Episode six (“My Struggle II”) of the return run of “The X-Files” closed the season on a down note. Its plot was so silly that it almost came across as parody. The fact is it was really not deserving of a detailed review and so I will instead just make some observations on the installment.
Scully Morphing into ET was Wonderful
A scene early in the show that depicted Dana Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) face morphing first into an elderly woman and then into that of an extraterrestrial utilized a great special effect. It was the only highlight of the show.
The Episode’s Conclusion
I saw nothing else that moved me to write about until near the conclusion of the episode. A fight scene between Fox Mulder, portrayed by David Duchovny, and a bad guy sent to kidnap him used sped up footage. It was a cheap trick that looked like it belonged in a martial arts movie. The same could be said for fight moves during the same scuffle that defied physics. Are the writer and director of the show fans of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?”
A Tired Theme Revisited
During the installment and season’s big reveal, we are presented with the tired television and feature film theme of man destroying the world’s environment via global warming and other means. Did we really have to get hit over the head with that one again? Was it really the best “The X-Files” could come up with? Fans of the series expect a much greater level of creativity from the show.
How the Season was Concluded
Now on to the season’s conclusion. Major cliff hangers are acceptable for two-part episodes in the middle of a season. The cliff hanger on which the episode and season ended was completely unacceptable because it left way too many questions unanswered. The audience was cheated!
The return of Agents Miller (Robbie Amell) and Einstein (Lauren Ambrose) makes it clear that “The X-Files” hopes to stick around for a long time and the intent is for Mulder and Scully to eventually hand the program over to them. The ratings this season were high. Several episodes in the Fox Corp began referring to the return run of the show as “Season 10.” There will be a season 11 but the show might not last beyond next season unless those behind “The X-Files” step their game.
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