The X-Files (1993– )
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My Struggle 

After the collapse of their relationship, former FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are reunited by a TV host who promotes conspiracy theories about the government and believes that alien abductions are actually false flag operations.

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... Fox Mulder
... Dana Scully
... Walter Skinner
... Tad O'Malley
... Sveta
... Doctor
... Garner
... Old Man
... Cigarette Smoking Man
... Man in Suit
... O.R. Nurse
... O.R. Surgeon (as Shaker Paleja)
Sandy Da Costa ... Alien
... Squad Leader
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After the collapse of their relationship, former FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are reunited by a TV host who promotes conspiracy theories about the government and believes that alien abductions are actually false flag operations.

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The opening credits montage after the prelude are the same as the first season credits. See more »

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When Mulder arrives at his former X-Files office at the FBI, he kicks at and tears the 'I Want To Believe' poster lying on the ground. However, in the series conclusion at the end of season nine, in the episode titled 'The Truth', Agent John Doggett rolled up the poster and took it with him. See more »

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Fox Mulder: [as narrator] My name is Fox Mulder. Since my childhood, I have been obsessed by a controversial global phenomenon. Since my sister disappeared when I was 12 years old... in what I believe was an alien abduction. My obsession took me to the FBI, where I investigated paranormal science cases through the auspices of a unit known as the X-Files. Through this unit, I could continue my work on the alien phenomenon, and the search for my missing sister. In 1993, the FBI sought to impugn ...
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References The X-Files: Redux (1997) See more »

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The X-Files
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Bael
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This was painful to watch
27 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

At about 60% through the episode I actually felt physical discomfort with an intense wish to leave my chair. I found myself trying to breath the show out of my lungs as much as I could, covering my eyes with my hand.

The old X-Files show with Duchovny and Anderson was far from perfect, with the quality varying considerably from episode to episode, but the thing that made that show special (at least early on) was an intelligent subtlety. This gave the show a sense of mystery and tension and that sense was brought closer to the viewer's heart by a certain level of realism in characters and environments.

This episode on the other hand is so blunt, so full of clichés and piles up so much conspiracy that it felt like a mockery of conspiracy theorists. At the end of the episode I expected Mulder and Scully to turn towards the viewer and say, "Gotcha!" and laugh heartily.

The show tries once again to pull the "all we experienced was a lie" twist on us, which already felt old back in the 90s, and this episode delivers this twist with such bluntness that I was struggling not to laugh. Also, you can't use this twist on anyone who actually remembers certain details of the old show, unless you pretend that they never happened.

On top of this all, the acting...eh...look, it is great to see these two characters back together, but Duchovny sounds like he hasn't slept for a couple of days and was asked to act in something he has long lost interest for.

In conclusion, the painful dialogue, botched conspiracy story and tired acting makes me lose hope for future episodes. Perhaps the creators would have been better of if they just introduced new main characters and a new storyline.


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