The X-Files: Founder’s Mutation Season 1 Episode 2
Director and Writer: James Wong
Staring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Joel McHale
Synopsis: A scientist working for the DOD commits suicide. Mulder and Scully start an investigation only to discover a secret mutation experiment.
The Good: Just as I hoped this episode felt much closer to the investigational freak of the week format that was a little closer to the original X-Files that long time fans are use too. Even though this was promoted as the second night of a two night premier, Founder’s Mutation had very little to do with the first episode The Struggle. Mulder and Scully worked much better together in this episode. They are back in the thick of things solving the case of a scientist that appeared to have committed suicide. Walter Skinner was more involved this week as well, which I am always grateful for. Skinner was doing his part to give Mulder and Scully more time to get to the bottom of things. Just because I need to say it, the “evil scientist” biting it in the end warmed my heart.
The Bad: This is closer to what old school fans want, but isn’t there just yet. It is starting to feel more like home, but its like there is this unknown thing missing. I’m hoping whatever little thing that feels off fixes it self in the next few episodes, though it could just be nostalgia playing with my head. I will say this, even though I am usually a fan of flash backs and dream type things, the spots with Scully and William just felt off at times, like they don’t belong. Scully’s little snippets where much more heart warming than Mulders though, his just made my heart hurt. Oh the feels.
Final Thoughts: Mulder and Scully worked much more smoothly in this episode, which made a world of difference in the episode flowing much better. I’m sure they are just getting use to working off of each other again, but still it is a relief to see them flowing together. I loved the dynamic of the twins and I hope that is not the last we see of them, you know considering one of them melted the villains brains and then I assume they escaped. Also could we please have more Mitch Pileggi ?... Just more.
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