My Struggle 10×01: Now you got my number.


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Babies!!

These musings are a mixed bag of television emotions. I’d be lying if I didn’t confess to some… not disappointment but, let’s say, validation of my carefully regulated expectations. But this is my longed for Mulder and Scully, The New Adventures of Moose & Squirrel we’re talking about. Even so, it is well with my soul.

This truly feels like a reboot, and by that I mean that Chris Carter & The Spooky Bunch have taken things back to the old school. This isn’t just Mulder and Scully getting back together, this is The X-Files rediscovering its Season 1 roots. This is the original vision revisited. This is “Deep Throat” (1×1), “Conduit” (1×3), “Fallen Angel” (1×9) and “E.B.E.” (1×16) reborn in the 21st Century and polished with a digital shellac.

I’m probably a bigger fan than most of Seasons 1 & 2, so I’m excited about that.. excited and still slightly concerned. “My Struggle” is all out distrust of everything and everyone with money or power, written by a generation scarred and jaded by Watergate, a generation with a knee-jerk distrust of authority. We’re back to vague government cover-ups and father figure informants hedging their words in the dark. There’s something nefarious going on, but it’s nameless, faceless, and overarching.

Unlike the later focus and consistency of the mythology as it evolved in Seasons 3-5, this is a veritable kitchen sink of conspiracy. Why do I suspect Chris Carter’s been saving up random newspaper clippings for years like he was Fox Mulder, just waiting for the chance to info dump them on us all? In less than five minutes we get a condensed history of conspiracy theory from the end of Season 9 to now. It’s a mad burst of baloney.

Right now this new X-Files world is without form and void. Darkness covers the face of the Deep (Throat). Until this conspiracy is given a shape, it’s impossible to declare it good or bad. The only question right now: is all this teasing intriguing enough to hook a brand new audience?

Chris Carter has always been the king of high sci-fi drama. Like he did when he wrote and directed the Pilot (1×79), he can make you believe something world-changing is happening even though you’ve seen next to nothing and heard even less. “My Struggle” isn’t so much about establishing a new mythology as it is whetting our appetites to want to know what in the good Green Goblin is going on.

And this rediscovered scope means that Chris Carter can take the series in all sorts of directions again, the same way the show first found its footing by refusing to be tied down to one idea or one genre. That’s promising enough, but for any great good there must be something sacrificed and that something here is the history of the show.

Mulder and Scully getting back to basics means invalidating the mythology as we’ve known it to this point. It means Mulder and Scully have been deceived for over twenty years and we’ve been deceived for thinking they’re trustworthy investigators. It means Mulder and Scully have to go back to being merely partners and friends.

This certainly isn’t the first time Chris Carter has turned the mythology on its ear. Starting with “Gethsemene” (4×24), Mulder spent almost all of Season 5 believing that there were no aliens but that for years he had been led around like a (really cute) puppy on a paranormal string. Then it was clear that Mulder and Scully had already seen too much to be mistaken about the existence of extraterrestrial life. But now? Now that we know alien life is real but that the colonization story is false, does that make everything we ever knew clear or does that leave the whole thing fuzzier than a kiwi?

How does Mulder’s latest theory jive with Fight the Future and the aliens gestated by the Black Oil that the Syndicate was clearly afraid of? Because if aliens weren’t out to colonize the planet, Well-Manicured Man died for nothing. Of course, it’s entirely possible that there was a conspiracy above the Syndicate, that someone was deceiving the deceivers and using them to conduct tests on human subjects. Regardless, because of episodes like “One Son” (6×12), it’s undeniable that the Syndicate, at least, truly believed in a coming alien takeover via virus. If it wasn’t the aliens, who took their family members hostage and for what? Who exactly took Samantha?

And how does any of this fit with the mythology of Seasons 8 & 9? Where do the Alien Bounty Hunters come in? The Super Soldiers? William the Ubermensch and the messianic Navajo prophecies???

I’m asking these questions but I’m not foolish enough to expect to get the answers in the very first episode. I’m just wondering where it all leads and hoping it’s headed someplace good. The new broadness allows for flexibility. The lack of focus could potentially end in failure. I’m rooting for you, 1013.

The implications aren’t limited to the plot either. How do Mulder and Scully process as characters the fact that they fought to the death and back, sacrificed everything, and it turns out they’ve been on a fool’s errand for twenty plus years? Mulder and Scully are our heroes. What do we do when it turns out they didn’t know what they were doing for nine seasons? Climactic plot changes are cool and all, but I’m not a Clippers fan. I need to root for a team that wins.

Speaking of my team, by now you’ve heard about the big breakup. I have to say, it went down easier than I expected, probably because I was emotionally prepped for it… and there was champagne. But while I’m relieved that they didn’t go the I Want to Believe route, that Mulder and Scully’s romantic rumble didn’t become the focus of the episode, I still can’t say I’m behind it. Why? I’m glad you asked.

Mulder: How many times have we been here before, Scully? Right here. So close to the truth. And now with what we’ve seen and what we know to be right back at the beginning with nothing.

Scully: This is different, Mulder.

Mulder: No, it isn’t! You were right to want to leave me! You should get as far away from me as you can! I’m not going to watch you die, Scully, because of some hollow personal cause of mine. Go be a doctor. Go be a doctor while you still can.

Scully: I can’t. I won’t. Mulder, I’ll be a doctor but my work is here with you now… Look… if I quit now, they win. – Fight the Future

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Mulder: Scully, I was like you once – I didn’t know who to trust… In the end, my world was unrecognizable and upside down. There was one thing that remained the same. You were my friend, and you told me the truth. Even when the world was falling apart, you were my constant… my touchstone.

Scully: And you are mine. – “The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati” (7×4)

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Scully: You say this is greater than us, and maybe it is. But this is us fighting this fight, Mulder, not you! It’s you and me. That’s what I’m fighting for, Mulder. You and me. – “The Truth” (9×19/20)

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Scully: It’s what made me follow you… and why I’d do it all over again. – “The Truth”

Constants don’t bail because things get difficult. Constants don’t leave you when you’re down. True friendship is born in selflessness and self-sacrifice, because greater love hath no man than this. I have a hard time believing that Scully left a depressed Mulder for the sake of her own sanity, but I’m trusting it’s more nuanced than that and we’ll get the details later. Maybe she left him for his own good and not merely because she was sick of the darkness, because that’s been there, IWTBed that. Whatever the cause of this forced drama, one look at the two of them and you know they can’t stay apart for long, if they’re even really apart at all.

And you can call me Forest Gump because that’s all I have to say about that.

Verdict:

I was driving along on the way to work this morning thinking about The X-Files… you know, like any other day. And I realized that my musings were no longer about The X-Files as a piece of history. These are my musings on a real, live, brand spanking new episode. Hot. Dog.

Last night was the most excited I’ve been about television since The X-Files went off the air. I’ve never been so happy to hear a voiceover in my life. Mulderlogues… I even missed those!!! The first beat of that dulcet monotone and there was dancing and twirling and the raising of hands. And no, it was not a church service.

“My Struggle” isn’t perfect and I know it. But as a Phile, it’s mine and I’ll thank you for it. The clunky and obtuse dialogue, the conversations that threaten major revelations but never actually reveal them, the unceremoniously snipped plot threads… all mine.

The X-Files has its own rhythm, it’s own distinctive style of sci-fi drama. And you have to be able to appreciate the subtle camp of it in order to love it. Or maybe, you have to love it in order to appreciate the subtle camp of it. In terms of the history of the mythology, this doesn’t compare to anything that came between Seasons 2-5. But then, this was all just an excuse to get Mulder and Scully back anyway. Their reasons for working the X-Files are basically the same as before: There’s something big… big, big, big going on, something deeply sinister. And stopping it is personal for them both. Frankly, they both look like they could use some excitement, and so could I.

It’s funny, but as a long time fan, there are both more problems and fewer problems with this episode. More problems because we know the history of The X-Files, fewer problems because we have a history with The X-Files that trumps everything. In the words of the great theologian W. E. Houston, “It’s not right, but it’s okay.”

Despite Chris Carter’s best attempts to make government conspiracies relevant to a new generation, this was about drowning ourselves in a cool pool of nostalgia on a hot summer’s day. What a glorious way to go.

It’s not just the government. Everyone’s out to get you. Now go to sleep.

C+

Superfluous Comments:

Cigarette-Smoking Man – Phantom of the Space Opera

Sveta pulls a Gibson Praise on Scully. And like Gibson before her, she’s the “key to everything.”

“Gethsemene” turned the mythology upside down, put Mulder and Scully at odds, and presented more questions than answers too, but it was much more satisfying as a standalone episode, possibly because it came within the broader context of the series and not at the start of something new.

Mulder needs to stop picking on my “finally in the opening credits” Skinner!

If I were Scully, the fact that I had followed Mulder into a lie would have been a bigger emotional hurdle than his depression. Shouldn’t she have issues with trusting him? She’s lost her sister, alienated herself from the world, and gave up their son because she believed in Mulder and he was sure of what he believed. And speaking of William, the fact that she and Mulder live without fear for their lives means she could have kept him after all.

Not to be a troublemaker, but I wonder if Glen Morgan’s name getting top billing with Chris Carter’s in the closing credits has anything to do with the reverse trajectory of the show…

Mulder first heard from his Old Man informant ten years ago. That means he was onto the jagoff shoeshine tip before IWTB.

We even get a classic Mulder phone ditch. The earth does orbit the sun.

The Asian scientist –  I recognize him as the Asian scientist from “Firewalker” (2×9) and the Asian scientist from “Synchrony” (4×19). I wonder if he puts “plays a mean Asian scientist” on his resume.

You know what I could’ve lived without? I could’ve lived without Tad O’Malley hitting on Scully. You know what else I could’ve lived without? I could’ve lived without Scully mistaking Sveta for Mulder’s new love interest. Yeah. I could’ve lived without that just fine.

Best Quotes:

Mulder: My name is Fox Mulder. {Yeah it is!!!}

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Scully: It’s fear mongering, isolationist claptrap, techno-paranoia so bogus and dangerous and stupid that it borders on treason. {But what do you really think about The X-Files, Scully?}

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Mulder: She’s shot men with less provocation. {Yeah she has!!!}

Tad O’Malley: Funny. I heard you were funny.

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Tad O’Malley: Do you miss it at all? The X-Files?

Scully: As a scientist, it was probably some of the most intense and challenging work I’ve ever done. I’ve never felt so alive.

O’Malley: You mean working with Mulder?

Scully: Possibly one of the most intense and challenging relationships I may ever have. And, quite honestly, the most impossible.

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52 responses to “My Struggle 10×01: Now you got my number.

  1. The actor is Hiro Kanagawa. He’s based in Vancouver and has a lengthy resumé on IMDb, mostly in television scifi.

    You liked this much more than I did. Invalidating their nine years on the X-Files together, making Samantha’s abduction, torture and death essentially meaningless, putting into question everything and every person they’ve lost , including Mulder’s parents, Scully’s sister and William, all so that Carter can reboot the mythology. Thanks, Chris.

    If I sound bitter, I am. I hear tonight’s episode is better.

    I didn’t even enjoy the characters because frankly, I didn’t recognize them.

    • It does invalidate those 9 years, which I don’t appreciate. But I know CC has a tendency to turn plots on their ears and he may do it again come “My Struggle II”. Even so, each episode should be able to stand up as an hour of storytelling on its own, right?

      The characters… are more recognizable in the second outing. Though I’m starting to wonder if we can ever go home again…

  2. I love her claptrap fear mongering quote as well. I was right there with her honestly. Also, colonization was a pretty good endgame so I hope it gets more mention than just a hurried dismissal. Mulder went through the explanation of the conspiracy so quickly that I literally have no idea what the heck he was talking about. I don’t really care what is going on, but I am excited to find out. What mostly matters is that it was so exciting to watch a new episode of The X-Files. I didn’t discover the show until a few years ago so I never got to watch it in the ’90s. In fact, I was completely oblivious to its existence. I’m glad I am no longer oblivious.
    My favorite quote was when Scully tells Mulder he is “on some jag about the x-files”. I my head I was like yes, yes me too.

    • It took me several runs through that conspiracy dialogue before I more or less got it. It was late. LOL!!

      I’m glad you’re no longer oblivious either. The X-Files was/is a phenomenon for a reason. I’m on some jag about the X-Files too!

  3. I was waiting for this. Will read it after I organize my ideas and write mine.

  4. I liked this episode because it felt like an episode of the X-Files: nearly everything that happened has precedent in an earlier episode. I disliked this episode because the bits they chose to recreate tended to be the weaker elements of the show: Mulder’s willingness to be taken in by just about everyone with an interesting story to tell (this whole episode was just shades of Kritschgau, amirite?). Scully putting her foot down at first, only to be very easily convinced only moments later. Long, nearly incomprehensible recitations of baffling conspiracies. Characters and monologues that promise answers but in the end actually say nothing of substance.

    “The new broadness allows for flexibility. The lack of focus could potentially end in failure.”

    Love it! The reboot of the mythology makes me anxious, but I want to believe that they have big plans and it will be revealed that they’ve actually done something quite clever with it. But if they stick with this whole “nothing is true and therefore everything is true” shtick, I’m going to be bitterly disappointed. And seriously, everything they fought for down the drain? It can’t be true, can it?

    “I’m trusting it’s more nuanced than that and we’ll get the details later.”

    Seriously, fingers crossed. I wish I had more faith in the showrunners and could assume that we’re going to get a really satisfying explanation of this, but I just . . . have a complicated relationship with Chris Carter. I figure the odds are 50/50 on him having a really compelling reason for the breakup vs. him just thinking it made it more dramatic. (Not to mention, as far as CC’s aware, all they ever had was #platonicactivity so maybe he didn’t feel the need to have a compelling reason for the breakup.)

    In the end, I’m with you—just to have Mulder and Scully on my screen, along with Skinner’s beautiful bald head, makes me ready to overlook a lot of flaws in the episode. I just worry that this first episode was not the sort to convert new fans to the show; I’d love to get a non-Phile’s take on it, but I think if I were one I would have found it confusing and dour and with only hints of the famed M&S chemistry to keep me invested in their relationship. And if these non-Philes aren’t hooked by the first episode, what are the odds they’ll watch the next episodes? Are we going to lose viewership? Really what I care about here is convincing Fox to make new X-Files episodes a regular thing. So I’m really hoping this first episode didn’t alienate potential fans.

    • I disliked this episode because the bits they chose to recreate tended to be the weaker elements of the show: Mulder’s willingness to be taken in by just about everyone with an interesting story to tell (this whole episode was just shades of Kritschgau, amirite?). Scully putting her foot down at first, only to be very easily convinced only moments later. Long, nearly incomprehensible recitations of baffling conspiracies. Characters and monologues that promise answers but in the end actually say nothing of substance.

      OMW, YES!! Is it too late to plagiarize you for my review???

      And this was almost done to a T back in “Gethsemene” with Kritschgau. Only it was easier to believe both Kritschgau and that Mulder would believe Kritschgau because of where the characters stood in their journey on the series. The difficulty “My Struggle” has is that nothing is happening in context. Every new element is forced to come out of the blue, for good and for ill.

      The reboot of the mythology makes me anxious, but I want to believe that they have big plans and it will be revealed that they’ve actually done something quite clever with it. But if they stick with this whole “nothing is true and therefore everything is true” shtick, I’m going to be bitterly disappointed. And seriously, everything they fought for down the drain? It can’t be true, can it?

      If they retcon everything that happened in the series proper, I’m prepared to ignore that because it would be ridiculous. But I’m holding out both hope and judgement until “My Struggle II” when CC warns there’ll be a major cliffhanger. CC likes to play plot games and he may be fooling Mulder, and us, yet again. But as I think I said in the review for “Per Manum”, that’s a dangerous game. Change things too much too often and the audience won’t know whether to invest and trust in the story or not.

      I wish I had more faith in the showrunners and could assume that we’re going to get a really satisfying explanation of this, but I just . . . have a complicated relationship with Chris Carter.

      You too???

      I figure the odds are 50/50 on him having a really compelling reason for the breakup vs. him just thinking it made it more dramatic.

      The breakup is “honest to their relationship,” I believe he called it…

      I just worry that this first episode was not the sort to convert new fans to the show; I’d love to get a non-Phile’s take on it, but I think if I were one I would have found it confusing and dour and with only hints of the famed M&S chemistry to keep me invested in their relationship.

      You and I share the exact same concern. This is, basically, a brand new show. They need time to figure out how to do this thing in a new way that suits them. I just want them to have the time and scope to do that. And I want good stories that make Mulder and Scully shine.

  5. HAHA I knew you’d bring up Gibson, too! I kept screaming his name at my screen, especially when the mind reading came up.

    I’m definitely willing to give the mythology rejig a ‘pass’ at the moment because most mythology eps in the series were two/three parters but they mostly aired one right after the other (with the exceptions of season finales/premieres) and the first parts usually felt like this – a bit jumbled and confusing and meandering and then in part two it starts to make a bit more sense…that’s what I’m REALLY hoping for.

    I’m still really curious about the Super Soldiers and such as well cause that’s really the only thing that seems to stick out like a sore thumb in all of this re-working. I am down for the whole idea that maybe the Syndicate was only part of a larger whole AND maybe they were the only ones in the whole “multi-national elite” who were working with the aliens because they were trying to save their own butts (like they did…) … [I went into this in my reactions post as well]

    SO many emotions and so many things to think about – it wasn’t the BEST episode by any means but it was so wonderful to have a new episode of The X-Files to sink my teeth in to and to have Mulder/Scully/Skinner on my screen again! It’s a glorious day!

    Bring on episode 2!

    • She is the new Gibson! She even randomly drops knowledge about the state of Mulder and Scully’s relationship. So Gibson.

      Now that you say that, it’s true. The mythology eps never had to start the audience from absolute scratch… well, except for “The Truth” which was a complete failure of exposition… and they didn’t have to cram the information all into one episode. They could pace it and spread it out over two or three. “My Struggle” was trying to do so much between rebooting the mythology, bringing us up to speed on Mulder and Scully and setting up a new through line.

      I just can’t believe I watched a new episode of TXF live. I haven’t watched commercials like this since I used to record TXF on VHS and stop and start before and after commercial break. The dedication was real.

      • I kept wishing he’d just pop up out of nowhere and just stare at them all “really, guys? we’ve been here before, remember?”

        [The mythology eps never had to start the audience from absolute scratch…]

        THIS is very true…I will admit my fiance (who has only seen a few eps) wasn’t really too involved in this episode (he liked episode 2 though!) but my parents, who are casual XF viewers (they’ve seen every ep but aren’t as obsessive about the mythology and characters as I am) really liked this one. So I guess there’s a happy medium out there for truly enjoying this episode and being ok with the turn the mythology has taken…

        [I used to record TXF on VHS and stop and start before and after commercial break.]

        ME TOO!!!!!!! It’s so surreal to be able to watch this show with the technology we have now…

        • I think the true obsessives are almost impossible to please. But when we’re pleased, we’re obsessively pleased. Which is how we become obsessive. And the cycle continues…

          Really, though, most of the fans are gushing over it which is a relief to me. I want brand new X-Philes!!

  6. Loved reading your commentary on our BRAND NEW XFILES EPISODE!!!! Gah! It’s so exciting to have the episode and have you here to break it all down with intelligence, honesty and adoration. Woot! Bring on 10×2!

  7. The whole time I just kept thinking, “I’m watching a NEW episode of the X-Files! AHHHH!” It felt strange, to be honest. Like…it’s kind of similar, but also not. I’ve heard that the episodes get better and that this one was a bit exposition heavy. I’m really looking forward to the MOTW ones. I’ve never been in love with the mythology episodes anyway (except for a select few), so I kind of figured I wouldn’t love this one. It wasn’t bad, I just hate that it seems everything that we knew is being erased. I agree that Scully should be more pissed about that than anything else. It would get me back in the game, if I was her, just to finally figure out what the heck happened to me. I’d also be really pissed about the whole William situation. It truly seems that there is now no reason that she should have given him up. I guess we’ll have to wait and see where this all goes. Didn’t we know that Scully had alien DNA after all that she’s been through or am I just making that up? I thought she had junk DNA that was activated or something. Everything is all a jumble in my brain.

    I, too, felt that the break-up was easier to take. I do hope that they justify it more than Mulder was depressed…but I’m not holding out hope. They honestly didn’t feel at odds at all. The whole time I felt this longing between the two of them to recapture what they had so they can finally be together again. I imagine that this feeling will only grow stronger as the episodes progress. Hopefully, if there are more seasons, they don’t drag it out until it’s dead again. Buuuuut that’s like asking them to create a plot point and then ask them not to invalidate it. I could also have done without Tad hitting on Scully, but the way she talks about him it seems like she just didn’t want to say no considering that they were using him for information. I didn’t get the impression that Scully thought Mulder was interested in Sveta…more like he’s taking all of this stuff too far again. If he had that informant since 2006, that might have been what got him holed up in his office in IWTB. At least we have SOME explanation for that.

    My favorite parts were the Mulder and Scully scenes. It still feels strange to be watching them again, but I really liked their interactions. They definitely didn’t feel like the painful and out of character ones in IWTB. Progress! Again, I can’t want to see them really work together again in the MOTW episodes.

    I love that they kept the original credits! And Mitch was finally included. That was nice.

    I’ve only watched it once and I’m still riding the high of its newness and the weird feelings it brings, but overall I enjoyed it and I can’t wait for more!

    • Hold that thought… I’m on the road today but I’m going to have a proper sit down and come back to this.

    • Same here. I really didn’t have my expectations up for the mythology since its reputation precedes it. But the MOTW episodes… Morgan & Wong practically invented those. And Darin Morgan perfected them. For the first episode, I was mainly looking forward to it being the first episode. So, yeah… it had Carter’s trademark obliqueness and lots of hurried exposition, but I wasn’t emotionally invested in it being perfect. I am, though, worried about them erasing, YET AGAIN, plots that cause them problems. I’m disappointed that 1013 hasn’t worked out that bad habit.

      And if I were Scully, finding out I dedicated my life to a lie, that I was led around like a fool and lost everything for nothing, THAT would send me into a fury. Mulder’s depression? The man has always been at the borderline of sanity. What else is new?

      I was thinking, while I’d also be upset about William, maybe she still thinks she did what she had to because there *was* a conspiracy, alien or not, and he was still at risk? I still think that should dredge up some powerful emotions about what she felt she was forced to do with her son.

      And I think that with Tad, Scully clearly didn’t like him and was probably using the opportunity to fish information from him, find out what he was up to. The whole champagne/limo thing was still jarring initially though. I was going, “Wait. What???”

  8. Liked the episode well enough. Just glad to have them back, honestly. Not sure I’m super on board with a C+ when the The Truth was a B- but I suppose you’re taking them in a bubble and not comparatively so I can understand that.

    I’m enjoying the updated production value, and I’m really glad they didn’t cut to the credits directly after the pictures and showed some special effects for the Michael Bay fans out there. I don’t want to believe that Chris is going to retcon and/or can everything we know but like others have said, it’s a tenuous relationship. LOVED the opening credits, squealed like a teenage girl.

    Bought the breakup well enough, despite your points, and here is why: She still knows his number. She still calls him. They still find their own reasons to see each other. They might not be in bed together (which Mulder is almost humorously bitter about… He straight channeled some Hank Moody-esque snarkiness with a couple of his lines, ouch! And I kinda enjoyed Scully’s, “I’m just going to smile tightly at you and pretend you didn’t say that.”), but she’s still there for him. And if he’s not on a descent into madness and has something of substance they can dive in on, well this episode proved she would do it. I get your reasoning though. And I agree. I really hope we get a more selfless explanation than what I imagine we will end up with, given the writers on staff for the mini-season.

    We got about 2/3rd’s of what I was hoping for, and we managed to avoid Scully outright crying at any point (though she came close, but I refuse to believe that was from Chris’s dumb insinuation, and more from the welp, I’ve lost him again, he’s off onto crazy), so that was a plus. Interested in seeing what you thought of tonight’s, from one of your comments above. We might not be able to go home, but I’m not completely upset at where we’re laying new foundation.

    • Funny you should say that, because I actually compared this and The a Truth when I graded it. *innocent face*

      They’re both explosions of exposition, but The Truth has better characterization, emotion, and humor… for me, at least. When it’s not projectile vomitting facts.

      It’s clear they’re still for each other, which is part of why it’s easier to take than I anticipated. I’m just glad it’s not getting too much focus one way or the other.

      But OMW, the credits!!! And Skinner! It was perfection.

      We got slightly better than I was expecting. And I’m with you. Scully has some spunk again! You can feel my relief from here, I’m sure.

  9. (I haven’t read everyone else’s comments yet, so Please stay with me if I’m redundant.)

    Okay, here’s my thing. I was waiting for this for this…This…THIS…but, what?!

    The Mythology; the only good thing about it is that the writers forgot about the last two seasons as much as we did. Scully’s in the game because of HER abduction, BUT NOT MULDER’S?!!! Okay, not gonna complain on that one, because Scully’s abduction (and it’s storyline/after math) was SO MUCH BETTER THEN MULDER’S (and Scully’s only took the time it takes a 25 year old to have a baby; CC really lucked out on writing one of his main character’s storylines based on trying to figure out what he’d do while she was having a baby 18 or so months after he launched the show. I mean, he LITERALLY got his Scully storyline from Gillian getting pregnant so soon after her first marriage; he should really thank her for that…).

    Bad Things: WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE!!! DID YOU REALLY FORGET SEASON 5, CC? Really? Because, I was under this weird impression that you wrote it. If you ever get around to it, please remember IT-DIDN’T-WORK.

    Mulder and Scully are broken up. Why do they act like they want to jump into the deep end together when we first see them on the street before they meet Tad? Seriously, they look like teenagers who are friends, but not really friends, but really?, do we really want to go out? oh you’re so HOT, I M-I-S-S-U! Tryn’, not tryn’ to kiss you… Mulder and Scully still CLEARLY love each other; stop trying to be coy with us, Chris Carter.

    Speaking of which, Scully DIAGNOSED Mulder with Depression. Wow. Gee, Scull-bags, (as Gillian calls her), where were you the ENTIRE series. Mulder has had Dysthimia since you met him! Yes, the ‘Minor Depression’ that’s prone to turn into real, hard core, Major Depressive Disorder that you apparently DIAGNOSED him with. Bloody! 1013 took a nap on real psychology while they apparently let Scully take her psychiatry internship. I wonder if they ever let her do her internship in OB. Nahh; now she’s working in Baby Plastics (!).

    You don’t like George W. Bush. We get it, Christ Carter. Maybe if you grow up and read the law, you’ll learn that Uncle Joe, Mr. Tuna Label, Biden wrote the most restrictive parts of the Patriot Act…BEFORE 9/11. (Why do I know obscure things about Biden? I’m from DE. It’s a small state. We know all his stuff…for better or for worse…Plus, small state, I’ve met him…for all the credit he took for it in the ’90’s, the dolphin safe tuna label wasn’t even his bill). And saying 9/11 was just a conspiracy hoax is just plain disrespectful; I’m sure CC felt safe enough in his boarded up house on the West Coast on 9/11, but some of use on the East Coast Mid-Atlantic lost our childhood while we watched planes fall from the sky an hour or two away from us. What about the cover-up of Fort Hood, and Bengazi, and the way the government failed us with the Boston Marathon Bombing? Give Presidents good or bad credit where credit’s due.

    Gillian’s Scully is off. Dear Gillian, Your hair is red now. Please play Scully with her signature heart on her sleeve, and not Stella or Bedelia from The Fall and Hannibal, respectively, who underplay everything. Love, one of your biggest fans, Kate.

    SKINNER!!! CANCER MAN (that immortal, immoral jerk!)! New Characters!….not so much. Tad and Sveta kinda sucked.

    Please get on to the monster of the week eps soon!!!!

    The Good: MULDER AND SCULLY ARE BACK!!! AND THEY’RE AT LEAST STILL WISE-GUYS…to each other AND everyone else!!!

    All and all, mission on way to success in my eyes.

    • The Mythology; the only good thing about it is that the writers forgot about the last two seasons as much as we did.

      RIGHT???

      Bad Things: WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE!!! DID YOU REALLY FORGET SEASON 5, CC? Really? Because, I was under this weird impression that you wrote it.

      We sure have! And not only that, but I was thinking yesterday… He wiped out the Syndicate and started the mythology over when he was tired of that plot too. And their deaths really didn’t resolve anything. You know I love CC and The X-Files, but its bad habits are showing right out of the gate.

      And the Scully Medicine. Who is she, the second coming of Hippocrates? I wish I could copy what you wrote here and disseminate it freely. I only hope the entire internet shows up to read your comment.

      For that matter, if he’s that bad off, you wouldn’t want to trigger an episode by further eroding his world. Mulder may be depressed, but he doesn’t give the impression of someone with a major depressive disorder of crippling levels. At least not this episode.

      Also, I’m 100% with you on the politics. They’re teetering on the edge of making TXF political, but outside of a tangible distrust of vague governmental authorities, I think they’d be better off staying away from anything too specific. TXF always functioned best as an allegory, not as anything preachy.

      Gillian’s Scully is off. Dear Gillian, Your hair is red now. Please play Scully with her signature heart on her sleeve, and not Stella or Bedelia from The Fall and Hannibal, respectively, who underplay everything.

      My word, woman. Have my notes been leaked on the interwebs??? You’re like the third person today… Please stop previewing my next post.

      Thanks,
      Salome

  10. Did anyone else feel like, when Sveta lifted her shirt to show her stomach full of melon baller scars that M and S might be like, hey, that looks a little different? Instead of, yeah, yeah, we’ve seen it all before.

    I think, excited though I am to have it back, 6 episodes is tough to turn the mythology on its head and, essentially, start from scratch (no green blood?! No super soldiers? ?). This episode felt rushed and forced, and much more like a reboot than a classic episode. I can’t say I’m entirely thrilled by the way it panned out, but somehow DD and GA still have the chemistry that kept me hanging on umpteen years ago.

    I’m so glad you’re on the ball and reviewing away! Some of us have exploding heads over all the excitement!

    • I definitely got the feeling they were trying to show us that Mulder & Scully dealt with a lot more alien abduction stories in their work then we ever saw… which is interesting since I remember that at one point (Requiem?) the show directly tied the number of cases Mulder & Scully had worked on to the number of episodes. Though we know that can’t be exactly right since there’s a lost year between the Pilot and Season 1. Ah, well. Whatever. I guess they interviewed a lot more abductees than we knew about.

      I think, excited though I am to have it back, 6 episodes is tough to turn the mythology on its head and, essentially, start from scratch (no green blood?! No super soldiers? ?). This episode felt rushed and forced, and much more like a reboot than a classic episode. I can’t say I’m entirely thrilled by the way it panned out, but somehow DD and GA still have the chemistry that kept me hanging on umpteen years ago.

      I feel the exact same way. There’s a time crunch here that forced “My Struggle” to struggle a wee too much. And it certainly isn’t spectacular apart from the fact that Mulder and Scully are back together again, hunting ETs and chasing monsters in the dark. But it’s a start and I feel like as long as the show has them, it has some place to go and grow. The ratings being what they were, schedules permitting, I’m sure we’ll get more episodes. And if so, it’ll have the chance to find its feet and improve, not as The X-Files of old but as a new incarnation… with its own set of strengths and weaknesses.

  11. Jonathan Mastrojohn

    I know how crazy this is gonna sound, but – this episode was surreal. The show was disguised as an X-File, but wasn’t pulling it off. Like, I felt like I was watching The X-Files, but not *really* the X-Files. More like I was watching an episode of Californication where Gillian Anderson made a guest appearance while Hank Moody was trying to research his new sci-fi novel. For example Scully’s red hair was straight, but a little *too* straight, you know? And Mulder was uh… characteristically exuberant, but a little *too* characteristically exuberant. It’s like a writer who’d never seen The X-Files except for “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'” and “Bad Blood” was hired to write the script for “My Struggle,” or better yet, as if “My Struggle” was written by Roky Crikenson.

    My take on Sveta: she’s beautiful and charming enough for Scully to be believably jealous when she saw her at Hank Moody’s …erm, Mulder’s house in what looked like a bathrobe, but also sheepish and whiny enough that I was glad when her car exploded. Sveta had less character depth than the holes laser-drilled into Duane Barry’s teeth.

    Favorite line in the form of a #ScullyBomb in the vein of “I doubt she’s even a blonde” was “Your tests came back negative.” (I practically cheered on my couch.)

    Favorite tweet about this episode: The FBI has a test for alien DNA but they can’t reliably detect EDTA to find out if a blood sample has been tampered with. #MakingAMurderer

    Did anyone notice the pencils (still!) stuck in the ceiling of the X-Files office in the scene with Mulder and Skinner, right before Mulder calls Skinner on his cell phone and walks out? Did anyone else think Skinner looked REALLY good, he aged better even than M&S.

    FACT(?): The most times Scully has been non-jokingly referred to as “Dana” in a single episode.

    Mulder and Tad trying to impress Scully on the couch by taking turns doing “Conspiracy Slam Poetry” while Sveta watches on like a fourth wheel, like the odd guy at a spin-the-bottle session while we’re visually inundated with faux and real stock-footage, ADHD/MTV music video style. Whoever wrote those technobabble monologues must have had the song “Biology 101” performed by Kool Keith’s “Dr. Octagon” persona on repeat in the background – please go on YouTube and type in “Dr. Octagon – Biology 101” and listen to the five minute track and see what I mean. Please. Really.

    Emily Michelle nailed it in the post above about the “incomprehensible recitations” and monologues that “promise answers” but say “nothing of substance.” Totally nailed it.

    Then there’s this: You say a line. Now I say a line. You say a word. Now I say a word. – The dialogue between Mulder and the old scientist dude with the fisherman’s hat was very cut-and-paste, like they were just running lines back and forth as fast as possible, so they could both get the BLANKITY BLANK back to their BLEEEPIN’ trailers, and the camera happened to be rolling so the director said “BLEEP IT, we’ll use that so the crew can wrap early.”

    Overall, I just didn’t get what Mulder was so worked up about. I think even Scully at one point in front of his house said something like “Mulder what are you talking about,” right around the time when he started dropping every cliched X-Files one-liner that he could fit into the scene, hands on Scully’s shoulders Bad Blood style like he’s about to ask her to do a pointless autopsy.

    For what it’s worth, I rewatched the episode on HULU and it’s much better/coherent without the constant commercials. Still, I have some friends who never saw the X-Files and watched this episode as their first episode. After witnessing their “meh” response I felt compelled to (almost embarrassingly) tell them afterwards that this episode was not representative of what the X-Files are all about.

    • The show was disguised as an X-File, but wasn’t pulling it off. Like, I felt like I was watching The X-Files, but not *really* the X-Files… It’s like a writer who’d never seen The X-Files except for “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’” and “Bad Blood” was hired to write the script for “My Struggle,” or better yet, as if “My Struggle” was written by Roky Crikenson.

      Oooo… this is actually in the write up for the next review. But to me so far, the revival feels like modern TV trying to do The X-Files rather than The X-Files does modern TV.

      My take on Sveta: she’s beautiful and charming enough for Scully to be believably jealous when she saw her at Hank Moody’s …erm, Mulder’s house in what looked like a bathrobe, but also sheepish and whiny enough that I was glad when her car exploded.

      Hahahahaha!

      Favorite tweet about this episode: The FBI has a test for alien DNA but they can’t reliably detect EDTA to find out if a blood sample has been tampered with. #MakingAMurderer

      The X-Files. Being real-world since 1993.

      Did anyone notice the pencils (still!) stuck in the ceiling of the X-Files office in the scene with Mulder and Skinner, right before Mulder calls Skinner on his cell phone and walks out? Did anyone else think Skinner looked REALLY good, he aged better even than M&S.

      I’m sure everyone noticed. But didn’t those pencils fall down on Monica Reyes in “Nothing Important Happened Today” or “Nothing Important Happened Today II”? Mulder has some arm on him to get those that wedged up in there.

      And I’m LOVING the Skinner beard. Mitch Pileggi looks awesome. Gillian looks amazing too… when she’s not wearing that embarrassing wig.

      FACT(?): The most times Scully has been non-jokingly referred to as “Dana” in a single episode.

      I’m pretty sure this is a fact. Yes.

      It was starting to make me oddly uncomfortable – like hearing about your parents’ sex life.

      Mulder and Tad trying to impress Scully on the couch by taking turns doing “Conspiracy Slam Poetry”

      I’m stealing this. Thanks. You’re welcome.

      please go on YouTube and type in “Dr. Octagon – Biology 101” and listen to the five minute track and see what I mean. Please. Really.

      Will do!

      Overall, I just didn’t get what Mulder was so worked up about. I think even Scully at one point in front of his house said something like “Mulder what are you talking about,” right around the time when he started dropping every cliched X-Files one-liner that he could fit into the scene, hands on Scully’s shoulders Bad Blood style like he’s about to ask her to do a pointless autopsy.

      Me neither and I thought the same thing. It was so exaggerated it was straight out of “Bad Blood”!

      Still, I have some friends who never saw the X-Files and watched this episode as their first episode. After witnessing their “meh” response I felt compelled to (almost embarrassingly) tell them afterwards that this episode was not representative of what the X-Files are all about.

      This is EXACTLY what I was afraid of. What’s holding this afloat is the rabid love of fans.

  12. Maybe Mulder and Scully are able to live without fear BECAUSE William was given up by them so completely that they are not a way to find him. Or because one day when he’d grown they will be a way to find him and they’re lives are preserved until it is time that William is needed for some purpose by those who wished them all ill.

    • But what about the Super Soldiers that were out to kill Mulder? Especially since if Mulder lives, William will supposedly become a weapon against them?

      Then again, who am I kidding. Mulder was back at the F.B.I. in IWTB without fear. Some things are best left unexplained.

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  14. In case everyone hasn’t already read this – https://mobile.twitter.com/jkmuir/status/692407017097531392

    Some EXCELLENT points here. Worth the read!

  15. We’re back!! So happy that M&S are back. But you are right, not all is good. Certainly we didn’t expect paradise. This episode is like comfort food, great to have on a cold winter’s night but it’s not steak dinner at a five star restaurant. I’ll take whatever we can get though just too see DD and Gillian together. Hopefully the stiffness wears off on our favorite duo. Maybe they just need time to become comfortable in their old skin. I did hear that Gillian had trouble getting into character with Scully, it’d been too long.
    I agree the cinematography was excellent. However, the flow of the episode seemed a little stilted, too many gaps to get from point to point.
    I can believe that M&S are not together. After all didn’t Scully say in Trust No One, the “truest truths are what hold us together, or keep us painfully apart.” Maybe the truth here is that aside from the X-Files and William, they really had little in common to hold them together. They can’t even seem to grieve or commiserate together as seen in IWTB and the next episode. I wanted to comment on this more in IWTB, I just hadn’t found the time. It’s obvious they still care very much for one another as seen when Todd mentions the phrase”for better or for worse”, Mulder turns to Scully and says “yes, for better or worse”. He seems to show some bit of resentment towards Scully because she’s “moved on” and he hadn’t. Then later, Scully’s green monster rears its head when she sees Sveta at Mulder’s. Her reaction reminded me of the time she saw Diana grab Mulders hand when Gibson was in the hospital in The End. Anyway, we can only hope they find their way back to each other.

    • I was thinking about that for better or for worse thing. That’s an awful lot like marriage vows which led me to get a kinda off-the-wall idea. While Chris Carter is currently blaming their breakup on Mulder’s depression, what I sort of imagined happening was this: After the events of the second movie, Mulder’s allowed to do shit again – so he starts badgering Scully for more of her time and attention, and she’s frustrated, because she actually wants him to not depend on her so much now that he has freedom. In a last ditch effort for Mulder to hang on to Scully – he kinda unofficially proposes. When she turns him down, they separate their “relationship”, but you know are still friends, cuz Mulder can’t let go. You know, that part about “I owe you everything and you owe me nothing.” Mulder’s just taking what he can get. As a result of that, he says, “F*** it. Now I don’t really have anything to care about”, and becomes a recluse. Okay, that’s my theory that almost explains it. Otherwise, I got nothing. And it all happened because of the For better or worse line, and Scully’s scared/resigned face during it. *sigh*

  16. I am so, so glad that this site is back! And I am trying really, really hard to be glad that this show is back! There was something so wonderful about sitting down to watch a NEW episode of The X-Files, terrible Chris Carter monologue intro and all, complete with the same old theme song. Amazing!!

    But. Did we really need an entirely new mythology? Maybe it doesn’t matter because I can never truly understand it anyway, it just feels like there could have been other ways to get M&S back at work again and with The X-Files reopened. “A mad burst of baloney” feels like a really good way to describe it. I also thought that some of the acting/directing and dialogue was pretty hammy — that terrible porch scene where Mulder weirdly holds Scully’s shoulders the whole time. I assume that’s the result of poor direction, but I really thought it interfered with their delivery of the (already clunky) dialogue in that scene.

    And, finally. The breakup. I cannot abide. It just feels so manufactured (and if this goes on to be more than just one new season, I don’t know that I can watch them starting at square one and dragging it out just for the sake of it), and so contrary to their previous characterization — as you very aptly pointed out with your quotes from previous episodes. That these two people would ever give up on each other is absurd to me. I am legitimately upset about this as a plot point. (Also, I had carefully avoided reading any spoilers before I watched the first episode and so was not prepared for this — admittedly, it’s taking me some time to adjust.)

    So, in conclusion, GAH. I don’t know that I should be upset about the revival of one of my all-time favorite shows, but maybe some things are better left alone. . . .

    • Really, thanks a lot!! Glad to be back!

      And thanks for proving that the breakup was the one and only necessary spoiler. I’m sorry. I gonna need more than a few minutes to work that out. Had I not mentally and emotionally steeled myself that would’ve wrecked me for the entire episode? What do you mean she left him?!?!?!?!

      I also thought that some of the acting/directing and dialogue was pretty hammy

      *cough*yep*cough*

      so contrary to their previous characterization… That these two people would ever give up on each other is absurd to me.

      It’s absurd to me too. At least as it stands it is. I’m hoping that they give us something more solid than a vague, “You diagnosed him with depression,” to hang our mental jackets upon. If it was tied to their mutual disappointment over finding out they’d been chasing a lie all these years, or if it came from Scully’s desire to somehow help Mulder and shock him back to life, maybe we’d have something to work with at least.

      I guess we’ll see if we can go home again.

  17. I agree with most of the comments. I know the acting was a bit hammy but we have to give them a chance as they back on the screen after so many years. I hope the next episodes will be solid. As I am in UK just got to see this one yesterday. I am so happy to see Mulder and Scully back that I am able to forgive the small mistakes. Its like living a dream. Who would have thought we can hear “I am agent Scully and this is agent Mulder” and “Scully its me” or “Mulder its me” again. Its so nostalgic. I am just glad its back. I am just worried that this mythology might be too much for new fans. But for old philes like us just Mulder and Scully on screen would do for now. I cannot wait to watch the next episodes 😊.

    • I want you to know it gets better. As of this week especially, it gets exponentially better. If we were already happy just to have them back, we’re downright inspired now.

      • Yey!!!! Glad to know. I have been looking at the ratings you gave to the next episodes and I can not wait to watch them. When the revival was announced I was hoping that you would come back and start wrting again. Looks like all my wishes are coming true 😊😊. Cheers to the x files, mulder and scully and to you Salome for writing wonderful reviews.

  18. It didn’t look for me much like Scully’s jealousy for Sveta. I more looked like sad desperation of alcoholic’s wife about him obtaining new pretty boon companion.

  19. *spoilers* (if you had any doubt).

    I am late to this. Just watched it. Heart and head full of excitement with a smidgen of the usual fan-boy “no, you can’t do that!” kind-of outrage. Have read your wonderful review and the plethora of lustrous comments in the wake of viewing the episode, so please forgive this swimming head any lack of cohesion it may have, just as I forgive the episode for any lack of cohesion it may have, well mostly.

    First off. Has the show become more liberal or what? M&S both got laid in the first episode. Really? Scully didn’t even sleep with that hottie of an underwear model in s.4’s ‘Never Again’. Okay, so he was psychotic and Jody Foster was speaking to him in the guise of a tattoo (yes, I love this show), but still, boy how things have changed. I blame shows like Grace and Frankie for making casual sex among the elderly (or near-elderly in this case) en vogue.

    I didn’t realise this would be a reboot. How naive I was. Good call though. They’ve clearly jettisoned much of s.8, which new conspiracy-angle looked weak next to its renewed and sharp stand-alone’s; and all of s.9, which was mostly hideous, period; but this whole “no, it was the government all along” proposal is insulting to fans. Not because of its value or lack of therin as a story-line, but rather that it was very much explored in s.5. I’m pretty sure that until little Gibson showed up, Mulder’s new faith, or rather his then lack-of was the major story arc of that season. What adds insult to this old (tired, rehashed, cut-pasted…) injury is the fact that M&S have no recollection of this either. Shame on you CC for you have egg on your face yet again. I hope you’re going somewhere different with this where you can give your outstanding fans the honour they deserve. Now get out of my office!

    I love what one poster termed something-like conspiracy beat poetry. What other show can perform it with such straight-faced passion though? This spirited jargon is part of The X-Files. CSI had terminology, but The X-Files elevates theirs.

    Also, I had no problem with Mulder’s long intro. It felt apt after all this time, and really, was it any worse than s.2’s opening soliloquy? Sill, I can’t help recall the ‘Simpsons’ parody of Mulder in a field waxing conspiracy whilst a lot of time and outdoor lighting conditions change.

    Did you get a load of that cinematography? I thought with only six episodes it would be a budget exercise or a Fox-lite production. I could actually visualise Kersh at his desk itemising the accounts (wonder if we’ll see that old misery face again?). It really did look stunning.

    I must say Salome, I’m surprised you thought the opener and closer of s.9 was better than this. I certainly don’t miss Scully’s weeping (she must have had stocks in Kleenex through season 9) or the Super Superfluous’s (oops, I mean Soldiers). Moreover, I have a confession. I haven’t come late to this episode just because I’m in the UK (it premiered on C5 about a week a go); I was terrified of the disappointment. So, much to my surprise the show is intact. Despite trying to sideline major story arcs, Scully’s “is she blond, isn’t she blond?” conundrum, repeating rather than simply revisiting old ground; most importantly, Mulder and Scully have that chemistry. The ultimate duo. We care because they care AND they care about each other.

    Still, some other things did puzzle me (I’m looking at you CC). Why is Scully little miss ignorant again? I’m pretty sure she was a believer from s.8. Boggles the mind. I mean if anyone needs a psychiatric diagnosis.

    On that subject. I can buy Mulder’s depression and why the duo are not romantically together anymore. He does look rather tired (though glad his delivery is still all there) and I truly believe M&S have nothing without the conspiracies. I think they just got bored. It was silly to have them together in the first place. I mean, can you imagine “can you make me a cup of tea dear?”. Yawnfest.

    No Vince Gilligan? :/ Someone will have to write a comedy episode, surely. I mean they’re among the best episodes of the show.

    Also Salome, this did indeed remind me of s.1 & 2, which is probably why I am very much elated, despite some of the CC slaps in the face. All that’s missing is that early 90’s synth/piano score bursting with intrigue. Well, can’t have everything and at least we don’t have to deal with that meandering score which purveyed much of s.6 onward (you know the one I mean!).

    On a final note. The Skinman is back! Great as others said to see him in the opening credits, but wasn’t he also in s.8 & 9?

    • LOL! I don’t think Mulder or Scully actually slept with Sveta or Tad. I think CC’s just messing with us because he thinks he can keep our interest by pulling on the threads of Mulder and Scully’s love life. He already has our interest which is why we’re all here and why the show’s back in the first place, so it’s all silly and superfluous. Tell him, won’t you?

      And why CC swears in nearly every interview that this isn’t a reboot and that he wouldn’t come back for that, that they wouldn’t come back just for nostalgia’s sake but only to do something innovative, a reboot is *exactly* what this was at least initially. It’s like he had a Word document open and unsaved, the computer crashed, he restarted it, and half the information he had worked on and been miraculously lost. I get that sometimes it’s easier to start again without the baggage of the past, but the show is its past so… But let me stop because I hated the post-Season 7 mythology and I’m not actually upset to see it go, just disappointed at how it went.

      As far as the monologue, I personally enjoyed it for old times’ sake. And no, nothing can be worse than the opening to “Little Green Men”, except perhaps the opening to “Emily”.

      I thought the premiere of Season 9, while not fantabulous, was much more coherent and focused. “The Truth” failed in terms of vomiting up exposition, but the parts of it that were good were really, really good, namely Mulder’s scenes with the dead and Mulder and Scully’s scenes together. Outside of the opening and my general excitement at having the show back at long last, nothing here had me jumping up and down.

      Also, I don’t think Mulder and Scully finally coming together was anything but a natural outcome. BUT, nobody needs or wants to see them completely domesticated. That doesn’t make for exciting television. 90% of their relationship happened off screen. Why can’t that still be true?

  20. I couldn’t really ever buy into the M&S romance before, but I could especially in ‘Babylon’. Weird.

  21. The season is too “thick” on conspiracy. What took seasons and/or multiple episodes to develop a solid conspiracy in the first iteration of the X-Files now is all dumped into a tight month. It’s like eating cake that’s too rich… you want it, but it overwhelms you. This revival will die without new and engaging stories. The cigarette smoking man used to be a wonderful anomaly, now he’ll be a regular? Not enjoying this so far.

    • The whole season is a stuffed version of TXF rather than a condensed version. There’s a difference. They’re trying to do a little too much in too little time. I suspect there’ll be a next time based on the ratings. Maybe they’ll have another episode or two to slow things down and let them unfold more naturally?

  22. I was – am – a massive fan of the series from 1993 onwards. I’ve seen every episode 20, 30, 40, 50 times. I truly am a fan. I’m profoundly disappointed with what Carter has done to the mythology, because it simply can’t exist alongside the original mythology.

    I’m here on the recommendation of steamgrrl, who I’ve been talking to on AV Club about this (I am TC over there for some reason) – I’ve posted a huge amount about it, which I may contribute over here if you feel like reading the angst of a fan who truly believed in this revival, who waited til My Struggle II to pass judgement… and who wants to cry at what Carter has done to our show.

    Actually, when you come to review the finale, I’ll give my one paragraph story of how you can tie up not just the syndicate, but the alien replicants from season 8/9 and the abductions in Requiem, with this new story. It can be made to fit – but not how Carter has written it. Surprisingly, it really does only take a small amount of retconning of the new retconning to make it fit. I’m not a fanfic person, I’ve never written a story before, so I have no idea if my ideas would work. But I’ve been driven to try 🙂

    Anyway: I’m posting here just to make a plea: Can we all agree not to call the newer hybrids “super soldiers”? See, that was the dishonest explanation given to Doggett by Noel Rohrer, to give him something plausible to believe in (kind of like when The Elder took Scully to the traincar in 731 to prove to her that it was just humans doing experimentation, not aliens – a plausible story that fitted with her experience).

    We know they’re not soldiers, we know the story was a lie, but for some reason everyone calls them “super soldiers”, which implies something completely different. They’re simply alien-human hybrids, with one key difference from the previous experimental hybrids: they have alien conscience and consciousness, they are driven by this biology to enact whatever their role in colonisation is (Billy Miles, for example, is driven to destroy the newer hybrid experimentation facilities).

    So, just a plea from a mid-40s guy to call them what they are – alien replicants, alien-human hybrids.

    Please 🙂

    • Welcome!! We do a lot of angst over here…

      I’d love to hear your thoughts on the finale, which as of now I’ve only seen once so I can’t fully pass judgement. But if you can mold it into making sense with all that came before it, then true kudos, my friend. I can’t wait to hear it.

      As far as the Super Soldiers… Billy Miles certainly wasn’t an army experiment, neither was Mulder, so it was clear from the get-go that Knowle Rohrer’s story was suspect. But I think “Super Soldiers” will still stick because A). That was the name CC gave them to differentiate them from what came before, otherwise we’d all get confused since there have been several variations on the alien-human hybrid theme. B). They’re officially named as such and it’s in the common discourse – I don’t think the fandom could change it now. C). They’re not American soldiers, but they are a fighting force to aid in colonization. That’s their purpose, unlike the previous hybrids that were merely the means of survival for the Syndicate.

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  24. Call me crazy but I actually think this is just a new red herring for Mulder. He already had a “it was the military all along” arc before and they were wrong again. Cassandra Spender also thought the aliens were good until she realized the colonization plans so I do have faith in CC and I think he is just using the same plot device because is their way to connect with the current political climate. In the end they will probably be evil aliens, good aliens, bad government officials and good government officials. Same old, same old. Just my two cents.

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