The X-Files – Ep1 Premiere ‘My Struggle’

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They’re back! The X-Files got off with a bang and it set forth a feeling like it had never left! The old squishy feelings many of us had back in the 90’s, are still there. The chemistry between Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), are still there. It just felt right! It was like coming home again.

Many of you had been waiting forever for the return of this well loved “cult” series, and we were not disappointed! As soon as that famous creepy music started, and the old X-Files intro came on screen, I was hooked!

Although it has been over 13 years since this series aired, it still holds up and is welcomed back. Chris Carter did good! In this day and age, with all the governmental nonsense and conspiracy theories running rampant, it couldn’t have been a better time to reboot. Although The X-Files is just returning for 6 episodes, I think it will do great!

“I’m always glad to see you, Mulder,” said Scully.

“And I’m always happy to find a reason,” said Mulder.

THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny.  The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

In this episode, we find a contemplating Mulder, who retells us in voice over, what he is about and why he still believes. Mulder is approached by a “game show type”, TV talk show host, played by series newcomer Joel McHale, as a right wing, conspiracy theorist, who enlist the aid of Mulder and then Scully, to bring some truths to light. A girl named Sveta (Annet Mahendru of The Americans), is a victim of bizarre abuse (abduction; experimentation; fetal harvesting) and this piques Mulders interest. Scully being the always skeptical of the pair listens intently to Sveta’s tale.

THE X-FILES: Guest star Annet Mahendru. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: Guest star Annet Mahendru. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

Sveta confesses later to Mulder that it was not aliens, but humans who did these things to her. Mulder theorizes that the government, using alien technology, are the ones behind it all. Meeting with a clandestine “deep throat” – a former Army doctor played by Rance Howard (Ron’s dad) who experimented on aliens decades earlier. Mulder realizes that all the past X-Files, aliens, monsters, etc, were just a smoke screen for a bigger conspiracy.

Tad O’Malley, conspiracy nut that he is, uses things that are happening in today’s world as his jumping off point to get our pair involved, spouting 9/11, big government, and false flag operations to bait them. Of course Mulder wants to believe, but Scully stays skeptical. All she sees is mass hysteria and paranoia if these “truths” are revealed. Tad also showed a creepy interest in our Scully, kind of putting some moves in there, on a visit to her lab and a ride in his limo. But Mulder is the one in a bro-mance with Tad, after being shown an alien ship replica that can disappear. Oh Boy. Mulder’s eyes lit up! So there is reportedly all of this evidence to Tad’s claim of a big government conspiracy, but after Scully tests Sveta for alien DNA and finds none, (she also tests herself), Scully is even more wary of the girl.

THE X-FILES: L-R: David Duchovny and guest star Joel McHale. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: L-R: David Duchovny and guest star Joel McHale. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

By the end of this episode, someone,(who?) gets Sveta to renounce her confessions of abduction and aliens, and the alien replicas and evidence are are blown up and destroyed, and O’Malley disappears. Sveta is escaping to where ever, as her car power fails and a UFO is over top of her with a ray that blows her up! Poof! Here we go again. Who or what is behind all this?

THE X-FILES: Mitch Pileggi and David Duchovny. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: Mitch Pileggi and David Duchovny. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

Scully, who is pulled into Mulder’s cause, after confessing to him that she and Sveta were both tainted with alien DNA, and decides to declare war on “the sons of bitches.” Skinner reappears in this episode, and is concerned about the “very strange direction” of the country since 9/11 and has officially re-opened the X-Files unit. This is very concerning to an old nemesis, the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). His iconic character, was last seen getting blown up by a rocket in the original series finale,

So there you have it! Did you watch it? Did you like it? Please let us know what you thought of the premiere and tune in again tonight, Monday January 25th, on FOX, for the next episode!

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Donna Cohrs