The X-Files S10 Ep1 – My Struggle

It’s here, ladies and gents: the first new episode of The X-Files in over a decade!

These two are still dreamy.

These two are still dreamy.

I’m going to say right from the beginning that, as a long-time fan, I’m in exactly the right target audience for the high dose of nostalgia this episode delivers. So I was fairly easy to please. From the basically unchanged opening credits to the frequent gazes between Mulder and Scully, I enjoyed this episode. I’ll be watching with interest to see where it goes next.

That said, I’m still very able to notice the flaws in this premiere. And they’re the same flaws as the classic show, especially in episodes written by series creator Chris Carter (as this one is). I actually approve of the Mulder voice-over at the beginning that gives a quick recap of everything that happened in the show while we see some photos illustrating it. Apart from that, however, all the exposition that had to do with the alien mythology the show is famous for was ridiculous, pretentious, and over-written. (Of course, I say that as a fan who was never that interested in the mythology except when it directly intersects with our heroes.)

So here’s my fast recap of where the mythology stands now: after Mulder meets and talks to an abductee woman named Sveta, he believes that aliens have, in fact, visited Earth a number of times. Various governments stole their tech and have used it to perpetuate the myth of alien abduction, all the while actually experimenting on their own people. And now the people behind this plan are ready to initiate a new world order with them in charge.

As for our intrepid former agents, they’re now broken up. Scully is still working as a doctor at the same hospital we saw her in for the not-much-beloved movie, I Want To Believe. She’s still saving children, too.

Mulder is… well, we don’t know what he’s doing for a living, actually, but he’s still in the same house we’ve also seen before. We learn that Scully diagnosed him with depression, and dealing with that seems to have been a main factor in the two of them breaking up. (I mean, Scully does spend most of the old show taking care of him, while he doesn’t care about himself at all, so it makes sense she might prefer to not do that, for once.)

Most romantic line in the episode: "“There hasn't been a day since you left that I haven't reached for my phone to call you, Mulder, wishing you were still down here.”

Most romantic line in the episode: “There hasn’t been a day since you left that I haven’t reached for my phone to call you, Mulder, wishing you were still down here.”

He forms a partnership with a right-wing conspiracy-monger talkshow host, played by Joel McHale, who wants to put the Truth out there in the minds of the people. (You roll your eyes, but Mulder has a line that’s almost exactly that.) Sveta is also in on this plan. She believes she has alien DNA after all the abductions she’s suffered, so Scully tests her blood for it.

Then Sveta recants everything and gets killed, by a (government-driven?) spaceship. Scully tells Mulder that the tests showed the woman did have alien DNA – as does Scully herself! Oh, and Joel McHale also vanishes.

Those are the main points. Also, Skinner is still in the FBI (yay!), and he ends the episode by re-opening the X-Files and calling his former agents back in to work. This makes the Cigarette Smoking Man, who is somehow still alive (!!), displeased.

There you have it. As I said, I enjoyed it despite its issues. What did you think? Let us know in the comments.