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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.

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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.
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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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This is the one we've all been waiting for, right?

I have nothing of value to say about "Space." Luckily for us, a friend wrote a meta for another rewatch community back in the day. Her name (not her real name) is emily_shore aka Naraht. She's in the space program fandom so she really knows her stuff. She analyzed "Space" through the lens of cultural history.

"Space," the Challenger accident, and the culture of NASA by emily_shore.

FANFIC RECS!

Though she's best known in TXF fandom for "Four ways William Scully got picked up from daycare," Naraht also wrote a humorous crossover series with the space fandom. The premise is that Skinner gets transfered to NASA and takes on a partner. It's probably funnier if you know something about the US space program, but I don't know squat, and I was still entertained. She writes a great Skinner, which is rarer than you might think.

Creator: Naraht
Series: Skinner and Browne Investigate
Description:

Some time ago, I came up with a premise which I described as "the bastard child of the space program, The X-Files, and the Lisa Nowak case." To misquote Arlo Guthrie, it was to be about "crime-fighting, mother-stabbing, father-raping, and all kinds of mean nasty ugly things." Mostly about crime-fighting, actually. It was to be about two government bureaucrats brought together by chance, who found themselves fighting corruption, conspiracy and aliens, and who along the way came to develop a sort of grudging respect for one another. An X-Files spin-off sort of like The Lone Gunmen, only with a better pension plan. Who says bureaucrats are boring?

"Zero Gravity" was written for Fandomonium's Virtual Season of Smut Challenge, which should tell you just about everything you need to know. Yes, it's pretty out of character. The truth is not everyone can write early season sex and keep it believable. But it's amusing, and hits my sex on the beach kink. Whoops. Is that a spoiler? The author, aka jake, is best known for "The Mastodon Diaries," which is an over-sexed, wildly popular time travel fic. But she also wrote "Abaddon's Reign," which is a great post-col fic, some very fine casefiles, and plenty of good post-eps.

Title: ZERO GRAVITY
Author: aka "Jake"
Rating: NC-17
Classification: MSR; RST; Post-Ep for "Space"; AU
Spoilers: "Space"; small ones for "Lazarus" and "Rain King" (wendelah note: this makes no sense since "Rain King" takes place years later. Yes, I know the series ended in 2002. Some people might be watching for the first time.)
Summary: One down-to-earth woman. One man with his head in the clouds. A romance made in heaven? Fate is in the stars.

JUST ADDED!

ML wrote a new episode tag for "Space."

Two-Faced by ML | [personal profile] ml_griffonnage
Email: msnsc21@yahoo.com
Archive: just let me know where
Episode Reference: Space, 1x9
Rating: All audiences.
Disclaimer: I still don't own them, darn it, just the action figures. But I'm grateful to Chris Carter, 1013, and Fox, not to mention all the actors, for bringing these characters to life and giving me so much enjoyment.
Synopsis: What just happened? And who was responsible?

Author's notes: This is the ninth story in an exploration of the early seasons. They are somewhat loosely tied together but can be read as standalones. All can be found at: http://ml-griffonnage.dreamwidth.org and, at least up to number 8, at Gossamer. There are a few more notes at the end.
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“Ice” has it all: sex, violence, black humor, bad science, plenty of opportunities for scenery chewing, and some of the tensest scenes between Mulder and Scully of the entire series. It also contains my favorite retro-nineties fashion moment from season one: Dana Scully standing there wearing her gigantic puffy coat. She looks all of thirteen.

Does anyone else think that Mulder and Scully have switched roles a little bit in this episode? He’s the one who’s really interested in studying the organism, not that he has any credentials to do so. Her scientific curiosity is dormant, over-ridden by fear, perhaps.

The scene where Mulder and Scully neck-check each other for parasites is everyone's favorite of the episode. Where they see sexual charge, I see menace. What I like about [livejournal.com profile] leiascully's episode tag is that it gives the reader a bit of both.

Ice (795 words) by leiascully
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dana Scully, Fox Mulder
Additional Tags: Episode Related, Touching, Cold Weather
Series: Part 9 of The FBI's Most Unwanted
Summary:

She had drawn her weapon to face down Mulder, knowing he would yield to no one but her, hoping it was the right choice.



The details about small village life in Alaska give this story a unique sense of place. Bugs' best known fic from the fandom's heyday was Butterflies All Tied Up, which the XF Book Club discussed back in 2010. She's moved on to writing in other fandoms, most recently Hannibal.

Ice Water in Her Veins (1277 words) by bugsfic
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Summary: After the events of "Ice," Mulder and Scully can't seem to get out of Alaska, forcing them to have one of those chats no one likes to have without indoor plumbing or any sleep.

"Everywhere in the Dark" is a believable, emotionally resonant, and canon-compliant missing scene for "Ice." She should probably have her own tag here since everything [personal profile] tree's written will end up getting recced by the time this project is completed.

Everywhere in the Dark (2949 words) by tree
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Dana Scully, Fox Mulder
Additional Tags: UST, Missing Scene, Ice
Summary:

A missing scene from Ice. What happened between saying goodnight and Mulder finding Murphy? This is one possibility.

wendelah1: (Scully working at her laptop computer)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I don't know why I didn't rec this episode tag in the original post. Maybe I hadn't read it? It's excellent, with believable dialogue and spot-on characterizations.

Shadows (923 words) by leiascully
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dana Scully, Fox Mulder
Additional Tags: non-kosher Mulder, Philadelphia, Ghosts, Banter, Roman Catholicism, Episode Tag
Series: Part 6 of The FBI's Most Unwanted
Summary:

Scully was no fun at parties.



Birthday Stories by Syntax6
Email: syn_tax6@yahoo.com
Rating: Teen (my rating, not hers)
Warnings: none
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Summary: Take a tour down birthday lane, seasons 1 through 7.

"Birthday Stories" is only related to "Shadows" because the first story starts right after the end of the episode, at Liberty Bell Center. Syntax6 is best known for her long novel-length case files and for writing believable Mulder/Scully romance. These short stories do not fit precisely into either of those categories. They follow canon, from seasons one through seven, with each pair of stories describing either Mulder's or Scully's birthday. Since this is not a show full of happy endings, some are quite melancholy. Please don't let that stop you from reading them. They are perfect gems that show us glimpses of the characters' lives off screen. They're full of intimate knowledge and convincing details about the cases Mulder and Scully are working on together and, of course, the characters themselves. Syntax6 wrote "Birthday Stories" as a birthday gift for a friend, but it is truly a gift to us all.

You can only read this fic at her website: Fanfiction by Syntax6.
wendelah1: (Look who's holding the door)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Though a season six story, "How to Fake an Orgasm" is tagged as "Jersey Devil Redux." I like the way V. Salmone portrays Mulder and Scully as normal people, who go out on dates and try to have a social life. Setting this story during a time when the X-Files has been taken away from shut them makes perfect sense. While X-Files Mulder would not be playing hooky, Shit Detail Mulder, who hates doing those background checks almost as much as he hates working for Kersh, seems like a good candidate for a two-hour-lunch and some serial dating.

How to Fake an Orgasm (23755 words) by Punk, Sab
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully, Fox Mulder/Original Female Character
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Original Female Character
Additional Tags: First Time, V. Salmone, Co-Written, punkensab, POV Alternating, Thanksgiving, Case Fic, Jersey Devil Redux
Summary:

Mulder, Scully, and the other woman.

Written as V. Salmone.


The story is full of delightful Mulder/Scully banter, with many classic moments, like this one when Scully catches Mulder playing computer games.

Scully reached a hand around and pulled Mulder's monitor to face her. The wrong Tetris shape slid down the screen to balance inappropriately on a growing center tower. "Well, thank god you're taking care of the Tetris portion of our assignment," Scully said, spinning the monitor back toward Mulder. "I was really hoping you'd take it off my hands."

Another thing I like about this story is that Mulder doesn't get all of the funny lines.

This was very carefully written and yet it doesn't feel over-written or forced. Okay, I love this fic so I can go on and on about it, but the bottom line is that unless you're allergic to Mulder/Other leading to MSR, you'll enjoy this romantic comedy.
wendelah1: Scully and Mulder at the lake (lake okobogee)
[personal profile] wendelah1
In "Conduit," Mulder and Scully investigate their case, argue about their theories, investigate and argue some more, setting a pattern of interaction which will continue all during their partnership. She spends the entire episode trying to figure out a way to get through to him. She never does.

Mulder and Scully in the woods

ML wrote eight nine fics in her XF: Friday Nights series. They are all episode tags, they are all centered around a secondary character (or characters) on the series. They are well-crafted fics that fit perfectly into the interstices of The X-Files universe. I wish she'd written one for every episode. [livejournal.com profile] zinnia03, are you listening?

EDIT: I guess she is, because she just posted another one: Two-Faced, an episode-tag for "Space." I should run over and add it to the "Space" entry, too.

Impertinent Questions (1287 words) by ML
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Characters: Danny Bernstein, Dana Scully, Holtzman-and-Saunders, NSA Agents, Fox Mulder
Synopsis: ...you ask an impertinent question and you're on your way to a pertinent answer. Or not.
Author's notes: This is the fourth story in an exploration of the early seasons. They are loosely tied together but can be read as standalones as well.

Send feedback to msnsc21@yahoo.com You can find her fanfic at ML's Author Page.
wendelah1: Fox Mulder reading (reading is fundamental)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I don’t have much to say about this episode that hasn’t been said before. I like it despite the fact that the plot literally hangs on the necklace around Scully’s neck, a necklace which, need I add, will never be seen again.

Problem number one: Would any man, let alone Fox Mulder, reach toward a woman’s breast and pick up her necklace in that creepy fashion? But the writer is forced to call the viewer’s attention to it because Mulder spotting the necklace amid Tooms' trophy pile is the key to his realization that Scully is in danger, allowing him to rush to her rescue. Problem number two: Unlike Tooms' other victims, Scully is an FBI agent. She has a gun in her hand. She could just shoot Tooms, eliminating the need for Mulder to rescue her in the first place. Problem number three: How the heck did Tooms get the damned necklace off Scully's neck without her noticing?

Enough with the nit-picking.

Alchemy (1757 words) by tree
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: UST, post-episode, Squeeze
Summary:

Alchemy (noun) figurative: a process by which paradoxical results are achieved or incompatible elements combined with no obvious rational explanation.


This is my favorite post-ep for "Squeeze." She’s never made a secret of the fact that Scully is her favorite, but [personal profile] tree writes Fox Mulder as well as anyone in the fandom. She always looks deeper into the characters, too. Whereas in "Beginning," Jess M writes funny masturbation fic, drawing on Scully's obvious physical attraction to Mulder, [personal profile] tree shows us the isolation and vulnerability behind Mulder's smart ass persona. Right from the start, he is drawn to Scully, but what makes the fic so memorable is seeing his ambivalence toward her. PERFECT FIC IS PERFECT. Go read it.
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[personal profile] wendelah1
"Deep Throat" has all of the typical myth-arc elements: there’s a government cover-up; Mulder thinks there are aliens involved; Scully says there is no conclusive evidence–of anything. We get our first look at Mulder's mysterious government source, code-named "Deep Throat." And, despite her relative inexperience as a field agent, Dana Scully reveals herself to be a total bad-ass.


The Other Man by Jess M.
SPOILER WARNING: None!
RATING: R
CONTENT WARNING: Jess chose not to warn but if you need warnings, PM me and I’ll provide one.
CLASSIFICATION: MSR, sorta kinda, set somewhere in Season 7. Any resemblance to Season 8, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
SUMMARY: Something’s wrong with Mulder and Scully goes nuts, a bit. Or does she? (mysterious look) This puppy is dark, dark, dark and gloomy. There’s some love in there. And some physics mumbo-jumbo. And a bunch of science I know nothing about. Thanks to Darla for the quote, and the lurve.

It began so innocently, the way it is with tragedies: the almost unrecognizable signs of disintegration beginning in the mundane. The flap of a butterfly's wings before the devastation of the hurricane that follows it. Chaos theory honed its abilities, Scully later thought, by practicing on their lives.

There are other good fics for "Deep Throat," but this is by far the most memorable, and the most disturbing. There are not many stories that made me look at canon, and wonder, what if it were true?

If you need a palate cleanser, click on the link to her Gossamer author page, and read "Beginning." It's funny and sexy and so different from "The Other Man" that it's hard to believe it was written by the same woman, let alone posted in the same month. Jess M. had talent and range. If you want to read her other fic, Jess M. also posted to Gossamer under "Jess" and "Jess Mabe."
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[personal profile] wendelah1
Welcome to [community profile] xfilesficrecs. Most of these recs were originally posted at [tumblr.com profile] 201days0fxfiles during the global rewatch.

Mulder and Scully in the rain

Compared to later seasons, there wasn't much fic written for the first season of The X-Files. It wasn't yet a hit, and internet fandom was still relatively new. Here are a few of my favorites for the pilot.

Dana Scully's Senior Thesis (4521 words) by Athene.
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, the Lonegunmen
Summary: "I need you to find me everything you can on a Dr. Dana Scully, a goddamned forensic pathologist out at Quantico. And I mean everything. I wanna know what kind of toothpaste she uses, where she gets her hair cut, and the name of her first boyfriend..." He slammed the phone down, leaned back in his chair, and fired off a Ticonderoga at the ceiling with a snap of his wrist. It had been a hell of a day, and the evening was not looking promising.

I love everything about this missing scene fic except for its implication that Frohike didn't think Diana Fowley was an attractive women. "Good-lookin'" was the phrase he used to describe her to Scully in "The End." Whatever. Diana-haters are ubiquitious in this fandom. It's still a fine story, probably Athene's best. You can find her other fic at Gossamer.

Eight Things That Could Have Happened in Oregon (1264 words) by Stephen Greenwood
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
Summary: Eight ways in which events in the Pilot could have differed.

These vignettes pack a wallop.

Untold (1300 words) by Thuvia Ptarth.
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Assorted Consortium Members and their FBI Stooges, and many of their victims.
Summary: Just names they'll never recognize, stories they'll never hear.

Technically a post-ep for the pilot, "Untold" is a series of interconnected vignettes about the Consortium, featuring some familiar names and places, and introducing a few new ones as well. It is chilling and unforgettable. The link is to her website but you can also read the story at Gossamer. Look under the title as the author has changed her penname.

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