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HEAVY Cinema: The X-Files – Season 10 – Review

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Title: The X-Files: Season 10
Creator: Chris Carter
Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Release Date: 25 May 2016

Review by Dave Griffiths

As the haunting strains of Mark Snow’s eerie intro started… it was obvious that The X-Files was back, and to his credit, creator Chris Carter had decided that not much had to change in order to attract an audience.

Normally when you get a reboot of an old television series, whether it be for the big or small screen, the creators decide that everything needs to be bigger and better and that normally means everything changes and the old fans tune out in droves… that wasn’t the case with The X-Files.

Carter’s idea of updating The X-Files was a simple one. Again leading from the front we had the believer in all things paranormal Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and the skeptic Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and it was obvious that Carter had written this with old fans in mind, not a new generation deciding to jump on board the latest craze. With very little time spent on the back-story we hardcore fans were thrust into the new X-Files, where Mulder and Scully’s relationship is over. They are only reunited after Mulder is contacted by a television host, Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale – yes the dude from Community) who brings the largest government conspiracy ever seen in the show to the table.

To be honest I was on a euphoric high after the first two episodes of this new season of The X-Files but it was short lived. The storyline revolving around O’Malley was absolutely brilliant and gave the show an epic new feel but for some reason Carter decided to only concentrate on that story in Episodes 1, 2 and 6. The remaining episodes feel out of place, while 4 and 5 have great storylines it remains a mystery (that even Mulder would struggle to solve) while episode 3 (Mulder & Scully Meet The Were-Monster) goes right down the comedy path, to the point the guest star is Flight Of The Conchords’ Rhys Darby, and while it’s good to see Duchovny embrace the humour, it just doesn’t feel like it has any place in the X-Files universe.

While the middle episodes were a bit of a downer; the episodes revolving around the O’Malley storyline lifted The X-Files to a whole new stratosphere. Even better was the fact that the final episode was so dramatic and suspenseful it felt like a feature film within itself… but be warned it does contain a finale that leaves you guessing at what has happened and we can only hope that Carter decides to follow it up with another season.

Yes, this naysayer who thought The X-Files could never be rebooted is now a true believer in this new found brilliance.

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