If you haven't seen The X-Files: I Want to Believe yet, what are you waiting for?!? It's disappearing from theaters all across the United States. After only TWO WEEKS! FOX totally blew it this time, releasing it in the summer, and up against the Batman film, which was released a week before IWTB. They have no one to blame but themselves; the shoddy promotion—everything. David and Gillian and Chris Carter can't do this all by themselves. It sure would've been nice if they had a studio that really supported them, support this movie. There are plenty enough X-Philes and non-Philes alike that have seen it, so why pull the plug now?
Anyhoo, enough of my griping. You were probably thinking it would be out forever, and you would have time to catch it. The clock is ticking, people...here are my 13 reasons for going to see it. In a theater. Before it comes out on DVD. Now I know some people haven't seen it yet, and like me, they don't want to be spoiled, so I am adding some SPOILER SPACE in this message so anyone visiting will hopefully not read it. You all know who you are!
THE MESSAGE BELOW WILL HAVE SPOILERS FOR THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THE FILM BEFORE YOU SEE IT, PLEASE DON'T READ! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED...
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO SEE THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
1. Mulder & Scully are an established couple! Yes, CC is not pulling our legs this time—they truly are together and living in a modest home on the outskirts of West Virginia. The FBI has asked for Mulder's help, and all the charges in that phony case from 6 years ago (you know the one I'm talking about) will be dropped. Scully is a working doctor at a local hospital, while Mulder wiles away the hours at home, clipping conspiracy and unknown phenomena stories to his office walls.
2. The case that the FBI is asking for Mulder's help on starts off by being a missing agent then turns really creepy. Just the kind of creepy stuff we've seen on the show.
3. The agent running the case, Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet) is the believer, while her 2nd-in-command, Agent Drummy (Xzibit) is a skeptic.
4. The person helping them on the case, a former priest named Joseph (Billy Connolly), who had been charged with pedophilia, now has psychic visions and can tell where the missing agent is located.
5. They find evidence (a body part), but not the agent's. Mulder, as usual, when he's on a case, is very much intrigued by Father Joe, as he's called, but Scully soon wants no part of the case, thinking Mulder has done all he can. She doesn't want to get "pulled into the darkness" with him once more.
6. Scully may not want to be involved because one of her patients at the hospital, a young boy named Christian, is very ill with a disease that has no cure. The other doctors there want to transfer him to a facility so he can die, but Scully wants to treat his condition with stem cells, which she believes will work.
7. The person who attacked the missing agent (she has been found underneath snow and ice, per Father Joe's visions), has a boyfriend who wants desperately to make sure he lives, by using various body parts in order for him to survive. He has Russian doctors working on him with these body parts. They now have a 2nd victim, who they think will be a good match.
8. Scully goes to see Father Joe alone, perplexed by something he told her earlier, "Don't give up." She wants to know why he said the words to her, but he cannot give her a reason. He then goes into convulsions and winds up at the same hospital she works at. She begins the stem cell treatments on her young patient.
9. Mulder wants Scully on the case, but she refuses; in fact, she says that she "won't be coming home," which breaks Mulder's heart. He continues solo with Agents Whitney & Drummy. One of these agents winds up dead.
10. It looks like M&S may get back together, but the conflict continues on, so Mulder, still wanting to know more, starts an investigation on his own, and quickly gets himself into trouble. When Agent Drummy won't help Scully find him, she calls on an old friend...
11. That friend is Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi)—yay! With Scully remembering a bible passage Father Joe told her, she figures out where Mulder is being held—the location where the Russian scientists are working on the boyfriend of the abductor of the 2nd victim. Mulder is now safe and the 2nd victim will be okay. The doctors and the abductor, along with the boyfriend I would presume, have all been arrested.
12. Scully has come back home to Mulder, but is not sure of where they stand. Christian is still not out of the woods yet. Mulder suggests that they get away from "the darkness" once his condition is better. And we get a very nice embrace, forehead touch and kiss.
13. All in all, I'd say CC did a great job. 'Shippers worldwide will be happy at the development of M&S as a couple. A couple who still misses their son, William, which was not totally glossed over in the film. If you've seen the film, I hope you stayed during the entire end credits sequence, because if you didn't, you missed the so-called 'Easter Egg' bit of Mulder & Scully in a rowboat on the water somewhere sunny, with a helicopter flying overhead. They wave at whoever is flying it. A little wink and a nod to the fans perhaps? Will we have a 3rd movie before the invasion is supposed to start in 2012? Let's hope so...DON'T GIVE UP!
Also, I would like to add that David's Showtime series, Californication, will start its 2nd Season on Sunday, September 28th. It's been a long drought without you, Hank Moody...welcome back!