Warning: The following review contains spoilers for The X-Files Season 10.
I was pumped out of my mind to watch The X-Files Season 10. I had just finished watching the entire series: all 9 seasons with the two feature films and I couldn’t wait to see how Mulder and Scully would translate to present day. And they do perfectly. They don’t feel like actors that try and return to old characters—they feel as if they have lived and breathed all those years with us and it’s as if they were brought back from the dead.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson’s chemistry is better than ever and they don’t feel rusty at all. They feel like they would normally feel, tired and they have become a bit skeptic about the whole thing. They’re getting older but that doesn’t stop they’re hunt for the truth.
Episode 1: My Struggle
The season starts off with the season premiere called My Struggle, where we get to see the Roswell Crash in New Mexico in the past. In present day, Mulder and Scully reunite at the behest of Walter Skinner who wants them to go meet Youtube sensation named Tad O’Malley (Joel Mchale). They then interrogate a woman named Sveta who claims to have her fetus stolen after multiple alien abductions. Mulder discovers that it was “A conspiracy of men” who have used alien technology on human parties for decades and these events were made to be Alien abductions. Mulder outlines a global conspiracy that involves a hoarding and testing an alien technology which will be used at a point in the future to exterminate the human race. Open learning this, Mulder and Scully decide to reopen The X-Files.
The episode ends revealing that The Cigarette Smoking Man is still alive with his face half burned declaring that Mulder and Scully have reopened the X-Files. The first episode started this season off with a bang and reintroduced us to The X-Files in a grand fashion and the interplay between Mulder and Scully has become better than ever.
Episode 2: Founder’s Mutation
The second episode was called Founder’s Mutation and was written and directed by James Wong who wrote some of the series best episode. Mulder and Scully investigate a suicide at a facility where they hold deformed children. The episode was not as good as the premiere in my opinion, but it still had a lot of the X-Files trademarks and it was pretty decent episode all around.
Episode 3: Mulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster
Now this episode was phenomenal. It was incredibly well-written, so funny and really clever. It is one of my favorite episodes of the entire series and my favorite episode of season 10 by far. I couldn’t believe how funny it was. It brought back to the series glory and also had call backs to prior episodes and was self-aware of itself which was one of the best parts about it. This episode is about a monster who suddenly becomes human and unexpectedly has the urge to do human things like get a job and do normal human things. He is blamed for several murders but is innocent and just wants to be left alone. This episode had the guest star of Rhys Darby who is fantastic in Flight of the Concords and a super funny comedian. There were a bunch of brilliant series in-jokes this episode, with Mulder throwing pencils at the iconic poster “I want to Believe” just like he did in the season 5 episode “Chinga” where he through pencils on the ceiling. Mulder’s ringtone is also the series main theme. When the motel owner looks inside Mulder’s room he sees him sleeping in his red speedo, a reference to the infamous season 2 episode Duane Barry. Also, Mulder’s first name is Fox and he puts his head in the head of a fox.
Also, the graveyard in which it is engraved Kim Manners where Mulder speaks with Guy Mann, is a tribute to the writer Kim Manners of the show who worked on 52 episodes. This episode was fantastic and I have not one problem about it. It was awesome.
Episode 4: Home Again
This episode was called Home Again and it was a terrible title for this episode since it recalls the episode of season 4 Home which is one of the series best episodes. Unfortunately it has nothing to do with that episode but the episode is fine on it’s own. It’s not one of the best by any means, but it was entertaining and the creature— who lives in garbage trucks and defends the homeless by killing city officials who want them gone—was pretty menacing. Gillian Anderson also gives a fantastic performance this episode since she is dealing with the loss of her mother who is in a coma. Overall, a decent episode.
Episode 5: Babylon
This episode is probably the weakest of Season 10. It was written and directed by Chris Carter and he is becoming like the George Lucas of this franchise. It’s as if he no longer can write good scripts. The X-Files I want to Believe was written and directed by him and it’s not good. He’s become one of the weakest link of the X-Files unfortunately and while I thank him for creating this show, he’s not the right person anymore to write or direct this show. It’s not bad but it’s simply not a great episode. It doesn’t feel like an X-Files episode and it feels more like a CSI or 24 type show. Mulder and Scully go after Muslims bombers who blow up buildings and I guess it works for our present day and age for all the terrorism that is happening around the world but it just doesn’t fit in this show. They also introduce two young FBI detectives Agents Einstein and Miller played by Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Ammell and theyre both fine actors but they’re characters weren’t really likeable and I hope that the plan wasn’t too have them replace Mulder and Scully. That would be terrible. Overall, by far the weakest episode of the season.
My Struggle Part 2
The season ends with the tagline “This is the end” and was written and directed by Chris Carter. A virus has infected the entire globe except those who have alien DNA. Since Scully is half alien she is not infected by the virus and tries to find a cure while Mulder goes to see The Cigarette Smoking Man who offers him a chance to survive the outbreak. Mulder refuses his offer and is found by detective Miller who brings him back to Washington. Scully meet with Miller and Mulder on the highway and Scully is about to help cure them just when a UFO appears in the sky and a light shins on our heroes. The season ends with a cliffhanger indicating that there will probably be a season 11 since they can’t possibly finish the series like this. This episode also reintroduced us to Annabeth Gish’s character Monica Reyes for a small cameo, which leads me to believe that Robert Patrick will probably return in season 11. Overall, this was a decent season finale that leaves things open for future seasons of the series.
This season was a return to form for the series and the best season since season 6. While the best episode by far was the third one, it was still a great season overall and I’m glad that this show is back. While this season needed a little more Skinner and a little less Chris Carter. It was a long wait for this season but in the end the wait was worth it.
Overall Season Rating: 9/10
Favorite episode: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster