Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully work in an unassigned detail of the bureau called the X-Files investigating cases dealing with unexplained paranormal phenomena. Mulder, a true believer, and Scully, a skeptic, perceive their cases from stand points of science and the paranormal. Written by
Vince Gilligan, one of the most beloved writers of the series by both the fans and the critics and future creator of Breaking Bad (2008), usually refers to this series as his favorite job ever. See more »
Throughout the series when we see a closeup of CGB Spender's/The Smoker's ashtray while he is extinguishing his cigarette, the filters of the "smoked" cigarettes already in the ashtrays are perfectly white, while they should be yellow/brown from the nicotine-smoke. This indicates that they are props, placed there before shooting and not cigarettes smoked by the characters. See more »
Mulder, toads just fell from the sky!
I guess their parachutes didn't open.
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At the end of the credits, the logo for Ten Thirteen Productions is shown, and a child's voice says "I made this!" See more »
Creator Chris Carter has taken great advantage of the new world landscape when crafting this revival, incorporating post-9/11 conspiracies, the Patriot Act and the militarization of the police into the new mystery, all the while tying them back to Roswell-era alien cover-ups. In fact, The X- Filesso nicely lends itself to these modern issues that it's hard to believe how much the Fox drama pre-dated many of them. Scully's skepticism is also put to an interesting new use, as she now finds herself not only questioning the science, but additionally the benefit of sharing the truth with the public.
Generally speaking, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have slid back into their most identifiable characters for this new adventure. There are some clunky and weird dialogue moments where they literally yell the slogans from the show at each other "The truth is out there, Scully!" and the such. But fortunately, these bits are outweighed by the scenes that do work, and one senses that this episode, and that dialogue, is weighed down too much with the expository need to catch up potential newcomers to the show.
The pace of the action has picked up in the intervening years, however, with one particularly dizzying, rapid-fire monologue from Mulder, cut with spooled images of nuclear weapons and paranormal happenings And both the story lines and the context feel fresh and contemporary, allusions to Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal perfectly chiming with the widespread paranoia currently peaking across the US.
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