The plot of X-Files: I Want To Believe, the long awaited second X-Files film, revolves Mulder and Scully are airlifted out of the past to try and help the FBI by either stories to examine the relationship between science and the not-so- scientific, It might be aliens, conspiracies, supernatural phenomena or psychic priests. This post contains spoilers for “The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Evil is thwarted, and Mulder and Scully live to investigate another day. to remind people that “X- Files” was about more than aliens and the search for “the heterosexual adults who have been in something like a committed relationship for. The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a film and the second feature film Mulder and Scully have been out of the FBI for several years — with Mulder living in . on the X-files as well as the abduction of his sister by aliens, a long time ago, and After he persuades her to go to sleep, the couple kiss but Scully humorously.
He lives voluntarily in a community of people who are committed to helping each other come to terms with what they are, or have done. He sees himself as a monster, and appears to be sorry for that. He evidently lives frugally, and spends time asking God to forgive him for what he has done. Scully is suspicious of him from the first moment, and aggressively challenges him when she first meets him. The classic X-Files episode plot is that some kind of non-scientific revelation threatens to throw our scientific, modern worldview upside down.
It might be aliens, conspiracies, supernatural phenomena or psychic priests. Mulder and Scully are duly given the task of trying to get to the bottom of the situation, often finding that human psychology, common sense and non-obvious natural explanations fill in most of the gaps for us.
But there are almost always a few strands left untied. So we are left still wondering whether the whole picture of natural explanations, or coincidences is really all that natural at all. The unexplainable looked convincing, then science smashed it to bits with its rational analysis, but the supernatural or mysterious still sneaked in through the back door. In that respect at least, this film is true to X-Files pedigree. Our motives are often mixed; sometimes we are aware of it, sometimes not.
This makes it hard for us to be truly open-minded about new information or ideas that might challenge the status quo, or what we are comfortable with.
What we do with new ideas, and how we assess whether they are true or false, depends in no small way on how we feel about them. We like to think that we are really rational and fair, but the truth is that none of us is neutral. Perhaps this is one of the helpful contributions of the postmodern worldview: This bursts the pretentious bubble of human neutrality, showing us that power games are being played all over the place.
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We may not want to go all the way with the postmodern perspective, however, because fundamentally it seems to tell us that we cannot have real knowledge of the world. We can quickly see that this is false when we reflect on the fact that we do truly have some kind of limited knowledge about the world. The most interesting questions that The X-Files: I Want To Believe raises are: How do science and religion, or the supernatural, intersect and relate?
How much room is left for the supernatural after science has offered its psychological and sometimes psychologistic explanations? Does it occupy the gaps that science is unable to close? These are all fascinating and important questions. For many people, faith is not so much something you think, but something you have.
If you choose to have it, then you can find gaps that it will occupy. Scientific investigation into the world is not complete, and there are still many areas that could provide a fertile ground for such a point of view.
If one area is explained by science and the gap is closed, then there are plenty more. Faith, on this way of thinking, is found in the shadows. We would do well not to peer too deeply into them, for such is the nature of faith. Faith is at one end of a spectrum, and knowing and understanding are at the other end. Wholly non-rational; nothing can be said or suggested. Are there other ways to understand what faith is? Thankfully the answer is, yes.
Faith can be understood entirely the other way around. Instead of occupying the shadows, it can be understood to be the view of those standing in the light. Rather than being the opposite of knowing and understanding, it springs upward and outwards from this foundation. Ever open to conversation and question, this is the antidote to the fideism of the terrorist: This view looks at the things that science has uncovered, then it might look in the same commonsense, sensible way at the different worldviews that would best explain what we observe.
This latter view is true Christian faith. The apostle Paul bases the whole faith on whether or not Jesus actually rose from the dead see 1 Corinthians Scully later notices Christian being wheeled out of his ward in a wheelchair by his mother and fatherand approaches them, making friendly smalltalk with the boy and notifying his parents that the medical staff intend to do some more tests on him.
Even though she claims that she no longer works with Mulder, Agent Drummy requests that she contact him, as her doing so might help save the life of another agent, indirectly referring to Agent Bannan. A short time later, Scully drives home to a small, secluded house where she and Mulder live.
She enters an office decorated with many newspaper clippings related to the paranormal, where Mulder spends much of his time in isolation and is alone here now, busy cutting another article out of a newspaper.
As he does not turn to face her when she enters, Scully opines that he has become incredibly trusting, for a man wanted by the FBI, but Mulder jokingly claims he literally has eyes on the back of his head, and recites science pertaining to such a phenomenon. When Scully tells him that the FBI are requesting his assistance, Mulder is initially very reluctant to help the organization, recalling that they put him on trial for bogus charges and attempted to discredit a decade of his work, but — after Scully exits the room, leaving him to ruminate on a photograph of his sister — he agrees to accept their request, on one condition.
Shortly thereafter, he and Scully leave their residence via a black helicopter.
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Mulder thanks him for sending the helicopter but Drummy admits that the credit for doing so is not his to take and, shortly thereafter, leads Mulder and Scully through a corridor in the FBI building, where agents stare at the duo as they pass.
After Drummy leaves the pair waiting outside a conference room, they glance at a framed photograph of George W. Bush and another of J. Drummy soon returns, however, and leads the former agents into the bustling conference room, where ASAC Whitney greets them, mentioning that she is aware of Mulder's previous work on the X-filesand briefs them on the case.The X-Files: I Want To Believe But It Can Kiss My Ass - A RANT
They learn that Joseph Crissman is a former priest who contacted the FBI with a claim that he was experiencing a psychic vision of Agent Bannan before he led the search to the severed limb and, after Mulder makes a use of language that he innocently intends to be humorous but becomes embarrassingly discomforting, he and Scully discover that Father Joe is a convicted pedophile. Two FBI cars enter and park in a snowy area of RichmondVirginia where Mulder, Scully, Whitney and Drummy exit one of the vehicles and prepare to enter a series of tall buildings nearby, while FBI agents from the other car remain outside the automobiles.
While Agent Drummy leads the way, ASAC Whitney describes the buildings to Mulder and Scully as dorms for habitual sex offenders who police themselves, including Father Joe, who lives here voluntarily with a roommate.
Mulder makes another joke, as they near the dorms, and Joe's roommate permits them access. Once they enter, Scully and her companions see that Father Joe is finishing his prayers in an adjacent room.
When Mulder questions him about his visions, Joe reveals that, in his "mind's eye", he sees the female victim being assaulted and putting up a fight, hears the noise of dogs barking and has the feeling that the victim is still alive.
Scully makes it clear, during this questioning, that she detests Father Joe, doubting both the validity of his prayers and his claims of paranormal ability, before rushing outside in frustration. Mulder approaches her as she leans over a balcony outside, startling her, and they discuss Father Joe, with Scully apologizing for her conduct — even though Mulder praises her actions — and further explaining her doubts. Mulder reveals that he is about to accompany Whitney, Drummy and Father Joe on a journey to determine the former priest's psychic capabilities, but — rather than join them, as Mulder suggests — Scully instead leaves.
As the four participators of the investigation travel in their FBI car, Mulder further reveals his identity to Father Joe, who learns of Mulder's previous assignment on the X-files as well as the abduction of his sister by aliensa long time ago, and realizes that she is now dead. The team visit a house similar to Agent Bannan's but, despite Joe originally claiming that the missing agent was taken and attacked there, he later apparently senses it is not the same building involved in the crime and crosses the short distance to the actual building.
As Agent Drummy follows Father Joe away to inspect the surrounding area, ASAC Whitney explains to Mulder her skepticism regarding the supposed psychic and tells Mulder that her decision to include him in their search effort was unpopular at the FBI, but that she needs the insights he gained by investigating other psychics, work that — according to Whitney — impressed her.
Father Joe cries tears of blood. Moments later, Father Joe falls to his knees in the snow and apparently has a psychic vision of Agent Bannan's abduction, but the demonstration is met with skepticism from Agent Drummy and culminates in the former priest crying tears of blood. Meanwhile, in Our Lady of Sorrows Hospital, Scully speaks with Christian in his ward but his eagerness to leave causes her to realize he has been scared by the sight of Father Ybarra, who stands in a corridor outside.
Advising the boy not to be afraid, Scully vacates the room to meet with Father Ybarra and passionately discusses Christian with him, arguing that the boy's test results are not in his purview. He refutes this and, even after he hands her a set of the test results upon her request for them, he states that there are better facilities available for Christian, as the hospital will not be able to heal the boy.
When a nearby accidental clatter distracts Father Ybarra, Scully hurries away from him. She enters her office and sits at her desk where she opens the folder of test results and starts to cry but, noticing a colleague looking across at her, she composes herself, taking another file and a packet of tissues from her desk drawers as her colleague retreats from the room.
Scully is left alone, staring sorrowfully down at the files in front of her. In MacLaren Natatoriumthe man who chased and caught Agent Bannan stalks a swimmer, Cheryl Cunninghamwatching her from the hidden depths of the water.
The woman later exits the building and, as she walks to her car, the engine of a nearby snowplow roars, making her jump, but the vehicle soon drives away. While later driving along an icy side road, she encounters the snowplow again and tries to overtake it but the truck, driven by her stalker from the pool, pushes her car off the road, causing her to crash, relatively unharmed, into a hay bale in a snow-covered field.
The dangerous driver of a snowplow peers through the window of Cheryl Cunningham 's car at her, moments before he abducts her. The man stops and reverses his snowplow on the road, then walks over to her car where, even though she is at first under the false impression that he has come to her rescue, he breaks her window, while she is struggling to unbuckle her seatbelt, before causing her to lose consciousness and continuing to abduct her.
Part Two Edit Mulder and Scully talk, whilst in bed together.
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In their home, Mulder and Scully are lying together in bed but Scully is having difficulty sleeping so she talks to Mulder about the issue troubling her, telling him about Christian and the boy's predicament for the first time. She questions Godregarding the boy, and wonders whether a strong connection she feels to Christian is due to the loss of their son, Williambut Mulder dismisses this possibility.
After he persuades her to go to sleep, the couple kiss but Scully humorously complains he has a scratchy beard and, before she begins to completely relax, she remembers to tell him about her discovery that, weirdly, traces of an animal tranquilizer had been discovered in the tissue of the severed arm, news that now keeps Mulder awake.
Within moments, he is on his feet and moves to the bathroom, followed there by Scully. He prepares to shave himself while pondering the evidence, recalling that Father Joe mentioned he heard the noise of dogs barking and cried tears of blood. Even though it is late at night, Scully answers a call from ASAC Whitney, who is a passenger in a car with Agent Drummy, driving, as well as Father Joe, and tells Scully that the FBI group are following a new lead provided to them by the former priest.
Doubting Father Joe's repetitive descriptions of his own supposed visions, Drummy convinces ASAC Whitney to allow him permission to dismiss the tired searchers. Mulder turns to Father Joe, who claims he now sees the face of an anonymous person whose eyes stare out of a surface like through dirty glass.
When Father Joe starts to pensively walk away, heading for a nearby tree line, Mulder asks Scully what Joe's description means, but she ignores the question, instead accusing Mulder of still, after years, looking for his sister and urging him to finally accept that his sister is beyond saving.