Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The X-Files: The Event Series (TV Show)

Watching The X-Files: The Event Series (a.k.a. Season X) was sort of like attending your 20 year high school reunion and trying to have a meaningful conversation with a friend you haven't had any sort of contact with since graduation. Sure, it's good to see them again. But the truth of the matter is, once you've reminiced about your shared past, you find you really don't have much to say to each other. Because that much catchup with someone you haven't had anything to do with in two decades... It's just too much effort. So you just assume that not much has changed with your old friend and keep conversation to small-talk.

It was kind of like that. 

When the X-Files mysteriously reopen, Mulder and Scully are reunited. And, apart from looking older, they really aren't that different from the last time around. They still have the same hangups, obsessions, and personal angst as they did during the original series. So no real character development. If you were expecting that, sorry to disappoint (there was a bit of character suicide, but not enough to rant about).

Only two of the six new episodes deal with the original UFO/Alien/Conspiracy Mythology. The rest are either cheesy Monsters-of-The-Week types or are so graphically horrifying (we're talking blood & guts & severed limbs) they could easily be part of a horror movie. You'll see monsters that change into men, kids who use the Emergency Broadcast tone to drive people insane, the one and only Fox Mulder on a line-dancing, yee-hawing bad drug trip, and an abundance of poorly-disguised Easter Eggs sprinkled throughout. And the ending... Let's just say my reaction to the end was similar to that of the kid from The Princess Bride when Grandfather revealed that no one actually killed Prince Humperdink ("Gee-Wiz, Grandpa! What the heck did you read me this for?!?").

I almost wish I hadn't watched The X-Files: The Event Series. It kind of tried to spoil some things for me that I loved about the original series.  So if you're a fan of the original series, you may want to skip this one...If only to preserve the memory of how aweseome The X-Files used to be back in the day. --AJB

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