So last night I listened to this again cause I had some trouble sleeping.
Listening to the DVD audiocommentaries is like an audio book and I strongly recommend it to other sleepless philes out there ;-p!
Out of tradition I still have them on old school tapes which I used to take with me on vacations and hospitals etc. (its also easier to play late at night than putting in a dvd lol).
So last night this one made me squueeeeeee cause I havnt listened to it in a veeery long time.
I thought I had to share it with you to make YOU squee too, hehe :) !!
(sorry for the mistakes in there)
"I remember being surprised -not by how well it was played by Gillian because everyone anticipated it would be a great scene for her and it really was-
But I was surprised by how much David made this his scene as well.
So much of the magic of his performance in this show is his refusal to accept her condition.
That becomes as strong a position for him to take as hers is.
You would think a show where one of the characters getting cancer would be soly that character´s episode.
But This functions very nicely as a Mulder/Scully show.
I think in large measure it did due to the strength of Davids performance and choices he made in these scenes.
What is nice about it too is that it is surprisingly unsentimental.
He (David) is playing against the melodrama.
It is almost confrontational in his refusal to accept her illness.
I think thats another secret of this episode, indeed of the entire XF TV series.
Is HOW MUCH THE CHARACTERS DONT SAY.
How much emotion YOU KNOW IS BEHIND , not out front.
There is a lot of dramatic tension in that because you know how much these characters
feel for each other without them ever having to say it.
I will talk more about that later because there is this whole motive of the journal entries that
Scully writes to Mulder. That was another conscious choice. To express Scully´s affection
for Mulder and what she is thinking without having to have them say it to each other.
And if you are a viewer of the show you know that so much of the Mulder/Scully-relationship is UNSPOKEN.
I think that is why it has been so powerful for so long and there has been so much fanfiction been devoted to it.
Because you can read into it an enormous amount.