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THE X-FILES “My Struggle” Review: The Truth is Back

BY The Screen Spy Team

Published 7 years ago


By Pauline Perenack

It’s been thirteen years since The X-Files graced our screens, but finally, the long awaited return is here. Teased initially with a movie, and then with a 20th anniversary reunion at Comic-Con, X-Philes around the world rejoiced in early 2015 when an X-Files mini-series was announced, and better yet, the key players we hold dear would be returning. Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Walter Skinner, and Monica Reyes would all be back.

Joining them on their journey in this first episode back are several supporting characters, including Joel McHale’s Tad O’Malley, a popular conspiracy theorist web-TV show host, and Annett Mahendru’s Sveta, a possible alien abductee and person from Mulder’s past, whose information sets the mini-series in motion. There’s also the guest appearance that every X-Phile was waiting for.

However, this is only the beginning, so let’s recap what happened.

The Biggest Conspiracy the World Has Known

For the premiere episode of a limited run mini-series, there is always a need for a set up as to what the series is going to be about. Additionally, with The X-Files, there’s the added pressure of being a show that was popular for an older generation years ago. As such, not only did the episode need to set up what was to come, but it needed to immerse new viewers into the world of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

While the premiere did a good job of bringing new viewers up to speed, at times it became a little bogged down in the expository of the new storyline. Time and time again, it was driven home that Roswell was a smoke screen, and everything currently happening in America is a carefully constructed plan by a group of Elites, who are working to take over the country. The theory is interesting, and supported by many present day examples including the tapping of private citizens’ phones after 9/11, the theory of droughts being manufactured, and the state of perpetual war, which is currently happening overseas. However, these ideas are nothing new, and internet savvy fans of show have more than likely stumbled across these and others over the years themselves.This opening episode seemed to play into those theories made famous by well known online conspiracy theorists including Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura. In fact, it could almost be argued that the character of Tad O’Malley is the fictional representation of Alex Jones.

However, it’s all a good set up for the series, which is clearly going to focus on the government’s involvement, and how aliens are being used to deflect the public’s attention from what is really going on. It will be interesting to see the paths that Mulder and Scully take on this journey, as it can already be seen that Mulder is fully invested, but Scully is very skeptical – with her beliefs starting to waver. This parallels the premise of the X-Files the first time around, and works well this outing as well, since we can see that Mulder has spent his time over the years on the Internet, while Scully has returned to the world of science.

But best of all, how is the Cigarette Smoking Man involved in all of this? And how will Reyes join in? Hopefully Skinner has a bigger role as well, which it seems he will since Mulder finally gave him his number.

After this first episode, X-Philes, and new viewers alike, should be interested enough to want to see where the series goes. It seems as though it’ll be quite a thrilling ride, because as we all know, the truth is out there.

The X-Files continues tonight Monday January 25 with “Founder’s Mutation” on FOX.

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