Deep Throat

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It must have been a good 9 years since I’d last seen this episode and I found that my memory of the plot was virtually nil.  Upon reintroduction, I was surprised to see how similar Mulder’s first meeting with Deep Throat was to the bar encounter with Kurtzweil in FTF.  I thought I saw a lot of the echoes, themes and patterns in the show when I was watching it the first time through, but I must have missed far more than I caught.  Knowing now that aliens were earth’s first inhabitants, Deep Throat’s words, “they’ve been here for a long, long time,” resound with meaning.  It makes it seem that Chris Carter planned what was to come in 1998, as early as 1993.  I won’t actually give him that much credit, though.  He didn’t always build the show with a plan, but did use the foundation that formed, to inform the structure as it was completed.  You put in the initial ingredients and soon they react with each other.  The creation creates, which, I suppose, is what Milagro is all about.
It’s funny how Mulder and Scully could be much more formal with each other after having partnered for 6 years than they were in the very first episodes.  When Mulder comes upon Scully in the bar, he leans into her so closely that her personal space almost seems to be invaded.  It’s often the way they look at or lean towards each other that makes them appear to be so intimate, even when their words are merely professional.  Of course, conversely, when their words are personal, they’re often standing apart (i.e. the “remotely plausible” line.
I notice Mulder’s hand on Scully’s back to guide her in and out of a place.  It reminds me of Dreamland when Mulder is in the other body and Scully puts her hand up and stiffens when he touches her back with familiarity.  Well, this is how that familiarity formed.
It’s amusing when Scully says, “If I was that high . . . ” and Mulder interjects, “If you were that high, what?”  Is he calling her staid?  Is he already wondering what she’d be like if she let down her guard?
That Scully does not miss too many zzzzzzzs.  She can sleep laying down, sitting up, in a car, on the sofa, on the floor (i.e. Albert Hosteen‘s).  Here she is asleep in the car when an excited Mulder pulls her out by the hand, so she can witness the lights flying in the sky.  Mulder’s boyish wonder is one of his most endearing qualities and this is the first time we see him trying to get Scully to share in the enthusiasm, as he will again in Field Trip and FTF, to name a few.  Of course, Scully is capable of such excitement herself.  We see that in her proprietary marveling over the invisible corpse in Je SouhaiteHowever, more often she stands back, curious, questioning, but reserving judgment, when Mulder would rather she jump in with both feet.
What I take away most from this viewing is how much Scully sacrificed for Mulder.  She holds someone who is working for the government at gunpoint.  Now, the odds that she really would have fired are so small that I think it’s unrealistic that the man did anything she said.  Still, that doesn’t make what she did less actionable.  she was trespassing on government property and they had every right to tell her and her partner not to be there, but when Mulder goes missing, she takes steals a car, holds a gun on the owner and demands that she be taken to the restricted territory.  She could not only be fired for such conduct.  She could be jailed.  She risks that for a guy she has no reason to trust just yet.  Aside from withholding information from her, about why they’re there and what he suspects, he outright lies and tells her he’ll leave with her, then takes their car, stranding her at the motel.  Yes, it’s the first of many ditches., but this time, it’s too early in the relationship for Scully to assume that Mulder has a good reason.
Of course, the way the government agents manhandled them when their car was stopped, probably convinced her that Mulder was more deserving of her respect than they were.  Still, even though she had cause to think that the government was acting wrongly (even if she doesn’t believe they were concealing alien existence) in the way they seized evidence and assaulted them, it takes a lot of chutzpah to confront them as she does.  Love it when she says she chose that method because she sees how far you get with a tear and a sad story.
The subtle way she reacted by simply turning her head when Mulder was punched was our initiation into Scully’s way of coping.  Her eyes are often glistening with tears, but she seldom cries out loud.  Her averted eyes and set mouth tell us what is going on inside.  And we see this early on that she is already silently absorbing Mulder’s pain, incorporating the wrongs he suffers into her own life, her own mission.
And too, we see them shift positions already.  The balance of power tilting so constantly and quickly back and forth, that it remains reassuringly steady and equal in the end.  In the pilot, we saw a scared Scully run into Mulder’s hotel room with a mosquito bite.  Uncertain, in new territory and ideas.  In this second episode, after Mulder has his memory erased, he stumbles through the government gates dazed, vulnerable (much like he was in Demons) and Scully’s in the driver’s seat, strong, determined, ready to take him to safety, but quickly learning how difficult that is to be found.
Random thoughts.
They sit easily on the bed together, looking at the phone book.
Don’t know if the reference to the letter 69 was meant to be a dirty joke or not.
Had no idea Seth Green was on the show.
They are driving an Oldsmobile.  Usually their rental cars are Fords.
The way they look at the map and are chased by the helicopters reminds me of FTF.
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