I guess I was almost a fan of the original X-Files, at least in the first season or so. It was really my wife’s show and I occasionally tagged along. I never gave a damn about the show’s mythology, they did some great monster of the week episodes but I never cared much about it beyond that. By the time the series finally ground to a halt, I had long since stopped giving a damn, I think I stopped watching it at all somewhere around season seven, if not earlier. Outside of some really great Morgan and Wong episodes, I really never gave the show much thought.
So when they decided to bring it back for what was claimed an “event”, I figured what the heck, why not give it a shot? And you know something? Well, you’ll have to get below the fold to find out, won’t you?
Yeah… this really wasn’t all that good, especially the two mythology episodes. They were complete crap, spitting in the eye of long-term fans. When you build up a massive mythology surrounding aliens, then try to say that it’s all just a giant human conspiracy, I’ve got to say to Chris Carter: Fuck You.
I mean, out of the whole “event”, we got one really good episode, a couple of mediocre ones and some really awful ones. “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” was excellent but having to sit through five other episodes doesn’t make it all that worthwhile. The first and sixth episode were mythology wrap arounds but they were really bad. The fifth episode was a really stupid “kid FBI agents” episode that is clearly meant to set up a handing off of the baton. Even though I like Robbie Amell as an actor, I hated both of them. I would never watch a series with them in it. In fact, no long-time X-Files fan will, the only reason anyone came back for this “event” is to see Mulder and Scully. It’s like Heroes Reborn. Nobody wants to see the new characters, they want to see all of the old characters come back again. When that doesn’t happen, the whole thing goes to hell in a hand basket.
One thing I’m kind of disappointed with is the opening. They just used the original opening, they didn’t re-film anything, it’s the original footage with no alterations at all. Okay, that’s kind of nostalgic, but it really doesn’t apply to the current storyline. The characters (and actors) are all 15 years older. At least redo it to reflect that!
In the end, this did exactly what I was afraid it would. They billed it as a mini-series event. It was just a way to try and reboot the series. They promised that they would finally wrap up the mythology. They lied. The last episode ends in a really stupid cliff hanger and I have yet to see anyone who will come back again, no matter what they do. Chris Carter lied to us. I’m off this train forever. The only reason this doesn’t get one star is because of the really good episode three. The rest is complete crap, Mulder and Scully or no.