Original air date: December 13th, buy cialis 1998
Running time: 45 minutes
Writer and director: Chris Carter
Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Ed Asner, Lily Tomlin
Every Christmas Eve there’s a collection of Christmas episodes I like to watch as I sit near the tree basking in its seasonal glow. Among them is this episode from Season 6 of The X-Files which is just perfect for this time of year with its mix of horror, comedy, dark festive spirit and a hint of romance.
In case you’re not familiar with The X-Files, it’s a television series that ran from 1993 to 2002 and was developed by Chris Carter. In the show, FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is teamed up with Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who’s also a Special Agent but with a medical background. Together they investigate unexplained phenomena and unsolved cases their Bureau have given the name X-Files.
While Mulder hopes to uncover the truth about his long-lost sister’s disappearance in what he believes is an ongoing UFO conspiracy deep within the government, Scully is more of a sceptic and rationalist. On this night however, Christmas Eve 1998, they’re about to investigate something seasonally spooky. Scully arrives to meet Mulder who’s parked outside an old mansion listening to Bring Crosby singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas on the radio. He greets her cheerily, glad that she turned up and she replies with her usual candour.
SCULLY: On Christmas Eve?
MULDER: It’s an important date.
SCULLY: No kidding.
Scully’s not keen to spend Christmas Eve on a stakeout and as Mulder peers into her car he sees it’s filled with shopping. Scully’s got a lot of wrapping to do. Mulder tells her the story of the former occupants of the house they’re staking out, starting on Christmas Eve 1917.
SCULLY: They killed themselves?
MULDER: And their ghosts haunt this house every Christmas Eve.
Wouldn’t you too? I do every time I watch it. Nevertheless, the hapless duo enter the spooky old mansion and of course it doesn’t take long before Scully is spooked by the door that slams shut behind them and the creaking floorboards in the room above. Who’s laughing now? Scully does her best to rationalise her fear.
MULDER: (trying another locked door) Mm-hmm.
SCULLY: I mean, Mulder, it doesn’t take an advanced degree in psychology to understand the… the unconscious yearnings that these imaginings satisfy. You know, the-the longing for immortality the hope that there is something beyond this mortal coil- (MULDER tries another locked door) that-that we might never be long without our loved ones. I mean, these are powerful, powerful desires. I mean, they’re the very essence of what make us human. The very essence of Christmas, actually.
Although Scully’s long stretches of dialogue don’t actually make her feel any better or safer, what it does do is show us, the viewer, how she tries to cope with fear. Even though she’s faced things such as abduction and witnessed murders, possession and even Leonard Bett’s severed head winking at her, here in this haunted house, she cowers like a scared little school girl to which Mulder pays almost no attention to. Yet we know they both really can’t do without each other, not even on Christmas Eve when they could be at home with their own families. They’re two lost souls.
The banter throughout the episode is so rich and fires so rapidly even after they get separated and each encounter the previous occupants, Maurice and Lyda. Jan Delasara describes in PopLit, PopCult, and the X-files: Critical Exploration:
In many episodes of The X-Files Mulder and Scully run in circles and sometimes into walls – figuratively speaking, but in How The Ghosts Stole Christmas we’re watching them do it literally and for laughs. It’s a wonderful break from the conspiracies, covert meetings and constant cover-ups they usually encounter but what makes it so extra special is that we get some really great humour in there as well like when Lydia holds open her robe exposing the bullet wound.
LYDA: I don’t show my hole to just anyone.
MULDER: (rather disgusted) Why are you showing it to me?!
Season 6 is by far one of the most watched seasons of The X-Files at our house. Episodes such as Trinagle, Dreamland (Parts I and II), The Rain King, Monday, Arcadia and Three of a Kind all depart from the larger conspiricy surrounding an alien invasion and in doing so they gives us some rarely seen insights in these fascinating characters. As they gleefully unwrap their presents at the end, this episode is something that really makes my own Christmases feel that little bit more complete. X
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