While not the hugest fan of The X-Files during its original run, I still liked those middle seasons and was very intrigued by this unexpected season 10 revival. And, I have to admit, I've enjoyed it. But, now that I've seen the season finale which aired tonight, this 10th season is more than just a novelty... Now, they absolutely, **must** do a season 11.
Sure, a movie is a possibility too, but sometimes TV shows are just meant to stay TV shows. And, if they do an 11th season, I hope new agents Miller & Einstein remain recurring characters but that Mulder & Scully are still the main focus. And, it wouldn't hurt to do 8 or 10 episodes instead of just 6.10.01 "My Struggle"
This was a great introduction back into the show. I couldn't help feel like the big revelation in this episode was nothing new, because even at the height of the "alien" conspiracy, humans always seemed to be meddling in things too. But, it made bringing the show back feel like more than just a whim. A minor nitpick would be some frustration with Mulder & Scully each acting like the most extreme versions of their speculative and skeptical selves. But, with a new conspiracy story line and a fast pace, the season hit the ground running.10.02 "Founder's Mutation"
I don't remember much about this episode except the cool ending with the sibling mutants and it containing flash-sideways of Mulder & Scully imagining life with their child. I think I had stopped watching the original run of the show before the baby storyline, but I knew Mulder & Scully had a child together. It was good for an episode of the revival to not ignore that.10.03 "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster"
I groaned at this episode's teaser before the opening credits. It seemed abnormally goofy, and I thought the writers weren't taking it seriously. When I realized that was intentional, and this was going to be a comedic episode, I was more open-minded. I think it may have been laugh-out-loud funny only once or twice, but it was definitely very amusing, very creative, and unexpectedly satisfying. This might have the most re-watch value of the season.10.04 "Home Again"
I have mixed feelings about this episode. The subplot about Scully's ailing mother was very well done in every way, especially the performances,
and despite the fact that I was a little confused because I don't remember anything about Scully's family from the original run. But, it was somewhat jarring the way such a sad, poignant subplot was
cobbled together with such an...ugly subplot about a supernatural creature called Band Aid Nose Man who rips people's limbs off and has a garbage truck as a getaway vehicle. And, since he always hopped in the back, just who is driving that garbage truck?!?
Was the driver supernatural too? Was the garbage truck itself supernatural? This just didn't seem like a worthy case-of-the-week to steal Scully's attention away from her family issues. Her final line of the episode was a decent attempt at trying to connect the episode's trash motif to the topic of her & Mulder's son, but it also had an awful "ring" to it.10.05 "Babylon"
I loved the introduction of Agents Miller & Einstein. I hope their similarities to Mulder & Scully are for comedic effect only and not some hint they may replace Mulder & Scully in future installments. At first, I also liked Mulder's mushroom trip scene, which is undoubtedly supposed to be the most memorable part of the episode. But, as I thought about it more and heard it discussed elsewhere, the mushroom trip has several problems...
(1) It was *too* trippy considering Mulder actually had the placebo. He didn't just loosen up in a country line dance bar, he was stumbling in traffic. (2) It doesn't make any sense how his trip -- that wasn't really a trip -- would work in communicating with a comatose patient. (3) His trip wasn't even a trip, so even if Mulder had been right, how did it still work? (4) The patient's message to Mulder was so soft-spoken and in another language, how did Mulder remember it at all? (5) This had a similar problem as episode 4 in that the somewhat comedic Miller/Einstein/mushroom subplot seems to be too different in tone to the rather serious terrorist subplot.
Luckily, the episode ended on a really nice, casual, quasi-romantic scene between Mulder & Scully walking & talking, which now feels like the calm before the storm considering the season finale to follow.10.06 "My Struggle II"
This is the episode that completely justifies the return of The X-Files after all this time and even for so short a run. It was exciting & fast-paced, it had surprisingly high stakes, it had a cinematic feel to it, and it has game-changing consequences on the overall X-Files universe. In a longer season, this could have been a two-parter. My only nitpicks: (1) It has such strong connective tissue to 10.01 that it makes the middle four episodes feel almost like distractions from a more important story, no matter how good some of it was. (2) Mulder & Scully are apart for almost the whole episode. (3) The episode ends on **too much** of a cliffhanger. That last one is fine if there's actually going to be an 11th season (or a movie, whatever). In that case, I'm impressed. *Even I* want another season of The X-Files.
Well done! But, being impressed is replaced with major frustration if they did all this just to end a brief revival on the mother of all cliffhangers with no intention of finishing it up. There's more story to tell. Now they absolutely have to tell it.