History Headscratchers / TheXFiles

23rd Feb '16 9:13:16 AM Inertial_mass
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*** Also, the CSM is such a mystery wrapped inside an enigma covered in misdirection that it would be in-character for him to leave everybody, even those on his "side", guessing as to his true plans. It could be he even intentionally misdirected most of his own people with the aliens.
30th Jan '16 8:37:51 AM DoctorNemesis
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** It's also possible that there's yet another misdirection at play; it's not as if ''The X-Files'' shies away from leading the viewer in one direction only to pull a ShockingSwerve into another direction. But yeah, ultimately it's probably BroadStrokes. The show hasn't been on air for over a decade, that's a long time to expect people to be familiar with the precise details of a myth-arc that, let's be fair here, was never exactly straightforward or entirely coherent to begin with. People know there's a GovernmentConspiracy, it involved aliens somehow, but as far as most of the watching audience is concerned the rest of the details can be streamlined as necessary and no harm, no foul. Particularly since the original conspiracy hinged on bad things happening in 2012 and, well, that apparently kind of fizzled out.
28th Jan '16 4:30:09 PM WarriorsGate
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* In the reboot, why did Mulder roll his eyes at 9-11 Trutherism, especially when his pals ''{{Series/TheLoneGunmen}}'' stopped an attempt at something creepily similar six months earlier than the actual event? Did the trio not mention it to him?
** He was actually rolling his eyes at the "government stealing our guns" part, as evidenced by him quoting it back to O'Malley verbatim in the limo later. Mulder is a distinctly '70s conspiracy theorist. He's a relic from a time when the left-leaning public were terrified and angry about Watergate, COINTELPRO, the Church Committee, the Imperial Presidency, etc., and believed the US government could and would do anything with impunity. Here, O'Malley is initially presented as a right-wing Tea Party-esque foil for Mulder; while they share a belief in government misdeeds, Mulder criticizes O'Malley for getting rich off of public paranoia and liberal-bashing without presenting any proof. It's clear Mulder seems himself as more Edward Snowden than Alex Jones.
* While I appreciate the revival attempting to wipe the slate clean and retcon massive amounts of the show's oft-messy mytharc, how the ''hell'' are we supposed to square the revelation that it was all the government's doing with scenes of the Syndicate talking amongst themselves about alien invasion, or the giant spaceship/biolab buried in the Arctic? BroadStrokes? TheManBehindTheMan? XanatosPileup?

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* In the reboot, why did Mulder roll his eyes at 9-11 Trutherism, especially when his pals ''{{Series/TheLoneGunmen}}'' ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' stopped an attempt at something creepily similar six months earlier than the actual event? Did the trio not mention it to him?
** He was actually rolling his eyes at the "government stealing our guns" part, as evidenced by him quoting it back to O'Malley verbatim in the limo later. Mulder is a distinctly '70s conspiracy theorist. He's a relic from a time when the left-leaning public were terrified and angry about Watergate, COINTELPRO, the Church Committee, the Imperial Presidency, etc., and believed the US government could and would do anything with impunity.impunity, but ''one honest man'' with a top secret dossier could blow the lid off the whole thing. Here, O'Malley is initially presented as a right-wing Tea Party-esque foil for Mulder; while they share a belief in government misdeeds, Mulder criticizes O'Malley for getting rich off of public paranoia and liberal-bashing without presenting any proof. It's clear Mulder seems himself as more Edward Snowden than Alex Jones.
* While I appreciate the revival attempting to wipe the slate clean and retcon massive amounts all of the show's oft-messy mytharc, how the ''hell'' are we supposed to square the that revelation that it was all the government's doing with earlier episodes? Especially since this was already the plot of the fifth season, which was resolved when Mulder saw a ''giant alien spaceship/biolab'' buried under the Arctic rise up and float into the sky? Followed by season six, which had a ton of scenes of the Syndicate talking amongst themselves about like the alien invasion, or the giant spaceship/biolab buried in the Arctic? invasion was real? Is it BroadStrokes? TheManBehindTheMan? XanatosPileup?GambitPileup?
25th Jan '16 9:52:05 PM WarriorsGate
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** He was actually rolling his eyes at the "government stealing our guns" part, as evidenced by him quoting it back to O'Malley verbatim in the limo later. Mulder is a distinctly '70s conspiracy theorist. He's a relic from a time when the left-leaning public were terrified and angry about Watergate, COINTELPRO, the Church Committee, the Imperial Presidency, etc., and believed the US government could and would do anything with impunity. Here, O'Malley is initially presented as a right-wing Tea Party-esque foil for Mulder; while they share a belief in government misdeeds, Mulder criticizes O'Malley for getting rich off of public paranoia and liberal-bashing without presenting any proof. It's clear Mulder seems himself as more Edward Snowden than Alex Jones.
* While I appreciate the revival attempting to wipe the slate clean and retcon massive amounts of the show's oft-messy mytharc, how the ''hell'' are we supposed to square the revelation that it was all the government's doing with scenes of the Syndicate talking amongst themselves about alien invasion, or the giant spaceship/biolab buried in the Arctic? BroadStrokes? TheManBehindTheMan? XanatosPileup?
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25th Jan '16 4:21:26 PM Allronix
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* In the reboot, why did Mulder roll his eyes at 9-11 Trutherism, especially when his pals ''{{Series/TheLoneGunmen}}'' pretty much stopped an attempt at something creepily similar six months earlier than the actual event? Did the trio not mention it to him?

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* In the reboot, why did Mulder roll his eyes at 9-11 Trutherism, especially when his pals ''{{Series/TheLoneGunmen}}'' pretty much stopped an attempt at something creepily similar six months earlier than the actual event? Did the trio not mention it to him?
25th Jan '16 4:19:06 PM Allronix
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* In the reboot, why did Mulder roll his eyes at 9-11 Trutherism, especially when his pals ''{{Series/TheLoneGunmen}}'' pretty much stopped an attempt at something creepily similar six months earlier than the actual event? Did the trio not mention it to him?
25th Jan '16 10:46:51 AM Inertial_mass
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** According to the 2016 miniseries [[spoiler:it wouldn't matter anyway because there aren't and never were aliens, at least not since the Roswell crash in the 40's. The whole alien colonization conspiracy was apparently cooked up by The Syndicate as a way to smokescreen their real plans from anyone investigating them and make any accusations against them seem like crackpot theories. The whole thing was just genetically engineered humans and reverse engineered alien craft the entire time.]]
25th Jan '16 10:33:48 AM Inertial_mass
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*** To be far, even in 2016, in the era where we find habitable exoplanets left and right, there are well-respected scientists who advocate the theory that we are, in fact, alone in the galaxy. [[labelnote:Explanation]] Even accounting for the Rare Earth Theory and the difficulty of life existing and making it to the interstellar stage, it would still "only" take around a billion years or so (1/16th of the age of the universe) for an intelligent species to colonize most or all of the Milky Way. Even if they didn't, the fact that we still haven't spotted large scale building projects from a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien race, like asteroid mining, solar collectors, or the Death Star, is curiously bizarre and mathematically improbable. [[/labelnote]]
23rd Dec '15 11:36:35 AM LongLiveHumour
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** I just assumed that she just assumed that, given his reputation, his interest in the paranormal and the basic ''raison d'ere'' of the X-Files office to begin with (investigating weird things happening on Earth, not other planets), she rationalised that he was either building up to outright asking "do you believe that we've been visited by extraterrestrials?" or assumed that he was just asking her that in a coded fashion anyway (particular given the slightly dramatic way he frames the question) and decided to cut that line of conversation off before it started. Which is still dodging his actual question, I guess, but she's letting him know from the start that she's skeptical about him and his work.

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*** Before entering medical school Scully earned a Bachelor of Science in theoretical physics; her undergraduate thesis was on the Special Theory of Relativity. While she's no expert, she can hardly be called a novice either, and her background in the field is more thorough. (Contrast Mulder, who can be astonishingly erudite in specialised areas but still has a very fuzzy grasp of many simpler concepts.) Her argument is poorly phrased but is in agreement with contemporary scientific discourse, so it's likely she's just repeating what she heard from her college lecturers. [[labelnote:science!]] The origin of life is a big, interesting question which tends to pop up in introductory astronomy and biology courses, but for a long time it was assumed that this would be an extremely rare event, and textbooks are rarely on the cutting edge of science. Technical limitations also meant that detection of exoplanets only began in the late 80s, with the first [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_potentially_habitable_exoplanets potentially habitable planet]] discovered in ''2007''. [[/labelnote]]
** I just assumed that she just assumed that, given his reputation, his interest in the paranormal and the basic ''raison d'ere'' d'être'' of the X-Files office to begin with (investigating weird things happening on Earth, not other planets), she rationalised that he was either building up to outright asking "do you believe that we've been visited by extraterrestrials?" or assumed that he was just asking her that in a coded fashion anyway (particular given the slightly dramatic way he frames the question) and decided to cut that line of conversation off before it started. Which is still dodging his actual question, I guess, but she's letting him know from the start that she's skeptical about him and his work.
11th Aug '15 7:00:03 PM jmw1122
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*** He was also able to easily shoot out two overhead lights in a dark train yard in Soft Light, and in Pusher is shown to do very well at target practice on a gun range. I'd say he's a decent shot.
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