Recap / The X-Files S08 E21 "Existence"

Tropes used in this episode:

  • Adult Fear: Giving birth in the middle of nowhere because indestructible super-beings are out to take and/or kill your child. And just when you thought you were safe, they gather while you're in labor.
  • Away in a Manger: William's birth has multiple parallels to the Christ birth story.
  • Dead Guy Junior: The baby's name is William, named after Mulder's father.
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Scenes of Scully's labor is juxtaposed with scenes of a chase scene in the FBI garage that ends with Alex Krycek's death.
  • Delivery Gal: Monica delivers William, and is nervous about it at the beginning of the episode.
  • Ghost Town: Scully and Reyes escape to one of these to avoid the Super Soldiers while Scully gives birth. It doesn't work.
  • Myth Arc
  • Screaming Birth: Scully, though at least half of her screams are directed at the Super Soldiers standing outside.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: The very last scene of the episode, following an equally heartwarming scene of Mulder and Scully admiring William.
  • Three-Month-Old Newborn: Averted. Jerry Shiban (son of producer John Shiban) played baby William, and was only a couple weeks old at the time of filming.
    • Kim Manners, in the DVD commentary for this episode, laughed at the situation of having to re-cast William for season 9. Apparently, all babies don't look alike and having to find one that looked like Jerry was not as easy as it sounded.