The X-Files (miniseries) My Struggle Review
Finally the X-Files back. After a hiatus of almost 15 years (8 if you include the movie sequel) Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) are once again led onto the path of government conspiracies involving aliens. The episode begins with a recap of cases pursued during the show original run. This sequence ends with the papers being symbolically burned. Set in present day Washington DC Scully is contacted by Skinner at the hospital she works. Through her Mulder meets with right-wing newscaster Tad O’Malley. After taking extreme precautions Tad introduces Mulder to Sveta, a survivor of multiple alien abductions.
To convince both Scully and Mulder that he is right about the government being behind alien abductions, instead of the aliens, he also shows them a ship built using alien tech. To Mulder the evidence seems irrefutable. Scully is fearful of Mulder’s well-being but is persuaded to take a blood sample from Sveta and test it for alien DNA markers. The episode falters a little near the middle when it becomes unclear what exactly the conspiracy is about. Apparently both O’Malley and Mulder lament how the government had access to alien tech but still allow corporations to continue to earn fortunes using fossil fuels.
The pace of the episode is also interrupted by the flashbacks of how the government salvaged an alien ships at Roswell. Near the end of the episode Scully reveals the tests she performed on Sveta and herself. They both have alien DNA markers. Tad O’Malley is prepared to release the findings in a newscast, but his show is mysteriously taken off the air. Meanwhile Sveta becomes the victim of yet another abduction but not before her car is blown up. In the face of this Scully and Mulder can only hope that the X-files will be reopened.
Not everything in the first episode makes sense or works. The former is to be expected. What I didn’t like was how after Mulder saw the ship built using alien technology he came to the conclusion that the entire X-Files were a hoax perpetrated by the government. It doesn’t make sense, in fact, I had to the feeling that despite this stated as fact there are plenty of references in the episode to make me believe it was real. When near, the end of the episode the character Tad O’Malley goes into a Michael Moore style rant about government conspiracies I was sucked right out of the episode.
For now I will overlook such slight blemishes because I know it is just the first episode and I know the mind of its creator, Chris Carter. The first episode ends with Scully and Mulder invited to Walter Skinner’s office. The final scene shows William B. Davis reprising his role as CSM or Cigarette Smoking Man, proofing he had survived the alien onslaught on his secret desert hideout. Tonight, the show will return for its second episode. From then a new episode will air every Monday for the remainder of its run. This was The X-Files (miniseries) My Struggle Review.