Episode 1001 - "My Struggle"

Written and directed by Chris Carter.

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  • Frakkin TFrakkin T Currently Offline
    I think I am in the perfect place with this because I have zero expectations that it's gonna be any good. I loved it back in the day and if it's good I'll love it again but if it sucks I won't be surprised and won't shed a tear...
    Elisa
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    Oh, shit. Might be a controversial opinion bit I LOVED the throwback/classic credits. They look like shit but they're awesome.
    FreddyElisaJovial_Falcon
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    Mulder is giving off a real MacGyver / MacGruber vibe.
    Elisa
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    This nighttime porch dialog is fully insane. It's like an SNL parody. It's so funny I almost love it for unintentional comedy value.
    Elisa
  • I'm not into conspiracy theories, but I love how it sounds like something that would be totally plausible as a backstory in an apocalypse or dystopian novel.

    I would buy something like that failing and causing a zombie apocalypse.
    Elisamanhattnik
  • When the car exploded, was anyone else's first response to belly laugh for a solid minute?
    gjulleenA_Ron_Hubbard
  • I always have a weird guilty feeling when protagonists cause a trusting party harm via a third party. When the scientists had their neat ship exploded, I was glad they got exploded too, so they couldn't get mad at Mulder.

    So I didn't laugh, but I may on a second watch.
    Elisa
  • Dummy said:

    When the car exploded, was anyone else's first response to belly laugh for a solid minute?

    That was my reaction when they blew up the space craft.  It happened so fast and came out of nowhere.

    Aside from the mansplaining, I thought it was OK.  I hope they get back to the MOTW soon though.
    DummyElisa
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas

    Oh, shit. Might be a controversial opinion bit I LOVED the throwback/classic credits. They look like shit but they're awesome.

    Same here; brought me back to my childhood. Wasn't expecting it at all. What a treat.
    Elisaghm3
  • Given all the negative reviews the first episode was getting, this was actually not that bad. Not something that I would ever, ever watch again, but at least it does a not terrible job of setting up what matters from the original (William, aliens, etc) and what doesn't (super soldiers, Mulder and Scully criminals on the run, etc).

    That said, this was such a Chris Carter special. All his go to moves are here:

    - Breaking up Mulder and Scully (and I am sure there will be a will they or wont they later)
    - Mulder flip flops again and does a long monologue
    - Scully has amnesia and is a skeptic again


    It's like whenever Carter runs out of ideas, he does one of the three. But if this is the worst, color me excited for the rest.
    A_Ron_HubbardElisa
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    edited January 2016
    At about the 30 minute mark. Oh man... this got real weird and real bad real quick. Will definitely continue watching.
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    edited January 2016
    Alrighty then, The X-Files is officially back and as fucked off as ever. I like it!

    You guys should try podcasting this one without cracking a single joke. You know, just as an exercise in combating futility.

    Also, the alien baby girl is up to no good. You can't trust anyone with a 1995 Mazda MX-6 in that good of condition.
    Elisa
  • Frakkin TFrakkin T Currently Offline
    edited January 2016
    Oh I don't know about this at all, you guys...Is Chris Carter really trying to retcon the entire series now and say that aliens never existed? It seems like he's counting on us to have foggy memories or to just not care that the existence of aliens and a conspiracy with them by the government has been proven to exist in his universe. We're just going to wipe it all away in favor of a conspiracy that is basically the wet dream of every right-wing anti-government nutjob in America. I sense the Fox network's hand in this in terms of political messages as well as your garden variety network insistence that the history be downplayed so that new Millenial viewers won't be too engaged with the old material.

    I've been saying for years that the X-Files doesn't hold up in a post 9/11 world and I have a feeling these next 6 weeks are going to prove me right. But I am still going to watch it. 
    DeeDaveyMac
  • GredalBee said:

    Dummy said:

    When the car exploded, was anyone else's first response to belly laugh for a solid minute?

    That was my reaction when they blew up the space craft.  It happened so fast and came out of nowhere.

    Aside from the mansplaining, I thought it was OK.  I hope they get back to the MOTW soon though.
    I think that was what I found so funny, it just sorta came out of nowhere for me. Like, here she is and there are tons of lights on her and she's trying to run, but I just thought she didn't want to be abducted again. Then the laser really hits and the car blows up as if she had just come back from the TNT + Moonshine store. 
  • Frakkin TFrakkin T Currently Offline
    edited January 2016

    This nighttime porch dialog is fully insane. It's like an SNL parody. It's so funny I almost love it for unintentional comedy value.

    Dude when Svetta came to the door and Scully saw her there was a huge missed opportunity for Scully to make a crack about Mulder just wanting to get laid. Can't believe Chris Carter left that one on the field. 
    Elisa
  • Frakkin T said:

    Oh I don't know about this at all, you guys...Is Chris Carter really trying to retcon the entire series now and say that aliens never existed? It seems like he's counting on us to have foggy memories or to just not care that the existence of aliens and a conspiracy with them by the government has been proven to exist in his universe. We're just going to wipe it all away in favor of a conspiracy that is basically the wet dream of every right-wing anti-government nutjob in America. I sense the Fox network's hand in this in terms of political messages as well as your garden variety network insistence that the history be downplayed so that new Millenial viewers won't be too engaged with the old material.


    I've been saying for years that the X-Files doesn't hold up in a post 9/11 world and I have a feeling these next 6 weeks are going to prove me right. But I am still going to watch it. 
    This is like the kritschgau plot in the original series. Mulder gets convinced its only the government. Questions everything he knows. Then slowly learns that the conspiracy is even bigger than he thought, and aliens are real.

    It is the same pattern as the mytharc in the latter seasons. Mulder gets totally convinced by kritschgau that it was all the military, then realizes it was aliens. Then he gets totally convinced that Samantha was killed by a serial killer, then realizes it was aliens. Same thing will happen here.

    Same thing with the Mulder/Scully relationship. What drove me nuts the last few seasons of the x files wasn't whether they'd end up together or not. Was the constant backtracking. Including the greatest bit of trolling by a showrunner of all time, which was naming the first episode after Mulder's return in season 8 "three words," which ended up being "fight the future" and not "i love you," like the shippers wanted. Which also means that this mini series will end with them getting back together.

    Still, as I said, if this is the worst, I will be pretty happy, because this wasn't bad (it was a standard later season Chris Carter episode).

    Elisa
  • Frakkin TFrakkin T Currently Offline
    edited January 2016
    @joepinetree It is the kritschgau plot all over again, and that's a lot of what I find disappointing: We're here again. We can't just take the existence of aliens as a given and tell a great conspiracy story within that. I can't believe Mulder would be convinced so quickly by the alien baby girl and that he would retroactively apply that to his entire career on the x-files and just decide out of the blue that aliens don't exist. 

    I'm going to keep watching; the X-Files has earned 6 episodes' worth of the benefit of the doubt but I'm not impressed so far...
  • edited January 2016
    @Frakkin T

    I think they're putting a small twist on it, which makes Mulder look a little dumb in retrospect.  Mulder's black and white thought process is "aliens" or "government", full stop.  The twist is, it's the government... with alien technology.  If I remember correctly, the Kritschgau plot was purely military experiments.  Alien technology had not been confirmed at that point.

    This revival confirms alien technology.  I think Mulder is more sold on aliens than ever after seeing the ARV.  He's just finally connecting the dots between his two fanatical sides, which should have happened decades ago.
    ElisaFrakkin T
  • Someone in the Sepinwal comments section made the perfect comparison:
    Chris Carter is the George Lucas of the x files world. He clearly created the universe, but the story itself was always handled better by other people.
    DancesWithWookies
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA

    Someone in the Sepinwal comments section made the perfect comparison:
    Chris Carter is the George Lucas of the x files world. He clearly created the universe, but the story itself was always handled better by other people.

    Yeah, Carter does a great job surrounding himself with really talented people, but his own writing is pretty god-awful. The dialogue he writes in particular is so horrible. But he managed to enlist Morgan, Wong, and Gilligan among others. Those folks it it out of the park.
  • edited January 2016
    @Frakkin T @joepinetree Mulder pretty much believed everybody instantly anyways for 7 seasons. It just shows he hasn't changed. Scully gets pissed because she realizes it.

    I was thinking the Season 6 DoD storyline too. I have no problem with them going the same path. Maybe after 2012 didn't happen he put the alien invasion thing on the back burner allowing EP1 to become the main reason again. He also had Krycek bring him back to his senses in S6. There is no "double agent" that can do that this time. CSM is the closest.

    Speaking of CSM. He looks brutal. I loved it. I thought they were going to do flashbacks to the 90's and just have him do his scenes. It wouldn't have bothered me but this works too.

    Joel McHale played a great creep. I was hoping Scully told him to fuck off but apparently she didn't mind at all. She needed to take her mind off Mulder
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    Classic credits - Good job show...actually that may have been my favorite part...

    Lots of set up, not much this episode unfortunatly. It does feel like old X-Files - althought I did watch it on SD instead of HD...
  • This article says about 13.5 million for live watch. I dont care much about ratings but this article says 'Leonard Betts' got 29.1 Million after SB 31. That is amazing still


    http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ratings-the-x-files-premiere-patriots-broncos-cbs-1201687791/
  • I'm not familiar with mid-to-late run X-Files, so I may be out of my element, but I just find the whole government behind everything conspiracy aspect really boring, outdated, and not scary or mysterious in any way. Saying the X-Files program was a distraction set up by the government to hide their conspiratorial actions is just ridiculous and kind of insulting to the viewer in my opinion. Especially knowing how real conspiracies tend to work and how hard they are to keep under wraps. 

    I know it's "just a tv show" and it's supposed to just be entertaining, but I wish it was more grounded in reality. Not to say that ridiculous shit can't happen, but this was just too far for me. Somebody else already said it, but this just felt like a parody to me. I much preferred the way "Fringe" did the X-Files, at least the first several seasons anyway.

    Still, I'll stick it out just because of the cast. Plus, I shouldn't judge just from one episode, especially as I've heard it gets better. 
    manhattnik
  • manhattnikmanhattnik the big apple
    edited January 2016
    I was in serious WTF mode by the time it was over. That long monolog by Mulder sounded like conspiracy-theory word salad after awhile. Was one DNA test Scully’s and the other Abduction Girl? Or was she really running Abduction Girl’s twice? And what is it with Oldy McBeard’s “you’re getting warmer, now colder, now warmer” bit? He’s got to be pushing 90, and he’s being so coy? Like he’s going to still be alive in a week?

    Mulder’s comment about Russia trying to invade the US in 1947 could be very, very important. Or it could be a red herring. I’m thinking the former. Based on the wacky idea that the US recovered flying saucers that were Russian, made with captured WWII german technology (maybe?), and crewed by midgets created by some insane Stalinist-era eugenics program. Or something. 

    And, no, I haven’t seen the second episode yet.


    Dee
  • manhattnikmanhattnik the big apple
    And Mein Kampf? Seriously?
  • My morning commute was an awkward one thanks to the guys being so damn funny on the cast for this episode. I burst out with laughter a few times on the train and got some stares. This cast definitely ensured that will keep up with the show, if only to hear Jim and A.Ron discuss.
  • FWIW, I nearly forgot Bald Move was doing an XFiles pod. I just happened to be scrolling through my podcast app, saw the Bald Move TV 'channel' & thought "Wonder if they're doing XFiles"? Then searched in the app & Black Oil and Bees Stings came up in a search for Bald Move. That's a lot of work for some but I'm a fan. Anyway...thought you might want to know. 

    For limited series like this, it might be better to run in the BaldMove TV channel. Though maybe others search for 'X Files' & find it. Algorithms, I guess. They'll surely get a lot of XFilesFile but it looks like he'll largely cover this in order, with some exceptions.  
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    We really should encourage the uberfans to use our firehose feed.  One of our resolutions for this year is to do better internal marketing.

    Anyway, some were curious about the cheesecake Skinner pics.  I couldn't find the one I remembered from the old rec.tv.x-files days, but this one is close:  image
  • LukeLuke Central Illinois
    Honestly I don't buy the whole conspiracy angle that it is really the global cabal of government behind everything.  

    Regular people are too incompetent for this to ever really be a reality.  I mean yeah saying the global elite are trying to fuck everything up and then fly off on spaceships probably sounds cool to have Moulder say in the writers room.  The problem with that type of conspiracy is that I don't care how much alien tech you have, you still have a plumber, electrician, cleaning lady etd.  Eventually shit would leak out. 

    And I know that most people are scared of the NSA, but are for the wrong reasons.  You should be scared that they waste literally billions of your tax dollars while they sit and watch porn at work instead of monitoring terrorists.  Every major attack that has happened post 9/11 has been coordinated on  social media.  Nothing stopped them.  Look at the Boston Bombers they literally announced what they were doing on Twitter.  

    This episodes felt like Christ Carter had 6 episodes so he wanted to cram like 20 episodes worth of premises into one episode to try to get the internet trying to unravel it all.  Spoiler alert: this episode was classic Xfiles, they raised 1000 questions and literally killed/blew up any evidence that would have tied it all together in later episodes.  

    I wouldn't waste too much time theorizing about what it all means.  
    manhattnik
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