Fox’s The X-Files My Struggle TV Review from NYCC 2015. The X-Files, Season 10, Episode 1: My Struggle brought back the team of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in this miniseries continuation of the cult hit series The X-Files and it is worth revisiting. It is today’s day and age that the time has come for The X-Files to make a return to television after 12 years off the air. Series creator Chris Carter has made this continuation of the show to cater to old and new fans, which definitely pays off in the long run and reestablishes why this show was so popular in the first place.
The premiere episode ‘My Struggle’ showed that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were able to transition into their old roles with ease, retaining their on-screen chemistry that the show has been known for. However, we find the pair already broken up and we don’t know the exact reason for this rift, but we can see past that, as fans are already familiar with their rocky relationship in the series. Even though they are no longer together when the miniseries starts, it makes sense because they knew that their work would interfere with having a normal relationship. We see Duchovny’s Mulder dropping out of the world’s radar and removing himself from society while Anderson’s Scully moved forward with her life by working at a hospital saving lives. When the two come together on screen again, we can immediately tell that the former partners still keep in touch.
As cleverly as it is to see Duchovny and Anderson easily slipping back into their characters, the show has also been able to find it’s way back to its roots while also incorporating real world events during the show’s long hiatus in order to show that the conspiracy grows larger than ever before. It is also great seeing Mitch Pileggi returning as Agent Skinner who still helps Mulder when he needs it. Even the new characters like Internet news anchor Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale) and alien abduction victim Sveta (Annet Mahendru) are welcoming additions to the cast as they bring something new while bringing the show back to it’s original form.
For those who are unfamiliar with the series, the episode does start off with a five-minute monologue by Mulder explaining the X-Files division and it’s downfall at the end of the series with details on what’s happened since then. It’s a return to familiar territory to fans of the show. The plot plays out like a normal episode by reintroducing Mulder and Scully, who are brought back into the field by Tad who is out to prove that the U.S. government is hiding something from the public. Tad gives the duo a case involving Sveta, who has experienced signs of alien abduction. Her story may seem somewhat suspicious, but it does make Mulder interested enough to attempt in reopening the X-Files.
The premiere episode does really well setting up the mythology of the new season while giving new viewers a chance to get up to speed with what’s been going on since the show left the air. Chris Carter covers familiar ground for those faithful fans, but it feels too familiar as it becomes predictable at times. It will be interesting to see how this plays out for the next five episodes while tackling some Monster-of-the-Week cases in between. It’s definitely a return to form for creator Chris Carter and the returning cast but it leaves the audience wanting more out of this franchise. For now, we can sit tight and believe that the best is yet to come.
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