The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 18

Milagro (18 Apr. 1999)
"The X Files" Milagro (original title)

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An introverted writer, Philip Padgett, develops an obsession with Scully and moves into Mulder's building in order to be closer to her. Inspired by her, Padgett writes his magnum opus: a ... See full summary »

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An introverted writer, Philip Padgett, develops an obsession with Scully and moves into Mulder's building in order to be closer to her. Inspired by her, Padgett writes his magnum opus: a story of secret love and serial murder, featuring Scully and Padgett as main characters. However, the murders in his story begin occurring exactly as written. As he struggles to finish his novel, Padgett realizes that only Scully's death can produce the perfect ending. Written by NietzscheMarlowe

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During a scene in the graveyard the camera pans past a headstone, which bears the names Diana and Nicholas Salinger with the year of death 1994. This is a reference to the late parents of the Salinger family featured in another Fox show, Party of Five (1994). See more »

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In several shots, the milagro charm, given to Scully by Phillip Padgett, is blank on both sides. When shown in a close up, there is clearly a burning heart on one side of the charm. As Scully turns it in her fingers as she explains to Mulder that it was Padgett who gave it to her, you can see that it is flat and unmarked on both sides. See more »

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Mulder: Mr Padgett... you can go. We apologise for our mistake. You're free to finish your book.
Phillip Padgett: Thank you. I made a mistake myself.
Mulder: What's that, Mr Padgett?
Phillip Padgett: In my book, I'd written that Agent Scully falls in love but that's obviously impossible. Agent Scully is already in love.
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An intellectually stimulating episode
17 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Milagro" is fascinating in that it questions the function and capabilities of an author. Reminiscent of philosopher Michel Foucault, it questions whether texts can remain independent of their authors. In fact, in this episode, the character of Phillip Padgett makes all the difference. Not only does he enter his own story, thereby removing the author/text barrier, but by doing so, he brings the text into the real world. His conversation with Mulder regarding the signification of words and the multi-layered aspect of language is further proof that "The X-Files" has some of the very best writing in television. John Hawkes makes an impressive performance as Padgett, bringing to life the solitary nature of writing. I highly recommend "Milagro" for its intellectual value. For those of you interested in this idea of authorship and identity, read "The New York Trilogy" by Paul Auster. You won't be disappointed.


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