Monday, February 22, 2016

What I’m Watching: The X-Files

The X-Files: Season 10, Episode 4 “Home Again” (C)

I’m not too huge on monster episodes, and I also don’t remember too much of Scully’s family life other than the fact that her brother’s name is Bill. The combination of those two plotlines didn’t make for a terribly satisfying episode, especially since it ended on such a bleak note. There’s something about the modern-day Mulder and Scully that just doesn’t feel as authentic as it did twenty years ago when the show first aired. Scully’s mother having a heart attack came out of nowhere, and asking for a brother that I don’t think was ever mentioned on the show before also seemed rather random. It’s obvious that giving up the baby that she and Mulder had together is haunting her in an unshakeable way, and I am curious to see what has become of the child and if we’ll meet him anytime soon. Alessandro Juliani of “Battlestar Galactica” fame (and who I saw on a cruise between Vancouver and Victoria back in September) was the poor man who got torn apart by the mindless and terrifying trash man at the start of the episode, and there was plenty more disturbing and pointless ripping of human limbs over the course of the episode. Identifying him as a golem of sorts conjured up by an artist to protect the homeless and voiceless wasn’t nearly as impactful a plotline as it should have been. With only six episodes in this renewed slate, this hardly seemed like a necessary one, even less so than last week’s comedic farce.

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