The X-Files (2018) – Rm9sbG93ZXJz, and Familiar

“We have to be better teachers.”

For an episode that doesn’t have a lot of dialogue, this is an important message. It’s also important to remember how we treat those who can learn from us. In this episode written by Kristen Cloke, and Shannon Hamblin, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) learn that manners are important, as is the necessity of human interaction and unplugging from technology every now and again.

First airing on 28 February, 2018, this episode is often funny, and disturbing when we think about how much we rely on technology for day to day things, and what that technology can be learning from us.

When an order at an automated sushi place goes wrong, Mulder and Scully decide to call it a night, and attempt to leave without giving a tip. Unfortunately, the A.I. that runs the place of business is a little more tech savvy than the two agents, and is able to make their night a living hell with automated phone calls, drones, unexpected parcels, and the constant reveal that technology has all of our secrets.

There’s some very funny moments throughout the course of the episode, Scully’s personal massager, Mulder’s reactions to a number of situations, and his disbelief that Scully’s house is nicer than his.

Scully is also showcasing a familiar haircut, though Mulder doesn’t comment on it.

We all need to learn to unplug a little more often, and be kind not only to ourselves but everything we interact with.

Familiar sees Roger Cross (it’s been awhile since his last appearance) popping up again!

The episode, which first aired on 7 March, 2018, was penned by Benjamin Van Allen, and sees the agents going to a small town to investigate the death of a young boy. As the pair dig deeper, they find a town filled with dark secrets, a history involving puritans and witches, and Mulder soon begins to suspect that there is something a little supernatural going on.

He suspects there may be a hellhound involved, as well as a familiar, one that can not only take on the appearance of an animal, but perhaps the character from a children’s television show.

There is a commentary about rush to judgement, and the way people think they know the facts, before they do, and make their own call about how to proceed, while doing so under false assumptions.

It ends up being a solid, moody piece, that delves into society, and the supernatural, and consequently, ticks off the boxes that belong to The X-Files. And while there aren’t quite as many enjoyable Mulder/Scully moments, this one is a fun little mystery, that marries the sensibilities of the 21st century, with the early seasons of the series.

Next time, it all comes to its end, as we finish The X-Files. Is the truth out there? I guess we’ll find out!

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