Millions of Americans eagerly awaited the reboot of “The X-Files.” Make that millions plus one, me, to be exact. After 14 long years, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) were going to grace the small screen once more in the quest for truth. The premier played out over two nights, January 24 and 25 on Fox. For those of you who watched both nights, could you please tell me what happened?
The Part 1 adventure began with Mulder and Scully meeting up with a rather alarmist TV host named Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale), said meeting having been set up by FBI Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi). Tad O’Malley introduces them to Svetta (Annet Mahendru), a girl whose family was interviewed by Mulder a long time ago.
All of this leads up to Mulder having a V-8 moment that he’s been lied to all the years he investigated UFOs. It was not an alien conspiracy. It was a plain old conspiracy of the human kind, but using alien technology. To cement the human conspiracy theory, lo and behold, there was Cigarette Man, now smoking through a trach tube, at the end. Didn’t he die in the original series?
I’m sure “X-Files” aficionados were right on the edge of their seats with the last two scenes. Scully confesses to Mulder in a dark garage that her genome is abnormal. She tearfully pleads that they have to get those “sons of b***hes.” Immediately following that comes the murder of Svetta when her car fails on a lonely back road and an overhead craft sets off an explosion. And that’s where they left it.
Oh, no, they didn’t! Well, yeah, they did. They wanted us back Monday night and thousands of us were more than happy to give them exactly what they wanted. And there I was in front of my TV at 7:56 p.m., just in case they started a minute or two early. Didn’t want to miss any of Part 2.
The story starts, that beautiful, haunting “X-Files” music comes on, we all get settled in to complete the story, and then it hits. This is a totally different storyline. But they said it was Part 2 of the premier, right? Admittedly, it was a good story, but it had nothing to do with the story begun the night before.
We have questions, Chris Carter. What is really wrong with Scully’s genome? Where’s Tad O’Malley? What about the doctor from 1947? Did he make it home that night after speaking with Mulder? I mean, hey, there was some type of aircraft flying overhead. What are Mulder and Scully going to do about getting the SOBs? How did Cigarette Man come back to life? When do we get answers?
I know that we’ve not seen the last of Tad O’Malley as IMDB tells us he’s in three episodes. Mulder, Scully and Skinner are the only ones listed for all six, by the way. But I would still like answers to all those pesky questions they posed in Part 1.
The one storyline opened up by Part 2 of the premier is that of Mulder and Scully’s son, William, who was given up for adoption. Vivid memories of times long ago and questions about what William might be like at 15 are peppered through the episode about abnormal children and the search for a cure. William was always an unanswered question. He’s sure to show up now.
Despite my surprise at the second night’s storyline, I enjoyed the premier. I know the show has garnered some bad reviews, but this won’t be one of them. I was especially impressed with Gillian Anderson. Dana Scully has become much more intense, so much more alive in the new series. Any stiffness the good doctor had before is long gone. Mulder is Mulder and Skinner is Skinner. David Duchovny does that deadpan calm so well. And Skinner is there protecting the “X-Files,” as always, while appearing not to be.
In reading some other reviews of “The X-Files,” it’s been stated that the show really gets going in Episode 3. Boy, I hope so! And you can bet your bottom dollar that on Monday night, February 1st, I will again be in front of my TV at 7:56 p.m., waiting for the answers that, right now, only Chris Carter knows are out there.