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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spoilers after the jump.

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10X1: My Struggle

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

After this introduction, let us now get into the meat of this: the episode itself.

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My Struggle” is written and directed by Chris Carter. It has the difficult task to do no less than the following: introduce the concept of the show, its central characters, its main intrigue, to new viewers; refresh the memory of fans on where the story stood when we last saw our heroes; reintroduce the main characters and what makes them tick; cover the time gap between 2008 and today; address and advance the mythology; present an episode’s worth of intrigue, with beginning, middle and end; last 44 minutes; and satisfy fans as much as possible.

Spoilers after the jump

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