RECAPITATION! The X Files S11 E1 "My Struggle III"
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It’s wild that it’s been two years since The X-Files returning was a thing. After over a decade without the dynamic duo of Mulder and Scully, they came smashing back onto Fox’s primetime schedule, now on Monday’s rather than the Sunday slot after The Simpsons that so many of us grew up on. The X-Files was always must see TV in my house, but it was the show that ushered in my first experiences of the “Sunday Blues”, the colloquial term for that melancholy feeling you get knowing that the weekend is almost over. Now on Mondays, The X-Files caps off the beginning of the work week in a way that only the show can: with absolute madness.
Quite honestly, you don’t need much of a recap of Season 10 to jump into Season 11 mainly because the S10 finale kiiiiinda doesn’t happen. What we learn in the opening moments of the S11 premiere is that the “My Sacrifice II” was nothing but a prolonged prophecy from Dana and her Alien DNA. Now she is coming in and out of these prophetic seizures knowing one thing: she must find her son to save the planet. Very Heroes of them (That first season tho). So basically all of last season feels almost as if it never really happened, and to bridge that strange gap Chris Carter is just saying “Fuck it!” and betting all of his Mythos chips into a story line to end them all. Maybe.
Most of the premiere episode feels very much like Chris Carter is finally getting to make his conspiracy theory film noir, complete with cheesy voice overs as Fox races through the streets of DC tailing a car, melodramatic dialogue, and some fun inventive lighting choices! As Vulture mentioned in their coverage of the first episode, it really toes the line of Telenovela-esque high drama and the good old fashioned 90s corn that The X Files has always given us. When Scully tells Mulder in the final moments of the premiere “The truth still lies in The X Files.” you can’t help but your eyes and smile thinking “Oh Chris Carter you silly, silly man.”
But let’s be real for a moment. None of us were ever really diehard into the twisting Mythos that Carter and crew developed in the original series run. Sure, we like it, but the level of alien conspiracy theories don’t have quiet the impact as they did twenty years ago. Especially in a post Trump world where the government has admitted to an “X-Files” eaque program run by Orin Hatch (of ALL fucking people) and even released a fucking VIDEO OF A UFO. Today we care less about why the government withheld this information from the public, and more that we just want to finally SEE one. Give us monsters and cryptids and Mulder and Scully doing what they do best: being adorably charming together solving fun mysteries. And with the small information that we have so far of the following five episodes, it looks like we will be getting that. Most notable will be the return of “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” and “Clyde Buckman’s Final Repose” writer Darin Morgan and his equally exquisitely titled new episode “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat”.
The X-Files is back! And it’s basically what you remember, just everyone's a little bit older and shit just got real. If you were never a fan, maybe wait until the first few Monsters of the Week drop, or re-introduce yourselves to the gang through last year’s excellent (and Darin Morgan written) “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were Monster” with the always hilarious Rhys Darby (What We Do In the Shadows). See ya next week!
And now a smattering of my notes for the episode:
I honestly forgot The X Files was coming back so soon so thank GOD for this intense recap at the top of the episode.
CSM says “Too much is made of the will to power” as Trump and Putin are flashed on the screen. Alright Chris Carter, I see you. I see you.
Goddamn I love UFO stuff
CUE X FILES MUSIC WASSUP SON.
Ok so we are in basic X Files territory here, with a twist! The classic phrase “I want to believe” slowly fades into “I want to LIE”. DUM DUM DUUUUUUUUM.
Oooooooooooooh Barbara Hershey!
Scully is such a badass boss bitch that she fucking communicates BY MORSE CODE IN HER BRAIN WHILE ASLEEP.
Car chases, mysterious illness, voice overs, a man in a red room smoking cigarettes all dastardly and shit as he waits for his assassin? Hell yeah, im into it now.
Ok, so, that Mulder throat slash was gnarly.
Oh my god “The truth still lies in the X-Files, Mulder” is just so...like I like it, obviously, I’m a fan. But...woof. Right?
Oh that was the LAMEST fight ever. One push. One push. GRAB SHOULDERS AND INTENSELY STARE. So of course Skinner is having to play the bad guy because he’s actually the good guy, but at least Chris Carters like “Hey man, lemme just cut yall some slack so you can love Mitch this season”.