Recap / The X-Files S07 E02 "The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati"

Mulder is taken from the hospital by the Cigarette Smoking Man, who offers him a new life free from the pressures of fighting the alien colonizers.

Tropes

  • Adventures in Comaland: While in a coma, Mulder dreams he is led by CSM to a simpler life, where lives in a suburban neighborhood, is married to Diana, has children, and his sister is alive with children of her own. He leaves behind his quest, and the sequence ends with CSM comforting Mulder in his deathbed, curtains hiding the alien invasion happening outside.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Mulder and Scully hold each other's faces in his doorway, and Scully touches his lips as well.
  • All Just a Dream
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Scully to Mulder, which is pretty much the longest forehead kiss in history.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: Mulder and CSM have brain surgery, but no shaved heads. Mulder only has a piece of gauze around the middle of his head a week later, with a full head of hair around it.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Mimi Rogers as Diana Fowley gets a lot more to do in this episode than usual, and then Fowley is killed off at the end. In the DVD commentary, Rogers says that when she was reading the script for the first time, she realized partway through that it was going to end with her death because of this trope.
  • Dream Within a Dream: Mulder has one of himself and a young boy on the beach building a spaceship while living out his alternate life in his coma.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: "The Snow Queen".
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Mulder has to choose between saving Scully and finding the truth about the alien conspiracy.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A bit of one for Diana, who leaves Scully a clue that leads to Mulder's location which costs her her life.
  • Held Gaze: Mulder and Scully at his door, during and after the "my constant, my touchstone" conversation.
  • Shattering the Illusion: Scully (as herself, not aged as Mulder is at the time) appears in Mulder's coma at his deathbed and berates him for giving up.
  • Shirtless Scene: Mulder in his dream, with Diana.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In Mulder's dream, the fridge is filled with bags of sunflower seeds.
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