EBE Investigation | The K Files | The X Files Podcast | Case File 313
The K Files continues our investigation into the first season with one of the most action-packed episodes in the whole series: EBE.
We meet the Lone Gunmen, forward the show’s mythology via the Syndicate’s well-shrouded plans, Deep Throat is in the mix as both a liar and truth teller, M and S break into secret facilities and get shot at by MP’s… Replace the truck with a train and change out Deep Throat for The Well-Manicured Man and Bob’s your uncle, it’s a mini Fight the Future.
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This is a Morgan and Wong penned episode, hence the character dialogue is especially sharp. Mulder and Scully interact in a real, nuanced way, in glances and in repartee that shows them still getting to know each other.
Their relationship takes a big step forward in this story, as they go on a wild adventure together and Scully has to drop this truth bomb on Mulder:
SCULLY: Please, will you just hear me? I have never met anyone so passionate and dedicated to a belief as you. It’s so intense that sometimes it’s blinding. But there are others who are watching you, who know what I know and whereas I can respect and admire your passion, they will use it against you. Mulder, the truth is out there but so are lies.
Morgan and Wong give some great lines to Deep Throat as well – which are naturally knocked out of the park by Jerry Hardin’s perennial salt. Deep Throat is presented in this episode as a father-type figure, chatting with Mulder about baseball before delving into conspiracy hush hush talk.
He lies to Mulder in this, just like Mulder’s father(s), but he also reveals one of the truest truths in all of XF: “…a lie, Mr. Mulder, is most convincingly hidden between two truths.”
It’s a pretty jarring message to give to Mulder, who knows only two well how easy it is to discredit something true with the right falsity.
Deep Throat encourages Mulder not to be discouraged by evidence to the contrary in this way, because all things are true at once, not just that which you perceive from your perspective.
That’s what the EBE is – proof of the invisible world that only Mulder sees. Scully is beginning to wake up to the special world of The X Files, but she goes on the journey with him regardless, our Starbuck, because she finds her own meaning in it.
Alternately, Mulder needs Scully to pull him back from the brink of isolation – dipping his fingers into water pitchers and wearing outlandish ties. Who doesn’t love the young buck versions of M and S from the first season?
Especially in their joyous meeting with the Lone Gunmen for the first time in series history. Morgan and Wong give the lads a plethora of bon mots, it’s always a treat watching the beginning of the Frohike crush on Scully, and of course all the delectable conspiracy conversation that makes way more sense than it did than. Byers hanging out with the guy who shot JFK, etc.
It’s a strong first season offering that’s still imbued with that great, uncanny Twin Peaks mystery, a sense perpetuated by the melancholy of the Vancouver setting. Tune in with relish and then let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
The Truth is Already Here.
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