This article contains minor spoilers for the episode ‘Home Again’ of The X-Files Miniseries.
The episode ‘Home Again’ is not a sequel to the episode ‘Home’. There are no inbred psychos running around beating people to death with baseball bats. There isn’t a quadruple amputee mother under a bed asking her sons to take their clothes off. This is NOT that type of episode, which may be a relief or a disappointment depending on your point of view.
‘Home Again’ starts off with a group of homeless people being sprayed with water and forced off of the street. The man responsible for soaking the homeless is subsequently killed in an extremely brutal and unlikely fashion, which brings Mulder and Scully to the case.
One of Scully’s relatives falls ill and she is forced to leave the case. This is where the episode shows both its strong points and its weak points. The strong being the emotional moments with Scully and said relative. The weak being that the relative’s plight has nothing to do with the killings throughout the rest of the episode. The connection is supposed to be there, but it’s vague and honestly does not connect in any real way. The two plots are ham handedly forced together.
The plot with the killings is interesting, but seems to be a combination of the episode ‘Arcadia’ and ‘Kaddish’ with some social commentary about how the least of society are treated. The deaths are really grotesque, but quick. The brutality conveyed in the killer’s victims being ripped apart is effective, disturbing and really entertaining.
The alternate plot about Scully is also well done. Gillian Anderson’s acting is on full display with really heart breaking moments. The imagery in the hospital is as disturbing as the over the top bloody deaths due to the subject matter being about something in reality.; the possible death of a family member. This is something we all face and as we get older, this type of story may affect us emotionally more than a creature going around ripping people limb from limb.
There is also an attempt to connect both of these plots to William, Scully and Mulder’s child. The storyline about Scully’s relative makes sense, but trying to draw correlation to the monster plot and William’s birth is stretching. Hard. They use flashbacks to really try to get us to get in Scully’s frame of mind, but it doesn’t really work.
Is ‘Home Again’ a good episode? Yes. It has solid acting and an interesting line of commentary about selfishness and those who have nothing. The emotional parts with Scully are amazing and will make you feel what she does. The two segments have nothing to due with each other and are smooshed together awkwardly. This is an attempt to stick the William storyline where it may not belong. This also more or less confirms that all of this is leading to Mulder and Scully meeting their son. This is the second episode to directly and repeatedly refer to him. ‘Founder’s Mutation’ achieved this in a more relevant and emotionally enthralling fashion.
‘Home Again’ will scratch your X-files itch and is a decent episode. Its strong points are too good to deny, but its negatives are too awkward to ignore. Though enjoyable, this episode will leave you wishing you were watching the previous two.