“The X-Files”: the Truth Is Out There One More Time… If You Want To Believe

The X-Files is back, and the new season is well worth the hype.

Mulder and Scully have returned to explore the strange and unnatural as they search for the truth behind their bizarre encounters.

The series began in 1993 and is the longest running science fiction series in television history, airing its last season in 2002. Two movies were created from the series as well, one in 1998 and the more recent in 2008.

The new season of X-Files serves as a perfect starting point for newcomers to the series as well. Having never watched the X-Files before, I found the first episode easy to follow without any prior knowledge to the earlier seasons.

The first episode brought agents Mulder and Scully back together after the closing of the X-Files over a decade ago. Following a flashback to a UFO crash in 1947, the episode reveals Scully and Mulder to be living separately. The agents are reunited following agent Skinner’s recommendation that the two meet conspiracy theorist Tad O’Malley. Their meeting with O’Malley spawns the sequence of events which will take them to what could potentially be the truth behind Mulder’s latest conspiracy theory.

However, the first episode is not without flaws. For one, Mulder and Scully’s reunion seemed a bit rushed. For a couple separated for years, their reunion was rather casual, and Joel McHale’s character casting as Tad O’Malley seemed completely wrong. The flashback to 1947 had some really cheesy moments, and David Duchovny sounded very dull and dry at certain moments in the episode.

Nevertheless, this season has me hooked. Despite not knowing all of the backstory associated with the new season, I am definitely interested in the previous seasons now as well as the continuation of the current season. The X-Files airs every Monday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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