Review: ‘The X-Files’ Season 10 Two-Night Premiere

Posted on January 26, 2016 by

The Smoking Man from The X-Files

Last night wrapped up the two-night Season 10 premiere of The X-Files revival. If you’re not caught up yet, for whatever reason, stop reading right now and come back. I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but proceed forward at your own risk.

First off, I can’t tell you how happy I am that The X-Files is back on the air, even if it is for a limited run. Although I expected a new intro for Season 10, I was pleasantly surprised to see the old school title sequence. The music and visuals take you right back to the original series, creating a nostalgic feeling like no other. Speaking of music, Mark Snow reprised his role as composer, creating the score for the new episodes.

Episode 1: “My Struggle”

The X-Files "My Struggle" Mulder and Scully

Mulder and Scully are back! Naturally, a bit of awkwardness is to be expected. Our characters have to reconnect and recover from where they left off. We do receive some background on the child that the two had together. Although our questions are not answered at this point, the foundation is set to reveal more information as the episodes progress.

Written and directed by Chris Carter, this action-packed episode shines some light in several different avenues. We are taken back to the Roswell incident of 1947, with a front row seat to the aftermath of the crash site. We’re talking about the military, doctors, Men in Black, and aliens. Moving forward to present day, we are introduced to two new characters, Tad O’Malley and Sveta. Sveta claims to remember several abductions, where her fetuses were removed and Tad O’Malley is a right wing conservative, hellbent on exposing the government for their involvement.

Episode 2: “Founder’s Mutation”

The X-Files: Mulder and Scully looking at mutation x-rays

After what appears to be several days since the timeline of the first night’s premiere, Mulder and Scully are back on the case, investigating the suicide of a doctor, who was driven mad by a severally high-pitched noise in his head. Written and directed by James Wong, the episode takes us away from the plot and characters that were introduced in “My Struggle”, and focuses on mutation. One strong connection that does carry over from the previous episode is William, Mulder and Scully’s son. I’m not going to go into details, but as a parent, these scenes hit me right in the feels.


“My Struggle” was a fantastic episode and a great dive back into the world of The X-Files. Things are different, times have changed, the government has more control than ever, and the truth is still out there. “Founder’s Mutation”, although not as strong of an episode, had several impacting scenes. It was wonderful to see Mulder and Scully working side by side again to uncover the truth. Buckle up folks, we have four more episodes to go and if the ratings continue, this may not be the last of The X-Files.

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