Tuesday, January 26, 2016

X-Files (2016) Episode 1 - First Impressions

As a kid I had a deep curiosity for anything to do with aliens and UFO’s. I remember many weekends going with my Dad to the local library to take out all of the UFO conspiracy books with the coolest pictures.
Id flip the pages in amazement and probably learned how to read with those books about Project Blue Book and the Roswell cover up. That curiosity made me latch on to the X-Files as soon as I became aware of it. Every Sunday I would be in heaven with The Simpsons and King of the Hill running into an hour of alien spookiness. I’m really surprised my parents always let my brother and I stay up at watch it at such a young age. I’m sure it didn’t help my childhood crippling fear of aliens, but thanks anyway Mom and Dad!

In my early 20’s I started to collect the X-Files DVD’s, and with a more mature head learned to really appreciate the show for its awesome direction and storytelling. After watching all 9 seasons over and over again I’ve always been left wanting more than the movie that was release several years ago. I would regularly search Google throughout the year to find any news of new X-Files, and for a long time it was just crickets. Until last year when it was announced
that Chris Carter, with Fox, would be creating a 6 episode mini-series continuing the story of the show. And after a lot of waiting the new series finally premiered last night!

I must say overall, as an X-Files fanboy, I was mostly happy with what I saw!  The first episode starts with a great recap introduction
which really delivers with catching up old fans and new viewers to the careers of former FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, reprised by actors David Duchovny (Red Shoe Diaries, Californication) and Gillian Anderson (Hannibal, Last King of Scotland).  The intro was very well done with a moody narration by Agent Mulder, which was common in the old series. Right away you can tell that there have been a lot of changes in the lives and careers of our favorite FBI agents but they look great and slip quite seamlessly back into their rolls, both as actors and characters.

Without giving too much away, much of the first episode is tying the old X-Files into our digital time. With a lot of attention given towards a new character: YouTube right-wing conspiracy theorist Tadd O’Malley, played by Joel McHale (Community, Ted). The O’Malley Character adds a good presence to the show and feels like a natural X-Files character.

Along with new characters we also see a few old faces such as A.D. Skinner, reprised by Mitch Pileggi (Sons of Anarchy) and more that I won’t mention without running the risk of giving away too much. Though much of the show was great, it was not without its short comings. Some awkward dialogue choices and some over explaining of certain events peaked at only a 4/10 on the annoying scale but really did not ruin the overall experience.

I’m excited to keep watching and see where Carter and the crew are going to take this series for the rest of its 6 episode run. Many people were not satisfied with the first episode, though there's a good chance its just the usually awkwardness that comes from any shows first episode. For a premier I’m giving a tasteful 8 Krycek’s out of 10!

The X-Files airs Sundays at 10:00pm est on the Fox Network  

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