It's interesting to see the crazy CT talk show host actually bring Mulder towards the middle and acting all skeptic like. Though, he agrees with O'Malley at the end, you'll see in other episodes he's still questioning all the work he does and how strange the things that goes bump in the night really are.The only thing now though, way back when I always siding with Mulder, now I'm firmly in the Scully sceptic camp
Yeah, I felt the same way about this, and I think it's clever writing. Back in the day the X-Files traded upon its ability to tread the fine line between the daffy silliness of the plot ideas, and the "hang on, what if, just maybe..." suspension of disbelief of its conspiracy-laden, largely Generation-X audience. Very much a product of the (oh-so innocent!) 90s.The only thing now though, way back when I always siding with Mulder, now I'm firmly in the Scully sceptic camp
You and I must run in different circles. I am finding while the public has access to much more content/information then ever before, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are more skeptical. Or even that they go searching for more well-rounded "information". True they may say and believe that they are because they, as Mulder once said, "Question Everything." That doesn't mean that questioning everything is all too healthy choice for mental clarity or sanity.These days TV audiences - and the public at large - are a gnarlier, more sceptical and grizzled bunch, and Mulder's "I Want To Believe" schtick might be overly twee, especially without the counterbalance of Scully's pragmatism. Whereas now, Scully's healthy scepticism is what enables the X-Files to remain relevant in today's TV market. We're all Scullys now.
It's still out there and I think much more prevalent after 9/11. Just think before 9/11 there were only like two people who thought of similar plots that would wreck havoc on the world. The pilot to the short-lived lone gunmen series and Joel C Rosenberg which 9/11 happened while he was writing that plot to one of his books! I'm just saying is that government conspiracy something we really know, or is it just the way things are and have been, and nothing anybody else does could change the machine?I'm not so sure that people are more gullible. We're certainly not so naive. Part of The X-Files's thang in the 90s was the whole Government Conspiracy thing. Nowadays, we all know our Governments are a bunch of self-serving, corrupt cravens, and are voting for the "outsiders" who are Questioning what our established figures are doing.