The FBI now don’t want them working together, but this only draws the pair closer, as they’re meeting up in secret to check up on one another. Mulder disappears to Arecibo, Puerto Rico based on information given to him by an old friend, Senator Richard Matheson (Raymond J. Barry), chasing up a new lead to finally get the evidence he’s been after for years, the existence of extra-terrestrials. By the end of the episode however, the evidence he retrieves is warped so can’t be used as proof.
Season two centres around the abduction of Scully and we see Mulder backed further and further into a corner and by the end of the season, he feels unable to trust anyone, least of all his partner, Scully. The final episode of the season ends on a cliff hanger, the very first one in the series. At this point we’re left wondering whether Mulder is dead or alive.
This season, eight of the twenty five episodes deal with the alien mythology, the other episodes deal with fear, human drug testing, a man made creature, vampires, parasites, alien tests, religion, poltergeists, genetic evil, cold bloody killing, witchcraft, voodoo and occultism.
New characters that were introduced to the season include Mulder and Scully’s new informant, X (Steven Williams), who was originally portrayed by a woman until they settled for Williams. Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea) who was in season one but played a one off character. The lone gunmen, Melvin Frohike (Tom Braidwood), John Fitzgerald Byers (Bruce Harwood) and Richard Langley (Dean Haglund), along with Scully’s sister Melissa (Melinda McGraw) and Mulder’s father (Peter Donat).
Other actors Sheila Larken, Megan Leitch, Rebecca Toolan and Floyd Westerman (played by Margret Scully, Samantha Mulder, Teena Mulder and Albert Hosteen respectively), also appear in season two. Scully father (Don S. Williams) also makes an appearance in spite of his death, in true science fiction style, while she’s on her death bed.
Season two manages to occasionally flip who is the sceptic and who is the believer, while retaining Scully’s strong religious beliefs and scepticism, and Mulder’s belief in aliens.
My favourite episode from season two, is the final episode cliff hanger, purely because I love being dangled in suspense and love being teased with not knowing the outcome.
Check back soon for the season three overview.