The short stories Lucy, Who Goes There, and the Netflix series X-Files depict the ideas of discoveries and trust among colleagues. In Lucy, both Tom Gray and his friend discover the bones of a mysterious being whom they name Lucy. Moreover, the characters in X-Files and Who Goes There discover the existence of alien life on earth and develop mistrust for each other when infected by the alien beings. This paper discusses the ideas of discoveries and trust in the two short stories and the Netflix series.
Gray and his friend are paleoanthropologists seeking fossils of human ancestors. Although such fossils are hard to find, Gray and his friend see the remains of an unidentified being. The discovery overwhelms them, and Gray spreads the news to the camp. Moreover, in the story Who Goes There, a group of scientific researchers discovers a spaceship in Antarctica. However, they find the alien pilot still alive after thawing the ship. Also, the Netflix series also shows the discovery of an alien worm which gets into the body of its host and manipulates their behavior.
Furthermore, the Netflix series and the short story Who Goes There depict the aspect of trust among colleagues. After finding out the effects of the alien worm, the characters in X-Files do not trust each other. They lock Mulder in a locker room suspecting that he killed Murphy. On the other hand, the researchers in Who Goes There suspect each other since the alien creature takes the physical appearance of its host. Therefore, they take turns sleeping to watch out for any unusual behavior among the group.
In summary, both short stories and the television series depict the aspect of trust and the idea of making discoveries. Lucy shows the discovery of ancient human fossils while the literature demonstrate the discovery of alien life on earth. Besides, Mulder’s friends lose trust in him after finding him standing over Murphy’s body in X-Files. Moreover, the scientific researchers in Who Goes There do not trust each other since any of them could be infected.