The X-Files (2000) – Je Souhaite, and Requiem

Vince Gilligan pens and directs the penultimate episode of season seven. Je Souhaite first aired on 14 May, 2000 and sees Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) encountering what seems to be a Djinn, in the form of Jenn (Paula Sorge).

Anson (Kevin Weisman) and his brother, Leslie (Will Sasso) have come into possession of the genie, and as always in these stories, the wishes never seem to go as planned. And then what happens when Mulder learns he’s entitled to three wishes?

There’s a lot of fun in this episode, and in fact, this is the first time we’ve actually seen Scully this giddy over something. When there is a promise of a new medical discovery, Scully is practically beside herself with the idea of being at the forefront of the discovery.

Gilligan has a sharp ear for dialogue, and character beats, and they are all on display in this episode. And the comedy in the story comes from the characters and the situations they find themselves in, and I love how even the best of intended wishes seems to go wrong. Having said that, though, anyone who has seen Aladdin knows how the story is going to play out for Jenn.

This one is light, fun, true to the heart of the series, and its characters, while also giving is a but of a breather to enjoy the characters together before we get plunged into the season finale, because no matter what it is, you know it’s going to be heavy…

Requiem was written by series creator Chris Carter, and takes us back to where it all began seven seasons ago, tying in directly with the Pilot, and the series mythology arc.

The agents find their way back to Oregon, and Billy Miles (Zachary Ansley), who was suffering from abductions, and now a police officer in his home town in a case that brings Mulder almost full circle, and pulls out all the stops to squeeze as many of the recurring (and still living) characters into one episode as they can.

It seems the Alien Bounty Hunter (Brian Thompson) is on a cleanup operation in Oregon, he’s eliminating abductees, and it may involve a change in the plans for colonisation. In D.C. CSM (William B. Davis), who is supposedly dying, summons both Krycek (Nicholas Lea) and Marita (Laurie Holden) to his side to implement a new plan, but they may have designs of their own.

As Mulder and Scully investigate, strange things abound, and help from all corners is pulled in, including Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and The Lone Gunmen. But by the time they figure out what is really going on, it may be too late for Mulder, who is apparently abducted into a ship in front of Skinner, and Scully collapses to wake in a hospital with some impossible news… she’s pregnant!

What happened to Mulder? And how is Scully pregnant? Those answers are still to be explored in the episodes ahead, as we begin season 8 next time, and continue our search because the truth is out there…

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