The X-Files (2016) – My Struggle, and Founder’s Mutation

Eight years after the second feature film, I Want to Believe, and almost fourteen years after the season nine episode, The Truth, The X-Files returned to screens with a six episode limited series, now christened Season Ten.

And while I Want To Believe may not have been the film fans wanted (hoping for more on the alien mythology) is does set up the crumbling relationship of Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), that has completely fallen apart by the start of My Struggle.

Written and directed by series creator Chris Carter, My Struggle first hit airwaves on 24 January, 2016, and brought fans back into the world they had missed.

Scully is continuing her work as a medical doctor as seen in the second film, while Mulder has become even more of a recluse, though without a beard this time.

Their early part of the story intercuts with The X-Files version of what happened in Roswell in 1947, as Mulder and Scully are drawn back together at the behest of Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and a conservative web show host that pitches conspiracy and false flag stories to his viewers, Ted O’Malley (Joel McHale).

He connects the former agents with a beautiful abductee, Sveta (Annet Mahendru), and is through her, an old contact and O’Malley that Mulder begins to see a new version of ‘the truth’ – even with the things that have happened throughout the series, he begins to believe that it’s not aliens interacting with humanity, but powers within the government using alien technology to subdue and control people, preparing them for a final enslavement under their greater technology.

Though Mulder posits that they may also be preparing for the Sixth Extinction, which some powers would be able to survive, thanks to the recovered, and employed alien tech, and screw everyone else that they’ve forced into a consumerist stupor.

The titles sequence goes back to the original format, with the addition of Pileggi, and the episode nicely sees Mulder and Scully being pulled back into the whole thing, re-opening The X-Files, which is further cemented by the fact that evil never dies, as illustrated by a partially burned face we encounter at the episode’s end, despite what we saw happen in the truth.

I really enjoyed this episode, loved how they updated the conspiracy, and dealt with the friction of the Mulder/Scully relationship, and its fallout.

Founder’s Mutation was written by James Wong and first debuted on 25 January, 2016.

Their first case back at the Bureau, I’m sure there was a Mulder/Scully discussion off-camera about whether or not to even go back. I mean Scully has been a practicing medical doctor for seven years, and now, all of a sudden, she’s dropping all of her patients to jump back into the darkness with Mulder?

After a strange death at a genetics corporation with ties to the Department of Defense, Mulder and Scully find themselves mired in a strange case, that may tie into the overall re-established arc, as there is the possibility that a scientist, Augustus Goldman (Doug Savant) is experimenting on human embryos, manipulating their gene sequences, and perhaps joining them with alien DNA.

But with the wall of the DoD will the agents be able to figure out what is going on, and when Mulder begins having reactions like those that led to the death that brought them aboard, the clock is ticking. As they dig into the case they discover dark family secrets, and the cause of the reaction that killed one man, and may kill others.

A solid episode that works as a stand alone, or married into the mythology, and it’s made all the more important to the character as at points through the episode both Mulder and Scully are haunted by dreams and nightmares of their son, William’s existence, and how they would have raised him, and lost him. Both of which are poignant moments, and layers out the characters and their relationships.

Next week, the hunt for the truth continues in The X-Files.

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