The mythology of the X-Files and the
dissappearance of Mulder were the focus of last
night’s episode. Read more to see what happened.

Cast

Gillian
Anderson
as Dana Scully
Robert
Patrick

as John Doggett
Annabeth
Gish
as
Agent Reyes
Terrence
O’Quinn
as the “Shadow Man”

Crew

Written by Chris
Carter
and Frank
Spotnitz

Directed by Tony
Wharmby

Original Airdate


Trust No1
originally aired on
Sunday,
January 6,
2002.

Synopsis

Doggett and Reyes are contacted by an informant
who will only speak to
Mulder. It seems that the informant has a list
of all the super
soldiers, and wants to give it to Mulder so that
Mulder might return.
Although we’ve learned that Scully has been
contacting Mulder by
e-mail, she still claims that she cannot contact
him.

Doggett decides to do some good, old-fashioned
detective work and
track down the source. In doing so, he ends up
with Scully, Reyes,
the source, and the source’s wife and child in
Scully’s apartment.
The source claims to work for the NSA, and that
his child is as
abnormal as Scully’s. It’s not long before the
source’s employer
makes contact with Scully, revealing that they
have eyes and ears
everywhere, including at least one camera inside
Scully’s apartment.

Scully agrees to meet with the man to get the
information for Mulder.
She is led on a very long and convoluted journey
to cover her path to
meet him, and is forced to change clothes,
vehicles, etc. Once at the
meeting point, the man tells her enough private
information to
convince her that he knows everything about her.
In the end, she is
told to make sure she contacts Mulder within 24
hours.

Doggett doesn’t trust the man, so he brings the
clothes he gave Scully
to wear to the FBI crime lab to analyze. In the
meantime, Scully and
Reyes wait for Mulder at the train station on his
pre-arranged path
home. The informant and the shadow man exchanged
fire at the train
station, and the shadow man fell below the train
(which was ordered
not to stop.) The shadow man’s body was not
recovered, though.
Doggett had already found that the man’s DNA
contains some sort of
ferrite compound that defies analysis, so he
concluded that the man
was a super-soldier. The train radioed the
station to notify them of
a man who jumped off at a quarry, so Scully,
Doggett and Reyes went to
investigate. Once there, they saw a man with
hair who responded to
Mulder’s name, but were unable to track him down.
The (bald) shadow
man was also there, and he chased Scully into a
corner. The rock
walls in that corner had veins of a ferrous
compound, which the shadow
man did not react favourably to. He started to
twitch and convulse,
and then char before flying into the wall.

High Point

It’s nice to see some actual police work from
Doggett. The FBI has a
lot of resources that the X-files agents rarely
seem to use.

Low Point

The shadow man’s death. It made no logical sense
whatsoever. Unless
the supersoldiers are vulnerable to all magnetic
fields, there’s no
way that rock could have had an effect on him at
that distance. Even
then, you wouldn’t find many supersoldiers
surrounded by the amount of
electronics that this guy was working with
earlier in the episode. It
seems to me that they made the supersoldiers too
good, and had to
write in a form of kryptonite to make them mortal.

Other Notes

Some of you may not recognize the scene with the
kiss shown in the
opening credits. It was filmed as a part of
Memento Mori
back in season four, as a sort of screen test
before the movie. The
season four DVD set has a commentary by Chris
Carter which makes it
clear that the production staff didn’t want the
characters to kiss at
that time, so they deleted the scene. I’m
surprised they used it, but
with David Duchovny unavailable, I guess that was
the only footage
they had that showed a non-platonic relationship.

The Review

As well done as this episode was, the inside
informant who may or may
not be an enemy has been done several times
before, on The
X-Files
and in other places. I give the
originality 2
out of 6.

The visual effects this week were the
excellent shots from
the camera’s point of view and the shadow man’s
death. As odd and
unbelievable as that death was, it looked good on
screen. 5 out of 6.

The story was compelling and
interesting. It revealed
new information and set up a new government group
to butt heads with.
It seems as though they may be doing the
mid-season turn-around that
we saw last year, with a string of good episodes
late in the year. I
give the story 4 out of 6.

The acting this week was very well
done. Gillian
Anderson got the opportunity to show more
emotional range than she
usually does, and she used it well. Robert
Patrick again did an
excellent job as John Doggett. Reyes was not
used much this week,
which diverted attention from Gish’s still weak
performances. Terry
O’Quinn, who was not playing the same character
he played in the
movie, did a fine job, as did the other guest
stars. I give the
acting 5 out of 6.

As for the emotional response this week,
I was swept up in
the tension, even knowing that David Duchovny has
no intention of
returning to the TV series. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production this week was fantastic.
Tony Wharmby is fast
becoming one of my favourite directors. Mark
Snow really departed
from his usual choice of instruments, once again
covering new
territory better than any other member of the
cast or crew this
season. I give the production 6 out of 6.

Overall, this will go down on my
list of the best of the
mytharac episodes. It kept moving, it showed
that Mulder and Scully
did not completely cut themselves off from each
other, and in general
helped to bring what we’ve seen of the characters
in the past more in
line with what we’ve seen earlier this season. I
give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Trust No1 received 32 out of
42.