The X-Files (1998) – Mind’s Eye, and All Souls

Tim Minear delivers his second, and final X-Files this week with Mind’s Eye, which first aired on 19 April, 1998, and earned its guest star, Lili Taylor and its editor, Casey O. Rohrs, Emmy nominations.

Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are called in by a detective, Pennock (Blu Mankuma) for help in an investigation he’s running. A murder scene has taken a suspect into custody, and the evidence seems to suggest that she is the one and only perpetrator. But the circumstances around it suggest she wasn’t, not the least of which is that Marty (Taylor) is blind.

But when another murder occurs, Marty is there. Again.

Mulder begins to suspect that she has a connection to the actual killer, that she can, somehow see through his eyes. Marty’s disposition and attitude make it difficult for law enforcement to sympathise or want to help her, but Mulder believes there is more going on here.

Can he and Scully prove Marty’s innocence, or will she take the fall for crimes she didn’t commit?

Taylor is wonderful, and has always been an actor to watch, and she was more than eager to take the role on the series because of her love for the show. And it pays off wonderfully, you couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Marty.

It ends up being a fairly straightforward story, and there’s no real surprise about the connection between Marty and the killer. The episode gets its oomph from the performances and the interactions of the characters, and it’s great watching Mulder and Marty go toe to toe.

All Souls is a Scully episode, that plays to her religious beliefs, and the death, and letting go of her daughter Emily (Lauren Diewold) and interestingly there are parallels between the angel hybrid story that has permeated some religious cultures, and that of the alien-hybrid stories. A little tweaking to the story could have allowed to be interpreted either way, and may have thrown the mythology and conspiracy arc a bit of a curve ball.

Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban deliver the teleplay for this episode from a story by Billy Brown and Dan Angel. It was first broadcast on 26 April, 1998.

Scully is asked by her pastor to help a local family, whose adopted daughter has died under mysterious circumstances. But as she and Mulder investigate, they learn that she is one of four quadruplets, all of whom suffer from the same physical affliction, and two more of whom have been found dead.

When Scully has a strange encounter, she is left shaken, and confronts her own faith as it is hinted that there is something bigger going on – the possibility of a war between angels and demons, and that these children are the offspring of a union between a seraph (angel) and a mortal, and they are now being claimed and returned.

Of course, if viewers had been watching Millennium, which takes place in the same universe, we know these things already exist. It’s curious, that Mulder didn’t draw conclusions based on alien abduction phenomena, and instead is worried that Scully is being misled by her grief, and to some degree her faith.

The end of the fifth season, and the big feature film event is on the horizon, which just serves to remind us that the truth is out there…

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