts. Set during "Ascension."

Jintian has written a fine character study of Alex Krycek.

Blue Girl by L'il Gusty
Rated NC-17 | 18K | Category SA | Archived 03-07-26
Spoilers: Ascension
Keywords: None
Summary: Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? - every, every minute? -- 'Our Town' by Thornton Wilder

This is what all summaries were like in the olden days, x-files fic fans. "Blue Girl" is an AU. Dana Scully is returned. When she wakes up from her coma, she discovers that it's 2003. Nine years have passed since she disappeared from Skyland Mountain. I read this a number of years ago, and I remember liking it a lot.

Lethe (4742 words) by DiscordantWords
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Dana Scully, Samantha Mulder
Summary: "Space, like time, engenders forgetfulness; but it does so by setting us bodily free from our surroundings and giving us back our primitive, unattached state. Yes, it can even, in the twinkling of an eye, make something like a vagabond of the pedant and philistine. Time, we say, is Lethe; but change of air is a similar draught, and, if it works less thoroughly, does so more quickly."
- Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

"Lethe" is a beautifully written story by one of my favorite writers. It's set in between "Ascension" and "One Breath," in a dream-like rendition of the testing place. Samantha is there and so is Dana Scully.
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The first time I watched "Duane Barry," the twist ending was a shock. I was even surprised that Duane Barry’s implants weren’t just a figment of his imagination. When Mulder confronts Scully with the evidence, I wanted her to keep an open mind. After all, she’s seen this kind of thing before—she handed a similar metal object to Blevins during the pilot episode. But she’s still thinking about what the ballistics guy said to her—about the etching on the metal–when she waves the implant in front of the register at the market. It looked impulsive, but Scully is a scientist. Maybe she was testing a hypothesis?

Honestly, as many times as I’ve rewatched it, I still can’t make sense of the ending. But overall, this was a well-constructed, exciting episode.

Krycek has almost no role to play in this drama other than to fetch coffee and look like a third wheel. But don’t worry, Fans of Alex, he’s back in a major way in "Ascension."

RECS, because that's why you're here.

This fic is mostly an interesting backstory for Krycek, interspersed with Mulder guilt-tripping about Scully's abduction.

Second Chances (12035 words) by zulu
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Krycek/Samantha, Mulder/Krycek, Mulder/Scully
Characters: Alex Krycek, Samantha Mulder, Cigarette-Smoking Man, Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Cassandra Spender, Jeffrey Spender
Additional Tags: Mytharc, Backstory
Summary: Before he was Ratboy.

This fic isn't so much a missing scene as it is a bit of missing Scully introspection. It's surprisingly sweet for J-O.

Strange Infatuation by Jennifer-Oksana
Fandom: X-Files
Pairing: Mulder/Scully
Rating: PG, M/S UST, V
Spoilers: Duane Barry
Summary: Strange infatuation seems to grace the evening tide–
Disclaimer: Not mine. They belong to Chris Carter and Company. This isn’t a song story, but the title is from a lyric from the Placebo song, “Without You I’m Nothing,” just to give credit where it’s due.

This missing scene provides the missing explanation for how Duane Barry got from his ICU bed in Richmond, Virginia to Scully's apartment.

Duane Barry (372 words) by scullywolf
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alex Krycek, Duane Barry
Additional Tags: Missing Scene
Series: Part 29 of TXF: Scenes in Between

Last but not least, from the blog, Great Writers Steal, Why Shouldn't You:
Great Moments in Literary Theft: David Duchovny’s Red Speedo Poem.

The title says it all. Well, almost all.

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If per chance, you are watching The X-Files for the first time and have stumbled upon this community looking for fic, "Sleepless" is an essential episode of the abduction arc. Don’t skip it, please. The episodes that follow, "Duane Barry" and, especially, "Ascension," will not have the same impact if you haven’t seen "Sleepless." Having said that, there are some fantastic stories that tie directly into the introduction of the character of Alex Krycek to The X-Files universe.

"In a Dark Time: Sleepless" by Anna S. is one of the first Mulder/Krycek stories I read, and it’s still one of my all-time favorite XF fics, in any genre. It fulfills every requirement of mine for good M/K: it is set during season two, prior to Scully’s abduction, and it is by turns violent, twisted and passionate—and so is the sex. Just as Jess M.'s "The Other Man" does for “Deep Throat,” this fic puts the entire abduction arc in a different light. The writing is lushly description, even baroque in places, but it works, oh, it works. Mulder is eccentric, brilliant, and sexy; Krycek is complex, layered, and treacherous. I have reread this compelling fic many times, because it is just that good.

The link is to her X-Files fic page, way-backed; the story links are on the right. You can also find this at the Basement but I think this is a more recent version, plus it includes a unfinished sequel. If, after watching "Sleepless," you are looking for fluffy, and-they-lived-happily-ever-after M/K fic, this isn’t it. In fact, you may not like this story at all. But if you like your M/K fic dark and your ships doomed, you may love this fic as much as I do.

"In a Dark Time" by Anna S.
Rating: NC-17, for language and sex, some of it unsafe. Very. Consider yourself warned.
Spoilers: Sleepless through Ascension
Genre: slash, Mulder/Krycek, Mulder&Scully friendship.
Word Count: novel length
Summary: (from her original author’s note) This contains, along with my own original work, all of the “Sleepless” dialogue, transcribed verbatim and complete save for a very few scenes. I’ve altered no line whatsover—despite being on occasion sorely tempted. No plagiarism or copyright infringement is intended. Basically, this represents an attempt to expand on “pre-existing” events and conversations in a logical, continuity-consistent manner…*ha-ha-ha*

This next story is a gen post-ep for "Sleepless." I love Pares’ writing, and her characterizations for both men are excellent.

Darker With The Lights On (1492 words) by Pares
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Alex Krycek
Additional Tags: Episode: s02e04 Sleepless
Summary: Mulder tells Krycek about another one-armed man. Set post-Sleepless.

To me, Torch’s characterizations in "Hard as Hell" are just inside the parameters of believable. This Krycek is more innocent and sympathetic than I prefer; this Mulder more…predatory, shall we say. But, we know how relentless Mulder can be in the pursuit of what he wants. And I am prepared to believe in a Krycek who is dedicated enough to The Cause to take one for the team. Or the other team, in this case. Torch’s writing is, as always, excellent.

"Hard As Hell" by torch
Word Count: 7,000
Rating: NC-17
Genre: slash; Mulder/Krycek – first time
Summary: Krycek has to decide how far he’s willing to go in order to be a successful double, or is it triple, agent.
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I remember watching “Blood” for the first time, and I don’t remember them all. I was on the edge of my seat the entire episode, waiting for the postal worker to go postal. And that ending, where Mulder sees “ALL DONE. BYE BYE,” on his cell phone screen still haunts me. We don’t know if he’s hallucinating, or if some mysterious shadow government entity is taunting him. Maybe Mulder is going to go nuts and begin shooting up random bystanders. That would have made a great post-ep story, imho. Assuming [personal profile] ruuger puts on [community profile] xf_is_love again someday, that request is going back on the prompts list again. Maybe I'm a dreamer but I’ve convinced myself that if I keeping asking for the fic, eventually someone will write it.

This will surprise exactly no one, but there hasn't been much fic written for "Blood."

Blood (977 words) by leiascully
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Episode Related
Series: Part 29 of The FBI's Most Unwanted
Summary: "How do I know what I know is what I know unless you back me up?"

"The FBI's Most Unwanted" is an ambitious endeavor by a talented writer, and the series is certainly worth reading, especially if MSR is what you're looking for. review and short excerpt )

I've always wondered why there wasn't more great MSR written for this period. Nothing terrible has happened yet to Scully, which is important since the horrors that await her aren't a great setup for romance, imho. During this interlude, Mulder and Scully aren't FBI partners, and they're both single and attractive. Shouldn't they be dating and having sex now, instead of waiting for six more years of shit to hit the fan?

"Dance" by Dith
Rated: Teen | 96K | Category X | Archived 95-03-24
Spoilers: none
Keywords: Mulder/Scully UST.
Summary: Mulder is asked by some friends to check out the death of a friend who was supposed to have been possessed by a demon. Scully, having no other plans, decides to spend her weekend helping him.

review and excerpt )

My last rec is not fanfic, it's meta, by Plaidadder from her excellent XF series.

A Different Kind of 90s Nostalgia: "Blood" (1278 words) by PlaidAdder
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Meta, Nonfiction, "Blood", 1990s technology, Guns, Shootings, 90s Nostalgia
Series: Part 2 of X-Files Meta
Summary: Nonfiction. In which I talk about the Season 2 episode "Blood" and what it shows us about how much our attitudes toward technology--including guns--have changed since this episode was made.
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"The Host" is perhaps the classic Monster of the Week episode. There seems to be general agreement that this is the grossest episode of the series to date. Poor Agent Mulder spends way more time in the sewer than anyone should have to, let alone a major character in a hit series.

Mulder is grateful, if amazed, when Skinner pulls him off his despised white collar surveillance, assigning him to investigate the death of a man found in the New Jersey sewer system; however, his initial enthusiasm quickly turns to disgust. This feeling is universal. "This is one case I'm going to be happy to turn over to you guys," says the police detective at the scene. "Hey, Agent Mulder. What would you like us to do with the body?"

More about The Host )


Okay, onward. I know filk was a controversial genre, even back in the day, and now it must seem hopelessly out of style. But, I'm reccing this anyway. Why? It's funny.

I'm a Liverfluke (181 words) by campylobacter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Flukeman
Additional Tags: Filk, Parody, Episode Related

Summary: About the episode "The Host"; song parody based on Monty Python's "The Lumberjack Song".

"The Repeat Customer" by aka "Jake"
Rating: NC-17 (language, adult situations)
Classification: Post-Ep for "The Host" (Other classifications have been left off to prevent giving too much away.)
Summary: "What's your pleasure tonight, Marty?"
Author's Notes: Written for Fandomonium's Virtual Season of Smut Challenge (Season Two). Fair warning: if there are certain classifications you prefer not to read, have a friend read and rec. I offer no guarantee that this story is "safe" for all readers.
Wendelah's note: And neither do I. Adults only, please. I like the fic but it will not be to everyone's taste, that's for certain.

BONUS REC: Does everyone know about "Monster of the Week, the Complete Cartoon X-Files"? Read Season 2, Episode 2 "The Host or Flukeman!!!" and then read the rest. Best line: (Scully to Mulder re: Flukie) "Wow. That thing is amazing. And a deftly inventive screenwriter."

While there isn't much fanfic for "The Host," I keep finding new artwork of the Flukeman. Everyone loves to draw Flukie!

Damn. Now I can't get that Monty Python song out of my head.
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I want to love this episode. And there are things I love in "Little Green Men," but damn it, the plot is so full of holes. And, a Mulder who's acting self-absorbed and peevish is not my favorite Mulder.

I enjoyed meeting Senator Matheson, played by Raymond Jay Barry, whom some of you may recognize as Arlo Givens on Justified. But, thanks to the writers, he's sending Mulder off on a wild goose chase.More about Little Green Men )


No rec list of fanfic set during the early seasons is complete without "Universal Invariants." Yes, you've all heard of the story and most of you have probably read it, too. If you are like me, you've read it more than once, especially Chapter 12. *cough* In "Universal Invariants," syntax6 takes the canon from season one and early season two, adds an au twist, throws in a tasty casefile, mixes in plenty of UST, Mulder/Scully banter, and some angsty relationship stuff, and presents us with a fanfiction classic.

"Universal Invariants" by syntax6
Spoilers: all of season one and season two through "One Breath"
Summary: Here's the premise: what if Ethan's scene hadn't been cut out of the pilot and Scully had been allowed to have a life of her own, apart from Mulder and the X-files? How would the storyline have been changed? How would it have stayed the same? Wendelah note: The summary is mine, not the author's.

Author's note: I don't really classify fics because my labels don't often match what readers expect, so I am leaving all keywords off here. You clicks your mouse, and you takes your chance. The story will likely stray toward NC-17 territory for sexuality, violence and adult themes. Minors please read elsewhere.

My next rec has a very different take on early Mulder and Scully. I'm linking to the post at LJ because the comments are interesting and insightful, even mine. *g* This is an original and striking episode tag for "Little Green Men."

"In the Fields of Boaz" by Crinolynne
Rating: G
Spoilers: Little Green Men
Summary: He's still not sure what she's doing here, her presence a Fortean event.

One last rec. I'm placing "Hollow Day" here because it deals with the vagaries of memory, in particular, what Mulder recalls about his sister's abduction and its aftermath. I must warn you: this is not the usual, cheery, feel-good holiday story, nor is it the sort of story we've come to expect from Kel. There are not many fic writers who can create believable, compelling original characters the way Kel can. Her narrator, now an adult with children of her own, recalls a traumatic day she spent at the Mulders, specifically the Thanksgiving immediately following Samantha's abduction.

"Hollow Day" by Kel
RATING: PG
CLASSIFICATION: Pre-XF, Story
DISCLAIMER: Though they are with me, they belong not to me.
SUMMARY: October 1973. Think Watergate. Think oil embargo. Think Samantha.
SPOILERS: Through Season 6.
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There were more than 30 stories posted in the Gossamer spoilers for this episode, and I searched FF.net and AO3, yet these three recs are all I could come up with. For me to rec a story, there has to be something unique about it, something that makes me think I'll want to read it again someday. For a post-ep story, the bar is set even higher: I want to see the writer dealing with what happened in the episode itself, preferably with something in addition to feelings, sex, and/or a nice cup of tea.

For "The Erlenmeyer Flask," I wanted to see Scully mourning her friend, the scientist from Georgetown, and maybe even attending her funeral. I wanted Scully thinking as a scientist about what they'd discovered: the virus, the extraterrestrial DNA, the alien fetus. I wanted a story where Scully tries to figure out what happened to Mulder's eyes, maybe looking into a possible connection to the virus in Purity Control. I know Mulder is feeling discouraged about losing the X-Files, but once he was over the initial shock, would a man like him go down without a fight? Wouldn't Mulder at least try to contact his supporters on the Hill? Even though I've written it myself, I get impatient with fix-it fics that try to smooth everything over in 2000 words or less. So much MSR is just too damned—nice. Mulder and Scully are many things, but they are not nice. At the very least, a writer needs to show me something I don't already know about these characters.

Like the label says, "At Sea, At Anchor" is an origin story for Mulder's fish tank, which according to the author makes its first appearance as a plot device in "Little Green Men." She is the fan who posts Mapping the X-Files.

At Sea, At Anchor (3496 words) by Apostrophic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Trent (Scully’s godson)
Additional Tags: Friendship, Mulder’s goldfish, Season 01-02, Episode: s01e24 The Erlenmeyer Flask, Episode: s02e01 Little Green Men
Summary:


Everyone he came to trust, to love, to need— it ended one way.

An origin story for, of all things, some goldfish. Maybe Scully has something to do with how Mulder acquires his fish tank. Post-S1, pre-S2.



Have any of you ever wondered what might have happened if they'd decided to include Gillian Anderson's pregnancy in their first and second season storylines instead of writing around it? "The Way Things Are" is one writer's take on that idea.

"The Way Things Are" by Sukie Tawdry
Rated NC-17 | 139K | Category S | Archived 03-01-31
Spoilers: Season 1
Keywords: Alternate universe.
Summary: One night and their whole lives were changed forever.

I got this rec off of fic talk back in the day. One of the participants called it her guilty pleasure story. True confession: it's mine, too. The premise is a simple one: Mulder and Scully have one night of drunken, unprotected sex during first season, resulting in Scully getting pregnant, so I guess you'd have to call it AU. *cough*

But "The Way Things Are" isn't romantic or sappy; instead, it is funny and incisive, poignant and scary; heck, it's even in character, once you get past the drunken sex scene. First season is the only time I ever thought they had a shot at a normal relationship, not that this is exactly a normal life. The writer just nails that season one early partnership vibe, even as it's being complicated by an unexpected pregnancy. The link is to her page at Gossamer.

"Dirty Girls" by Tesla
Rating: PG
Genre: Profiler!Mulder. Gen with hints of UST.
Summary: One teenaged girl has been found dead; another is reported missing. Skinner sends Scully and Mulder to Walter's Cove, Kentucky to assist local law enforcement with the investigation. Set during season one. (Wendelah's note: the summary is mine. This fic was written for my contribution to Help Haiti. It was originally posted as a WIP on LiveJournal.)

I love Tesla's writing. She has a lucid, flowing style. Her characterization of Mulder is particularly strong. She gives us a confident, competent, and sexy Mulder, which is a pleasant change from most Profiler!Mulder fic. This is set during season one so the UST is...unresolved, just the way I like it.

Season One is finally done. There are a couple of episodes without fic recs for which I have posted placeholders. If a great fanfic for, say, "Roland" gets written, I will make sure to update those posts.

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While "Born Again" isn't the season's best episode, it's hardly the worst. There were some things to like: the creepy performance of the child actor playing Michelle Bishop; all of the quirky visual elements to the case--the mutilated dolls, the Noah's Ark painting with the origami animals, the fish tank with the little diver. I thought Mulder seeing the image of the diver superimposed on the video-recording and his explanation for it--a documented case of someone who could create the image on film with their mind--was cool. Mulder's brain is like an encyclopedia of the weird and unexplained.

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More about Born Again )

It made me uncomfortable to see how much Mulder's obsessions can blind him. What I wanted from an episode tag was a story that dealt honestly with the tension between Mulder and Scully, a fic that didn't smooth things over too easily. I wanted to see the anger spill over, perhaps affect their working relationship in some way. If that story exists, I haven't read it. But I do have a couple of fics which are set during season one to rec.

A Three Fish Man (762 words) by leiascully
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Pets, Fluff
Summary:

It wasn't a big change in his life when Scully moved in to the office.


What it says on the label. I've always had a weakness for Mulder's fish. And hey, the aquarium in "Born Again" played an important role as the murder weapon.

Waiting for Agent Right by Kel
Feedback: ckelll@hotmail.com
Disclaimer: Mulder and Scully aren't mine, unless you count the action figures. [from FTF] In which case I own Mulder, Scully, the alien, and that poor firefighter.
Rating: PG
Keywords: MS Friendship, drunkfic
Category: Story, humor
Thanks: To Erin and Trelawney for the beta-reading. Their comments are so good that I'm frequently forced to steal them verbatim.
Summary: Killing time in an anonymous airport. Mulder wants a toaster.
Spoilers: Set in the first season. Definite spoiler for Travelers. Little one for Tooms, and some minor foreshadowing for Tempus Fugit.

Okay, so this fic has no connection whatsoever to "Born Again," but it is set during the first season. I doubt Mulder and Scully drove all the way to Buffalo, New York from Washington D.C. and back again, so you could imagine this as a post-ep. And it's Kel, and she brings the funny like no one else, before or since.

KEL I MISS YOU COME BACK.

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"Tooms" is a good episode, notable for several firsts. It's the first time a Monster of the Week gets a sequel. It's also the first time that the character of Assistant Director Skinner makes an appearance. And last but not least, it's the first time the mysterious and omnipresent Cigarette Smoking Man gets a line of dialogue.

More about Tooms )

Fanfic recs:

Technically, this would be a post-ep for "All Things," but since the story is set in season one right before "Tooms," that's where my brain has it classified. OneMillionandNine's versions of Mulder and Scully aren't exactly mine, but they are smart, sexy, funny and neurotic. If you are looking for a hearts and flowers ending for M&S, this isn't the place to find one (although if you want one for Sherlock Holmes and Molly Hooper, this fic is what convinced me to watch Sherlock BBC. Season Two is what made me stop watching.) But if you're looking for challenging characterizations and hot sex scenes, OMaN is your writer.

Premature Ejaculation by OneMillionandNine
Spoilers: Tooms, All Things
Category: MSR, V, Angst
Rating: big fat NC-17
Summary: an exercise in possibilities; exactly what has kept M and S apart all these years?

This fic is told from Tooms's POV and it's just as creepy as that would suggest. Elanor G is better known for her casefiles, which are excellent too, but this story is darkly original. The author rates it R but I would give it no more than a Teen for violence.

Undying by Elanor G
RATING: R for blood and guts
CATEGORY/SPOILERS: Uh...Story, inspired by Tooms
SUMMARY: none provided

Technically, this fic takes place in a later season, but if you choose to read it, you'll see why I am placing it here instead. I love everything Alelou has written. "Practice" is as delightful a post-post-post-post-ep for "Tooms" as anyone could desire.

Practice by Alelou
Rating: PG-13 for language
Keywords: MSR, Humor, Vignette
Spoilers: Tooms
Summary: Scully decides she needs practice before she can tell Mulder something important.
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"Come on, Scully, it’ll be a nice trip to the forest."

Fox Mulder, of all people, should know there is no such thing, at least not on this show. Even if the teaser hadn't shown us what's waiting for them up in Washington State, Mulder's invitation to Scully would feel ominous. In folklore and fairytales, the forest is occasionally a magical refuge, but more often it's a place of mystery and danger. Hansel and Gretel get sent into the woods to die, and they nearly do. So do Mulder and Scully.

More about Darkness Falls )

FANFICTION RECS:

In 2015, I read or skimmed everything that's listed in the spoilers section at Gossamer as well as what came up via AO3 and Google search. I don't like hurt/comfort fic on general principles, plus I can't imagine a less promising scenario for romance than nearly being eaten alive by mites. (shudders).

This year, I found something to rec! Since 2015, Scullywolf has been writing a series of missing scene fics., beginning shortly after season ten was announced. She's up to Je Souhaite. If she keeps going, maybe I'll start [tumblr.com profile] 201daysofxfiles up again with season eight.

Darkness Falls (1935 words) by scullywolf
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, MSR, UST
Series: Part 20 of TXF: Scenes in Between


And one truly amazing piece of art. Truly: Stand Aside, I'm a Medical Doctor by Suzanne Flash.
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"Shapes" was bad. So, so bad.

Darren Mooney, writing for the m0vie blog, expresses it perfectly.

"Shapes feels like a misfire, and a waste. It seems misguided and miscalculated, a cynical use of Native American history and culture as set dressing on a traditional werewolf story. This might be forgivable if the werewolf story were interesting, but the whole thing feels rather dull. It’s not a wolf in sheep’s clothing, it’s more like a sheep in wolf’s clothing." Source: [x]

FANFIC REC:

I have one. My problem is that you'll have to rewatch "Shapes" to understand the story, and I cannot in good conscience recommend anyone do that.

In Wolf's Clothing by aka "Jake"
Rating: NC-17 (Wendelah note: I'd classify this Teen and Up)
Classification: Post-Ep for "Shapes"
Spoilers: "Shapes"

Summary: "A manitou overtakes a man by night, not by full moon. But when its blood lust builds to an uncontrollable level, a man changes to a sickening creature. It kills, releasing the savage energy. The man returns to his true self, unaware of what has happened. The cycle begins anew the next day." -- Ish in "Shapes"

Okay. That's not the most useful summary I've ever read. "In Wolf's Clothing" was written for Fandomonium's Virtual Season of Smut, but it's not porn. This is a casefile, a short story, but casefic nonetheless. My summary: Scully's been attacked, and is in a coma. Mulder has been accused of the crime. I still wish aka "Jake" had developed this a little more, but it was memorable enough for me to search for it, and certainly well-written enough for me to rec it.

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Though it's not the worst episode of season one, "Miracle Man" doesn't work for me. It's a leaden mash-up of religious clichés and cultural stereotypes for everyone from the Evil Southern Sheriff to the Bitter Disabled Guy. The pacing is slow, the direction is pedestrian. The ending with its relentless Christian symbolism is heavy-handed and ambiguous. Okay, this is The X-Files; ambiguity does come with the territory. Sigh.

More about Miracle Man )

Fanfic Recs:

"Doubting Thomas" was originally posted to alt.tv.x-files.creative some time before November 1994, according to Fanlore. It was written by Pat Gonzales, "Keeper of the X-Files Creative FAQ" at the time. It's her only story archived on Gossamer; I have no idea whether it's the only fic she wrote. Just out of curiosity, I'm going to try to track down all of the fics on the list: 11/04/94.

Doubting Thomas by Pat Gonzales
Rated G | 15K | Category VA | Archived 95-03-24
Spoilers: Miracle Man
Keywords: (none specified by the author)
Summary: Mulder and Samuel Hartley meet again.

I could have saved this for "Closure," but unless you're watching for the first time and are avoiding spoilers for the rest of the series, there's no reason not to read this now. "Anima Sola" is one of my favorite Samantha Mulder stories. I particularly love the section that references "Miracle Man." This fic should have all the kudos but like most gen fic written in the past few years, it's been ignored in favor of MSR. I try not to be bitter, Wendelah mutters. TRY HARDER, the fandom advises.

Anima Sola (2426 words) by secondsflat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Samantha Mulder
Additional Tags: Angst, Closure, Paper Hearts, Conduit, Miracle Man, Colony, End Game, Episode: s04e05 The Field Where I Died, Character Study
Summary:

Samantha, to Scully, is a collection of feelings.



Another from leiascully's The FBI's Most Unwanted.

Miracle Man (966 words) by leiascully
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Christianity, Miracles, Episode Related
Series: Part 20 of The FBI's Most Unwanted
Summary:

He wondered if Scully felt she'd muddied the river of her faith, working with him.

wendelah1: Mulder and Scully staring at one another intently (the little spy)
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I'll come right out and say it. Despite its glaring flaws, I love this episode. Everyone has their own list of essential episodes, and "E.B.E." would have to be on mine, for one reason, and one reason only: This is the episode that changes everything.

More about E.B.E. )

FANFICTION RECS (because that's why you're here):

I have two very different, but equally charming post-eps for "E.B.E." Both capture that season one, early partnership vibe. Conveniently, both are at AO3 so I don't have to do the coding omigod.

This story is sweet and sly. Mulder is drowning his disappointment about the E.B.E. with expensive scotch, while trying to make nice with Scully and explain what went down at the power plant.

A Break in Security (879 words) by estella_c
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder & Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Summary:

So they ended up in a bar. Post-ep for "E.B.E."



This is still the best post-ep for "E.B.E." that I've ever read. It probably helps that the writer is as obsessed with the episode as I am. This time it's Scully who is sorting through her feelings, about Mulder and about the work. The author has changed names (and fandoms) since this was posted on LJ, where I first read it. And they've probably changed names again on Tumblr. People come and go so quickly here.

where the text ends we begin (2231 words) by daxsymbiont
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Pre-Relationship, Unresolved Romantic Tension
Summary:

"Mulder, I enjoyed chasing after that truck with you, and we should do it again sometime." Post-ep for 1x17 "E.B.E."

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The game plan for "Young at Heart" must have been to see how many clichés they could jam into one episode, in between the plotholes. A former colleague of Mulder's bites the dust—check! Scully is put in jeopardy—twice—check! Rookie Mulder follows protocol and someone dies—check! And putting Mulder in exactly the same situation with Barnett so that this time around he can go against the rules and take the shot—could you be more predictable, Chris Carter?

Instead of wasting time with a rehash of the courtroom scene, they could have told us more about the secret laboratories in Mexico and South America. I'm puzzled. I can believe the lack of government oversight. Taxpayer dollars get flushed down the toilet every day. But what about those Other Investors Who Shall Remain Nameless? They've been paying for this research but they've never seen any of it? This pattern demonstrates a clear lack of accountability to their shareholders! Since Barnett was the only success story, and Dr. Ridley couldn't even figure out how to save himself from the side effects of his treatment, of what real value is his much-vaunted research, especially since he won't be around to carry it on?

FYI, there are four Level One trauma centers in Washington D.C. so there would be no need for the government to fly in trauma specialists to try to save Barnett's life. I could ask this same question every single week: Was there no one with any background in medicine willing to look at these scripts? Hell, I would have done it for free. Okay, I would have done it for cheap. And they never do explain how Barnett got out of prison, or where's he's been hiding out, waiting to exact his revenge on Mulder.

FANFICTION RECS:

There are no post-eps that I'd recommend, so let's go in a different direction. Since the pre-X-Files story in "Young at Heart" was such a waste of time, let me suggest a couple of fics in that genre.

I enjoy Joann Humby's writing, particularly her casefiles. If you like this fic, you can check out the others in this section: Pre X-Files. You can also read most of her fic at Gossamer.

"A Case of Compromise" by Joann Humby
Rating - PG
Classification - X
Summary: It’s 1991, Mulder has the X-Files and no partner. Scully is working at Quantico. A Senator’s daughter goes missing and life gets difficult.

Author's note: While there are no actual spoilers in here, the story is consistent with Mulder’s and Scully’s histories as revealed up to the end of season 5. It explains some of what led to Scully’s assignment to the X-Files.

This next fic has some—peculiar—XF fic tropes, including the one about the enormity of Mulder's cock, but otherwise it's a sweet, sad ring-fic, which nicely fills in that odd gap in Mulder's backstory between high school graduation and attending Oxford.

"Angie" by OneMillionandNine
Rating: hard-R
Category: Mostly pre-XF, MSR, M/O in retrospect
Summary: The truth about Mulder's marriage.
Notes: Thanks to MaybeAmanda for asking good questions and keeping me from posting fic that looks like it was done by e.e. cummings on mescaline.
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I feel myself getting into their heads and I'm scared by what I'm feeling: the intoxicating freedom that comes from disconnecting action and consequence. Theirs is a world where nothing matters but their own needs, their own impossible appetites. And, while the pleasure they derive from acts of violence is clearly sexual, it also speaks to what Warden Jackson called their operatic devotion to each other. It's a love affair I almost envy. - Jack Willis, "Lazarus"

As is so often the case with The X-Files, be careful what you wish for. Jack Willis literally gets to live that relationship, feel Dupre's mad passion for Lula, experience his betrayal at the hands of his duplicitous lover, and, as his friend, Dana Scully, looks on in horror, pull the trigger that ends Lula's life.

I'm pretty sure I've seen this opera before, is what I'm thinking.

More about Lazarus )

FANFICTION:

Well. There isn't much, so I read or at least skimmed it all. I DO IT ALL FOR YOU.

I like this vignette by Leiascully.

Lazarus (620 words) by leiascully
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dana Scully/Jack Willis
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Episode Related, Minor Character Death, Minor Injuries, Biblical References, Past Relationship(s)
Series: Part 17 of The FBI's Most Unwanted
Summary:

She had raised Jack from the grave like Lazarus, but she was no saint: he had not come back the same.



The only other story I can recommend is Suzanne Barringer's "A Change of Cast," which does a good job of filling out the skimpy backstory provided by 1013, as far as it takes us, which is up to the brink of the pilot episode. I should give you fair warning: I fast-forwarded through the (to me) interminable sex scenes. But the rest of the story is interesting and well-done.

Fanfiction Request: I'd love to see someone write a story from the POV of a sadder but wiser Scully, looking back on all of her relationships. Or even Scully looking back at her relationship with Willis, after watching him die in "Lazarus." After knowing the woman she will become, the Dana Scully in "A Change of Cast" is a little too naive and untested for my taste.
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Critical reaction to this episode is mixed. To be frank, my reaction to it is mixed. I don't know if the people who're watching TV on their iPhones and tablets can tell what I'm talking about but once they get out of the basement, nearly every shot is framed perfectly. This was Rob Bowen's first outing as a director for The X-Files. He's generally credited with pushing the look of the series toward the cinematic. The scenes in the woods are breathtaking, the Kindred look like they walked out of "American Gothic"--the painting, not the series. Mark Snow's score is just the right balance of atmospheric and creepy.

That's the good news. The bad news is there's some really dodgy content in "Gender Bender." After reading through a good half dozen reviews, the only TV critic who was willing (or able?) to focus on the story in view of its cultural context is Darren Mooney over at the m0vie blog.

To be fair to writers Larry and Paul Barber, their mess of a script contains a rake of fascinating ideas – even if it’s never entirely sure what to do with those ideas. Gender Bender doesn’t really work as a story, but it’s infinitely fascinating as a collection of nineties anxieties. From the opening scene in the rave club, Gender Bender feels very much of its time – an artifact of the early nineties, a capsule containing a whole host of uncertainties and insecurities.


His review is more insightful than anything I could manage. You should read it. In fact, you should go read them all. He's in the middle of season six. The X-Files: Gender Bender (Review)

Fanfic Recs:

Because the episode is focused on sex, unsurprisingly most of the post-eps are about sex. My problem with every fic, including these two, is that no one wanted to deal with the issue of consent. Here's a typical summary: "Scully is still feeling the effects of the brethren. Mulder helps her through it. Smut ensues." I don't want to sound like I'm judging anyone, but, personally, I find the idea of Mulder having sex with Scully while she's clearly unable to consent to be a major turn-off. I don't even find it convincing as a premise. Sex pollen stories aren't sexy to me either, but at least the way that trope is generally written, it's obvious that no one is consenting. On the other hand, the spoiler section at Gossamer for "Gender Bender" could have just what you're looking for in fic. If so, knock yourself out.

Clay by Brighid
Spoilers: Spoilers for "Gender Bender"
Rating: R
Category: V
Keywords: Post-episode
Summary: Scully and the Last Temptation

What works in this story is Brighid's clever backstory for the Kindred, and her vivid use of language. The Last Temptation of Scully sections fall flat for me. However, her story about the Kindred made a lot more sense than the episode itself.

Second Thoughts by bardsmaid
Spoilers: Genderbender
Rating: worksafe
Classification: Vignette, 155 words
Summary: Home safely from their encounter with The Kindred, Scully puzzles over what happened.

What the summary says. It doesn't address consent, but at least it doesn't turn Scully nearly being raped into an excuse for porn. It makes it clear how disturbing this case must have been for Scully, and it's only 155 words. Bravo, Bardsmaid.
wendelah1: Scully at her desk (Thoughtful Scully)
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While I love the role reversal of Scully being the believer and Mulder the skeptic, “Beyond the Sea” is about Scully’s emotional journey. Brad Dourif gives a terrific performance as the serial killer Luther Lee Boggs. Gillian Anderson gets to show off her range as an actor. We get interesting back story and new insights into her character.

I have a few recs. I wish there were more, especially more stories about Melissa Scully. I should write a story about Melissa Scully.

This is part of a series, "Scully's Journey," but it works as a standalone. The website was down and this was tough to track down via the Internet Archive. Blocked with robots.txt. The link is to Gossamer.

Silver Tongued Devil by ML (scroll to the story)
Spoilers: Beyond the Sea
Rating: PG
Classification: Vignette
Keywords: Post Episode
Summary: During a kidnapping case, Scully tries to come to terms with her father’s death.

I Must Down to the Seas Again (1796 words) by Maidenjedi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bill Scully Sr/Maggie Scully
Characters: Bill Scully Sr, Maggie Scully
Summary:

Bill Scully, Sr., and the loves of his life.


In the Family of Things (3496 words) by tree
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dana Scully, Melissa Scully
Additional Tags: Interstitial, Queer Character, Lesbian Character, Community: lgbtfest
Summary:

Post-episode for Beyond the Sea. A reunion and a farewell.


Wavelengths (1767 words) by seren_ccd
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dana Scully, Melissa Scully
Additional Tags: Sisters
Summary:

There was another reason why Dana Scully didn't go to Luther Boggs' execution. Season One, post-ep for Beyond the Sea.

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I like back story but this one seemed...off. Phoebe Green, “game-player extraordinaire,” is an unlikely ex-girlfriend for “the truth is out there” Spooky Mulder. Poor Mulder is too preoccupied with his ex-girlfriend to work on her three-pipe problem. Good grief, he practically swoons when Phoebe hints he can spend the night with her. Fortunately, he has Scully to pick up the slack. Agent Scully uses old-fashioned detective work to solve the case, which, of course, made me very happy.

Amanda Pays is enjoyable as Phoebe. The truly ancient among us may remember her as Theodora Jones in Max Headroom. Mark Sheppard does extra creepy (and extra crispy) as Cecil L'Ively. Sheppard has been in everything, most recently as Crowley in SPN. David Duchovny provides the eye-candy again. Did Shirtless Mulder become a regular thing? I should start keeping a tally.

I was surprised by how many post-eps there were for "Fire," and by how many of them I actually liked.

I'd love to read a fic where Phoebe Green was just in an ordinary, failed college relationship with Mulder. This is not that story but it's a fun, creepy, and sexy pre-x-files fic.

Dead Romantic by ML (link is to Gossamer, scroll to the story)
Email: msnsc21@yahoo.com
Feedback: appreciated and always responded to
Timeline: pre-XF
Rating: adults only, please
Synopsis: Phoebe takes Mulder on a mystery tour.
Disclaimer: They are not mine.
Note: This is a continuation of the vignette, At the Cross Keys. However, this can stand alone if you haven't read that one yet.

Many thanks to beta Carol, who gave me the correct quote and set me on a path that ended up being much more interesting than the original!

Dead of Winter by Jane Lumley
Rated NC-17 | 202K (both parts) | Category SA | Archived 99-08-24
Spoilers: Fire
Keywords: Mulder/other romance. Pre-XF.

Summary: In Oxford, in 1983, two men are obsessed with a brilliant psychology tutor. One is a killer who likes the feel of warm blood. The other is a vulnerable undergraduate called Fox Mulder. Which of them will finally possess her?

The author was at Oxford at the same time as Mulder, although she admits to taking liberties with the setting for the sake of her plot. When Fox Mulder put on "a jumper," I knew she wasn't an American. (We call them sweaters or pullovers.) Also, Mulder is not from the Maritimes. That's still in Canada as far as I know. Nit-picking aside, "Dead of Winter" is Profiler!Mulder: The Oxford Years.

Embers by Foxsong
Rated PG | 16K | Category | Archived 02-02-13
Spoilers: Fire
Keywords: Pre-XF. Post-episode.
Summary: When I was a kid, and my best friend's house burned down, I had to spend the night in the rubble to keep away looters.

"When I was a kid, my best friend's house burned down. Had to spend the night in the rubble to keep away looters. For years, I had nightmares about being trapped in a burning building."

Mulder's story about being afraid of fire didn't quite ring true. The truth had to have be more complicated. Foxsong uses second person POV for this story, an unusual choice, but one which works very well. Her website was preserved on reocities: The Foxsong Files. Her fic is also archived at Gossamer, if you prefer plain text to Geocities Retro.

one plus one equals zero by Khyber
Rated NC-17 | 13K | Category VA | Archived 05-11-13
Spoilers: Er, "Fire," and the orgy scene in "Detour II." What, you haven't seen that one?
Keywords: Mulder/Scully/other sex. Scully/other sex. Slash.

Summary: Scully finds it harder than it used to be.

This is not MSR, and it's not exactly femslash either. What it is, is a scorching hot, twisted, sexual fantasy threesome. I consider Khyber to be one of the best writers (no longer) in our fandom. He wrote complicated plots, complex characters, both canon and original, witty dialogue, and really hot sex. Though he ships Mulder and Scully, and some of his stories are humorous, his version of them is kind of messed up, psychologically speaking.

Madeleine by Amalnahurriyeh
Pairing: Mulder/OMC; Mulder/Scully
Rating: R (nonexplicit sex)
Warnings: None
Author's Notes: (if any) Written for a prompt for queer_fest 2011, "Mulder's Oxford girlfriend showing up was a disaster. His Oxford boyfriend, less so." Posted for the queer_fest 2012 Free For All, and for xf_is_love. (I'm efficient and/or lazy.)

Title after Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past; a good explanation here, complete with baking discussion, and the full quote here. [wendelah note: it links from her post] Gayest possible literary reference, y/mfy?

This is by another of my favorite writers (no longer) in the fandom. Amal ships Mulder and Scully so this fic, like all of her X-Files slash, ends with her OTP. I loved her Sebastian so much I was hoping she'd write more fic for him. Alas, she began writing for Sherlock BBC instead. Grumpy Wendy is grumpy.
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I like the creepy atmosphere, the plot twists, and the exquisitely dead-eyed performances of the twin girls who played Cindy Reardon and Teena Simmons. The woman who was cast to play the adult Eve, Dr. Sally Kendrick, looked eerily like an older version of the twins.

It's fun to watch Mulder and Scully spar over the unlikelihood of space aliens travelling to earth in order to exsanguinate cattle. Then Deep Throat introduces Mulder to the Litchfield Project, the US government's response to the Russian's eugenics experiments, which throws a different light onto their investigation.

It's not Mulder and Scully's finest moment when they let Teena and Cindy go in the truck-stop parking lot. So what if some random trucker is holding a gun on them? Mulder and Scully have guns and badges, plus Mulder was holding the girls. The trucker wasn't going to shoot him. They caved way too soon. (The stupid writers made them do it.)

The tagline for the episode's final twist was perfect. "How did you know I'd come for you?" Eve 8 asks the young clones.

"We just knew," Teena and Cindy reply in unison. "We just knew."

FANFICTION RECS:

This excellent story is by one of my favorite authors. For a show so strongly steeped in horror, there is surprisingly little fic written in the genre. This fic is one of the very best.

We Could Have Made Music (3025 words) by DiscordantWords
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Cindy Reardon, Teena Simmons, Eve 6
Additional Tags: Horror
Summary:

They are fifteen years old, hale and hearty and healthy, tall and pale and quiet as churchmice. They have grown up to the music of Six's madness, her sobs and sniffles and laughter, the scrape of teeth against metal, the rasp of teeth against skin, the sick sweet wet sounds of tearing flesh.



I have no idea why Julie Fortune isn't more widely recced or read. Her stories are professional caliber, not surprising given that she's a professional writer. She knows how to build suspense without wasting words, but just as on the series, there is a lot happening between the lines. Rarest of all, she writes stories with terrifying x-files at their center.

Falling Stars by Julie Fortune
Rating: gen
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Warnings: none
Spoilers: Eve

Summary: When Mulder disappears without a trace, Scully takes a leave of absence to search for him.
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"Fallen Angel" introduces one of The X-Files' most memorable characters: Max Fenig. Max is a transient who lives in a small trailer and follows the police and military frequencies using an elaborate array of radio equipment. He's a member of NICAP, which he proudly tells Mulder stands for the National Investigative Committee of Aerial Phenomenon. After Mulder finds him in his trailer having convulsions, Max tells Mulder that he's had epilepsy since the age of ten. By the end of "Fallen Angel," Mulder has concluded that Max is a multiple abductee.

Because the UFO community has been following Mulder's career since he began working with the X-Files, we learn from Max that Mulder published an article in Omni under the pseudonym "M. Luder." Mulder is surprised Max knows who he is, and to learn that anyone was paying attention. But as Max reminds him, "Someone is always paying attention, Mr. Mulder."

Max refers to Mulder's partner as "the enigmatic Agent Scully," which was quickly transformed in fanon into "the Enigmatic Doctor Scully," for reasons lost in the annals of fandom. As you might imagine, Agent Doctor Scully is less than amused.

These alien beings must have personal stealth technology; otherwise, why can they only be seen via heat-sensing technology? Do the aliens have the ability to emit radiation at will or is that some sort of a weapon? Based on no evidence whatsoever, Mulder is quick to assume the alien has benign intentions and that it's only trying to protect itself from the military. But, it didn't kill Mulder, and it certainly had the opportunity to do so in the warehouse before Max was beamed up to the mothership.

As a consequence of his shenanigans, the FBI should have fired Mulder. There must be two factions within the organization: one pro-Mulder, and one that's anti-Mulder. "Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer," Deep Throat tells Section Chief McGrath. Yeah, right. I also had to laugh when McGrath informs Deep Throat that he's "ruined the last best chance we had to get rid of him." McGrath must have meant the last best chance the FBI will have to get rid of Mulder--until he does something else really stupid--like next week, for example.

FANFIC RECS

Sadly, specific to "Fallen Angel," there is nothing I'd recommend. I looked through all of the usual places and some I hadn't ventured to in years. My conclusion: there isn't nearly enough fanfic written for the first season, really for the first three seasons. Let's get on that, shall we? But I did run into this little crossover with Doctor Who.

Title: Space Enough and Time
Author: MaybeAmanda (Amanda Wilde)
Email: maybe_underscore_a at rocketmail dot com
Categories: Crossover (X-Files/Dr Who (2005)
Word Count: ~7500
Rating: PG. Yeah, really.
Timeline: Very very very very very early Season One (XF), Ten and Rose, whenever. (Dr. Who)
Spoilers: Not really. (Wendelah's note: It does take place after "Fallen Angel."

Summary: Scully, Mulder, The Doctor, Rose, and the TARDIS.

AGAIN: VERY early Season One X-Files. That is key!

Next up is "Eve."

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