May. 2nd, 2017

wendelah1: Mulder and Scully staring at one another intently (the little spy)
[personal profile] wendelah1
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.

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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."

wendelah1: (Scully's cross)
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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 clich├ęs 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.

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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.

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