Another bad episode.
It’s bad because:
- This is no story. There are vague happenings, concerning two men in hospital. One of the men is Mulder, which is what is supposed to make the audience interested.
- A lot of Scully’s screentime is just her being sad and/or crying. She does/says nothing interesting or heroic. She’s just a wreck. Completely unable to function without Mulder. This is pathetic. And it pretty much makes no sense to me, given the history of the character. But, and this is the biggest sin… it makes for bad television and bad storytelling. Why should be tune in to watch our lead character fall apart like this?
- This episode is an example of the show taking itself, and it’s mythology, far too seriously. It manifests as various scenes of under-stated dialogue delivered with ultra seriousness. The show feels that it’s enough at this stage to put Krycek and Skinner in a scene and… we will care. Even if nothing much is actually happening. Wrong! We need something more.