Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review The X-Files: The Struggle

The X-Files: The Struggle Season 1 Episode 1

Director & Writer: Chris Carter

Staring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Joel McHale

Synopsis: This 2016 pilot reintroduces "The X-Files" and reunites Agent Mulder with Dana Scully after the collapse of their relationship when Mulder is engaged by a TV host. Mulder proclaims new evidence that alien abductions have been faked.

The Good: Well the obvious of course, X-Files is back!!! While everything seems different, a lot of it feels the same.  Mulder is quick to believe and Scully still needs the proof but wants to believe. The episode is filled with controversy from an untrusting media reporter, to a sketchy witness that is killed just after she goes on national television stating that she lied about her abductions.  Seemingly everything that Mulder got to see as evidence is destroyed by some sort of government task force, easily setting up the potential of a season long story.

The Bad: This episode sadly is a little slow, but is worth watching. Just think though, this show has to reintroduce it self to the audience that loved it before, but also be informative to the new audience that has never seen the old series. 9 seasons is a lot to fill someone in on and I’m sure there are not very many new fans that binged watch over 150 plus episodes to be ready for this new season. That’s okay though while the story was a little lacking on the first episode it was a good introduction for where the characters are in their lives.


Final thoughts: This was a solid way to kick the show off. This being first part of a 2 night special, that does not involve the dreaded “To Be Continued…” ending. The story stood well enough on its own to get you to the second night which I am sure is going to fall more on the “traditional” X-Files format. We will have to see!

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