Set Visit: X-Files 2!
standing inside Mulder’s 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, it’s very Mulder-esque.
This is Mulder’s office. I’m
here doing my own investigation. It’s
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.
Want To Believe
abandoned amusement park in
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 Mulder’s 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. Mulder’s
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 I’ve seen before. Where
have I seen that frogman? Where?... That’s
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.
The holy grail. I’ve only been here a short time and already I’m pushing back the door to Mulder’s office. Surely in this room I’ll 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 weren’t 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.
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.
clear that if this office has been what Mulder HAS been doing it won’t 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 Mulder’s 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 Mulder’s 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 don’t 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…
Truth Is Out There”
precious little inside Mulder’s home to give me any strong conviction about
what this latest X-File involves. Whatever
it is, it would appear he didn’t have much knowledge of it while living here.
Something new. Something
Mulder hadn’t been studying (and given the condition of his office, that’s
hard to believe). But what is it?
Why are there spooky looking men in priest costumes?
What the hell is going on here in
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 __________ ____.
can’t say that. Not yet.
More to come….