One of my favorite aspects of The X-Files is the very dramatic voice overs that are insanely profound and personal because at the end you see it’s either Mulder of Scully writing out case reports that they’ll just hand into Skinner and the thought of Skinner having to read these cracks me up.
Like, the other case files he reads are probably just report after report like:
The man was apprehended at approximately 17:03 today. While initially agitated, he became docile while being read his rights. Though his anger was still present, it appears he is willing to respect authority. He will be tried later this week.
But then he gets to one of Mulder’s reports and he’s met with a long ass anecdotal recount of a case and how it relates to the broader understanding of human nature:
“We are but visitors on this rock, hurtling through time and space at 66,000 miles an hour, tethered to a burning sphere by an invisible force in an unfathomable universe. This most of us take for granted, while refusing to believe these forces have any more effect on us than a butterfly beating its wings halfway around the world. Or that two girls born on the same date, at the same time, in the same place might not find themselves the unfortunate focus of similar unseen forces, converging like the planets themselves into burning pinpoints of cosmic energy whose absolute gravity would threaten to swallow and consume everything in its path. Or maybe the answer lies even further from our grasp.”
Then he’s probably like “jfc, it’s not a poetry contest Mulder” and then goes to see what Scully said, only to get some scientific mumbo jumbo followed by a prohetic statement that clearly indicates she’s been spending a fuck ton of time with Mulder:
But what science may never be able to explain is our ineffable fear of the alien among us; a fear which often drives us not to search for understanding, but to deceive, inveigle, and obfuscate. To obscure the truth not only from others, but from ourselves.
I just love to imagine that Skinner will skim through all the reports on his desk in search for Mulder and Scully’s because they are so goddamned extra. Like they are both such nerds.
But ALSO, some of those case report voice overs are honestly like love letters from Mulder to Scully and Scully to Mulder, but Skinner is the one reading both sides. Like no wonder that guy is such a fucking shipper, he has to read them write odes to each other’s strength and tenacity for seven fucking years