Scully and Me: Or, The X-Files, Revisited

Rita Malenczyk

Abstract


This essay reflects on the longevity of The X-Files phenomenon through the lens, primarily, of gender. The common interpretation of the two agents' roles as reversing traditional male/female stereotypes--Scully, the female, is rational, while the male Mulder is imaginative--has never seemed particularly right to me, especially when one throws Scully's Catholicism into the mix. Rather, it seems that, throughout the series, two belief systems come into conflict; while Mulder's appears privileged because of his gender, the show subtly critiques that privilege through its portrayal of Scully's Catholicism.

(I suppose this essay is, in a way, an attempt to figure out what's been bugging me about this show all these years.)


Keywords


pop culture; religion