The X-Files "Plus One." Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. Photo: FOX

The X-Files 11×03 Review: A Shipper’s Struggle

I imagine when Chris Carter sat down to write The X-Files “Plus One,” he had a split personality situation that was similar to the one in his script. His evil self — the one he inhabits regularly — started to type, but then his good self showed up. There was a struggle (he loves that word) that, in my mind, went something like this:

Good Chris: Let’s do a classic, spooky X-File. Enough with our whacked-out mythology.
Evil Chris: Okay, but women are going to be called horrible names a lot.
Good Chris: We are doing a sex scene. I won’t let you stop me!
Evil Chris: I want to make Scully feel old and sad.
Good Chris: Two sex scenes!
Evil Chris: Their pillow talk is going to be depressing and platonic.
Good Chris: I’m going to use the word “afterglow” somehow.

It probably explains why I have mixed feelings about this episode. Join me while I try to sort “Plus One” out.

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Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files 11x01 "My Struggle III" Photo: FOX

The X-Files 11×01 Review: A Rant

The X-Files Season 11 Episode 1 is Chris Carter’s third installment of his putrid “My Struggle” arc. To be honest, we didn’t need “My Struggle” or My Struggle II.” And it sounds like it doesn’t end here. We might be getting a fourth piece of crap, based on William’s struggle.

Oh, joy.

I have so many things to say about this premiere episode, of which I liked maybe 90 seconds, so join me as I rant about this hour of garbage television.

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