In this two part episode – ‘The Blessing Way’ and ‘Paperclip’ respectively – we learn that Mulder is ok and that digital cassette that the smoking man is after in order to destroy, Mulder has hidden in his desk.
Mulder was close to death before the Navajo Indians found him and nursed him back to health, but he had missed his father’s funeral. That’s ok though as Scully was in attendance and threatened by an older English gentlemen – Well-Manicured Man (John Neville) – to hand over the digital tape or be killed. Her sister is mistakenly killed instead of Scully.
Later on their superior, Walter Skinner, is threatened and later attacked in a hospital stairwell. The digital tape he was keeping safe is taken and later destroyed. As a means to an end, he brings Hosteen in as a bribe towards the smoking man, as he’s deciphered the digital tape in its entirety, to try and sort things out, but they have no tangible evidence in spite of Hosteen, and Scully’s sister is now dead.
Just over half way through the season, Mulder finds Alex Krycek in Hong Kong selling secrets about the tape. Krycek gives him a key to a safety box where the tape is. Mulder manages to bring him back to the United States but they get run off the road, Krycek disappers and Mulder is hospitalised. Soon thereafter Skinner is shot by the same man that shot Scully’s sister – Krycek was also present when Melissa was shot – Luis Cardinal (Lenno Britos) was killed at the end of the episode to make it look like a suicide.
The final episode, ‘Talitha Cumi’ is the second cliff hanger of the series. The smoking man suspects Mulder is getting his information from somewhere and uses his hospitalised mother as a decoy, to try and fish out the source of his information. The shape-shifting bounty hunter (Brian Thompson) from season two is back to kill shape-shifting alien – that has the ability to heal people – Jeremiah Smith (Roy Thinnes). The episode ends with Scully, Mulder and Smith looking at each other clueless as the bounty hunter approaches them.
Mulder and Scully’s trust for one another is tested a few times during the course of the season, even in the comical episodes, you can see the conflict between the characters.
Seven of the 24 episodes deal with the mythology, while the other episodes deal with a teenager who can conduct lightning, a psychic, transmigration, a man who thrives on big women, a quadriplegic phantom soldier, kidnap, religion and stigmata, cockroaches, astrology and witchcraft, possession, manipulation, killer cats and illegal operations.
My favourite episode of the season is ‘Syzygy,’ purely because of its comical element. When The X Files make comical episodes, the really make the good, but this doesn’t overshadow the efforts and franchise the show has built up, any X Files fan will tell you that.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little segment, next time I’ll be back with season four and some new faces. Don’t miss it.