August 20, 2001

"Sir, the impossible scenario that we never planned for? Well, we better come up with a plan."
-- Bronschweig - Fight the Future.

For over a year now, I've struggled with the question: What will I do with the archive if the series continues without Mulder and Scully? I was hoping this was a question I would never have to answer, that the producers wouldn't try to squeeze every last penny out of the franchise, but end the series at a logical spot. But then again, I still believed in Santa Claus in junior high, so I have a long history of gullibility.

I was originally drawn to the show by the M&S dynamic. This past season has been difficult, made tolerable only by the expectation that Mulder would eventually return. Now that Mulder is out of the picture, I really have little or no interest in even watching the show, let alone archiving stories related to the new season. So the overwhelming temptation is to cut things off after S8, continue to add new stories written about the first eight seasons and catch up on with all the stuff on my hard drive (that alone could take 6 - 12 months, maybe longer at the rate I'm going).

For those of you who like Doggett and think the show is as good (or better) than ever, I mean no disrespect. I'm glad you're enjoying the show, and wish I could share in your enthusiasm. But there have been times this past year when watching the show became a chore rather than a pleasure, and what little I've heard about next season doesn't encourage me at all.

Some recent discussions on some of the lists (about a totally unrelated issue) have helped me clarify my thinking. My goal when I started the archive was to include all the episode and movie fic I could get my hands on. About the only stories I haven't posted are the ones I'm not aware of, the ones I haven't had time to get to, or the ones where the authors have declined permission. I've never exclude a piece because of its rating, content or genre. I've included stories about characters I didn't like, premises I didn't like and yes, even episodes I didn't like (and not just season eight). In fact, I've often said that one of the great joys of epfiction is it's ability to fix a bad episode as well as enhance a good one. So it seems pretty hypocritical to get all self-righteous and judgmental at this point and say I won't lower myself to continue because I don't like the direction the show is taking.

So the choice seems to be - continue on with S9 or just chuck the whole thing...(which is tempting, since I'd have more time to read more than the first few paragraphs of a story ). But my stubborn Irish nature isn't good at giving up, so it looks like, one way or another, I'll be continuing.

Now here's the basic problem - I want to do as thorough a job as I can with the archive, so I will be watching next season...just not with the same fervor that I now devote to the show. So unless a story is clearly marked as a post ep or a missing scene (and many, many are not), it's going to be a lot easier for me to accidentally miss it. So I'm asking all of you who will be reading and writing S9 fic to give me a hand. If you know of any S9 fic, I'd appreciate it if you could drop me a line with the name and author (and where to find it, if it's not on Ephemeral or one of the big lists). I'll do my best to track it down and post it. Actually, that holds true for the entire series, not just S9. (If I were more computer-savvy, I'd post a form on the home page, but that's w-a-a-y over my head.)

I don't like asking for this kind of help; I feel like I'm imposing on people, and expecting them to do my job for me. But I've given this a lot of thought, and this was the best compromise I could come up with. It seems like the only way to keep my conscience and my sanity both intact (relatively speaking, that is). And, of course, I open to any suggestions or thoughts you may have on the subject.

Thanks for your patience, understanding and help.