X-Files Puts An X Under The Win Column

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Anna Garrett, TV
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By: Anna Garrett
Like many others, I watched the original run of the X Files from 1993 to 2002. The brief introduction that summed up that time frame at the beginning of episode one, “My Struggle”, was a nice refresher. It reminded the viewer of the legacy that the X Files left behind and swept the rather mediocre final seasons under the rug.After meeting the stars of the show, we are introduced to Tad O’Malley (Joe McHale). He is bringing the band back together to revisit an old case, a young woman who was repeatedly abducted by aliens and now wants to have her story scientifically validated and broadcast. We are lead to believe that we are going to explore the grand conspiracy from the first series, just to have that idea turned completely around. The writers went hard and fast in the right direction. They hammered in right where they never went in the original series, the dark and disgusting turn the country took right after September 11, 2001. It’s not a surprise that Chris Carter’s shows (The X Files, Millennium, and The Lone Gunmen) withered in post 9/11 America as their stories revolved around the idea that we could not trust our government. That ran counter to the attitude of the nation at the time, when all we wanted was to trust Uncle Sam and lick our red, white and blue wounds. Do not read the reviews to find out if you should watch the X Files reboot. Watch it, and make up your mind. The band is back together, writing and acting talent alike.

 

Episode two, entitled “Founder’s Mutation,” starts off with a bang. A bizarre suicide that can only be explained through old school detective work that leads us through a dark and far reaching medical conspiracy.

[Spoilers ahead]
This is a very emotional episode, as it focuses around a program that is experimenting on children with genetic disorders. The child that Scully had and gave up for adoption is the center of the episode, whether we like it or not. It underscores every action and decision made by Mulder and Scully throughout the episode, up to the last minute – almost slapping you in the face with it every minute. However, the episode regains its focus as the plot progresses and we meet our unwilling antagonist and their quest. This episode featured some pretty great effects, and as far as I could tell they were practical instead of computer generated for the most part. You can tell which ones are generated, but not for their unrealistic appearance. After several viewings, the heavy-handedness of the writing shows through but overall it was quite good for a monster of the week episode. This definitely isn’t a “Home” or “Post-Modern Prometheus,” but it is still very much worth a watch.
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