A smartly dressed red-headed lady called Dana Scully enters the FBI headquarters in Washington DC and meets several government officials in a room. They include one man with a fondness for smoking, who will later take on greater significance. Scully is asked to keep tabs on and debunk the theories of Fox 'Spooky' Mulder, who is looking after the problematic 'X-Files' which deal with very strange cases.
He is "generally thought of as the best analyst in the violent crime section," claims Scully about Mulder, as she tentatively agrees to accept the assignment. Already, the sinister forces lurking in the shadows of the government can see the threat that Mulder poses to their dubious interests.
Scully knocks on an office door in a secluded part of the building. "Sorry, nobody here but the FBI's most unwanted," comes the response from an unenthused male voice. Scully enters the room and sees Fox Mulder from behind as he's sat at a desk studying images.
As she approaches him, she notices the walls are adorned with UFO paraphernalia, including the iconic 'I Want To Believe' poster.
"Agent Mulder, I'm Dana Scully. I've been assigned to work with you."
"Isn't it nice to be suddenly so highly regarded?" the bespectacled Mulder sarcastically remarks as he shakes her outstretched hand. "So who did you tick off to get stuck with this detail, Scully?" he asks, very dismissively, before turning his back on her.
"Actually, I'm looking forward to working with you," she confidently replies despite his abrasiveness. "I've heard a lot about you."
"Oh, really?" he says, turning to face her again. "I was under the impression you were sent to spy on me."
Scully tries to negate his theory by talking up her credentials, with Mulder revealing that he knows more about her than he initially let on and actually likes her work. He then dims the lights... but only to show a projection of a woman found dead in a forest with bizarre marks on her neck. Not exactly an aphrodisiac, that one.
As the sceptical Scully and open-minded Mulder discuss their impending investigation, the show's pivotal thematic clash between rational science and unexplained paranormal activity is clearly set out. This leads to Mulder leaning towards Scully, fixing his eyes on hers rather intimately, and asks in hushed tones:
"Do you believe in the existence of extra terrestrials?"
"Logically, I would have to say no - given the distances needed to travel from the far reaches of space..."
Mulder argues back that "convention and science offer us no answers".
However, Scully vehemently barks that fantastical explanations are ridiculous and the answers are out there. The verbal sparring is cut short by Mulder, who strolls off saying that he will see her in the morning to kick off their case. Scully can't conceal the warm smile that emerges...
It's a prelude to the pair embarking on a fantastic adventure that has spanned the best part of two decades and included a kiss or two along the way. Given the slight hints of sexual tension in this very first scene between them, you can see that the truth was out there all along...
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