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10: Deep Thoughts About The X-Files

October 31, 2023

The truth (about casual sexism and gendered violence) is out there! 

In today’s episode, Emily grapples with the troubling implications of her first fandom. She shares with Tracie how writing, directorial, and payment decisions on the The X-Files did Gillian Anderson and Dana Scully dirty, why her head-canon is that Mulder and Scully had sex in the pilot, and why Chris Carter owed his characters a real relationship or the ability to date other people. Also, we go into what it means that Mulder’s porn habit was played for laughs, the ways Special Agent “I Want to Believe” Mulder may have contributed to the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories, and how Emily and Scully both have a weakness for handsome men.

Join us as we investigate the cultural phenomenon that launched a thousand “ships” (not to mention fanfictions).

CW: Discussions of rape and loss of bodily autonomy.

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