I Want to Believe

Mulder & Scully talking shop.

Mulder & Scully talking shop.

Being a child of the 90s, I harbor a soft spot in my heart and memories for all things The X-Files. The rebirth of the series has been a mixed bag: some good, some bad, all of it colored through the warm lens of nostalgia.

In the recent episode “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” Mulder has an existential crisis where he realizes all of the paranormal and extraterrestrial activities he investigated and wanted to believe in can be explained away by a few minutes of Google and Reddit research.

As Scully astutely assesses: “Mulder, the internet is not good for you.”

In the dawn of the Al Gore information superhighway, the internet was not an exhaustive source of international inter-connectivity. These days, if you know where to look, you can find the answer to most unusual occurrences. If you can’t, then a clever teenager with time on his/her hands will.

As Mulder lamented, it has taken the sparkle off some of the urban legends, ghost sightings, and alien fun. For better or for worse, the net is full of know-it-alls who enjoy raining on your parade with facts.

Despite this travesty of truths, there are still a handful of interesting oddities to be found in the Google rabbit holes. I would like to see Fox and Dana take a whack at them, whether these occurrences have been proven to be hoaxes or not.

This flying Russian girl makes David Blaine look like a rookie:

All the non-paranormal/alien explanations make logical sense. But the details of the Dyatlov Pass Incident leaves enough room for an X-File. It is a fascinating incident.

The weird details of the murder of the Somerton man would make an interesting case. Heck, this one might be beyond Scully and Mulder. We need the the big man, Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes to figure out what happened.

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