The X-Files (2018) – Nothing Lasts Forever, and My Struggle IV

The series penultimate episode, written by Karen Nielsen, and first airing on 14 March, 2018, is a bit of a monster of the week episode, while also pontificating on aging, belief and faith. And the fact that the I Want To Believe tag is removed from the opening credits and changed to I Want to Be Beautiful’ suggests before we even get into it, that it ties into bigger character and mythology arcs.

Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are called in to investigate a death that seems to have something to do with organ harvesting, and someone killing those involved in it. Neither agent is ready for what they find, even as they attempt to track down the person doing the killing they find a cult that has sprung up around a doctor, Luvenis (Jere Burns) and a famous actor from the 60s, Barbara Beaumont (Fiona Vroom), who hasn’t seemed to age a day in over fifty years.

There is horrific surgery, and murder, but mixed in with that are some great character beats, like Mulder getting new glasses, progressives, and he and Scully mess with the attending agents at a crime scene. He also finally notices her haircut, which she got two episodes ago.

It’s the series last monster of the week, but also lets our beloved characters sit and talk about their beliefs and their faith. Despite the horrifying things that are done in the episode, it feels like a quiet breath being taken before we let these characters go.

My Struggle IV was written and directed by series creator Chris Carter, and brought the adapted mythology arc to a close on 21 March, 2018.

This episode is very much about William (Miles Robbins), his fate, and the idea of letting go. In the case of Mulder and Scully it’s about letting go as parents (mostly) and being let go, as Kersh (James Pickens Jr.) demands their badges.

CSM (William B. Davis) is upping his plan to release a global pandemic, and needs William to do it. Reyes (Annabeth Gish) is still at his side, but is she feeding information to Scully and Mulder?

What follows is a bloody and violent chase as Mulder heads out to find William, with Scully working to locate him. The leads Mulder follows brings him into murderous confrontation with Mr. Y (A.C. Peterson) and some of his men.

But all of this is precursor to a final chase, with bouncing flashlights, and cries of ‘Mulder!’ and ‘Scully!’ as Reyes, CSM, Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), William, Scully and Mulder reach the climax of the episode, and there are some stunning moments, possible deaths, and hints of what is to come for Mulder and Scully.

We learn about William’s youth, and the development of his powers and what they could mean.

In the end, the pair have to let William go, both as evidence of the truth, and as parents letting go of their son, while they are left with a glimmer of hope for the future, a miracle, that was hinted at in the previous episode, when faith and belief was talked about.

So ends (for now?) the story of Mulder and Scully. But there are still mysteries out there, and I take some comfort that the truth is out there…

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