Growing up in the 90s, there were only two shows that mattered to me; Tales from The Crypt and The X-Files. The X-Files was the quintessential show that opened up doors into mythical elements, extraterrestrials, and the evil that consumes our government. When I first heard that there was a new season being developed to bring back our two favorite FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, I was beyond ecstatic. But there have been untold problems in the entertainment industry with rebooting classics from the 80s and 90s. With The X-Files though, I knew something was brewing behind Chris Carter’s doors, and it would be something special for the fans. Would the brand new stories hold up to the original series? I want to believe…..
The first episode is titled “My Struggle” which raises a lot of questions in the forty-five minute sequence. We are introduced to Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) in the opening minutes of the episode with a brief background of his sister’s disappearance and Mulder’s obsession with finding the truth. The truth meaning the theory that his sister was abducted by aliens and proving that there really is alien life out there. Hence, he X-Files were opened and his research was conducted over the years to find the very answer he had always been looking for. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) was a medical doctor brought in by the FBI to debunk Mulder’s ludicrous theories, but indeed found herself testing her own faith after a series of “up close and personal” events with extraterrestrials and monsters. Their own personal struggles were the fabric that brought Mulder and Scully together and built their cohesive partnership. Fast forward to 2016 and the world looks at UFO and alien abductions as a comedic distraction, but the answers still rely on the events that took place in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Is it all a hoax? Or has the government been lying to us all along? These are valid questions that Mulder brings up in the episode with an opening scene of the Roswell saucer crash that was very realistic and almost movie quality. Chris Carter decided to use practical effects with a touch of CGI to get the effect of the actual crash site. Definitely a job well done. As the episode portrays the Roswell crash in a recollected approach, we get a glimpse as to what had happened on that day and what was hidden behind closed doors.
Dana Scully and Fox Mulder are introduced to the audience in a not so memorable way, Scully working at the hospital and Mulder hidden away in his desolate home watching videos on-line. I was hoping for an intro with the dynamic duo panning into view with a live audience clapping in the background, but I will let that one slide.
Tad O’ Malley (Joel McHale) is the newest alien protégé that reaches out to Mulder and Scully about an alien abduction he came across. Sveta (Annet Mahendru) was the alleged alien abductee and is the key to what they had been looking for all of these years. As you would have guessed, it brings the band back together, flashlights included. Tad O’ Malley meets Mulder and Scully to discuss evidence that can lead them to the biggest conspiracy of all time which takes them to Sveta’s house. Sveta has all typical systems of an abductee and has flashbacks of being probed by those little ugly green guys. But what is shocking the most about her flashbacks, is the harvesting, which consists of impregnating and injecting her. As the episode progresses, the title of the episode, “My Struggle” raises the question, whose struggle is it? From the beginning of the episode, you get a feeling it’s directed at Fox Mulder, but as the storyline develops, this episode can be directed at all characters. Each character has their own personal struggle and are learning that no one is safe in the world today. In true Scully fashion, she is in disbelief the whole episode about Sveta and alien abductions, but with Mulder’s over-enthusiasm, and sometimes repetitive “I Believe,” evidence starts to surface bringing the X-Files in full swing.
The biggest plot twist towards the end of the episode is the evidence that was brought forward about ARV’s (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) and their use by the government dating back to 1947. If the government has access to these vehicles, it’s not aliens against humans, but a contorted evil empire against humanity. If the government has had access to extraterrestrial weapons of mass destruction, was Roswell just a smoke screen to the actual truth?
What I really enjoyed about “My Struggle” was the episode portrays the Roswell crash in a recollected approach, by gathering a glimpse as to what had happened on that day and what was hidden behind closed doors. Were there actual aliens or was it a gigantic diversion created by the government? I will let you watch the episode and draw your own conclusions. Chris Carter does an excellent job with creating a present time atmosphere of these two iconic characters and dispersing them into a storyline that effects everyone today. It touches on all the classic X-Files elements, but with a modernized twist that makes this stand out compared to other TV shows on today. Has everything been a lie all along? Have Mulder and Scully been wasting years of research for nothing? The answer is that they have never been more in danger!
I have been a fan of this show since day one and am looking forward to the remaining five episodes of this season to see if all of my questions will be answered. The acting, story, and set design brought me back into the world of X-Files and never let me go. It’s undeniable that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have that onset chemistry that few shows capture and at the end of the day, they continue to make me believe! You betcha, I BELIEVE!
Check out the Season 10 premiere on January 24th on Fox.
X-Files – Episode 1 “My Struggle”
Out of 5 Nerd Skulls
Story: 5/ Acting: 5 / Directing: 5 / Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 out of 5 Nerd Skulls
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