Set Visit: X-Files 2!
Im standing inside Mulders office staring up at the pencils stuck up in the ceiling tile. Clutter is all around. Newspaper clippings, post-it notes, mysterious photographs are stuck on the wall, piled on the desk and stuffed in files. As you might expect, its very Mulder-esque. This is Mulders office. Im here doing my own investigation. Its as mysterious and cryptic as the best episodes of The X-Files set. My assignment: find out what the hell is going on on the set of the X-FILES sequel.
"I Want To Believe "
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I grab my bag and try to blend in. There is a thick fog floating around the room. Rocks covered with snow. Large evergreen trees. And in the back lies a small cabin sitting quietly. The windows glow with a soft light that travels in the dense air. A large porch wraps around the front of the house and a rustic screen door hangs in the middle. This is a place that is trying not to be found, trying to blend in with wilderness. This is my destination. This is Fox Mulders home.
As I make my way to the door, the porch steps creak loudly like some old-fashioned alarm system. Intruder alert. Intruder alert. I pull back the screen and take a step inside. Mulders living room. Or is it a photo from an Eddie Bauer catalog? The only giveaway is the familiar fish tank against a back wall with a frogman floating inside I know Ive seen before. Where have I seen that frogman? Where?... Thats when I see it. Out of the corner of my eye, I look up, past the steps and through a crack of a nearly closed door. On the wall in bold white letters I can read: I Want To Believe. Welcome home Mulder.
"Trust No One "
The holy grail. Ive only been here a short time and already Im pushing back the door to Mulders office. Surely in this room Ill find the key to the mystery of X-FILES 2. All around me are newspaper clippings - with select portions circled, highlighted or underlined tacked up on the walls. My head darts from side-to-side as if I were watching a Chinese ping-pong game. Where do I even begin? As if I werent already approaching sensory overload, tucked away in the back corner of the room is a file cabinet. Stacked on top are a pile of manilla file folders. Files. X-Files.
The temptation is strong. Grab one. Stuff it in my bag, up my shirt, down my pants. Anywhere. For now, I play it cool. I tuck my hands in my pockets to keep them busy. Like Verbal Kint, I just sit and silently soak in my office surroundings. Scanning, memorizing, compiling, taking more mental notes than my brain can record. This is what I am doing now. And not coincidentally this is what Mulder has been doing for the past six years.
It becomes clear that if this office has been what Mulder HAS been doing it wont give me many hints as to what he IS doing. Has he been in contact with Scully during this time? They are clearly united for the movie but have they been reunited? Where does Scully live? Does she live here? This will require some further investigation. I mentally take what I can out of Mulders office and return to the hallway. Up ahead there is a closed door. How can I possibly resist?
My hand turns the vintage oblong doorknob and I push it open. I feel like I have walked into a Pier 1 showroom. This is Mulders bedroom? The guy has more of an aesthetic sense than I could have imagined. I only remember seeing his bedroom once before (in the Dreamland episode) and I dont remember it looking like this. A large king-sized bed sits in the middle (awfully large for just one guy) with a footstool at the end short-stacked with books. A floral arrangement lies on the nightstand. A large, ornate armoire to my right. This room certainly has a .feminine touch. Perhaps Mulder hired an interior decorator. Or perhaps
The Truth Is Out There
precious little inside Mulders home to give me any strong conviction about
what this latest X-File involves. Whatever
it is, it would appear he didnt have much knowledge of it while living here.
Something new. Something
Mulder hadnt been studying (and given the condition of his office, thats
hard to believe). But what is it?
Why are there spooky looking men in priest costumes?
What the hell is going on here in
One thing I do know is that there have been no signs of werewolves yet. But Now that I think of it I DID see ________ ______ in the house at __ _____ which was curious. It looked extremely ____ __ ___ ______ and I think ___ ____ __ ____ ___ that could definitely be what I was __________ ____.
No, I cant say that. Not yet.
More to come .
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