Tuesday, January 26, 2016

X-FILES: A RETURN TO FORM

Image result for i want to believeThe X-Files has returned on FOX pulling in a huge audience after a 14- year hiatus. 

The eerie theme music, Mulder, Scully, Assistant Director Skinner, The Cigarette Smoking Man and a twist of sorts. To quote Mulder, "All these years we've been deceived." There are aliens but they are not behind the abductions, genetic mutations or trying to colonize the earth.  Nefarious men have been using alien technology to experiment on people and create alien-human hybrids. The next evolution of the species.


Image result for i want to believeThe return of the X-Files comes at the very time that the world could be entertained by conspiracy theories of disaster capitalism, clandestine government schemes and  cover-ups at the highest levels in the post Snowden world. We simply no longer trust government. 

Creator Chris Carter wanted this six episode series to turn the old mythology on it's head. Despite the alien shape shifters and the Antarctic space ship from the 1998 movie, I was never convinced that aliens were at the core of the conspiracy. 

Image result for i want to believeFirst, let me say that it was great to see  together again. My expectations going in were high 
but I remained cautiously optimistic. 


The old romantic chemistry between Mulder and Scully was not there, I remain optimistic that it will rekindle. However, the quick to jump to conclusion nature of Mulder,  tempered by the Scully's logic is back in fine form. All be it - Scully's thinking is much more out of the box than ever.

The first episode was defiantly not for the fans - it was all designed to attract new fans. The second episode was more encouraging. The monster of the week theme resurfaced, as did the feel of everything I liked about the original series. The pace was so much better than the premier. Stolen babies, exploding eye balls, alien hybrids, eugenics and the return of the creepy cigarette smoking man as the main antagonist sold me.

1/3 of the way through the revival, the revival is living up to my rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia. 

At this point, I think it is safe to say the series has returned to form. I am crossing my fingers that this does not become another "I want to believe" disappointment.

I may have to give Heroes Reborn a second chance! 

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