TV Review: ‘The X-Files’

X-Files revival review
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There are always elements of crass commercialism baked into the DNA of revivals — nobody dusts off “Full House” for the high art of it — but perhaps an even more nagging sense of reassembling everyone just for the money in Fox’s joyless “The X-Files.” Brilliantly promoted for months, this six-episode reunion, premiering with a kick-start from the NFC Championship game, is virtually assured of attracting a sizable audience, at least initially. But based on the premiere, the harsh truth in here is that it’s as if creator Chris Carter and his collaborators have forgotten what people liked about the show.

In hindsight, after a long series run and two uneven movies (the last, which made its debut in 2008, having literally ended with the seemingly definitive image of the stars rowing away together), the logical move, in terms of investing the franchise with greater longevity, would have been to start from scratch, with new FBI agents delving into the strange and paranormal. Instead, Carter has reunited much of the cast, including leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, the original believer and the scientifically minded skeptic, whose roles have flipped multiple times.

New information, and a woman (“The Americans’ ” Annet Mahendru) who might be the victim of alien abduction, put Mulder and Scully back on the hunt, and prompt him to question what he believes, egged on by their one-time boss, Skinner (Mitch Pileggi). The press notes say some episodes will be self-contained, but it’s hard to imagine the intrepid duo will have much time for such larks, given the high stakes laid out in this opening installment, and frankly, a fully serialized arc would make more sense. (Disclosure: Lowry wrote two authorized “X-Files” companion guides in the 1990s.)

Yet while the performers have aged in only the most flattering of ways, and Fox has milked the build-up for all it’s worth, there’s a feeling that everyone is just going through the motions, despite the durability of the show’s central conceit about distrusting authority and the prospect of shadowy conspiracies reaching into the highest levels of government and business. In fact, Duchovny is saddled with a speech detailing the extrapolated depths of those tentacles — one that might be the longest single piece of conspiratorial exposition put on film since the closing summation in “JFK.”

Throughout the premiere, it’s simply hard to escape the prevailing malaise of this being a deal-driven exercise, a chance to cash in on the name recognition of the title in a format that mitigated the time commitment for all concerned, particularly Duchovny and Anderson. Heck, they’re even back shooting in Vancouver, the town Duchovny rather famously pushed to leave during the show’s heyday.

Whether or not that takes a toll on viewership after the opening flurry and initial kick of hearing Mark Snow’s score again, creatively speaking, “The X-Files” can’t help but feel like a missed opportunity — except, perhaps, among those X-Philes who remain not just eager to believe, but in terms of falling short of expectations, to forgive as well.

TV Review: 'The X-Files'

(Limited series; Fox, Sun. Jan. 24, 10 p.m. ET)

Production

Filmed in Vancouver by Ten Thirteen Prods. in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Crew

Executive producers, Chris Carter, Glen Morgan; producer, Grace Gilroy; writer-director, Carter; camera, Joel Ransom; production designer, Mark Freeborn; editor, Heather MacDougall; music, Mark Snow; casting, Rick Millikan. 60 MIN.

Cast

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Joel McHale

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  1. Rick Anthony says:

    Well, it’s good to see another ‘Rick’ thought the miniseries was good. And no, this isn’t a Rick conspiracy!
    I’m not sure what people were looking for in these six episodes, maybe the undeniable truth that God exists, but to me… I enjoyed them. The only problem that I saw… is they should have kept the alien theme their main focus. In doing so, they may have been able to solve a couple of past questions most of us 9 season / two movie freaks still have. And, It may very well have kept all the heartburn I’m hearing on almost every site with comments, down to heads banging on walls instead of an organized mob screaming at the tops of their proverbial lungs.
    I have my thoughts as well about each episode… but really, I don’t think any of you would be interested in anything positive. I just hope they continue on with the series, and work out the kinks along the way. But again, any format they choose to deliver, will be better than the crap they’ve had on TV for the past decade.

    • KH says:

      “any format they choose to deliver, will be better than the crap they’ve had on TV for the past decade.” Are you serious? The “crap” we have had since the x-files went off air – “Breaking Bad”, “24”, “Homeland”, “The Walking Dead”, “Game of Thrones”, “Sherlock”, “Doctor Who”, “The Wire”, “House”, “Mad Men”, “Archer”, “Lost”…unless all you watch are reality tv show or talent contest, I don’t see how you can say you would watch this rubbish over the host of very intelligent and tightly written shows. And whilst the x files was around, such brilliant writing was happening on Star Trek Deep Space Nine and still to this day it’s brilliantly planned, executed and with a host of characters you love. This show didn’t even come close to being as good as that.

  2. Moe Curly Howard says:

    “The X-Files” fan here. The new reboot was disappointing… the last episode the worst. I’m at the point that I wish they hadn’t bothered.

    • KH says:

      Wait though…with the logic of the vocal minority here who have the hump with this review say you cannot be a fan and dislike episodes of the show or feel disappointed by this reboot / revival / revisit / season 10 / season 1 (it really doesn’t matter what you call it)…what those “fans” seem to not understand is that if they attack the person and not the argument, then their argument against the people whom speak their mind, explain what they didn’t like about this series with valid and coherent reasons, is essentially pointless and weak (just like Carter’s writing! lo).

      The X-Files should never have bothered with the 2nd film or this reboot. Leave it dead and alone – it ended bad enough back then…it needed something afterwards to clean the mess but I had no hope they would do it justice because if they couldn’t in 9 seasons and 2 films, 6 episodes certainly won’t either. ..unless of course Carter bows out. He clearly cannot handle his show anymore, has lost perspective and is with his own hand, killing everything good about the show. Though he kinda did that a long time ago in the original series. I have no hope for the future of this show under his reign. Sure, it could all be a commercial success, but people who appreciate good writing, good characterisation and planned plots won’t bother with his gimmicks any longer.

      I am glad he has been finally exposed for the hack he always was. It’s so funny when reviews point out the terrible episodes from the past and know they were written by Carter (Fight Club, Fire, Syzygy, Improbable – the list goes on) whilst talking about the current terrible work he still does.

  3. Mark Sherman says:

    What made the original series so great was the slow unwinding of the conspiracy and the well timed gaps that separated the mythology episodes via some ultra creative one-and-done stories. This season on the other hand was rather blasé throughout and the Chris Carter episodes were by far the weakest of the lot. Great to see the two stars together again but X-Files was always about the stories. And what happened to logic? In the finale, Mulder’s FBI issued laptop requires no password to access. Scully and Einstein (really?) can develop a vaccine that will save the world in a matter of minutes. Despite Washington DC traffic and a nationwide panic, Scully can jog from the hospital to meet Mulder with more than enough time remaining to shepherd the weakened crowds towards their local hospital. Compare this to any of the episodes of the original run, especially seasons 1 through 7 and these were not even close. Was really looking forward to this, but despite some wonderful moments here and there, the reboot was a disappointment. Bring in some new writers, keep CC far away, and you could really have something. And let’s all hope Tad O’Malley doesn’t receive the vaccine in time.

    • KH says:

      Totally agree. As long as the “Shippers” are the vocal minority, and Carter still works on this show, the X-files will never be about the stories the way it once was and the way it needs to be. It will be about Mulder and Scully holding hands or mirror alternative versions of themselves or gimmicky attempts at religious philosophy.

  4. rockerrick says:

    Oh come on, you are just jumping on a bandwagon with flat tires. The final episode was fantastic and gave us the Truth. Sure, there was some rust in some spots but who cares? This show rocks!

  5. Mk says:

    I feel like people’s brains have slowed (or sped up to the point of constant distraction) with the internet, iphones and social media. This new episode was on point and grabbed me immediately. The nostalgia was thick, the conspiracy believable, the relationships pulsating. Loved every minute.

  6. Slann says:

    Acting seemed stiff, story included some weirdly illogical twists on the old Roswell story (i.e., that the Russkies somehow faked the ship, including creating mutated midgets as “aliens”, even though this tired, old government “theory” has been thoroughly discounted years ago), and the Scully character seemed to be suffering from post-Hannibal depression. I liked the inclusion of the ARV, but the tech was incorrectly stated: the “vortex” anti-gravity system is for propulsion, not “zero-point energy” generation, which is a separate system. Both technologies are now operating in the currently “flying” TR-3B secret craft.
    We’ll see where this goes, but Mulder needs a “pick-me-up”.

  7. Artist says:

    To all those curmudgeons … ” IT’S an X- Files THING , YOU WOULDN”T UNDERSTAND …”

  8. Artist says:

    X FILES: An Avid watcher from the beginning, I thought it was well done, acting between Scully and Mulder with appearances of Skinner and the Smoking Man … I did NOT care for the photo opt that was given to Obama, it was so blatantly political, and totally out of continuity with the subject matter in the script and … NOW, this is what really made me angry, the delay of X files Premiere after 13 years of waiting,
    FOX NETWORK: WE HAD TO WAITING A FULL HALF HOUR AFTER X FILES WAS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF A POST NFL GAME SHOW !! with a bunch of always ON FOOTBALL HEROS and old players commenting with JACK ASS antics ABSURDITY to the MAX.. !
    FOX should stick to their schedule, we pay COMCAST through the nose, to see Xfiles etc. NOT this foolish behavior by these fool football players. AND MY GOD 25 MINUTES of COMMERCIALS ?,

  9. S.A. says:

    It’s quite obvious this columnist wouldn’t and couldn’t have been happy with anything this show could have dished out. If you don’t like the conspiracy and/or alien stuff shows to start with, then you will not be liking this show simply because it is no more your cup of tea than a football game is for me. The story was excellent, updated with what has been happening since the end of the initial series, and the actors are not pretending that no time has passed since then. They play their age, and they have aged very well. Life has scarred these two characters just as it does in real life. They are still fond of each other, but just can’t live with each other’s intensity. Anyone taking time to look at what is going on on the world and political scenes should realizes what this first episode was putting forward. It may be fiction, but fiction is inspired by real life, and this show is no exception. I thought Mulder just as he has always been, the boy who was shocked from seeing his sister being taken away, and his father die in mysterious circumstances, all which have led him to becoming an adult who is only emotional when there is a question of conspiracy/alien/oddity, and aloof in all other situation because of his doubts – his mask is his protection. Scully, the scientist, was and still is the more rational one as it was planned ever since the very first episode of the initial series. He responds emotionally to weird situations, and she analyzes them. They then come to a middle understanding and plan of action. Also, the columnist suggested that they should have been replaced – No! They definitely should have not tried to replace those 2 excellent actors – may I remind you that they tried that before and it failed miserably in spite of good actors taking it on. Maybe you didn’t like them today because they don’t have the charm or excuse of youth anymore – people age, this is what happens, and it doesn’t make them less worthy for it. They are not any less bright than they were in the 90s. On the contrary, with the knowledge and experience acquired through the years, their analysis is based on more valid data. The situation nowadays deserves more than ever that someone somewhere ask and expose it as it is, and question the moves on world stage. I’ll admit I’m an X-Files die hard, and and more than enthusiastic with tonight’s first episode, so I am really looking forward to the next one tomorrow. Finally a show with content, and lots of it! Not cheap voyeurism, no “Look how I can renovate/cook/dress myself”, no excessive & empty special effects, no twisted families or horror/gory/devilish plots of the week,and no sports either – these which pretty much describe what we are being served these days – it always costs less not having to work on solid fiction content and quality presentations – this is what is lacking on the air these days: good fiction stories. . Just great stories with real content and action not specifically aimed at the 15-30s, Finally stories on topics seldom, if ever,tackled on prime time.The only point I agree with this columnist is that FOX fumbled the airing of the premiere. It looks like when they decided they no longer cared about that show and started moving it around – this is how you kill a series. The trick to any long time favorites is to keep it at one day and time in the schedule, not purposely put it against the known success shows on other networks, and keep at it; give it time to develop a loyal viewership by giving them time to get to know/rekindle with the characters.. That is the formula. I hope for many out there who wanted to see it that they will present a repeat during the week of the first 2 episodes. I’m sure they have something they can replace somewhere for 2 hours in their poor schedule. I suggest trying 8-10 PM on Wednesday, and to especially avoid Tuesday and Thursday nights where all of the heavy weights are. But hey, I have not say in this. I’M just an old viewer, and I’m happy I saw the first “revival” episode, planning to see the second and all the rest. I’m even hoping for many more to come. Thank you FOX for reviving the X-Files, thanks to Chris Carter for this great content, and thank you as well as all the cast and crew for this great work whatever it may lead to….

    • Arturo B. says:

      Thank You, S. A. for your fine comment. I too was/am a die hard fan, and there were times I was not happy with the direction the show/movies took, it happens. In the case of the critic, it’s his job to watch t.v. shows it’s what he’s PAID to do, everyone else can simply not watch. David Duchovny/Gillian Anderson are the X-Files and I’m glad to see them back. All the original cast members could have chosen not to return but those characters put them on the map. It would have been churlish of them not to return. I applaud their courage.

  10. tedwest says:

    I would agree that the actors were merely 9barely) going through the motions, but I would vehemently disagree that duo has aged gracefully.

  11. Satchel says:

    The acting in part 1 of the pilot was terrible. Especially David Duchovny’s.
    This show has no hope unless it gets many magnitudes better in the next few episodes.
    This is terrible acting, writing and planning at its best.

  12. Karodinu H says:

    I am not at all surprised by this review. I have not been holding my breath that this revival was going to go well so long as Carter and Duchovny are part of it. Both of them are arrogant, in love with themselves, washed out, and desperate to hold onto nostalgia because they have nothing better to do. I know there will be enough hardcore fans whom will be happy with anything they get, whilst the rest of the casual audience, and or objective fans, will either not care by now nor want to be manipulated again by Carter’s weak writing and convoluted plots. The only saving will be the Morgan(s) and Wong being part of this, but with Carter book-ending this revival, anything good they come up with will be overshadowed by Carter’s terrible character-writing (as in he can’t do it) , dialogue and Duchovny’s bad acting.

    It’s interesting to read Lowry again on this show, as I had his x-files books back in the day. He is right about the revival needing new cast members instead of bringing back Duchovny and Anderson. 1) Duchovny can’t act and thinks too much of himself and that unfortunately suits Carter’s terrible monologues. 2) Anderson has better things to do and managed to have a good tangible career away from Scully and worked hard for that 3) we won’t be able to call on these two all the time for future episodes – they look too old, this makes no sense for the characters and the actors will get too busy – and how long will it be before DD gets fed up again and his paycheck isn’t enough.

    It’s funny to read fans’ comments here with their disdain for Lowry, mainly because he thinks the revival should have been with new leads – when I think he knows what he is talking about and has knowledge of the show at it’s peak. Most revivals are a cash-in on people whom don’t want to move on and grow up – that goes for the actors, creators and certain audiences. This series had 9 years to write some good character development etc but failed on this miserably. There is little point to doing it again with the same characters. And the fact that Mulder and Scully hardcore fans only want to see them is shooting themselves in the foot, because this franchise cannot and did not survive on M and S alone. It needed to be an assemble cast back then. But Mulder and Scully crazies are quite narrow-minded this way and it’s either them or no show, which is a real shame, because the atmosphere and writing (when other writers had a go) stands by itself regardless of Mulder and Scully being part of it. DD and GA are an undeniable part of it’s success but they did not make or break the show – the writing did (once Morgan and Wong came in). But I think Mulder and Scully fans are kinda the only fans left. Everyone else got tired of it all and saw thru the sell-out manipulations. But these fans will not keep this show going. Carter and DD are not up to the recent TV standard we are now used to and this will show very easily now up against some really good tv and acting we have now.

    • Blackwood says:

      Total nonsense. You’re basically saying that everything that made The X-Files great should be replaced by a mediocre imitation. May I recommend Fringe? I think that’s what you’re looking for.

  13. Cartman says:

    Incredibly dumb and ridiculous review. I’ve watched the first three episodes of the six(including Darin Morgan’s episode) and i have to say that Variety is truly embarrassing itself, the first episode might not be on the same level as the original episodes but it’s still superior to the stuff that’s on TV these days. The fantapolitical and political discourse is too much for these wannabe bloggers and dumb viewers with extremely low attention span, sadly.

  14. Juan says:

    I’ve seen the first episode at NYCC. I don’t agree with this review at all. Is it true that this reporter had conflicts with the show’s production company?

  15. Truthteller says:

    FULLER DISCLOSURE: Brian Lowry was REPLACED as the X-Files Companion author after CONFLICTS with Ten Thirteen Productions. So why the hell is he writing this review?

  16. Ross says:

    I watched the 20 minute interview and was excited to see that this was back on. Looking forward to seeing the crew back in action.

  17. theportwinestain says:

    so you are judging the entire endeavor on the first episode? gotcha

  18. Bill B. says:

    I was a big fan way back when in its heyday, but that was then and this is now. The interest I had in this ended long ago with the series just petering out and two bad movies. I hate seeing Anderson back here. She’s a fine actress and fought hard for years to shake this character and find good roles. She lost the good fight.

  19. Steven says:

    This review is nonsense. I was at the NYCC screening for the first episode and it was great. It was everything we love about The X Files. You wanted new characters in place of Mulder and Scully? And you call yourself a fan?

  20. GrammarNazi says:

    “it’s worth”

    *its.

    Come on.

  21. Mulder says:

    You wrong….

    I still feel a lot of bitterness and bad faith in two criticisms. Be saying that incorporates the conspiracy and other wait……. guys….. no …..really ???

    It’s like a new Rocky have criticize it by what it is “still” a boxing history and made self (yours …the spin off is EXACTLY that’s …. and yet the critics it falls above… crazy ^^).

    No, but I do not mind that we can be disappointed episode……ok, but say many stupid and bad faith….. why…. just to say the opposite of are neighbors…or annoy the fans…. but if cases stop the hypocrisy….finally, the US I’m not surprised.

  22. Jesse Pinkman says:

    you know nothing to the series!
    The Revival is excellent.

  23. Alana says:

    I’ll watch it anyway. Sometimes reviews are spot-on, other times I find myself wondering if the reviewer saw an entirely different movie/show/episode. I HOPE I’ll love it & find it moving. At the very least, I’ll be interested.

  24. Magnus says:

    Nope youre wrong, new characters would be totally the wrong way to go.

  25. Jake says:

    most reviewers and folks who’ve seen the first episode are giving it negative-to-lukewarm notices, yet fans of the show seem to be anger with the reviewer…also, Fox only gave critics the first episode, if indeed the show gets better then bad on Fox for not giving more

  26. jsun says:

    I’d call this review an X-FILE because the reviewer gave absolutely no evidence to back up his assertions other than “a feeling.” Reviews are subjective, yes, but this is to the extreme. At least point to some reason why you feel that way.

  27. Jacques Strappe says:

    When the original series aired, I was totally enamored of it like many. When I first heard of the new limited run episodes, I honestly felt conflicted since my affection for the old series was strong but the reality of revivals and reboots has almost always disappointed. My expectations are low for these new episodes but hopefully I will be surprised. In anticipation of revisiting the new episodes, I just completed binge watching all 9 seasons of the original X-Files. I came away with a little less fondness for the original 9 seasons when viewed in totality (one of the luxuries of binge watching). I noticed nearly an equal number of mediocre episodes among the really good ones. Consequently, I would have been just fine if these upcoming new ones were just not made. You can’t go home again and expect everything to be the same; It never is and rare that it is the same or certainly rarer that it has improved. I expect many rabid fans of the original X-Files will see what they want to see in the 2016 ones but overall I expect it to be a mostly forgettable 6 episodes. My hope is that these don’t represent a regrettable effort. I can live with forgettable.

  28. tlsnyder42 says:

    FULL HOUSE was a fun show. Just because elitists like you and the snooty liberal blockheads who pick the Emmy nominations think it’s beneath them means squat to really smart, compassionate people of taste like those who tuned in every week to watch something that’s truly entertaining. . .

  29. TCNCAPPY says:

    If you truly believe that people would want to see anyone other than Duchovny and Anderson and by using them Carter has “forgotten what people liked about the show”… well let’s just say there’s no reason to read the rest of your article because you most certainly have no idea what you are talking about , sir.

  30. Mike M says:

    “There are always elements of crass commercialism baked into the DNA of revivals — “.

    Brian you have been around long enough to know that “There are always elements of crass commercialism baked into the DNA of ALL TV shows”. And unquestionably it’s the revivals that DO take the easy path and reboot with any old new characters that are the biggest “milkers” of the process. Yet here the faithful fans are rewarded with the only two actors that could ever allow a reboot of such a cult show to happen and be truly accepted. So your logic seemed very odd indeed.

    By the time you said “The press notes say some episodes will be self-contained,” it was clear you haven’t even watched the 20 odd minute special, in which it was made clear by the prod crew that the first and last are mythology arc based, with the middle ones self contained.

    So by that stage your opinion and verdict was pretty washed out of meaning to me, though like millions of others I would have watched anyway to make up my own mind. A lot of people are too young to know just what this show meant in the 90’s. For its time it had the cult status of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones combined.

  31. JWB says:

    Check out new novel WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME if you love X-Files!!!

  32. DE says:

    I have been saying for years that Chris Carter is a one hit wonder and he’s out of juice. When he let go of Morgen and Wong, that was the end of quality X-Files. Carter can’t stand the fact that other people are more talented than him with his own property. Anyway, he should go the way of George Lucas and sell the show off and give it up to some other talent, once and for was. We’ve washed our hands from X-Files, he needs to wash his hands from X-Files too.

    • I agree with DE, however unpopular that it is to loyal XF fans. I have always believed CC has a self-destructive personality almost from the start of what could have been a real groundbreaking show when he turned Scully into a victim, Surely GA could have missed a few episodes when she had her first child without resorting to the whole abduction/amnesia/cancer awful mess. From that point on, for me, there were only selective episodes that were entertaining and interesting. The 2008 movie was cringeworthy and the revival will be watched by others than me. I think new writers could have improved the whole franchise, but CC is too weak and selfish to care about his creation in a helpful way. I do not blame anyone else for their return to the show; actors, writers, directors and staff need to work and love to work. CC should takes what he thinks is his mojo back to surfing and leave the show in more talented and interesting hands.

      • Blackwood says:

        Total nonsense. Scully’s abduction is widely regarded as the start of the show taking on bigger, bolder and more ambitious stories. It took the characters into richer, more complicated territory and gave the series a more epic sweep beyond B-movie knockoff standalones that largely filled up the first season.

      • BMAN says:

        I totally agree with you. The show has been running on empty since season 6 and the last movie was just horrible. FOX needs to get rid of Chris Carter and his cronies and fine someone who can breathe new life to the franchise. Someone like Bryan Fuller from Hannibal or J.J. Abrams. I’m sure those guys can jump start the movie franchise as well because the Chris Carter version of The X Files is damaged goods in my opinion. I know I will get a lot of hate from XF fangirls and fanboys for this but that’s fine with me. I won’t take it personally.

    • ZeusFaber says:

      The X-Files had its most creatively successful season and broke out into the mainstream with killer ratings AFTER the Wongs left (1995-96). Chris Carter also created the brilliant Millennium, amongst others, whereas the Wongs never managed to create a hit show of their own despite their best efforts.

      Besides, they’re all back working together on the revival. The best of both worlds.

  33. fredfitch says:

    I had a feeling this would be the result, even though I had some hopes that the return of the Morgan brothers would make a difference.

    Some things you just have to leave in the past–do we really need MORE paranoia now? Let alone rote paranoia, done for cash, by people who can’t get a better gig.

    Somebody needs to reimagine this whole franchise for the modern era, and it obviously can’t be Chris Carter.

  34. Dunstan says:

    I could never get into this show no matter how often I tried. Every time I’d check in, Scully was yelling “Mulder” and Mulder was yelling “Scully.” Too silly to waste my time.

    • You were so not into it that you were compelled to read an article about its return and comment. Talk about too silly.

      • .
        OK, I’ve had enough time to stop laughing at your desperate attempt to justify your original comment. You call my comment inane, I call it perceptive and your indignant retort lends creedence to it. You trolled onto this comment section to say something negative and then couldn’t handle being called out for it. Well, it was good for a hearty laugh and I leave you now to provide further proof of my point. I know you will.

      • Dunstan says:

        Robert, commenting on one of many reviews I read hardly merits an inane comment like yours. I read a lot of things here and elsewhere. It’s called being informed.

  35. “Brilliantly promoted for months.” I’ve no idea whether the review of the episode is fair, but this part was funny. :)

  36. Marcus says:

    Sorry Soul but you not see it. Only first episode has premiere and it’s good.

  37. stevenkovacs says:

    I believe. I will be watching!

  38. ZeusFaber says:

    It’s hardly surprising that the first new TV episode in 13 years is going to get weighed down by a bit of catch-up exposition. The show can’t take flight again until that’s all out of the way. It would be fairer to judge the event series as a whole.

  39. Soul says:

    As someone who saw the first episode and MOST scenes of the entire miniseries, I can tell you that the first episode is indeed a slow and lukewarm start; really unremarkable writing by Carter there. The Morgan brothers and Wong bring some amusing stuff later on. Unfortunately, Duchovny always was a bad dramatic actor and here is no different; he’s flat as ever. Anderson always was the best thing about the show – and probably the main reason why it was such a phenomenal success – so again, here’s no different. Anderson gets to shine especially in #6, the funny bits and the stuff that involve [SPOILER] Mama Scully.

    • You are substantially incorrect. I love Anderson but the success of the show was due to the chemistry between Duchovny and her. Without that, it wouldn’t have worked. And Duchovny was as much responsible for that chemistry as Anderson.

    • Soul says:

      So, I would probably give the first episode 5.5/10 and the entire miniseries 7.5/10 – saved only by Anderson’s acting and Morgans’ (and Wong) writing. Gish has lovely chemistry with Anderson, though she’s barely in it here.

  40. P.J. says:

    I will watch the show and form my own conclusions. Observing David Duchcovny burp, while Gillian Anderson wipes her nose would be more entertaining than some of the tripe on TV today.

  41. Sorry you didn’t like it. But try as you may, you haven’t dulled my enthusiasm regarding this revival. Can’t wait to see it.

  42. DanZee says:

    Too bad about the reboot. Chris Carter didn’t even know what to do with the second movie, a rehash of the Mothman myth. I would envision Scully and Mulder staying as far away from the government as much as possible!

  43. mark says:

    I saw the premiere and really liked it, not sure what youre talking about!

  44. Roberta says:

    I feel like you wrote this with preconceived notions, under your very own malaise. I hope you are wrong. And I had the impression the cast and crew were excited about this endeavor.

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