X-FILES BIGGER BADDER & UNCUT 2016 by Walt Frasier October 15, 2015
First off – OUR NYCC Escapades!
WHAT EVER YOU DO – DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE…
So I am guessing I am one of about 5000 that have seen the premier episode that will be seen on FOX in January 2016. Maybe more as I have heard rumors that the truth is out there online somewhere.
If you have NOT seen episode CLOSE THIS WINDOW NOW!!!
Overall, I cannot dismiss the fact I was giddy with happy tears the entire 90 minutes of watching new episode and listening to panel with Chris Carter, David Duchovny and Mitch Pileggi. Perhaps I was out of control emotionally due to extreme exhaustion after waiting in lines for 8 hours to get a front row seat only to get a 4th row seat… I digress. Except for a brief awkward moment when Deadpool asked a question about Supernatural (Mitch fans, right?) it was pure ecstasy!
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!!
So this entire episode felt like one big hug, saying we thank you and miss you too. Scully, Mulder, Skinner and even… well you know, right… they all had a specific entrance. Every major character had a welcome back moment, and each moment had thunderous applause. We ate it up like candy.
VINI VIDI VICI! This episode took no prisoners!!!
There is a noticeable style shift. At times this episode seemed like a 45-minute teaser trailer. The episode flies by at break neck speed. The old dark imagery – mainly due to hiding low budget effects – has been replaced by “let’s show everything.”
BIGGEST SPOILER WARNING YET – PLEASE TURN AWAY…
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!!
While discussing the episode over burgers and milkshakes I joked with my crew – Chris Carter basically took all of our critism of the 2008 movie and said – in a fit of rage –
“FINE, you want to see aliens? (SMACK IN FACE) HERE is a mothra ducking alien!!!”
“You want to see UFOS? (SMACK IN FACE) HERE is a Gosh Darn UFO!”
“You want action? Let’s blow it all up!!!” (GAUNTLET THROWN)
(Insert maniacal hysterical insane laughter here- Chris Carter as Dr. Evil LOL)
My guess is 18-35 year old demographic will love the big action fast paced feel. Fans of the old show’s tone my think Chris Carter has been replaced by George Lucas or Michael Bay at the helm.
And to quickly address the elephant in the room, I love the new direction of Mulder/Scully. We don’t know if they were ever married at this time. Not even sure we should take David Duchovny’s use of the term at face value.
When we last saw Mulder and Scully they were together.
Since then it appears Mulder’s inability to deal with the world outside the FBI has lead to a dark place. Scully left him. Now he is even more depressed. What is clear?
They are currently apart.
There is a lot of resentment from both sides.
They both still love each other.
Chances are working together on 4 monster of the week episodes will have tons of tension.
But this is far different from the old days when so many were consumed by “Are they together? Are they apart? Where would they be if not for that damn bee?” So many lost way too much sleep on such questions.
Going forward I think Chris Carter is more successful when he collaborates. That’s why we get Glen Morgan, James Wong and Darin Morgan in the next 4 episodes.
I am haunted by the final moments of the episode. I fear we will have to wait till mid March to see the outcome of the long ominous gaze by… well, you will just have to watch in January. Those that have seen it know exactly what I am talking about.
I have an alternate review planned for January 25 that will go into far more detail…
See everyone in DC 10/26!!!