- Posted by Giaco Furino
- On February 23, 2016
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When news of The X-Files return was first announced I, like many wayward fans, decided to go back and watch the original series. Full of charm, charisma, and fun, supernatural detective stories, there was a lightness and bounce to even the darkest episodes of the original series. Now, having just finished the final episode of this mini-series return to FOX, I’ve realized what’s missing, what makes this new season so… bad. The bounce is gone, and I don’t think it’ll ever come back again.
This final episode picks up on the storyline of the first episode of the mini-series. That alien DNA that we’ve been talking about for twenty years is finally brought to the foreground. People all over the United States are getting sick from viruses and bacterial agents, as we learn that the population has a weakened immune system. While Agent Scully races to find a cure to these suddenly weakened systems, Mulder… drives to see the Cigarette Smoking Man to yell at him.
New agents Miller and Einstein (who we met last week, and seem to be primed to take over the series if they move forward with more episodes) are in the mix again, with Miller trying to track down Mulder and Einstein helping Scully talk through the problems she’s facing. The “climactic” ending sees Scully walking quickly through gridlocked traffic on a bridge toward an ailing Mulder and Agent Miller.
Sound like a lame ending? It’s nothing compared to the hokey cliffhanger we’re given in the final seconds of the show. I won’t spoil anything, but as a long-term fan of the series I find it incredibly insulting to end this episode in a cliffhanger. How arrogant of everyone involved to pose this as the final end to the show, and then give us a cliffhanger. You’re not promised another season, so ending this with a question seems like a big risk. And honestly, judging by the output we’ve seen over the last six weeks… I’m not sure The X-Files even deserves another season.
Without much actually happening in this episode, it’s hard to fully recap why I disliked it so much. There was an overwrought, too long physical fight between Mulder and some goon of the Smoking Man’s. That felt silly, as the two actors smashed and bashed each other all about Mulder’s apartment. There were facts repeated three, maybe four times for the audience by Scully and Einstein, as they fought back and forth about “the truth.” But the biggest crime of this, the season finale, was that it was boring and lacked interesting set pieces.
I’d like to reiterate… I love The X-Files. I really, really wanted to love this new series. I tried, I tried to look past the questionable content, the lazy storytelling, the phoned-in performances from everyone except Gillian Anderson… but it’s all too hard to ignore. This was a bad show that didn’t try nearly as hard as it should have. I think the main problem was something we were all really excited about in the beginning. The idea that “all the old writers and directors are coming back!” seemed alluring at the time. Who knows X-Files better than Glen Morgan and Chris Carter? Well… I think familiarity with the material may have been a serious impediment against the show itself, and fresh voices could have gone a long way toward making this a much better mini series.