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The X-Files Revival 2016

10X1: My Struggle (written & directed by Chris Carter): Review
10X2: Founder’s Mutation (w&d by James Wong): Review
10X3: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster (w&d by Darin Morgan): Review
10X4: Home Again (w&d by Glen Morgan): Review
10X5: Babylon (w&d by Chris Carter): Review
10X6: My Struggle II (w&d by Chris Carter – story by Chris Carter & Anne Simon & Margaret Fearon): Review

 

IDW Comics checklist

* Season 10full issues list
#1-5: Believers | Lowdown 1 2 3 4 5
#6-7: Hosts | Lowdown 6 7
#8: Being for the Benefit of Mr. X | Lowdown 8
#9: Chitter | Lowdown 9
#10: More Musings of the Cigarette-Smoking Man | Lowdown 10
#11-15: Pilgrims | Lowdown 11 12 13 14 15
#16-17: Immaculate | Lowdown 16 & 17
#18: Monica & John | Lowdown 18
#19-20: G-23 | Lowdown 19 & 20
#21-25: Elders | Lowdown 21 & 22 23 & 24 25

* Season 11full issues list
#1: Cantus | Lowdown
#2-4: Home Again | Lowdown
#5: My Name Is Gibson | Lowdown
S11 X-Mas Special | Lowdown
#6-8: Endgames | Lowdown

* Specials
Conspiracy: 6 issues. The Lone Gunmen cross-over with Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, The Crow (!).
Annuals: April 2014, 2 stories | July 2015, 1 story.
Year Zero: 5 issues, July-November 2014. Present-day X-Files and flashback to 1940s.
X-Files X-Mas Special: Season 10: December 2014 (features both present-day and 1940s agents from Year Zero) | Season 11: December 2015 (features the Lone Gunmen).
MillenniuM: 5 issues, January-May 2015 | Lowdown 1 2 3 4 5* Ongoing (2016-)
#1: Active Shooter
#2-3: Días de los Muertos
#4-5: Ishmael

S11#6-8: The Lowdown

Endgames” is the three-issue finale of the IDW comics Season 11 — actually the finale of the entire story that Joe Harris started in June 2013 with Season 10 #1 that spanned 33 issues + 2 Christmas specials. The end of a nearly-three-year ride! It is also the announcement of the start of a new ride, since a new comics series begins very soon, set in the continuity of the live revival that happened in the meantime. Let us first take a look at the story proposed in this finale, before looking at the larger picture.

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Spoilers, obviously.

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10X6: My Struggle II

The X-Files 2016: Introduction | 10X1: My Struggle | 10X2: Founder’s Mutation | 10X3: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster | 10X4: Home Again | 10X5: Babylon

This is the final of the six episodes of this revival. In all the promotion by FOX, it was billed as the “season finale”, implying there will be more even if negotiations have not started. Accordingly, the episode ends with a huge cliffhanger: Carter had written this cliffhanger into the story months ago, gambling it all in hopes that the audience would be there and that more episodes will be made — after all, if FOX was interested to revive the show after all these years, why not more than once? So far, ratings are such that a season 11 seems only to be a matter of time.

In that context, the episode’s tagline, “This Is The End“, is ironic! It also introduces us to what presents itself as the most important episode of The X-Files mythology, but ends up being the most frustrating.

10X6_ufo

Obviously, spoilers after the jump.

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10X5: Babylon

The X-Files 2016: Introduction | 10X1: My Struggle | 10X2: Founder’s Mutation | 10X3: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster | 10X4: Home Again

This episode was written and directed by Chris Carter. And this episode could only have been spawned from Carter’s mind. “Babylon” is “Fight Club” mixed with “Improbable” mixed with “The After” mixed with post-9/11 political commentary! It also introduces two new characters which will be, for lack of a better word, recurring…(at least) in the one last episode that is left out of this 6-episode revival.

"How to reconcile the two? The extremes of our nature.

“How to reconcile the two? The extremes of our nature.”

Shroomy spoilers after the jump.

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10X4: Home Again

The X-Files 2016: Introduction | 10X1: My Struggle | 10X2: Founder’s Mutation | 10X3: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

This episode was written and directed by Glen Morgan, who is also the executive producer of the entire “season 10” alongside creator Chris Carter. Glen, the brother of last week’s Darin, was of course the writing partner of Jim Wong, of the previous week, in three seasons of The X-Files and two seasons of Millennium. This is the first time Glen directs for The X-Files — actually his only other directing credits were  two remakes of 1970s horror movies that Glen and Jim did, Willard and Black Christmas.

10X4_badges

Bloody spoilers after the jump!

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10X3: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

The X-Files 2016: Introduction | 10X1: My Struggle | 10X2: Founder’s Mutation

This episode is written and directed by Darin Morgan. With only four-and-a-half episodes (4 + 3X22: Quagmire) written previously but all of them in people’s “best of” lists, he is known for how his comic episodes expanded what the show could be and made fun of its codes and characters while managing to present a good X-file investigation.

10X3_MS

Blood-squirting spoilers after the jump!

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10X2: Founder’s Mutation

The X-Files 2016: Introduction | 10X1: My Struggle

Billed as the second part of a two-night premiere by Fox, The X-Files return to self-contained cases with this episode — however in the tradition of many season 1 episodes not all is as it seems and the mythology points its nose midway through.

10X2_office

Spoilers after the jump.

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