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Why "Redux" and "Redux II"? It's quite simple. As the resolution to the season four cancer arc, these episodes are essential additions to a Scully-centric episode rewatch.

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: R. W. Goodwin (Part One) and Kim Manners (Part Two)
Originally aired: November 2, 1997, November 9, 1997

Synopsis: Although together Redux and Redux II resolve the multiple cliffhangers from season four's finale "Gethsemane," you don't need to watch it first because they recap it at the beginning of "Redux." Though Mulder isn't really dead, Scully really is terminally ill. As she is giving testimony to a committee of FBI bigwigs, including some Consortium moles, she collapses and is rushed to the hospital and put on a ventilator. This brings Mulder out of hiding just in time to break into the D.O.D. and get her another chip. Lots of other stuff happens too. We'll get to all that in the discussion.

Most Memorable Quote:

SCULLY: I've come so far in my life on simple faith, and now when I need it the most I just push it away. I mean, why ... why do I wear this? (Scully holds up the cross necklace) Why do I wear this, Mom? I put something that I don't even know or understand under the skin of my neck. I will subject myself to these crazy treatments, and I keep telling myself that I'm doing everything I can, but it's a lie!

Links:

Red Wolf's X-Files Episode Guide: Redux | Redux II
Autumn Tysko's Reviews are not exactly raves: Redux | Redux II
Paula Graves' reviews take a contrary view: Redux | Redux II.
A more contemporary take:
A.V. Club Review: Redux | Redux II

Fanfiction: There were hundreds of stories written for these episodes. These are my favorites.
Isometry by [livejournal.com profile] syntax6.
Blood and Breath by [livejournal.com profile] rivkat.
The Trade by [livejournal.com profile] fialka.

Date: 2014-02-18 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tri-sbr.livejournal.com
Oh where to begin? random musings in no particular order:

I really enjoy these episodes, especially the second one, although they kind of run together into one big ep in my head.

First off - that consortium / syndicate guy at the race track has some really horrendous teeth! Yuck!

Lots and lots of information was thrown at us in the first part - the video montage with Kritschgau's explanations about the hoax and all the Mulder and Scully voiceovers - whew! I get that it was the only way to get all that information across, but I still managed to get kind of lost. But I pretty much ignored the confusing parts and just went for the rest of the ride the episodes offered ;) So sue me.

Mulder is so broken down - everything he believed is in question, Scully is dying, and then finally, he does get to meet his sister and it is not at all the reunion he must have imagined.

I love the part near the beginning where Mulder says "Scully would have known" that the alien body was not real - such complete trust in her abilities. And then later, Mulder doesn't hesitate in the slightest when he says the thing he wants most is the cure for Scully's cancer. Even on the rewatch, I thought "Samantha" and was semi-surprised at his automatic response. Guess it's been a while since I watched these...

And, the scene of him turning up in the hospital trying to locate Scully, demanding to be taken to her, finding her with all the tubes - total flashback to when she was returned from her abduction. Fantastic work by DD.

And Scully, poor Scully. She continues doggedly using science to investigate the microorganism and she finds the connection to herself even as she is falling apart under the surface, physically and emotionally. GA does such a great job here - you can see that so much emotion is right below the surface, until it finally comes spilling out toward the end - but in a very Scully-like way.

And, the wonderful hospital scenes between M&S. I know that the plot often demands the two of them are off pursuing different leads, but the interaction between them is the best part of the show, to me.

I think this is the first time I have rewatched these after having read Isometry (by syntax6), and I could not help thinking about that story as I watched. Wonderful story.

I could keep going but I'll quit for now.

Date: 2014-02-18 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tri-sbr.livejournal.com
Yes, the inconsistency of Mulder's appreciation for Scully's abilities (and to some extent vice versa) is frustrating. I have a hard time seeing this as entirely a character trait and not at least partly due to inconsistency in the way his character is written. Or maybe that is my wishful thinking - wanting to see them both as their best selves.

Date: 2014-02-19 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vjs2259.livejournal.com
I'm afraid I don't care for these episodes much. I don't believe in miracles, or micro-chip cures.

It was an interesting counterpoint to Wetwired; Scully blaming Mulder for the death of her sister etc. while she was paranoid and Bill blaming him here.

I liked Scully's doctor. Very straightforward, explained what he knew, admitted what he didn't, and left it up to her.

Also Mulder and Bill in the hospital. Mulder was not challenging or annoying but he didn't stand down either.

I did love the lab stuff. Scully remembered her eye protection this time. Also she spooled DNA. So old school! So much fun! Although she should have used a glass rod. That looked like a bacterial loop. Southern blot! PCR would have been quicker but this was a while ago. It was like a trip back to my first job, only the lab was much cleaner.

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