Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The X-Files Review: Babylon

The X-Files: Babylon

Director & Writer: Chris Carter

Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Lauren Ambrose, Robbie Amell

Synopsis: When an art gallery that’s showing potentially offensive artwork is bombed, Mulder and Scully seek some way to communicate with the comatose bomber in order to prevent a future attack. Meanwhile, a pair of younger FBI agents on the case push, Mulder and Scully to examine their own beliefs as Scully seeks answers from neuroscience and Mulder from mysticism.

The Good: This episode is as serious as it is weird. Chris Carter did a great job at leading everyone through this story with out giving away what was actually happening. I constantly found myself wondering. Is there more to this than it appears? Where these Terrorists or were these two framed? Is it possible there is something supernatural going on here? So many questions running through my head as the episodes went on.  While this episode was closer in humor to Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster episode from two weeks ago, Babylon told a better story from an emotional perspective.  Babylon also provided something that a few of the episodes from this short season has not had, there was closer. That is something that has been lacking this season, it was nice to finally get an episode that had an ending, thank you Chris Carter! Also thank you for bringing back Walter Skinner. Mitch Pileggi always makes me smile! 

The Bad: Maybe I’m being selfish… no I know I’m being selfish, I just don’t want to say anything bad. Every week I find myself excited for a new episode of The X-Files. I keep waiting for the joy of new episodes to fade and end up disappointed by an episode, but it just hasn’t happened. The bad for me this week is that there is only one more episode. As it stands, we X-Files fans only get one more new episode. I have found myself enjoying these episodes just as much as I enjoyed the original series and frankly I’m just not ready to say goodbye again.

Final Thoughts: First of all David Duchovny tripping on “magic mushrooms” was priceless! Kudos to Duchovny for going out and having a good time! Also, possible spin off? Agents Miller and Einstein, or as I’m going to call them Mini-Mulder and Scully, were a breath of fresh air in this episode. Their characters felt like a trip down memory lane, a pleasant reminder of what Scully and Mulder use to be like. I would watch a show based on Miller and Einstein, but it would need its on legs to stand on, something different than the X-Files. If something comes out of this with Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell, I’m there ready to watch.

On a real world note, kudos to you Chris Carter for writing an honest script about a real issue going on in the world. The different perspectives between Mulder and Scully’s journey show how crazy this world really is. Mulder’s side showing the path of love and kindness and Scully’s the path of hate shows just how flawed this world really can be at times.

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