The X-Files (1993–2018)
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My Struggle 

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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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Chris Carter

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Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Joel McHale ... Tad O'Malley
Annet Mahendru ... Sveta
Giacomo Baessato ... Doctor
Hiro Kanagawa ... Garner
Rance Howard ... Old Man
William B. Davis ... Cigarette Smoking Man
Gardiner Millar ... Man in Suit
Aliza Vellani ... O.R. Nurse
Shekhar Paleja ... O.R. Surgeon (as Shaker Paleja)
Sandy Da Costa Sandy Da Costa ... Alien
Nneka Croal ... 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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USA | Canada

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English

Release Date:

24 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

In Annet Mahendru's final scene as Sveta, the Mazda she's driving is a Canadian spec car with KPH in large print on the outside and MPH in small print on the inside of the speedometer. See more »

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As Mulder steps out of the home of Sveta to greet Tad O'Malley, arriving in his helicopter, the camera crew can be seen in the reflection of his sunglasses on two occasions. 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 Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) 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 JaydoDreSee 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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