unknown files has its fair share of great monologues and closing ‘Jose Chung’s From Outer Space’ and ‘Max’ are among the most loved. The first is a cynical account of how the residents of Klass County go about their lives after a close encounter – it ranges from starting a cult to becoming an echo warrior. The second is Agent Scully’s heartfelt reflections on her birthday present from Agent Mulder (an Apollo 11 commemorative keychain). It may seem like they have very little in common. These sections are almost at opposite ends unknown files‘ after all, the spectrum of species. However, they are connected with the meaningful use of the word “alone”.
In their use of the word, these two monologues seem to contain opposing arguments about the reality of life on earth. The self-titled Chung champions humanity’s innate loneliness: “we are all alone on this planet, in our own ways.” Meanwhile, in ‘Max’, Scully reflects on the power of interpersonal connections, as “no one gets there alone” (no matter where “there” is). I wonder – why do Agents Scully and Jose Chung believe what they say? Should the audience believe it too?
“And then there are those who are not interested in extraterrestrials but seek meaning in other people. The rare or lucky ones are the ones who find it. Because although we are not alone in the universe, we are all…alone in our own ways on this planet.”
—Jose Chung, ‘Jose Chung From Space’
It’s similar to other Season 3 classics like ‘Jose Chung’s From Outer Space’, ‘Pusher’ and ‘Wetwired’; in these cases the victims are isolated from everyone around them because no one else seems to be experiencing the same reality as them. The plot of ‘Jose Chung’ demands solitude, as each character has their own version of the event where they struggle to make the others believe; The audience can be reminded of how Mulder repeatedly fails to get Scully to see the world from her point of view. In this context, Chung’s pessimistic words seem reasonable. Mulder and Scully suggest that while they may be able to seek “meaning in other people,” they will most likely fail.
“…even though we have come a long way together, we must definitely travel this last distance alone.”
—Agent Scully, ‘Memento Mori’
This phrase—“searching for meaning in other people”—makes me think of MSR, but also a great overarching theme. unknown filesis about searching for people who have disappeared and how the dead continue to affect the living. In other words, grief. Like the ‘Jose Chung’ events, grief is often a shared experience that is simultaneously incredibly isolating. During the “cancer arc” of Season 4, Mulder and Scully experience anticipatory grief. In the opening monologue of ‘Memento Mori’ we see Scully standing alone, and while most of her words are about her gratitude for Mulder and their partnership, she conveys the overwhelming loneliness of knowing she’s going to die. To go a step further, death itself may be the ultimate solitude. How can you share death? From Mulder’s perspective, when she cries by Scully’s bedside in ‘Redux II’, Scully is asleep and unaware that she is there. This is another example of inner experience that cannot be experienced cooperatively without a psychic connection. Given these, it would be easy to believe that we are truly alone.
“What you dream can be achieved… you have to dare to dream, but there is no substitute for perseverance, hard work and teamwork, because no one gets there alone.”
—Agent Scully, ‘Max’
In unknown filesthe fact that we are immortality alone in the universe seems to have been a problem only for humanity. But in Scully’s speech at the end of ‘Max’ she vouches for the value of collaboration and the way people bring out the best in each other. This is a much more optimistic approach than Jose Chung’s. It’s attractive because it can make us hopeful for our own lives, but also because it positively reflects on our heroes that their mission is not hopeless.
These two scenes present the audience with opposite versions of Agent Mulder. Alone in bed, watching the Big Foot tape… exuberantly, Mulder’‘From Space’ by Jose Chung He is a loser and a borderline pervert. Chung’s voiceover is described as a “time bomb of madness”; I object to Chung’s use of the word “madness,” but he didn’t completely miss the point, implying that Mulder’s obsession with the truth would jeopardize his psychological well-being. At the start of Season 10, we learn that Mulder’s depression has isolated him from Scully. The severe trauma to his brain in ‘Amor Fati’ forces him to literally live in a world inside his own head. Jose Chung has rightly observed that Mulder’s “seeking into the unknown” is a miserable thing. He may be lonely because what he’s looking for (whether he knows it or not) is personal satisfaction and peace of mind, not an objective external reality he can share with Scully. When he goes to meet Samantha’s spirit at the end of ‘The Closing’, thus achieving that goal, he goes alone. Given that ‘Jose Chung’ is a self-satiring comedy, this overly negative version of Mulder fits.
Conversely, ‘Tempus Fugit’/’Max’ suggests Mulder has an innate capacity for love and friendship. The two introduce us to a Mulder, who tries his best to make his friend happy on his birthday. Their smiles must be proof of Chung’s narrow-mindedness. And while ‘Jose Chung’ ends with Harold Lamb leaving alone, ‘Max’ ends with Mulder and Scully walking away together. On the other hand, it’s important to note that the talk in ‘Max’ came from Scully’s point of view. In ‘Tempus Fugit’/’Max’, Mulder is alone in his theories, surrounded by disbelievers and alone in his grief for Max. I would say that Mulder’s loneliness stems not from something embedded in his soul, as Chung implies, but from the people around him and their inability to understand or reject him.
What does Scully mean by “there” when she says “no one can go there alone”? Moon? Platonic ideal of Justice? Screen Actors Guild Awards? Gillian Anderson included part of this monologue in her acceptance speech when she won the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series (“it’s something our creator Chris Carter wrote, something I’m predicting to happen tomorrow, and frankly I’m ready) I am not”). To David Duchovny, among others, and hidden files crew. Like Scully, she considers herself part of a team.
“But you saved me! Hard and frustrating as it is sometimes, your damn strict rationalism and science have saved me a thousand times! You kept me honest… you made me a whole person.”
—Agent Mulder, War with the Future
Mulder and Scully are each other’s perfect collaborators, the ultimate team. In practical terms, Mulder needs Scully’s scientific knowledge to solve cases, and Scully needs Mulder to keep her mind open. But the purpose of this “perfect” collaboration is probably to go beyond their practical needs for each other; famous hallway scene War with the Future it touches this very thing. Scully is pushed to the point where she wants to leave the X-Files and suggests Mulder can and should go without her. “You don’t need me” she says[…] I just hired you”. When Mulder objects to this, saying to Scully that it “makes (him) a complete person”, I don’t think it’s about practicality. It is read by fans as a confession of love. I believe that the “out there” that Scully wants to reach is not space but something more personal.
The context around Harold Lamb and Chrissy Giorgio implies that Chung’s words are about unrequited love. This matches the work-oriented Scully portrayed by the perverted/lonely Mulder and Chung. At this point in the canon, MSR is barely developing and is far from complete. However, Mulder and Scully’s relationship in all its forms – their platonic collaboration, if you will – is the strongest argument for why Chung is wrong. I don’t think there is love “out there” though, not quite.
The Keychain makes a comeback for Season 8, aptly named ‘Alone’ – Scully re-gifts it to Doggett, symbolizing how necessary their partnership is both professionally and emotionally: “after last year and everything we’ve been through.” […] I wouldn’t be here without you”. I think ‘there’ is just ‘tomorrow’ and it’s not just about ‘who doesn’t get there’, it’s about nobody. must go there alone We only need to look at the journey of this keychain to see why we disagree with Chung. Maybe we are alone in a solipsistic sense, but that doesn’t mean there is no love and friendship. And even with no results, we still try to connect with other people because we couldn’t live a life without them.
not unusual for unknown files to reconcile opposing views. The famous slogans “trust no one” and “I want to believe” seem contradictory. Mulder and Scully themselves are “faith in reason and harmony”. The show can make us believe that both scientific and supernatural explanations are true. But it was wrong of me to present these two speeches as if they contained mutually exclusive arguments. It is true to some extent that everyone lives in their inner world, processes emotions such as grief and memories of unexplained alien encounters on their own—that’s an idea. unknown files returns often. It’s also true that people like Mulder and Harold Lamb are misunderstood by those around them. But I don’t think this means that cooperation is hopeless. How can it be? unknown files it would have dispersed. Precisely because life on Earth is so lonely, cooperation is invaluable.