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Darin Morgan always took the essential idea of The X Files and turned it on its head, and this one is as postmodern as it's possible to be. While I loved it, it felt like it belonged to a spoof show. It also made the preceding and possibly succeeding episodes (obviously I haven't seen them yet) almost redundant. They only really needed to make this one. It was so nudge-nudge-wink-wink that, while I found myself howling with laughter, I'll never be able to take The X Files seriously ever again! It felt like Morgan was taking the piss to the nth degree, having fun at the expense of every last sacred cow and convention the show held dear, rendering any further development thereof utterly moot.

I'm fine with that, but it makes me realize that maybe I didn't need the show to return at all. Maybe if I missed the following episodes (you know I won't), it wouldn't be a huge deal. Again, it's a weird feeling - like the show is undercutting its own self-importance, rendering itself pointless. Whatever comes next, it'll have to be a complete tonal change and it's unlikely to top this one. Morgan provided the perfect cultural exclamation mark.

Also nice to see a more comfortable Mulder. I think Duchovny seems happier doing comedy than drama, these days.

 

 

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Darin Morgan always took the essential idea of The X Files and turned it on its head, and this one is as postmodern as it's possible to be. While I loved it, it felt like it belonged to a spoof show. It also made the preceding and possibly succeeding episodes (obviously I haven't seen them yet) almost redundant. They only really needed to make this one. It was so nudge-nudge-wink-wink that, while I found myself howling with laughter, I'll never be able to take The X Files seriously ever again! It felt like Morgan was taking the piss to the nth degree, having fun at the expense of every last sacred cow and convention the show held dear, rendering any further development thereof utterly moot.

I'm fine with that, but it makes me realize that maybe I didn't need the show to return at all. Maybe if I missed the following episodes (you know I won't), it wouldn't be a huge deal. Again, it's a weird feeling - like the show is undercutting its own self-importance, rendering itself pointless. Whatever comes next, it'll have to be a complete tonal change and it's unlikely to top this one. Morgan provided the perfect cultural exclamation mark.

Also nice to see a more comfortable Mulder. I think Duchovny seems happier doing comedy than drama, these days.

 

 

I don't feel like it made anything moot anymore than previous X-Files comedy episodes had. I mean the crux of the story for Mulder is that he is starting to think differently now that he is older and back to work, he isn't sure if he really believes anymore...it's all easily explained if he thinks like the rest of us...but then he is faced with a new monster and he really wants to believe again...and he gets a taste of proof. Despite it's comedic style, it still managed to reinforce some character development for Mulder. He is back and he is ready to try and believe again...I like that element of it. 

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Darin Morgan always took the essential idea of The X Files and turned it on its head, and this one is as postmodern as it's possible to be. While I loved it, it felt like it belonged to a spoof show. It also made the preceding and possibly succeeding episodes (obviously I haven't seen them yet) almost redundant. They only really needed to make this one. It was so nudge-nudge-wink-wink that, while I found myself howling with laughter, I'll never be able to take The X Files seriously ever again! It felt like Morgan was taking the piss to the nth degree, having fun at the expense of every last sacred cow and convention the show held dear, rendering any further development thereof utterly moot.

I'm fine with that, but it makes me realize that maybe I didn't need the show to return at all. Maybe if I missed the following episodes (you know I won't), it wouldn't be a huge deal. Again, it's a weird feeling - like the show is undercutting its own self-importance, rendering itself pointless. Whatever comes next, it'll have to be a complete tonal change and it's unlikely to top this one. Morgan provided the perfect cultural exclamation mark.

Also nice to see a more comfortable Mulder. I think Duchovny seems happier doing comedy than drama, these days.

 

 

I don't feel like it made anything moot anymore than previous X-Files comedy episodes had. I mean the crux of the story for Mulder is that he is starting to think differently now that he is older and back to work, he isn't sure if he really believes anymore...it's all easily explained if he thinks like the rest of us...but then he is faced with a new monster and he really wants to believe again...and he gets a taste of proof. Despite it's comedic style, it still managed to reinforce some character development for Mulder. He is back and he is ready to try and believe again...I like that element of it. 

I agree, all true. The point i was making (perhaps in too roundabout a way) was that it was so good, in writing, performance and overall execution, I doubt if it'll get better than this. It was a high point of The X Files. It's rare for an episode of any show to become an instant classic, especially in this age of mass consensus (or otherwise) by means of Internet. It's incredible that this bizarre, offbeat gem came about by way of this weird little "event" season. But I'm glad it did.

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Just had the opportunity to watch the first new episode in the German dubbed version: "Mein...", er, "Der Kampf" ("The Struggle").

As I complained in the other thread, Mulder has a different, new voice in the German version, which is a shame, because the charming old voice actor Benjamin Völz was congenial for the role, IMO.

So my main concern was Mulder's new voice, Sven Gerhardt.

IMO, he's not as bad as I was afraid he would be. It's still quite a change, getting over the fact your beloved character suddenly has a new voice... but Gerhardt doesn't do a bad job. The voice actor shows some talent, IMO, even though his "acting" painfully differs from Völz's, but he has character. Just a few edges, here and there, maybe appear a tad to soft and give Mulder a slight porn star vibe... but then, that's perhaps not out of the role for Duchovny. ;)

The voice is different, yes, but not straying away too much from Duchovny's original tone. Certainly, Sven Gerhardt is much better as Mulder's voice than the guy who dubbed him on the 2008 movie (that was a totally different voice actor).

The German internet community is running amok about the change of voice ... the channel Pro7 got a shitstorm of emails, there is an online petition for bringing back Völz, and even on the Amazon preorders for the new season, there are one-star reviews venting anger about the new voice. It remains unclear whether it's Völz responsible for the change, as his payment demands were too high (he's allegedly one of the most delicate voice actors, in these regards), or if Pro7 was just greedy and wanted to make the dubbing as cheap as possible. Or both.

The change is especially annoying, because Völz was apparently not too expensive for the channels that dubbed "Californication" and "Aquarius", where Duchovny maintains Völz's voice (who also is the standard voice actor dubbing Charlie Sheen).

 

At least Scully once again is dubbed by the strong character voice of Franziska Pigulla. She's adorable in that role, IMO. Even Gillian Anderson allegedly said on a German convention, back in the 90s, she wished she'd have a voice like Pigulla (an anecdote often quoted by fans of the German dubbing).

Mitch Pileggi's Walter Skinner has a new German voice, too. That was inevitable, because his old voice actor, Norbert Gescher (who also dubbed Nimoy's Spock on the "new" scenes in the uncut TOS DVD release, on "The Cage" and in ST09), has retired from voice acting after a death in the family, so he wasn't available at all. His new voice, Dieter Memel, suits Skinner, IMO: He's rather similar to the old voice, but a tad harsher and more "manly", which pretty much reflects his new bearded badassness. ;)

So on the bottom line, I'd say it could have been worse. I'll probably need some time before I get used to Mulder's new voice, but at least I feel that will happen.

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Darin Morgan always took the essential idea of The X Files and turned it on its head, and this one is as postmodern as it's possible to be. While I loved it, it felt like it belonged to a spoof show. It also made the preceding and possibly succeeding episodes (obviously I haven't seen them yet) almost redundant. They only really needed to make this one. It was so nudge-nudge-wink-wink that, while I found myself howling with laughter, I'll never be able to take The X Files seriously ever again! It felt like Morgan was taking the piss to the nth degree, having fun at the expense of every last sacred cow and convention the show held dear, rendering any further development thereof utterly moot.

I'm fine with that, but it makes me realize that maybe I didn't need the show to return at all. Maybe if I missed the following episodes (you know I won't), it wouldn't be a huge deal. Again, it's a weird feeling - like the show is undercutting its own self-importance, rendering itself pointless. Whatever comes next, it'll have to be a complete tonal change and it's unlikely to top this one. Morgan provided the perfect cultural exclamation mark.

Also nice to see a more comfortable Mulder. I think Duchovny seems happier doing comedy than drama, these days.

 

 

I don't feel like it made anything moot anymore than previous X-Files comedy episodes had. I mean the crux of the story for Mulder is that he is starting to think differently now that he is older and back to work, he isn't sure if he really believes anymore...it's all easily explained if he thinks like the rest of us...but then he is faced with a new monster and he really wants to believe again...and he gets a taste of proof. Despite it's comedic style, it still managed to reinforce some character development for Mulder. He is back and he is ready to try and believe again...I like that element of it. 

I agree, all true. The point i was making (perhaps in too roundabout a way) was that it was so good, in writing, performance and overall execution, I doubt if it'll get better than this. It was a high point of The X Files. It's rare for an episode of any show to become an instant classic, especially in this age of mass consensus (or otherwise) by means of Internet. It's incredible that this bizarre, offbeat gem came about by way of this weird little "event" season. But I'm glad it did.

I'm perfectly fine with more less brilliant, less self-ironic episodes coming up, as long as they're entertaining. A little deconstruction never hurts; as it absolves you of the necessity to kill for your ideas, you can enjoy them all the more, thereafter. :)

OK, I finally saw "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were Monster." 

OMG, that was the best and funniest episode since "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and "Bad Blood."   It's a new classic, I agree.
Guest star Rhys Darby (who reminds me a lot of Martin Freeman) was one of the best guest stars of the entire series.
And the twist to the conventional monster story was just brilliant.  

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I liked the in-joke of Guy wearing the exact seersucker suit of "Night Stalker" Carl Kolchak (the late Darren McGavin), from the short-lived 1974 series that inspired the X-Files, according to Carter.  Also appreciated the gravestone of the late director/producer Kim Manners (who passed away in 2009); nice touch. :)

And the fantasy sequence with Scully... sweet baby Jeezus, Gillian Anderson looks fantastic (!). :worthy:

VERY adult content from the episode... you've been warned! 

I don't even care that the episode didn't advance the overall story of this limited miniseries; it was absolutely brilliant as hell.   This episode did more than remind me of the old series... it reminded why I used to absolutely LOVE the old series.

Well done!! 

It was great, wasn't it?

Another nice insider gag: The stoner couple from the beginning of the episode is the same as in season 3 (they appeared as teenagers in "War of the Coprophages" and "Quagmire", IIRC). :)

It didn't realize that; I have S3 on DVD, but I haven't watched most of them in years.   Think I need to break them out again. 

Season 3, along with season 2, is IMO really the very best of the X-Files. I like the other seasons too, to the most part, but in these two seasons, the show was firing on all thrusters.

That Darin Morgan wrote quite a few season 3 episodes, certainly didn't hurt, as was spectacularly confirmed once again now.

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Just watched "Home Again".

I don't want to give detailed spoilers, as I know most of you probably haven't seen it yet, just a few remarks about the general theme of the episode:

It's NOT a sequel to "Home" from the 4th season, the similar title is just a coincidence.

And it's not really a standalone episode, it ties in with the 2nd new episode "Founder's Mutation" about Scully's and Mulder's son William. The monster story is just a vehicle for that, even moreso than in the 2nd episode. I get the feeling we're being prepared for a big revelation about William somewhen in the next two episodes.

I can't really express my feelings about this episode, I guess I have to let it sink in a bit more, and perhaps watch it another time. But I enjoyed it, and there was nothing about it I hated, although I'm usually not fond of melodrama, and there was quite a bit in this episode; but I guess it was just the right dose.

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"Mulder and Scully Meet the Waremonster" First Impressions: 

--Nice to see Daren Morgan back on the case. The X-Files needed the self-awareness that he brought in the early years. Poking fun at the ridiculousness of the situations Mulder and Scully found themselves made the show more realistic. Or it at least made it easier for us to to suspend our disbelief. Unfortunately, Morgan stopped contributing after the show became a mega hit, at which point the show was too self-aware about its own popularity, too self-referential. Maybe that's why Morgan stopped contributing, because his brand of humor would have clashed with the tone of the show after the big movie. But now in the revival, it's perfect. The funniest scene for me what when Mulder was holding up all those photos of hoax monsters, despairing that all he once thought was mysterious and magical about the world has been explained as humdrum. The photo of the landscaper dressed as a rock man is just hilarious, in part because it's probably true. 

--The idea of a reverse ware monster is super clever. But as much as I enjoyed him, his look, the actor, his lessons for Mulder, I don't fully buy him as a character. Again, clever how he starts to ape the ways of humans, just as humans start acting like wolves when they become werewolves. But I don't think the social commentary was all that cutting or insightful, for example Guy Mann's strong desire to have a menial job. Also, he was inconsistent. On one hand he claims he really doesn't understand what he says and does as a human. On the other hand, he is super intelligent, doing complex math in his head and quoting Shakespeare. Not just quoting a famous line, but differentiating between versions of the line in the folios. Maybe he was bitten by a human English Major. These are quibbles, and I know I'm supposed to not think too much about the details and absorb the message. But for me, these quibbles keep Guy Mann out of the ranks of the Clyde Bruckmans and Jose Chungs or even the Fiji Mermaid.         

--With that said, I suspect that there is more under the surface of this episode that I missed on my first viewing. The final scene is emotional and profound. It's rare that Mulder gets to savor a revelation of actual proof, face to face with evidence that his faith is not misplace and that he is "batt crap crazy." It's even more rare that one of these creatures or phenomena offers Mulder this proof out of kindness, as a gift. Usually he only sees these things as he is running from them to save his life. In this shared moment of brotherhood between human and human/lizzard, Mulder doesn't try to capture the proof, doesn't try to take a picture like earlier in the episode. He doesn't need his camera to work right now. He just needs a private proof to encourage him to keep searching, to keep seeking out the chance to have more moments like this one. Proof is beside the point and probably always has been for him. He needs to world to be more that what we see with our eyes, and the occasional time that it is more is enough for him. This is the definition of faith... This and more is bubbling beneath the surface of this episode. I'll have to let some time pass and then re-watch it.       

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Just watched the latest...very well made. I agree with Sim, they are definitely setting this up for a reveal of some kind with William.  I think they doing a solid job of weaving in a bit of a mythology type storyline into these standalone monster of the week stories.  It is really a thrill to have solid X-Files back on the small screen.  They are doing a helluva job. 

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Just saw the latest X-Files ("Home Again").  It was good overall, but nowhere near the level of last week's instant classic.  This week's was typical X-Files (and I mean that in a good sense).   Solid monster story with a bit of mythology woven into it.  The Scully/baby stuff gave it a nice emotional anchor, but despite the homeless/adoption comparison, the stories didn't quite gel together so smoothly.   At any rate, the show is back and it feels more like its old self than the later seasons and not at all like the dismal 2nd movie. 

 

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Just saw the latest X-Files ("Home Again").  It was good overall, but nowhere near the level of last week's instant classic.  This week's was typical X-Files (and I mean that in a good sense).   Solid monster story with a bit of mythology woven into it.  The Scully/baby stuff gave it a nice emotional anchor, but despite the homeless/adoption comparison, the stories didn't quite gel together so smoothly.   At any rate, the show is back and it feels more like its old self than the later seasons and not at all like the dismal 2nd movie. 

 

and a big wooo! To that. 

My brother is a huge X-Files fan who hated the 9th season and didn't get much out of that last movie. He was skeptical of this season because it was people involved in those bad stories coming back for more. He was sure they were out of ideas and it would probably disappoint, but he has been quite pleased with the results. For him it is just all redeemed finally. 

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Just saw the latest X-Files ("Home Again").  It was good overall, but nowhere near the level of last week's instant classic.  This week's was typical X-Files (and I mean that in a good sense).   Solid monster story with a bit of mythology woven into it.  The Scully/baby stuff gave it a nice emotional anchor, but despite the homeless/adoption comparison, the stories didn't quite gel together so smoothly.   At any rate, the show is back and it feels more like its old self than the later seasons and not at all like the dismal 2nd movie. 

 

and a big wooo! To that. 

My brother is a huge X-Files fan who hated the 9th season and didn't get much out of that last movie. He was skeptical of this season because it was people involved in those bad stories coming back for more. He was sure they were out of ideas and it would probably disappoint, but he has been quite pleased with the results. For him it is just all redeemed finally. 

I agree that you could see the different emotional threads and imagery that make up the whole cloth that is the script for this episode, but I liked that it was all on show, by turns emotional and horrific with a bit of social commentary and set-up for an arc payoff thrown in. Plus we got a classic super-hokey but wonderful Mulder explanation for how Trashman was animated.  That's a lot of elements to balance in a single episode, but even though there were some tonal shifts, I thought it worked extremely well. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

It had the flavor of classic X Files for me, by which I mean something from seasons 1 - 4, but current and relevant. I actually thought it was an extremely well written piece, that quite deliberately wore it's metaphors on its sleeve (to, uh, mix a metaphor). Fantastic direction, too - Mrs Bland stayed up to watch this one, and was genuinely horrified by Trashman, especially at the end in all those creepy corridors with flickering lights and darkened sections. It could've been so corny, but it all worked. 

Also, I drew a lot of pleasure from watching Anderson and Duchovny in this one. When they're given the meatier drama to do, they don't shirk it, they just give their all. Anderson in particular was magnificent. Also, kudos to the producers for bringing back the same actress to play Scully's mom... They could so easily have fudged that, but it's that attention to detail that made me love the show back in the day. I'm with Kenman's bro on this one. These last two episodes have made this "event" season all worth it. 

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Anderson in particular was magnificent.

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Very, very much this.   I'd almost forgotten how terrific an actress she can be; kudos to Anderson.  

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Just saw the latest X-Files ("Home Again").  It was good overall, but nowhere near the level of last week's instant classic.  This week's was typical X-Files (and I mean that in a good sense).   Solid monster story with a bit of mythology woven into it.  The Scully/baby stuff gave it a nice emotional anchor, but despite the homeless/adoption comparison, the stories didn't quite gel together so smoothly.   At any rate, the show is back and it feels more like its old self than the later seasons and not at all like the dismal 2nd movie. 

 

and a big wooo! To that. 

My brother is a huge X-Files fan who hated the 9th season and didn't get much out of that last movie. He was skeptical of this season because it was people involved in those bad stories coming back for more. He was sure they were out of ideas and it would probably disappoint, but he has been quite pleased with the results. For him it is just all redeemed finally. 

Looks like I feel similar as your brother. :)

I used to strongly dislike (hate is too hard a word) seasons 8 and 9. When I first bought the DVD sets, I didn't buy these seasons, only later, when they were down to €12 each. And the 2008 movie was a huge disappointment for me. What was most disappointing about it, was the assumption that the X-Files are dead, and they ended in such a poor manner.

But now, as the new episodes are out, not only do I feel the series is redeemed, but I even have a softer spot for the last two seasons and the movie. When you know it will be all good in the end, Mulder and Scully will later be back in full glory, it's easier for me to forgive the interlude, and I even find some good things in it.

Just saw the latest X-Files ("Home Again").  It was good overall, but nowhere near the level of last week's instant classic.  This week's was typical X-Files (and I mean that in a good sense).   Solid monster story with a bit of mythology woven into it.  The Scully/baby stuff gave it a nice emotional anchor, but despite the homeless/adoption comparison, the stories didn't quite gel together so smoothly.   At any rate, the show is back and it feels more like its old self than the later seasons and not at all like the dismal 2nd movie. 

 

and a big wooo! To that. 

My brother is a huge X-Files fan who hated the 9th season and didn't get much out of that last movie. He was skeptical of this season because it was people involved in those bad stories coming back for more. He was sure they were out of ideas and it would probably disappoint, but he has been quite pleased with the results. For him it is just all redeemed finally. 

I agree that you could see the different emotional threads and imagery that make up the whole cloth that is the script for this episode, but I liked that it was all on show, by turns emotional and horrific with a bit of social commentary and set-up for an arc payoff thrown in. Plus we got a classic super-hokey but wonderful Mulder explanation for how Trashman was animated.  That's a lot of elements to balance in a single episode, but even though there were some tonal shifts, I thought it worked extremely well. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

It had the flavor of classic X Files for me, by which I mean something from seasons 1 - 4, but current and relevant. I actually thought it was an extremely well written piece, that quite deliberately wore it's metaphors on its sleeve (to, uh, mix a metaphor). Fantastic direction, too - Mrs Bland stayed up to watch this one, and was genuinely horrified by Trashman, especially at the end in all those creepy corridors with flickering lights and darkened sections. It could've been so corny, but it all worked. 

Also, I drew a lot of pleasure from watching Anderson and Duchovny in this one. When they're given the meatier drama to do, they don't shirk it, they just give their all. Anderson in particular was magnificent. Also, kudos to the producers for bringing back the same actress to play Scully's mom... They could so easily have fudged that, but it's that attention to detail that made me love the show back in the day. I'm with Kenman's bro on this one. These last two episodes have made this "event" season all worth it. 

You really have a very good eye for storytelling! :)

It's always a pleasure to read your reviews, as they find words for things I could never have expressed, just somehow "felt".

Do you work with fiction/entertainment professionally?

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Just watched the latest...very well made. I agree with Sim, they are definitely setting this up for a reveal of some kind with William.  I think they doing a solid job of weaving in a bit of a mythology type storyline into these standalone monster of the week stories.  It is really a thrill to have solid X-Files back on the small screen.  They are doing a helluva job. 

You know, just going on a crazy limb here, it would really be some type of mindphuck if Skinner turns out to be "William"...although I can't recall "time warping" type stories really being part of this show. Just a random thought. Don't nobody go crazy. 

Agreed on William as a thread throughout these stories. The emotional parenting angle these eps have taken are heavy more akin to a drama show than a scifi show and I connect more with that element than the scifi ones. Again, it's what really worked for the last X-Files movie. I haven't seen Duchovny be much of a dramatic actor but Anderson is amazing. 

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Just watched the latest...very well made. I agree with Sim, they are definitely setting this up for a reveal of some kind with William.  I think they doing a solid job of weaving in a bit of a mythology type storyline into these standalone monster of the week stories.  It is really a thrill to have solid X-Files back on the small screen.  They are doing a helluva job. 

You know, just going on a crazy limb here, it would really be some type of mindphuck if Skinner turns out to be "William"...although I can't recall "time warping" type stories really being part of this show. Just a random thought. Don't nobody go crazy. 

Agreed on William as a thread throughout these stories. The emotional parenting angle these eps have taken are heavy more akin to a drama show than a scifi show and I connect more with that element than the scifi ones. Again, it's what really worked for the last X-Files movie. I haven't seen Duchovny be much of a dramatic actor but Anderson is amazing. 

As long as River Song isn't Mulder's and Scully's baby ... ;)

I doubt it, such a kind of timey-whimey stuff hasn't been the X-Files' style so far. It would surprise me if that changed.

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That idea would be so awful, I'd really dislike it as it doesn't fit the style of this show and would feel like a real shoehorned in idea. 

A more likely twist would be something like William works for the Cigarette Smoking Man or something now. But who knows. I'm pulling that out of my butt. 

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Top ratings for the new X-Files on German free tv:

The first episode "Der Kampf, Teil 1", which aired Monday at 9:10pm, was watched by 3.13 million viewers (9.1% market share), and 2.44 million in the age group between 14 and 49 -- which is a tremendous market share of 19.0%.

For free tv channel Pro7, those ratings are very good.

http://www.quotenmeter.de/tag/Akte+X

Many sources that reported the ratings also mentioned the huge disappointment among fans, including a petition and shitstorms online, about Pro7's choice to replace the voice actor who used to dub Mulder in the original 9 seasons.

That idea would be so awful, I'd really dislike it as it doesn't fit the style of this show and would feel like a real shoehorned in idea. 

A more likely twist would be something like William works for the Cigarette Smoking Man or something now. But who knows. I'm pulling that out of my butt. 

That really makes the most sense. Especially since Smoker has to get something to do, too, in the final episode. And it's unlikely they'll produce two unrelated storylines for the conclusion.

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I agree that you could see the different emotional threads and imagery that make up the whole cloth that is the script for this episode, but I liked that it was all on show, by turns emotional and horrific with a bit of social commentary and set-up for an arc payoff thrown in. Plus we got a classic super-hokey but wonderful Mulder explanation for how Trashman was animated.  That's a lot of elements to balance in a single episode, but even though there were some tonal shifts, I thought it worked extremely well. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

It had the flavor of classic X Files for me, by which I mean something from seasons 1 - 4, but current and relevant. I actually thought it was an extremely well written piece, that quite deliberately wore it's metaphors on its sleeve (to, uh, mix a metaphor). Fantastic direction, too - Mrs Bland stayed up to watch this one, and was genuinely horrified by Trashman, especially at the end in all those creepy corridors with flickering lights and darkened sections. It could've been so corny, but it all worked. 

Also, I drew a lot of pleasure from watching Anderson and Duchovny in this one. When they're given the meatier drama to do, they don't shirk it, they just give their all. Anderson in particular was magnificent. Also, kudos to the producers for bringing back the same actress to play Scully's mom... They could so easily have fudged that, but it's that attention to detail that made me love the show back in the day. I'm with Kenman's bro on this one. These last two episodes have made this "event" season all worth it. 

You really have a very good eye for storytelling! :)

It's always a pleasure to read your reviews, as they find words for things I could never have expressed, just somehow "felt".

Do you work with fiction/entertainment professionally?

That's kind of you to say, Sim and does my heart good - thank you. :)  I enjoy reading your posts very much too! It's very rare you'd know that English isn't your primary tongue. That goes for this board as a whole - an erudite bunch you are, whose company I greatly enjoy. As for work, I'm employed in a variety of fields, some corporate, some media, some teaching, but yes, you could say I'm a professional in the entertainment arena. It'd be true to say that I love and value "story" over and above any other cultural artifact though, alongside music.

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One thing this new mini-season of X-Files has convinced me of; shorter definitely can be sweeter.  

In this day/age of overwhelming entertainment options (rather than the handful of TV channels or all-day movie passes I grew up with), I think audiences prefer a small collection of shorter, more intense flavors rather than a steady diet of pablum.  

It also makes a season an event if you only have it for a few weeks of a year rather than most of that year.

 

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One thing this new mini-season of X-Files has convinced me of; shorter definitely can be sweeter.  

In this day/age of overwhelming entertainment options (rather than the handful of TV channels or all-day movie passes I grew up with), I think audiences prefer a small collection of shorter, more intense flavors rather than a steady diet of pablum.  

It also makes a season an event if you only have it for a few weeks of a year rather than most of that year.

 

I agree... on the other side, I feel 6 episodes only is a bit too short.

IMO, the standard of many newer shows, of 10-14 episodes/season, is just perfect. Drop the fillers, but don't cramp too much story into too few hours, either.

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Just watched episode #5, "Babel".

Wow, I'm blown away. I like that episode even more than "Were-Monster".

Not sure if I'll still feel the same way after rewatching it, but this was the strongest of the mineseries so far, IMO.

It felt genuinely fresh and relevant to the modern time, it presents something never seen before on the X-Files, yet at the same time, it is pleasantly familiar in some scenes, and true to the spirit of the series. It tackles so many different topics, from terrorism, hate and love, God and atheism as belief and disbelief. And it perfectly balances humor, self-irony and seriousness.

And we got a short cameo from the Lone Gunmen and the Cancerman, but in an entirely plausible fashion.

Was nice to see Lauren Ambrose again, I'm a huge "Six Feet Under" fan and loved her in that role.

5/5 points, IMO.

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Just watched the latest...very well made. I agree with Sim, they are definitely setting this up for a reveal of some kind with William.  I think they doing a solid job of weaving in a bit of a mythology type storyline into these standalone monster of the week stories.  It is really a thrill to have solid X-Files back on the small screen.  They are doing a helluva job. 

You know, just going on a crazy limb here, it would really be some type of mindphuck if Skinner turns out to be "William"...although I can't recall "time warping" type stories really being part of this show. Just a random thought. Don't nobody go crazy. 

Agreed on William as a thread throughout these stories. The emotional parenting angle these eps have taken are heavy more akin to a drama show than a scifi show and I connect more with that element than the scifi ones. Again, it's what really worked for the last X-Files movie. I haven't seen Duchovny be much of a dramatic actor but Anderson is amazing. 

And this has been a pleasant surprise to me about the new season. In Season 9 the writers basically gave Scully a mysterious baby, didn't know what to do with the story, and got rid of it in the most anti-climatica way possible. They could have just dropped the whole story, but they chose to make it the central thread of the new stories. You are right that the deep emotional threads are really clicking, and this has always been the case on this show. The personal drama under grids the sci-fi elements, from Mulder's anguish over his sister in the pilot, to Mulder's anguish over losing his father in season 2, Scully loosing her father, then her sister, and her abduction. I believe all of these events happened in the first two seasons. The X-Files is really as much about family and loss as it is about monsters and aliens. Now that I think about it, Scully alluded to that in "Home Again" when she talked about Mulder's big questions and mysteries compared  to her small questions and mysteries. He wants to understand the nature of the Universe. She just wants to know why her mother wore that quarter around her neck (could it have something to do with the fact that Margaret had four children...?) and where William is.   

And it seems we may get to find out where William is. The stories do seem to be building us up to think the William will appear soon. When I watched the FOX promos last month and saw a clip of Mulder and Scully with the black urn from Home Again I assumed it was William's ashes, that they learned he had died. Again, just another way to dismiss the whole William story line. But it appears that our heroes' family drama and anguish won't get off the hook that easily.  

Just watched episode #5, "Babel".

Wow, I'm blown away. I like that episode even more than "Were-Monster".

Not sure if I'll still feel the same way after rewatching it, but this was the strongest of the mineseries so far, IMO.

It felt genuinely fresh and relevant to the modern time, it presents something never seen before on the X-Files, yet at the same time, it is pleasantly familiar in some scenes, and true to the spirit of the series. It tackles so many different topics, from terrorism, hate and love, God and atheism as belief and disbelief. And it perfectly balances humor, self-irony and seriousness.

And we got a short cameo from the Lone Gunmen and the Cancerman, but in an entirely plausible fashion.

Was nice to see Lauren Ambrose again, I'm a huge "Six Feet Under" fan and loved her in that role.

5/5 points, IMO.

Im a week behind so won't see it for a few days. But wanted to say that I actually thought Home Again was the best episode of the season so far. And I loved "Ware-Monster." It seems these just keep getting better and better.  

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Loved last night's episode, but it has "backdoor pilot" all over it, as in, rebooting X-Files with those new actors.

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Loved last night's episode, but it has "backdoor pilot" all over it, as in, rebooting X-Files with those new actors.

At first, I had that idea too, but now I don't think so ... they're too over-the-top to carry a series on their own. Her name alone... Einstein. No way they're intended as anything other than recurring characters at best.

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