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Review: ‘The X-Files’ Season 10 Episode 1

The X-Files may not be coming back to television until early next year, but lucky panel goers at New York Comic Con over the weekend were able to see it months before anyone else!

I was among one of those lucky folks who got into the panel, but now that I think about it, ‘lucky’ might not be the right word.

I woke up at 3 am and drove from my home in Western Massachusetts to Manhattan in order to make sure I was in line at the Javits Center by 7 am, waited three hours in the cold to get my wristband for the The X-Files panel, and then waited another subsequent two hours waiting for the panel to begin.

I fuckin’ EARNED my seat for the X-Files panel, and I assure you that no luck was involved in that grueling process.

And now that I’ve have had ample time to rest, relax, and reflect upon the experience, I can say with absolute certainty that the first episode of, can you believe it, SEASON 10 OF THE X-FILES, was totally worth every aching hour.

When the main stage lights finally dimmed, two very large projector screens on either side of the room lit up in their place. Familiar images from the show began to come forth, and David Duchovny’s voice echoed throughout the hall as he gave viewers old and new a basic run down of the story. His monologue ended with the old opening credits, and in turn, roaring applause from the audience. It was then that the first episode of season 10 truly began.

The story continues over a decade after it ended, and a lot has definitely happened in that time span, both in terms of the characters and the greater world at large.

The X-Files have been closed, and Mulder and Scully have separated (but they are still on speaking terms due to the obvious fact that they have a child together). Scully continues her work as a surgeon, while Mulder seems to have become a character reminiscent of his brief appearance in Zoolander – socially deprived, a bit unkempt, and obsessed with conspiracies (but what else is new).

Their characters may now be separated, but David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson still have retained their on-screen connection after all these years, and seeing them act together felt natural and familiar. It appears that they both have eased back into the characters that skyrocketed them to fame flawlessly and with ease.

After viewing the episode I do have one complaint about their connection, but it’s not about the acting.

Separating the couple was a decision made in the writer’s room to undoubtedly bring some drama into the story, but it was far too obvious a move to make. The Mulder x Scully romance already played out for 9 seasons, and while one may argue that their separation brings in an element of realism, I say that it’s time to retire that plot line.

But their relationship issues are just one minor part of a bigger, more modern story line focused around the post 9/11 and Snowden world we live in, and the issues that have come to light since then.

Now the dangers our country faces have more to do with security and government honesty, and less about little green men and spacecrafts. It was absolutely refreshing to see this angle brought into the X-Files world, and it absolutely worked in the first episode. This is definitely an X-Files for modern times, as it touches on modern concerns and fears (but don’t worry, there’s still aliens!).

Plus, Mulder and Scully are now texting, watching podcasts, and talking about Uber. How much more modern can you get?

Also modernized for 2015 is the show’s special effects, which were absolutely fantastic in episode 1. But that’s to be expected… a lot has changed in the special effects field since The X-Files debuted over 20 years ago. Trying to compare the effects of then to now is like trying to compare apples to mutated oranges who wield crossbow made from the bones of their enemies. You just can’t compare it.

There isn’t too much to say about the episode without getting into spoiler territory, but I can say this of it: It was was riveting, mind boggling, and just plain enjoyable.  If the first episode of season 10 serves to remind fans of anything, it’s that the truth is out there… but just know that the truth may not be what we all once thought it was.

But here’s one truth you can put your faith in: the season premiere of The X-Files in January is absolutely going to knock your socks off.

Now can they please release episode 2 early?!

The X-Files returns to Fox for the first time in 13 years on January 24. Tell us, do you want to believe it will be a success? Let us know in the comments!

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