Calling out in the dark

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Title: Calling out in the dark
Creator: Littljoe
Date(s): late 1990s
Medium: online
Fandom: X-Files
External Links: Calling out in the dark, Archived version
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Calling out in the dark is an essay by Littljoe.

It is one of many essays at The Cave's X-Files Commentary Archives.


It seems to me that, despite his paranoia, Mulder views the world as basically a much more friendly place than Scully does. After all, he does believe that there is truth out there, which he will reach somewhere, somehow, and he never seems completely to lose the hope that everything will turn out right. It seems pretty clear that Scully does not feel quite the same way; her refusal to believe in extraterrestrial influences is linked with the very disturbing view that all of the horrible things they have seen have been perpetrated by humans (e.g., *Nisei). Furthermore, even though she has seen a lot of very unpleasant things (exhumed bodies, autopsies, gruesome deaths), and you might think she would have become hardened to them by now, Scully still seems much more bothered by the presence of overt evil than Mulder is (*All Souls and *Irresistible, for example). In *Irresistible she told her therapist that she knows the world is full of predators, and she sees her job as protecting innocent people from them, a statement which certainly reflects a very dark world-view.