The truth is out there this week from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and the release of “The X-Files: The Event Series” on Bluray and DVD.
Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) are back in the X-Files business when called in by former boss Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) to investigate the unusual. Finding their little dark corner in the basement, Mulder is as jaded as ever and Scully is still based in science with an open mind.
Both are struggling with the events that have led them to this moment. Mulder still searching for his sister and Scully finding her emotions regarding their child. When Scully discovers that she has an alien genome in her DNA, she is more likely than not to listen to Mulder.
It is internet sensationalist Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale) that starts to question everything calling in Scully and Mulder to meet someone else who has the alien genome. This starts a chain that no one could possibly have seen coming.
They are again called out to investigate a growling horned monster plaguing a small town. It is Mulder who seems to be edgy about believing while Scully knows that it is best to follow the science on this one. What they find is not exactly your typical monster.
When a shopping mall is bombed by a terrorist, Mulder and Scully both have different ways in finding answers. Agents Einstein (Lauren Ambrose) and Miller (Robbie Amell) are younger versions of the scientist and believer and both learn that their elders do know better.
It all comes to a glaring finale when Mulder never makes it to a meeting with Tad O’Malley who confronts Scully about the DNA tests. In a panic she races back to the hospital to discover that the beginning of a break down is happening. With the help of Einstein they discover that vaccine shots given to people when they were young actually altered their DNA making them victims to sickness. Scully also sends Miller out to look for Mulder.
Trying to find a cure and Mulder becomes paramount for Scully. A face from the past intervenes as Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) tells Scully something that shakes her to the core. Mulder already knows where to look, coming face to face with Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). Like all power hungry people, he lays out the plan for the world to fall only to rise with new leaders and offers Mulder a place at the table.
Back at the lab Einstein is getting sick and Scully must work faster to save as many as she can, including Mulder and Miller who are now both sick. In Mulder’s case, the cure isn’t going to be enough and what will is out of reach.
Or is it?
Duchovny as Mulder doesn’t miss a beat coming back to reprise his role as a man obsessed with finding his long lost sister. Although age may have mellowed him a bit, the wit and sarcasm seems to be right on point. I think the best episode includes his hallucinating line dancing, have to say I wasn’t expecting that! Duchovny will always be Mulder – accept no substitute.
Anderson as Scully also doesn’t seem to have missed a beat. Back to work as a doctor, she seems to jump at the chance to get back to the insane and unusual. It also gives her face time with Mulder which isn’t so bad either. Scully is scientifically thorough in her investigations but now, she is much more open to the ‘not everything is as it seems’ theory Mulder had been trying to convince her of for years. Anderson is such a joy to watch.
Ambrose as Einstein is brash and non-budging in her beliefs and although she experiences a thing or two out of the ordinary, it might take more convincing. Amell as Miller has such a gentle nature about him, he needs to hang around Mulder for a while to get the hard edge for the job.
It is good to see Pileggi as Skinner once again trying to keep the dynamic duo out of trouble. The Smoking Man played by Davis is still as demented and secretive as he has always been but this time add creepy – well done! Gish as Reyes comes back to try to make amends but will it be enough?
Newcomer McHale as O’Malley certainly is a character with duality. On air he is about hollering and scaring people but in person he has a little more concern about what is happening and how to stop it. I enjoy McHale in most things he does so good on ya!
It was good to see the “band” get back together as it were. So many people were excited when the announcement was made that the series would be coming back even if for a limited run. The finale of the series leaves the door so wide open you could part a flying saucer in it as to whether there will be more – so my question is what will it take for that to happen? I have $5 we can start a GoFundMe page if that’s the issue!
Writer/Creator and Director Chris Carter said of the revival, “We’re going to tell X-Files the way that we’ve always told them; we of course set them in the time and place that they exist. We’re telling contemporary stories about contemporary situations, true to Mulder and Scully’s characters and their relationship and the passage of time.”
The Bluray includes the episodes My Struggle, Founder’s Mutation, Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster, Home Again, Babylon and My Struggle II.
The Special Features to the Event Series include an Audio Commentary of Select Episodes, Deleted Scenes, The Making of a Struggle, Season X – An In-depth Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Series Event, Gag Reel, Monsters of the Week: The Wildest and Scariest from the Original Series, The X-Files: Green Production, Grace-From the X-Files Karen Nielsen.
In the end — the truth is still out there!