This article contains major spoilers for the episodes ‘My Struggle’ and ‘Founder’s Mutation’ of The X-Files miniseries.
With the debut of the new X-Files miniseries, the moment fans had waited for almost a decade and a half arrived. A moment that many fans thought would never come after the lackluster response to The X-files’ last cinematic outing. Now that the seemingly impossible has happened, we are left with mysteries about not only the events in the first two episodes, but about the time in between the two series.
Let’s start with the most unlikely development of this first episode ‘My Struggle’. How the hell is The Smoking Man still alive? Granted, he escaped death’s grip twice before. He was shot through the chest and later thrown down a flight of stairs, but his final ‘death’ was far more extreme. In the final episode of the original series ‘The Truth’, after a two season hiatus, Mulder seeks out a wise man in a mountain. This turned out to be The Smoking Man and after some revelations about the timing of the impending alien colonization, the group was attacked. Mulder and Scully obviously escaped, but the Smoking Man was hit with a missile from a helicopter and reduced to a skeleton. A skeleton!
This makes his survival incredibly unlikely to say the least. His skeletization wasn’t to trick anyone as only we the audience saw this. The Smoking Man looked like he might have old burn injuries, but that’s not him being a skeleton. It might be possible that his final fate might just be slightly retconned due to the length of time between the two series. Also the temptation to bring back William B. Davis as The Smoking Man may have been too great to care too much about thoroughly explaining his survival. Only time and subsequent releases of more episodes will tell.
Another mystery brought up in ‘My Struggle’ was whether or not Mulder’s new conspiracy theory is complete nonsense or not. Some of the details could fit within the current mythology, but many details of the original series, many that Mulder did not witness, make his new theory impossible.
The new theory is that there are aliens, but the shadow government/cabal stole the tech from the Roswell crash. They then reverse engineered the alien technology to create our own fleet of ships. The 2012 date lined out at the end of the original series was the beginning of an invasion, not by aliens, but by people bent on taking over the world.
This theory is similar to the false assumptions Mulder had at one point that there were NO aliens in the middle of the series. The same episodes (‘Two Fathers’,’One Son’) that proved to Mulder that there were aliens also prove his new theory wrong. It is believable that Mulder believes this new theory, but due to events that the audience sees that Mulder does not, it simply cannot be true.
The Smoking Man and his ex-wife, Cassandra Spender talk about the need to kill her to delay the invasion. She was the first successful alien-human hybrid, so she could be the template for a new slave race. This is unfortunate for human freedoms, but essential to human survival in the impending invasion. Her son, Jeffery Spender and Alex Krychek killed a faceless alien posing as a member of the cabal.
The events of ‘The Unnatural’ show one of the alien bounty hunters turning into a grey alien. The bounty hunter (or one that took the same human form) worked directly for the Smoking Man on at least a couple of occasions. ‘The Unnatural’ was framed as a story and could be construed as not true, but that would mean that the bounty hunter could be an alien-human hybrid, which would make the revelation that Cassandra Spender was a hybrid meaningless.
Unless the writers go back deep into the previous series and explain in detail why these things aren’t what they seem, there is no way this theory is correct. If Mulder is just wrong, that’s fine, because that’s happened before. It’s also possible the shadow government didn’t have the reverse engineered ships at the end of the original series. Once they perfected the process and created their own fleet of ships, the alien colonists would think twice about invading us. Then the conspirators start their own invasion plans for Earth. This would explain Mulder’s misconceptions as well as bring the original series into alignment with the new miniseries.
Another question is what has Mulder and Scully’s child, William, been doing for the last 15 years. The fact that Scully talks about how William being fifteen years old by now. A lot of fans of the original series might be blown away. It’s simply math, but we last saw him as a little baby being with an anonymous family.
The answer to this is still unknown, but the episode ‘Founder’s Mutation’ may give us an insight into what he has turned into. In the original series, the baby William exhibited telekinesis and that’s about it. The children we see in the miniseries as of the second episode can read minds, make people do what they want (though with sometimes deadly results) and just flat out kill people by making them hemorrhage.
The implication is that William has turned into one of these children as far as power set is concerned. Jeffery Spender injected William with something that should have removed his powers, but no one is really convinced that this worked. Also keep in mind that ‘Founder’s Mutation’ was the fifth out of six produced episodes, but released second. This means it was originally meant to flow directly into the last episode of the miniseries. The answers to William’s fate will more than likely be revealed in the final episode.
With a couple of episodes left until the end of this event series, there may be more questions at the end than answers. The questions brought up so far need to be answered, at least in part. Only time will tell, but as we all know, the truth is out there. Hopefully we only need to wait to discover it.