The X-Files 11×10 Review: Good Riddance

In the end, The X-Files‘ four-part revival arc known as “My Struggle 1-4” is very appropriately titled. These episodes are a fucking struggle…in every possible way. It is a struggle to make sense of the narrative. It is a struggle to find the point of any of it. It is a struggle to reconcile what Chris Carter chose to give us with the thousands of other better scenarios out there. The one good thing is knowing that the struggle is over. But even feeling any type of closure posed a challenge until Gillian Anderson herself indicated that she was unsatisfied, too.

I want to move on from this show so badly, but I think I have one last rant in me. Thanks for joining me as I angrily yell my final goodbye to The X-Files.

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THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the "Rm9sbG93ZXJz" episode of THE X-FILES airing Wednesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX

The X-Files 11×07 Review: Shut It Down

The title for Season 11 Episode 7 of The X-Files is “Rm9sbG93ZXJz,” which is “Followers” in Base64 code. “ZGlzYXBwb2ludG1lbnQ” is “disappointment.” And that’s what this episode is. A giant disappointment. I had more fun turning swear words into code on that Base64 encoder site than I did watching this episode.

Join me while I try to decode my intense dislike for an episode that contains MSR handholding. Or don’t. I understand how repetitive these rants are. Believe me, writing them has lost its luster as well.

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THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the "Ghouli" episode of THE X-FILES. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Robert Falconer/FOX.

The X-Files 11×05 Review: Emo Family Reunion

On the last episode of The X-Files, “The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat,” I said I no longer wanted to believe. “Ghouli” has me taking that statement back. I do want to believe! I really do! The hope I had lost found its way back with this stunning and emotional episode. It is not without its problems, and I fear it will be ruined by that platonic beast from Hell, Chris Carter; but, for now, I’m going to enjoy liking my favorite show again — for all the same reasons I fell in love with it in the first place.

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Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in The X-Files 11x04 "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat"

The X-Files 11×04 Review: The Lost Magic of The X-Files

The X-Files’ “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” doesn’t just have an annoyingly long title in common with Darin Morgan’s Season 10 contribution, “Mulder and Scully Meet The Weremonster,” it has Mulder going through another sentimental mid-life crisis. It has its moments, but I’m afraid it shows, in sharp relief, that The X-Files has lost its magic.

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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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