Hey TV addicts,
The X-Files reboot is making tidal waves in television right now. The reboot is like an ancestor who has revived to show his little amateur descendants how TV is actually done. The truth is out there, people. Let’s discuss it.
Alien Mythology Revisted: As with every X-Files premiere known to TV-dom, Chris Carter had to touch on the overall mythology that has made this show terrifyingly great. Even though he avidly believed proof and the truth was out there, Mulder had his doubts that the alien conspiracy was only just that. Seven years later and a separated Mulder/Scully, he meets Tad O’Malley, a conspiracy theorist in his own right, who wants to revive the X-Files train. By doing so, he wants to expose the truth of what really happened to Svelta, a young woman who claims to be continously abducted and impregnated by aliens.
But she later admits that it is in fact the government impregnating her and taking away her babies. The government using alien dna and technology to harvest alien hybrids? Mulder and Tad seem to think so. Mulder especially believes he’s been in a ten year gag reel and only the government is laughing.
Scully just wants him to calm down and really re-assess what he’s saying. But before they can really investigate, Tad O’Mally disappears. As always, the government has decided to hide the truth. And Svelta dies with it.
Alien Hybrids Revised: In the second part of the premiere, Mulder and Scully are now officially back at working at the FBI. Agent Skinner hasn’t aged a day, I tell you.
Their second day back on the job leaves no room for a breather. Dr. Sonny Sanjay seemed to be having a bad morning and maybe a case of the pink eye? Until he starts hearing a searing, high-pitched noise that no one else seems to be hearing. Oh, and crows are fallling from the sky. But I guess no one saw those either. Guided by the noise, Dr. Sanjay finds a sealed off data room, starts downloading some files, is interrupted and then kills himself to get rid of that pesky noise.
Through a classic Mulder/Scully investigation–complete with dry Mulder jokes, Scully’s infinite skepticism and a sexy proposition that we all saw coming (*coughsexyoldMulder*cough*) that satisfied my fangirl glee, it is revealed that Sonjay’s employer, Augustus Goldman has created alien hybrids of his kids. His half-alien son wanted to find his sister through the company’s network via Dr. Sanjay but that clearly didn’t work out. He eventually finds her and they both display some powers that we’ll probably see in the next X-Men movie–like blowing out their father’s eyes.
The Good: So many things! First off, the visuals for the first part of the premiere were brilliant. I was as wide-eyed and kid-excited when Tad O’Mally showed Mulder firsthand alien technology.
In the Roswell flash back, the crash and subsequent alien findings were, in usual X-Files style, terrifying. Area 51 has never looked more real than now.
The Mulder/Scully reunion was a bit frosty at first. But they are exes so I can’t completely complain. Although, by the second part they were quite chummy again and the chemistry was back on!
Then, there were the nostalgic elements. Like the old office, which they got right down to those pencils. And Skinner.
The Smoking Man is also back. Whaaaat? I recall him dying in an explosion. I think the only way they’ll rid of him is if he retires. Truly.
But I especially liked the heart-breaking visions both Mulder and Scully have of their child, William. It did break my poor little heart when Scully gave him up for adoption. I don’t think any fan has truly recovered from it…and the writers just dug into that wound with both hands and a scalpel.
Mulder and Scully would have been fantastic parents. The sheer fact that they gave him up to ensure his safety is a testament to it. If nothing else made an impression on you, the palpable heartbreak these two experience should.
The Not-So-Good: The pace of the first episode wasn’t very desirable. My dissatisfaction could be the impossibly high expectation I had of the first part of the show and nothing to do with the actual storyline. But one could argue that Chris Carter took on too much in the first part. Then again, its only a mini-series and seven years have passed. Stuff needed to be mentioned.
The good, the not-so-good, I don’t care! I loved every minute. Even those damn pencils.