First of, let me get this off my chest:
“OMG THE X-FILES ARE BACK ON THE AIR AFTER A BILLION YEARS OF BEING OFF!”
Seriously, this was one of my show growing up, and I was really the only one of my friends that watched it. Heck, my parents didn’t like the show, so I sat on my twin bed with a 15” TV, sometimes with my dog, watching this show that would years later after being thought about, turn into one of my first fandoms.
And let me tell you, so far, this new series (or special if you want to call it that) is in no way disappointing me in the least bit.
Episode 1: My Struggle
Season 10 had already started out with a bang, in more ways than one. It begins with Mulder recapping the series 1-9 with his partner, lover, wife, ex, Dana Scully.
But then Mulder starts talking about aliens, most specifically Roswell in 1947, and whether we’re truly alone, and if the government isn’t using alien technology against us, and not helping us.
We see a little piece of that, as a young medical doctor is brought to the crash site during clean up.
Then we move to present day to see the medical doctor we have all grown to love and miss, Dana Scully. Getting ready to head into surgery, she is stopped be her assistant because of a phone call, none other than Walter Skinner Assistant Director FBI, looking for her, or rather Mulder.
What I am gathering at this point, is Mulder and Scully have divorced, and Mulder has gone so far off the grid for fear of the government that no one can find him, even Scully mentions she barely knows how to contact him.
The call was to find Mulder because Tad O’Malley, a super conspiracy theorist that runs a television show ‘Truth Squad’ wants to talk to him about a woman named Sveta, someone who claims to have been abducted by aliens since she was a teen. Scully being the skeptic she still is, takes Sveta back to work with her and runs some tests, she’s spooked because Sveta reads her mind, talking about her son, William, her and Mulder gave up for adoptions to protect her.
Tad then takes Mulder to a secret place where he sees alien technology up close in the form of an ARV, Alien Replica Vehicle. His eyes are opened to the government has had this technology since the forties, and the government is using it against us.
Mulder heads to Sveta’s to ask her a few more questions, primarily why she looked at Tad when asked about the abductions. She reveals that she doesn’t believe that it’s aliens abducting her but, man.
Meanwhile, Scully is in Tad’s limo, sipping champagne (which I super disliked. Why, why do you have to try to shove Tad down our throats, Scully would never go for it) when Mulder calls her, telling her he’s figuring out the pieces. Mulder then heads to the FBI headquarters to look through the X-Files, knowing he’s been purposefully mislead for years.
There are a couple of things said in the following scenes I think that are very truthful to how Americans at this point feel as well, and one of them is that we turn to police to be safe, but we’ve never been in more danger, and the next is said through Tad during his show and how people are fearful martial law and losing their gun rights. I like how they’re bringing present problems to the show, and backing up their reasoning here.
We then meet an old guy that Mulder calls up, the doctor from the Roswell crash, asking him about what’s going and that he’s so close, but he just can’t figure out the why.
He joins Scully and Tad back at Sveta’s. Tad talks about all the things that have happened since the Roswell Crash, and how the US government is controlling us, through weather, or consumerism, fear and everything in between, how they are abducting people for their own use, splicing human and alien DNA to create a better universe and eventual world take over. He wants to blow the whistle on this, and he plans to do so on the show.
However, somehow, these people must have gotten to Tad and Sveta. Sveta goes on air saying Tad told her say these things and she’s sorry she lied. She then disappears and Tad’s site goes offline. The ARV is destroyed by people is heavy vehicles, Sveta is then killed by an alien aircraft that explodes her car.
The episode closes out with Mulder meeting Scully in a garage. Everyone is gone, and she wants the truth out there. She comes out and says she lied about Sveta’s test results being negative, and that she too is one of these people that is harboring DNA.
One of the last lines of the show is, “Are you ready for this?” “I don’t know if there’s a choice here.”
And no, there is no choice, but to sit on your couch and continue to watch the next episode.
Episode 2: The Founder’s Mutation
The show opens with a guy named Sanjay doing a retinal scan. His eyes are bloodshot and he just looks haggard. He hears a ringing in his ear, but it settles and he heads into a meeting with other coworkers.
There, birds begin to gather and the ringing returns, eventually driving him to the point of asking those around him if they can hear it too. He then locks himself into a secured room, hearing voices telling him to do it while he works on a computer. The ringing gets more intense and he scribbles something on his hand before taking a letter opener and shoving it through his ear and killing himself.
Mulder and Scully then go to investigate and are met with issues, Mulder steals Sanjay’s phone to see if he can find anything in it about what’s going on. He finds a friend in his phone, Gupta, whose name means secret, and meets up with him to see if he knows anything. After a miscommunication, he find out Sanjay led a double life and the fact that his kids were dying was causing him trouble.
Scully performs an autopsy and find that “founders mutation” is written on his hand which leads to a doctor names Augustus Goldman, a donor at the hospital where Scully works.
They head to Sanjay’s apartment, where they almost hit a kid in the road. Once inside, Mulder’s head begins ringing much like Sanjay’s upon seeing his kids that have various genetic mutations.
They head to the hospital to try to get in contact with Dr. Goldman, which Scully’s head agrees to relay a message. There they find Agnes, a pregnant woman who wants to leave the place because she’s fearful and wants someone to talk to.
They eventually make it to see Dr. Goldman and the mutated kids, where they find out some information. Scully then asks about their DNA and if it has anything to do with alien, in which there is an incident and they are kicked out of the ward. Scully ponders are to whether she was just an incubator for these people with William, and Mulder says, “ You’re never ‘just’ anything to me.” Which is probably one of the most sappiest, sweetest lines I’ve heard, and I loved it.
Upon leaving they run into an accident, and find that Agnes has been hit and killed, the baby having long since been surgically removed prior to the accident.
Having learned that Dr. Goldman’s wife had been committed after the death of her unborn son, they visit her, and it is revealed that her daughter, Molly, was a subject in her husband’s lab and has powers, and that upon cutting her child out of stomach, does not believe he’s dead.
Come to find out, the janitor kid, the one they almost hit at Sanjay’s apartment, is her son Kyle, and they seek him and his mom out. He’s the cause for the head pains and sounds. Upon hearing his sister is alive and well, Scully and Mulder take Kyle to the hospital, where his bio dad, Dr. Goldman, take him to another girl who is not his sister. He leaves and searchers her out, and when he does find her, finds that there is a telepathic connection and they can break things with their minds. Feeling threatened, they throw Scully across the room and incapacitate Mulder and kill their dad in a pretty gruesome scene.
All in all, these first two episodes were amazing in my opinion, and I am anxiously awaiting next Monday so we can see what other adventures are in store.
It’s too bad this is only a six episode event, hopefully this is a test run to see if there’s enough response to get the show running again, which I will love endlessly and watch every episode religiously.