Back in December, I wrote this post about the forthcoming X-Files revival. Having now seen all six episodes of season 10, I wish I could say it lived up to my expectations, but like Mulder, I still want to believe, I’m just not sure it’s worth it anymore.
Like many long-time fans, when the revival was announced, I hoped it would be a chance for the writers to solidify Mulder and Scully’s relationship and wrap up all the loose mythology threads once and for all. Instead what we got was more ambiguity, an even more convoluted conspiracy that contradicted the previous nine seasons, a drawn-out side plot involving Mulder and Scully clones, and a bunch of unnecessary cameos.
That’s not to say it was all bad, because there were a few bright spots in all that darkness. I’m a huge fan of Darin Morgan’s take on the show — Jose Chung’s From Outer Space is one of my all time favourite episodes — so I was excited to hear that Chris Carter had invited him back. I’m glad he did, because Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster, Morgan’s hilarious yet poignant exploration of the existential terror of being human, was worth the price of admission alone. Sadly it’s the only episode to achieve instant classic status, and the only one I can see myself re-watching. While Founder’s Mutation showed plenty of promise, it would have been more satisfying as a standalone episode.
As lacklustre as some of these episodes were — the terrorism-themed Babylon didn’t feel like The X-Files and was a particular low point for me –, I would be extremely disappointed if that’s all there was. No matter what other issues they had with it, I think most fans would agree that I Want to Believe at least gave the story a definitive ending. I just hope that if someone does decide to revive The X-Files for a third time, even if it’s just for another mini-series or a TV movie, the writers use the opportunity to give fans the closure they’ve been waiting more than a decade for.