What the hell was up with the mother in Sein Und Zeit? We see her writing a ransom note (you know, "No One Shoots Santa Claus") but she seems completely distraught upon finding out her daughter has been kidnapped. Was she under some kind of mind control?
It was suggested that the "walk-ins" possessed her (like it did other mothers) to write the ransom note, almost like a fugue state. While the child was never properly kidnapped—having been taken by the walk-ins before the actual child predator got to her—the ransom note helped get the perp arrested and the children's graves discovered.
One thing that always was a concern was the endgame of Mulder's exposure of E Ts, colonization, and the Syndicate's plans. The Syndicate played along with the Colonists' plans because the Colonists were perfectly content to sneak their way into human society and not just carpet bomb the place from orbit (there was also the whole thing with the slave race of hybrids). By keeping this colonization plan secret and assisting them, they helped forestall the eventual invasion. Now, the Syndicate was acting towards their own ends in any case—their vaccine most likely was not going to be shared with the rest of the world—but so long as the Colonists' cover was not blown, they would have kept to their plans and not just gone the blunt and bloody route. So if Mulder and Scully (and everyone else involved) did reveal the existence of E Ts and revealed the Colonists' plans, wouldn't they have just abandoned the whole thing with hybrids/shape-shifting/Super Soldiers and just started wiping humanity off the planet?
According to the 2016 miniseries 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.
At the joint U.S. military/FBI sham trial in series finale "The Truth", telepathic mind reader Gibson Praise is called in to offer defense for Mulder, affirming that he indeed can read people's thoughts. The judges panel is shown blinking confusingly while the prosecutor looks incredulous and then it just moves on. Alright... But then later, Agent Reyes testifies that Scully's Baby William demonstrated telekinetic powers and the prosecutor baits her to produce the child to prove these powers, something she cannot do as the baby was given up for adoption by this point of course. So why didn't the prosecutor ask for a demonstration of Gibson's telepathy then? It shouldn't have taken too much convincing. And why didn't Mulder's defense give that demonstration, which would have been a clear example of the paranormal and provided at least some incontrovertible evidence for their claims? Even if they were trying to protect Gibson, he had already voluntarily exposed himself to protect Mulder, so proving his powers was the next logical step in defending his testimony. Yet this isn't even considered? Unbelievable. Seems like just another arbitrary way the writers could prevent Mulder and Scully from actually presenting the proof they worked so hard to uncover, but in this case the failure to even mention it drives it into clear Wall Banger territory.
Well, it was a show trial. The prosecutor asking for William knew full well that he had been given up for adoption, making it a major weak point in Mulder's case. Asking for proof of Gibson's abilities would actually give Mulder's case some credence, so it wasn't asked for. And actually, Gibson did demonstrate his ability by accusing/identifying one of the judges as an alien replacement/Super Soldier, which got him ejected from the courtroom, among other things.
Not really a complaint, having watched only five episodes, but how do the rest of the FBI (or other government agencies) handle the information on Aliens and Monsters and A.I. and blahblahblah...
It's probably handled the same way as all odd claims. Forgotten, covered up, and thrown away.
Or just toss it in the basement and let that weird guy down there take care of it.
Many episodes close with more immediate legal concerns: just for one, "Schizogeny" ends with a local weirdo beheading the episode's villain, who to all outward appearances is an upstanding therapist. I wonder how the inquest went.
IIRC, there were two witnesses, one an FBI agent (who — though he may be the FBI's resident weird kid — nevertheless holds a certain amount of persuasive clout in law enforcement circles) who would no doubt be willing to testify that the upstanding therapist was acting in threat with clearly murderous intent, even if the exact details (that she was controlling murderous plants with her mind) got a bit fudged in the process. Alternatively, the last we see of her body is it sinking into the ground to be (presumably) consumed by the plants — given the supernatural nature of the event, there's probably no evidence outside of their word that she hasn't just upped and disappeared anyway. Either way, it's going to be an interesting inquest but there's probably not enough evidence to charge him with anything.
Why does Mulder always drop his gun? It seems like every single time he confronts the alien/monster/mutant of the week he always drops his gun. It always made me wonder why he even bothered to carry the stupid thing.
Rule of Drama, probably.
This is actually lampshaded in the episode Nisei, where Mulder is kicked to the ground, disarming him in the process. He then proceeds to whip out his throw-down (a back-up pistol in an ankle holster). Mulder even states he got this because he "got tired of losing his gun". (He also used the back-up gun in "Paper Hearts".)
He has to carry it; he's an FBI agent. They carry guns even off duty.
This could be construed as Fridge Brilliance when its seen as a small part of Mulder's overall personality. Mulder and Scully were deliberately written to invert traditional gender roles, and that extends even to their weaponry and combat style. Mulder is an intuitive introvert, immersed in his work and profiling the perpetrators of supernatural crime. Physicality is never shown as being his strong suit, despite being the larger of the two partners. Not only does he constantly lose his gun, but he is not that great a shot, and isn't too good in hand-to-hand combat, either. Scully, on the other hand, has Improbable Aiming Skills and holds her own in fights (unless she's holding the Distress Ball, of course). Though she is a scientist and certainly intelligent, she's not well-read in the paranormal and as a result, Mulder comes off as the brain to Scully's brawn. He is, however, a brilliant profiler and able to think ahead of the antagonist, and is more likely to use both to bring down suspects. On top of that, since he does spend so much time buried in his files, he's never shown an interest in enhancing the physical skills he lacks. It makes sense that Mulder would constantly be losing his gun, though it doesn't make it any less frustrating.
The above is not that accurate. Mulder can handle himself in a fight and he arrested several people who tried to resist (as the Japanese spy in "Nisei".) Plus he's seen jogging and training a lot, especially in the early seasons.
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.
There is a mention on Artistic License – Gun Safety page that Mulder and Scully are shown following the appropriate rules for law enforcement most of the time. But several times somebody manages to take their gun or as noted above, Mulder loses the gun somehow. Sometimes they take the appropriate measures, but at times they aren't really worried that somebody might use it and make them responsible for possible murders. One of the worst examples happens in "Demons", where Mulder's gun was used in a murder/suicide. Mulder couldn't remember anything so he was arrested and interrogated. Obviously, he didn't do it and wasn't charged, and he was also drugged because of some psycho treatment. But how come he wasn't charged for losing his gun and negligence in this case? Aren't law enforcement people responsible for their lethal weapons or something? Mulder doesn't even get a What the Hell, Hero? speech from Skinner.
I suppose we might have to chalk this one up to Acceptable Breaks from Reality that allow the show to function without Mulder getting suspended, charged and thrown out of the FBI for losing his firearm.
Also, Mulder apparently has connections that work to get him off the hook after, at one point, violating a military quarantine and (according to the official story) risking a major contamination / nuclear event. Presumably if these same connections can get him off the hook from that, then they should be able to make sure he gets off a charge of losing his weapon with a wagged finger and a "don't do it again".
There's a 5th season episode, "Travelers", that's always bugged me. A man in the 1950's had been surgically grafted with a spider-like creature that lived inside him and crawled out of his mouth and into other people's mouths to eat their internal organs, making him a Body Horror vampire thingy who angsts over his condition. But the spider's not physically attached to him. And when they did an autopsy of another man who killed himself after the procedure was done to him, his spider-thingy was still alive. So... why doesn't he just walk away when his pet spider's crawled out of his mouth and is doing its digesting thing? The episode always cut away as the spider was emerging and crawling back in, so we never really saw how that works. He doesn't need it to stay alive, and it apparently doesn't need him either (it survived for days inside the other guy's body). Does the host go catatonic or something? Is his brain somehow linked with it so that he needs it to be conscious? But this was the 1950's, and the episode described the experiment as gruesome, fairly primitive grafting surgery done by former Nazi doctors. It's a minor plot point in a Monster of the Week episode, but I still can't figure it out.
Okay, now that I think about it, maybe he could be a little more heroic and grab, capture or just squash the spider thing rather than just running off, but still... for that matter, what would've happened if one of his victims had managed to throw the thing away, or trap it under a box or something?
Where is it said that he can live without the spider? It's presumably been grafted into the inside of his body for a reason;most likely they have a symbiotic relationship by that point. The spider might not be able to live long outside his body except when it's feeding, and by that point he might not be able to live long without the spider being inside of him. Plus, when it's feeding, he clearly freezes up and experiences a great deal of pain and discomfort, which doesn't exactly make it easy for him to just stroll off or kill it.
The episode "Calusari" really is starting to bug me. Why is the grandmother so secretive about all this? Why don't the Calusari explain? Why doesn't Charlie's mother simply overrule her son and actually talk to the doctors? The whole thing is almost like an episode of Rescue Me when it comes to bad decisions!
Who would have believed the grandmother, or the Calusari? That would just sound like crackpot superstition to most people. As for why the mother doesn't talk to the doctors before she takes her son home...yeah, I got nothing. That was just dumb on her part.
Scully's skepticism about aliens is established in the pilot when Mulder asks her "Do you believe in the existence of extraterrestrials?" Scully answers "Logically, I would have to say no. Given the distances need to travel from the of reaches of space the energy requirements would exceed a spacecraft's capabilities." Which is a valid point, but it doesn't answer his question. He's asking her if she believes in life on other planets, not if aliens are interfering with this one.
She does clarify this later, in "War of the Coprophages", when she says she finds the idea of life on other planets in general too far-fetched, as life on this one came about because of a very unique sense of circumstances unlikely to occur anywhere else.
Also a valid point, but the question remains — why does she answer one question with the answer to the question he didn't ask?
Actually, these "points" are narrow-minded arrogance on Scully's part. She's a medical doctor, not an engineer, physicist, or an evolutionary expert. Claiming a spacecraft couldn't possess the energy capacity for interstellar travel is the equivalent of someone with no working knowledge of the mechanics of aviation saying an airplane could never possibly fly because all that metal would be too heavy to get off the ground. Likewise, saying life couldn't have developed on any other worlds because of the conditions leading to life on Earth ignores the fact that there are BILLIONS of planets with the potential to develop life, as well as the fact that that potential life wouldn't necessarily develop as it did here.
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. 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 potentially habitable planet discovered in 2007.
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. 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 Sufficiently Advanced Alien race, like asteroid mining, solar collectors, or the Death Star, is curiously bizarre and mathematically improbable.
I just assumed that she just assumed that, given his reputation, his interest in the paranormal and the basic raison 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.
She does answer his question: "Logically, I would have to say no."
The fact that Mulder and Scully aren't very good at actually doing anything to close their cases. They usually figure out what's going on, or at least advance a theory that's basically correct, but half the time the monster has already either killed a bunch of people or survives the end of the episode, which makes one wonder what happened after they've left the area. Did the fluke man in "The Host" just...stop killing people, or leave? At the end of "Ghost in the Machine," the AI is clearly still alive, looking right at the jerk FBI agent who tempts fate by saying "I'm gonna figure this thing out if it kills me!" Did the AI just change its mind? Two of the inbred hicks in "Home" got away, and it's pretty much stated outright that they're going to start again somewhere else. You'd think Mulder and Scully would pay more attention, unless the monsters of the week who aren't quite dead just stop killing people and mysteriously vanish.
This is the X-Files we're talking about; this is probably less Fridge Horror and more Overt, Entirely Intended Horror. It's not like the show is exactly supposed to make us feel safe, secure and that all the loose ends are tied up, after all.
But, wouldn't you say that being unable to completely close cases is a theme—not in those exact words, but think about? When there are only two people trying to solve the mysteries of the world and dozens of other people trying to keep them quiet, what do you do? Despite, the open-ended cases, they realize that if it weren't for them, those people have no one. Even if it isn't absolute closure, there are still answers. It is scary that some of these monsters are still alive and kicking, but Mulder and Scully can only do so much—they aren't superheros and they don't have all the answers.
Exactly. Plus, watch each Monster of the Week episode. I like to try and figure out what would have happened if Mulder and Scully hadn't been there. Quite often, even in the times the Monster gets away, the pair do save lives! There would often be many more deaths if they hadn't shown up. You reference Home - that still means that only two of them got away. Mulder and Scully do make a difference, just...as much as two people with all odds stacked against them can.
The more intelligent of them also probably decide to go (even further) underground having attracted the attention of the FBI.
This is actually brought up by Kersh in season 8. When he refuses to reinstate Mulder on the X-Files, he cites the fact that since Doggett has been on the X-Files, the division has had a much better case closure percentage.
This was even covered earlier in the show; Scully defends the X-Files work to Skinner (before he became more openly allied with them) by saying that her and Mulder either bring about convictions or case resolutions in 75% of cases—way above FBI averages. (Makes one wonder how Doggett could top those odds, even as badass as he was.) The complication with the X-Files always was that due to nature of the cases, you either can't "solve" them in any conventional sense, or the source of all the trouble can't be conventionally prosecuted, like the Flukeman or the Jersey Devil. But they put Tooms and the British pyro-man in custody, along with quite a few others.
I'm really confused about "Ice". How did the lady who ends up infected with the parasite get infected? Mulder was attacked by the infected dog (though it didn't break the skin), Scully and the one doctor were exposed to infected blood, and the geologist was handling the ice cores. How was she exposed? When?
It's based on The Thing (1982). In that movie, the audience doesn't get to know who is infected and how they got infected, either (at least for some characters). That's the whole point, and greatly amplifies the horror. At the end, you really don't know if the last two survivors are infected or not.
Remember she was the one who checked the other bodies and found the "only other living worm." She could have been infected then.
My major mystery of the last two seasons: did nobody working on the show realize that the alliterative words "super soldiers" sounds really silly when said over and over and over again? "So-called super soldiers" is even worse!
In "Fallen Angel", where does Mulder get the sudden knowledge to criticize the cover-up team's tactics? For all he knows this alien is the extraterrestrial equivalent of a serial killer and hunting it down is the reasonable reaction.
Such logical leaps are in no way out of character for Mulder.
Plus, when you get down to it these guys are still planning to hunt down an alien, kill it, dispose of all the evidence it ever existed and cover up the fact that anything ever happened. Mulder's whole thing is being "anti-covering up and disposing of the evidence of alien life and contact". Of course he's not going to cheer them on, regardless of whether or not this is the extraterrestrial equivalent of John Wayne Gacy.
So, in "The Post-Modern Prometheus", it's revealed that the tragic monster and his adoptive father were basically raping and impregnating women with mutated children to get the titme figure a "mate", which is THE EXACT SAME THING the conspiracy does, but while the father and son are seen as tragically misplaced and get forgiven, the conspiracy is seen as complete monsters. Uh... WTF?
Yes, it's really weird that the women don't feel violated. The lady who called Mulder did at least a little bit. But the evil scientist's wife was shown to be very excited about the possibility of being pregnant. Sure, we were told she really, really wanted to have a baby, but like this? With a monster or animal sperm/embryo? Seriously. But the end is only a piece of post-modernistic story-telling, which means it didn't actually happen, and therefore the monster was probably arrested and prosecuted.
Fairly good explanation for this head-scratcher appeared in one review on the imdb. The Mutato reveals the truth behind the mysterious impregnations, explaining that it was his father Old Man Pollidori who had been inseminating the women of the town with mutated DNA that was fused by his own farm animals. There are several hints that Mrs. Berkowitz's son Izzy is close to a pig and the reporter to a chicken. But then it's a weird thing to say that the old man was not successful because he was, only too much! Mutato did act as an accomplice to the crimes the Old Man commit, but any charges against him would be dropped in American court by reason of mental disease or defect, being that he had spent his life in isolation and was psychologically impaired from making informed decisions. Mutato did not believe he was doing anything wrong. He was dancing along to Cher and eating the peanut butter of the houses that the Old Man broke into. He has the mind of a child and even made a statement of being incapable of wrongdoing. The Old Man received justice for unlawfully fertilizing these women against their knowledge with the capital punishment - death. Dr. Pollidori was arrested for killing his father. Mutato's dream of meeting Cher came true. Everyone got exactly what they deserved.
Who is really the biological father of the Mulder siblings? Sometimes it's subtly or not so subtly implied that it's the Cigarette Smoking Man. He's Mulder's father, then he isn't, then he's in fact Samantha's father. Or did he father them both? Why didn't somebody do the freaking DNA tests? Doesn't Mulder want to know? Oh, and he's also Agent Spender's father. How many women did the Cancer Man make pregnant?
The ambiguity is, to be fair, kind of the point. As for why Mulder doesn't find out conclusively one way or another, well, the Cigarette Smoking Man doesn't exactly make himself available for DNA tests and Mulder isn't exactly fond of him — chances are, he'd rather not know if he could help it.
CSM pretty clearly believes that he is both their fathers, and one guesses that he would have the means to know for sure.
It is also hardly out of the ordinary or impossible for one man to father children with two different women.
How could Scully give up her son? How could she think it could help him to have a better life? It doesn't make any good sense. It can't be so very hard for the omnipotent conspirators and colonists to track the baby down. If anything, William's life is more endangered because at least his biological mother and The X-Files gang knew about the threat. Now what happens if they find him and he has only the ignorant adoptive parents to protect him? note According to The Other Wiki, the idea for Scully to give William up for adoption was mandated by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz. David Duchovny (credited for co-writing and directing "William"), Gillian Anderson, and executive producer John Shiban were not happy with this turn of events, due to them being parents and feeling that the action was not realistic, but "grudgingly consented".
What makes this decision even more confusing is that Scully was shown just three seasons before to fight tooth-and-nail for Emily, with the idea that she was the best person to protect the little girl since she actually knew the minutia of the conspiracy Emily was involved in. And she'd known Emily all of three days.
From the first movie: How the hell did they get from Antarctica to Washington D.C.?
In one of the multiple times that Alex Krycek reappeared after a long absence or being presumed dead, there was a scene with him dipping a tea bag while having a plastic/prosthetic hand. It was never mentioned in the scene or ever again on the show. He had two normal hands in all appearances after that episode. And that scene was used as a clip in "The Truth". So, what was the deal with that hand? I initially thought it was just weird for the sake of weird, but then I figured it was just another aborted idea. But it's really weird and has been bothering me.
In the penultimate episode of the series, "Sunshine Days", Oliver Martin has the ability to change his surroundings (and that of others around him) with his imagination. It mostly manifests in him reimagining his house as the Brady Bunch house, complete with Alice and the family. Once the agents find out about this, they over look the fact that he was directly responsible for the deaths of two young men who entered the house. Granted, they were intruders, but he shot them through his roof and hundreds of feet away. But they look over that because Scully wants to study his brain, feeling it is the proof and vindication she and Mulder have been looking for on the X-Files. How much more proof did Scully need to believe in that kind of stuff? Even if you disregard all the monsters, aliens, freaks, and the over all insane things that happened to both Mulder and Scully, in the very next (and last episode), A.D. Skinner states that the abilities of Gibson Praise have been scientifically and unequivocally proven to be true. So, was Gibson's scientifically proven abilities that she scientifically proved herself not enough for her to believe in the X-Files? That whole thing stuck me as bizarre that after all she had been through over 9 years, this case was the one that would justify her beliefs.
Hmm, 'tis true that she acquired some proofs over the course of the series, apart from Gibson Praise the guy turned invisible from "Je Souhaite" comes to mind. Scully was really excited for that one, and she even called some scientists from Harvard, and embarrassed herself over it. The thing is, the proofs were often stolen or they disappeared, or the conspiracy made them disappear, no? They seriously threatened or ridiculed people who tried to expose some of the stuff, too. In "Empedocles", Scully owns that she was always afraid to believe, which sounds like one of the points in the series which shifted Scully from a sceptic to a believer. And finally, Oliver Martin was possibly only indirectly responsible for the killings. It seemed it was not his intention to do kill those guys, and he almost injured Doggett and said he didn't mean to, because he wasn't always able to control his powers.
Where are the serious journalists and media people in the X-Files universe? Mulder and Scully sometimes do get their proof of the paranormal. For instance, the proof of a fifth and sixth DNA nucleotide from "Erlenmeyer Flask" or the freaking Flukeman from "The Host", or the parasites from "Ice" or "Firewalker", or the extreme and possibly destroying science from "Ghost in the Machine", "Young at Heart", "Soft Light" or "Post-Modern Prometheus". Why isn't there anybody who would write about the cases? How come only the Lone Gunmen or tabloids (one magazine cover in "Pusher" did feature the Flukeman) were interested in publishing them? Yes, in some cases the evidence was destroyed and the people involved threatened by the government or the conspiracy, but not always. A spunky and intelligent reporter might be Mulder and Scully's useful ally in revealing the truth to the general public. The only problem was probably that trust no one thing.
You kind of answered your own question there, a bit — most of the time, the evidence gets destroyed, the witnesses are unreliable, and in cases where they aren't there's a fairly prominent and active ongoing conspiracy to ensure that these things are covered up or discredited to the point where most respectable news agencies wouldn't have anything to do with them.
Who says the X-Files aren't common in pop culture? The woman in "Post-Modern Prometheus" learned about Mulder from "The Jerry Springer Show", they were featured on a Halloween episode of "Cops" (X-Cops), conspiracy theorists and counter-culturists treat Mulder like a celebrity, every law enforcement agent across America knows to call Mulder when they get a strange case, most FBI agents hate the infamous "Spooky Fox Mulder" and all of the attention he gets for chasing fairy-tale monsters on the taxpayer's dime, etc. Mulder is likely a very reclusive celebrity who ignores the press because he believes their editorial-spins ruin the credibility of his cases, so he doesn't bring it up.
To be fair, neither The Jerry Springer Show nor COPS were / are exactly considered the height of impeccably credible media at the time; they're exaggerated tabloid media that many people tend to regard with a certain degree of skepticism at best. Conspiracy theorists and counter-culturalists by definition generally don't reflect the cultural mainstream, law enforcement agencies would presumably have more information on what particular department would be the best one to contact depending on the needs of the particular case they're dealing with at the time than members of the general public, and internal FBI rivalries and gossip doesn't exactly translate to wider cultural celebrity. It's more likely that outside of a handful of obscure, niche and specialised circles, Fox Mulder is as unknown as any other FBI agent would be to the wider population.
In "Monday", Pam says she tried everything to prevent the explosion. From her lines: "I have tried everything to stop him. I've hid his keys, I've drugged his coffee... I even called the police on him myself." How come calling the police didn't help? How could she have phrased it that they didn't arrest Bernard?
Presumably even on those occasions that Pam called the police on Bernard, by the time they actually acted on her tip and located him he was already tooled up with explosives and inside the bank, meaning that he just blew it up anyway.
In "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" Mulder tricks Scully into staking out a haunted house with him on Christmas Eve. Except from the beginning, we can tell that Mulder doesn't really believe the story and is just as surprised as Scully is to find that the ghosts are real. Has anyone else wondered what the heck Mulder's original plan was?
I just assumed the ghost story was just a pretext / excuse to hang out with Scully at Christmas.
Why do Mulder and Scully speak freely about their secrets in his house/other hangouts, when they know they've been wiretapped before? Nevermind how important the secrets actually are, the point is is that they want no one to hear them. There is a huge fuss made over a tap or recording device many times on the show. Each time it is like some revelation for them and they go to great lengths to speak in secret until the end of the episode, when they arbitrarily deem it safe to talk privately in their own homes or office again. Do they only remember they've been wiretapped before when it's convenient for the plot to have them remember it?
My guess is after they discover and dispose of the discovered surveillance, they just slip up and get complacent. No one can be hyper-vigilante and on guard for surveillance every second of every day and still remain a more-or-less functional human being. Realistically if they were that paranoid Mulder and Scully would have moved to a little shack in the middle of the desert miles from anyone and anything long before the end of the series or would have been committed because they constantly destroyed their furniture looking for bugs and refused to speak to anyone in anything other than a multi-encrypted secret language of their own devising, but then there wouldn't really be much of a series any more.
Also, the Syndicate tried self-contained bugs in "E.B.E", but Mulder managed to find them in his apartment (and the one Scully accidentally discovered in the pen). Since then, the show antagonists have generally resorted to more high-tech methods of surveilling his apartment—directional mics in "The Erlenmeyer Flask", laser mics on his window in "The Pine Bluff Variant," and so on. Though there was the guy manually listening in from the apartment above Mulder's in "Redux".
In the reboot, why did Mulder roll his eyes at 9-11 Trutherism, especially when his pals The Lone Gunmen 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, 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 all of the show's oft-messy mytharc, how the hell are we supposed to square that revelation 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 like the alien invasion was real? Is it Broad Strokes? The Man Behind the Man? Gambit Pileup?
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 Shocking Swerve into another direction. But yeah, ultimately it's probably Broad Strokes. 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 Government Conspiracy, 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.
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.