Six episodes, starting tonight. The second episode airs tomorrow (Monday) night, and the rest on subsequent Monday nights.
I figure one thread for the season should suffice–especially since it’s short.
Open spoilers from all previous X-files TV episodes or movies are fair game. If you have outside knowledge from some other source–especially with regards to events in this season–kindly put in spoiler tags.
Expect open spoilers for each episode this season after it airs. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
By that I mean that Chris Carter has said he’s open to doing another miniseries, another movie, or another full season. Whatever the Powers That Be ask for (and Mulder and Scully agree to), he’s willing to do it.
I have to watch it again. I’m still not sure what happend with the girl in the end, or why the Scully didn’t wait for the retest before she told the girl about the lack of alien DNA. I should put my iPad down when I am watching.
Looks like the whole thing is going to focus on the “all-encompassing conspiracy” stuff. I grew weary of the “alien conspiracy” episodes in the original series and enjoyed the “monster of the week” episodes more.
Sveta was blown up by the alien technology-using ship while trying to get out of her car. Mulder hypothesized that “they got to her” in order to get her to change her story. Her capitulation didn’t stop them from taking her out, though.
I was a bit annoyed by Scully’s choice to claim there was no alien DNA. I had bet my wife that she was either lying about that, or lying by omission - that it was Scully’s DNA that was alien. Turns out she was telling the truth, but was just hasty. Annoying, but also very typical of Scully. I recall her throwing up obstacles for no sensible reason plenty of times during the original run. It’s one thing to be skeptical, or wary of consequences, but the writers often just had her be obstructive to create tension.
I’m thinking that those who are hoping for MOTW episodes are going to be disappointed, seeing as this is just a six-episode mini-series. I suppose they could fit in one or two MOTW episodes as an A or B plot alongside progressing the arc.
I enjoyed the show. I was a huge fan of the original run, and I liked that they used the same open, and I thought they did a pretty good job of bringing us up to speed. Clearly rushed and awkward at times, though, what with doing that and at the same time setting up the current plot and also fitting in some raw coolness here and there.
In particular, the way Mulder responded to the evidence that he had been played all along by the powers that be was really weird and extreme on the face of it. But, given the arc of the original run, that seed of doubt had already been well planted, watered, and at least partially harvested. It was just really weird and awkward how they wrote it in for the new episode.
A revival like this is very ambitious, and I’m willing to forgive a lot for this franchise (despite its flaws, it was always generally more than decent and occasionally beyond brilliant). It’s been fifteen years, but it still felt like X-Files to me. It was nice to come home again.
I stopped watching at the commercial break just after Mulder was about to deliver this response. Two reasons: 1. I’m in a time zone where staying up to watch the rest would have set a bad precedent for the sleep schedule I need the next night in order to arrive at work by 8 a.m. Tuesday morning after trudging through two miles of snow and ice; and 2. The five minutes preceding this commercial break featured some atrocious deus ex machina dialog (zero point energy? element 115?), which I found even more of a stretch than the X-files writers typically allow themselves.
So, thanks for the summary of what happened after I tuned out.