‘X-Files’ Series 10, Episode 1 – My Struggle | TV Review
Last night was the UK debut of the X-Files reboot, which aired on Channel 5. Initial impressions were good. For a start the opening credits and theme tune were faithful to the original nine series, down to the grainy Nineties clips that accompany that eerie whistling.
Those familiar with the programme will know episodes go one of two ways, as they also do this time round. The first are the alien mythology/conspiracy episodes, and the lighter, generally, ‘monster of the week’ episodes. Thankfully they kicked off this series, the first episode since 2002, with the former. As good as some of the latter type of episodes are, their overall story tends not to be quite as captivating.
Anyway, the episode kicks off with a monologue from Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) reviewing his career in the FBI, and filling the viewers in on what’s happened since the ninth series finished. Amid Mulder and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) reuniting for the first time in a long time, there are scenes reverting to the alleged Roswell crash in 1947.
The episode goes on to explore the theory that perhaps aliens, flying saucers and the like are a smokescreen created by the government. This, in turn, is to distract the populace from what agencies are doing behind their backs. This then opening ‘believers’ to ridicule should they ever claim aliens are responsible for this and that, when in fact the perpetrators are a lot closer to home.
There’s a lot a double crossing and bluffing, as most X-Files fans will be familiar, so there’s a lot of twists throughout the duration of this episode alone. In fact, aswell as the retention of Mitch Pileggi as FBI boss Walter Skinner, there’s a face, those familiar with the series nine finale, will be surprised to see. The plot thickens, excellent stuff.
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