The New X-Files was a bit underwhelming
I suppose this is a sort of mini-review of the new X-Files premiere. The TL;DR version is in the title, so you can stop reading now, unless you want to disagree passionately with me in the comments.
I've been watching X-Files ever since the beginning. It was a weekly tradition in our house to stop everything, turn down the lights, and watch Mulder and Scully as a family.
That said, I never saw the whole last season. Towards the end, especially after Duchovny left, I didn't enjoy, so I just stopped.
When the new mini-series premiere started I was hoping for old-school Mulder and Scully, like from the first few seasons. I like when Mulder gets excited by the potential of a new discovery, and I liked that Scully would pull him back, and I liked that in the end Mulder accepted that she was right... you need evidence, and if it's not there, you keep looking, but you don't just accept everything at face-value.
That, in a nut shell, is my biggest beef with the episode. Mulder is introduced to Sveta by a TV blowhard (who apparently is rich enough to ride around in his own helicopter and finance the building of spaceships) who tells him she has alien DNA, can read minds, and who has been experimented on not by aliens, but by humans.
Mulder just accepts it all, and immediately jumps to the conclusion that the entirety of the X-Files was a lie to cover up a bigger truth, wold domination using alien technology. His only
two pieces of evidence to this point, however, are a girl who could just be lying, and what appears
to be a spaceship (ARV) in a hanger.
1. Sveta. Like I said, maybe she's lying, maybe she's insane. Mulder just accepts it as true, and apart from having Scully test her DNA, doesn't apparently need anything more to completely accept Tad O'Malley's story. Why? Why not ask for more? Even if Sveta was telling the truth, that doesn't mean that it must follow that no
alien abductions took place, or that all the x-files were a lie. The two are not mutually exclusive.
2. The ARV (Alien Replica Vehicle): Why does mulder just assume it's real, and not an elaborate effect to convince him? Now, whether it's real or fake, but especially
if it's real... if they can afford the cost of building a frakking invisible alien space vehicle, why can't they afford a better hidden base to build it, and, I don't know, maybe some security? Maybe even a better door? That's some laziness there, either on the part of the writers or the building management at AVR Inc.
3. Tad O'Malley: Why does Mulder trust this guy? Why does anyone? And why didn't they get someone else to play the part? I like Joe McHale, but as a comedian.
So, I was underwhelmed by the episode. Much of the dialogue was weak, and in some places incredibly forced. I mean, how many times can you yell about how much you want to believe?
Oh, one last thing. What's up with Skinner's beard? It looks weird. He has #WeirdBeard
That's my rant over now. I have read that the second episode should be better. Let's see. #xfiles