I just read about your plans to go to Graz. I’m so thrilled that you have all these appointments (teaching and conference) around Europe!
They all sound very intersting (as in exchange of ideas and discourse). I hope you have a good time while travelling and meeting new people. =)
I am writing to you because yesterday I watched BBC’s The Hour for the first time.
It’s been having its premiere on the German-French network “Arte” this week (too late!).
And I instantly loved the two main characters. They DID remind me of Mulder (newspaper clippings!, “pissing people off” ) and Scully in a way (though of course they are very different, but in their working attitude and morals…).
And I was so sure that you and Chris would like them!!? Especially Bel!
Did you maybe watch/like it?
Also, tell Chris that this Oliver Stone (as controversial as some of his statements might be) interview and his book reminded me of him? Among other things, he talks about how the Nixon era influenced his work.
Your and Chris’ work are still an inspiration for me while following my studies in history. I always remember the way Perla summarized the philosophy of The X-Files at the time when we were all connecting due to the IWTB excitement. “You must believe in the ability for you to chose the right path. [...] Fight what others say you will be. Fight what you think you can only have…” – you know, and so on.
Of course what Perla said about everyone being a sceptic and a believer is still valid today. And even though I must say that I am not actively looking forward to a third movie anymore, I still think The X-Files carried so much depth with it by dealing with these themes of doubt and belief. And I do miss Mulder showing us that it maybe doesn’t pay off to keep looking, but that it’s still “the right thing to do” (IWTB).
“You’re in the basement because they know they could drop you in the middle of a desert and tell you the truth is out there and you’d ask them for a shovel.”
Scully: “Why would I accept defeat? Why would I accept it, if you won’t? Mulder, you say that you’ve failed, but you only fail if you give up. And I know you – you can’t give up. It’s what I saw in you when we first met. It’s what made me follow you… why I’d do it all over again.”
Mulder: “And look what it’s gotten you.”
Scully: “And what has it gotten you? Not your sister. Nothing that you’ve set out for. But you won’t give up, even now. ”
And there seem to be so many reasons to give in and — what we call “resignieren” in German — turn passive in the face of world events/developments.
Oh, this turned out so much longer than I intended. But I guess the “Missing Mulder” quotes just forced themselve upon me.
I hope you don’t mind me writing to you to ask you about someone else’s TV show !
Also, I will attach two other links on literature that made me think of you.
Kindest regards from Germany,
The Hour: Meet FREDDIE (Ben Whishaw)
The Hour: Meet BEL (Romola Garai)
Thanks for the lovely e-mail and the links, Ulrike. I am indeed familiar with The Hour, which was produced by my Hunted partners at Kudos Film and TV, and I thought it was excellent!