"The X-Files" boss Chris Carter tried to defend the decision, but ... no. Just no.
The truth was out there but no one wanted to believe how "The X-Files" Season 11 premiere ended. After such high hopes, that's what we got?
The big twist at the end came when the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) went full Maury Povich and said Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) was not the father of Dana Scully's (Gillian Anderson) son William. Instead, CSM said he was the father. Turns out, he's not literally the biological father, but he used alien-assisted science back in Season 7's "En Emi" to impregnate Scully.
"He's the figurative father if he's not the actual father," Chris Carter told Entertainment Weekly. "He didn't rape Scully. He impregnated her with science."
That's still rape.
Fans were horrified (see below) but Carter told EW he knew back in Season 7 that CSM had drugged Scully and got her pregnant. Here's CC's reasoning:
"It adds to the characters in an interesting emotional way. And because the audience is now in on this truth, and Mulder and Scully are not, these revelations are huge for this show because they're huge for the characters. Mulder and Scully's life history, both professional and personal, are the heart of the show. [...] It does impact it in a big way and you'll see that in the arc of the series... This fact is hovering over them and everything they do and say to each other is kind of loaded as they're walking in the dark. It makes for interesting storytelling to put the audience in a privileged point of view that could ultimately explode in the end."
Even though there was a tie to the original "X-Files" run in that 2000 episode, no one was here for Scully being drugged and medically raped to get pregnant with an alien baby, with Mulder now not being a dad. Making it worse, the rest of the Season 11 premiere was also jam-packed with Scully in pain and distress. It was too much.
Fans now hate Chris Carter about as much as King Joffrey, or even Ramsay Bolton:
So, in 1 hour, Dana Scully had a medical emergency, left the hospital & was in a serious car crash, returned to the hospital & was smothered with a pillow & nearly choked to death, & lastly, her child was the result of rape & Mulder isn't the father? #TheXFiles 👽 pic.twitter.com/51bkLf6CkZ— Hadley✨ (@SpookyHadley) January 4, 2018
I'm absolutely disgusted that apparently my favorite show doesn't have the common decency to recognize that medical rape is still rape — not a plot device to toy with viewers. Shame on you, Chris Carter. It's 2018, not 1995. #TheXFiles— Ella J. (@ellaj1525) January 4, 2018
That was the worst twist ever. I feel violated. #TheXFiles— gindaanis (@gindaanis) January 4, 2018
I'm seeing a lot of people say #TheXFiles reveal is actually a lie & while I really hope that's true, I'll still be pissed that they even went there at all. Dana Scully deserves better. We all do.— Emma Scully (@xceteras) January 4, 2018
This really sums up how I feel about the CSM's claim in tonight's episode. I'm just going to leave this here, and hope this tagline means what I think it means. #TheXFiles#TheXFilesSeason11pic.twitter.com/Gteiayt2BJ— Kim (@gillovny1013) January 4, 2018
Honestly, I'm usually pretty chill about #TheXFiles and rolling with the punches but this Scully medical rape is really upsetting.— Sarah K 🥨 (@SarahKeirans) January 4, 2018
If CSM was lying, great. But please never forget that Chris Carter wanted us to think he'd violated Scully. #TheXFiles 👽— Amanda Shavers-Davis (@AHShavers) January 4, 2018
He wanted that.
So now fans are still holding out hope that another twist is coming -- focusing on how "I Want to Believe" became "I Want to Lie" -- but this storyline happened, either way. We can't undo it. At least it got fans talking?
"The X-Files" continues next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.
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