TV Review - The X-Files: Season 10
David Duchovny stars as Fox Mulder, an expert, criminal profiler whose sister went missing when he was a teenager. He believed his sister was abducted by aliens. This has motivated him to pursue cases that involve paranormal elements or cases linked to UFO sightings and abductions. The X-Files are what the FBI terms such strange cases.
Gillian Anderson co-stars as Dana Scully, a medical doctor who is an avid scientist assigned to be Mulder's partner and debunk his work. Whereas Mulder believes in UFO's and all these paranormal things, Scully is a doubter or non-believer. Anytime Mulder gets a tiny hint that something supernatural is happening, he immediately goes to the extreme explanation, but Scully wants scientific proof for a more, down-to-earth explanation.
After working together for nearly a decade, both have gone back-and-forth on their stances. As this tenth season begins, the story picks up seven years after the 2nd film in 2008. Mulder and Scully have left the FBI. Mulder has become a recluse, living in a rural house and Scully works at Our Lady of Sorrows Hospital in Washington, DC, and both have reverted to their initial stances.
One of those experiments, thanks now to DNA and in-vitro technology, is taking alien DNA and implanting it in women in order to create babies that are part alien to see what could be discovered or mined. In the previous two seasons of this show, the 8th and 9th seasons, it's revealed that Scully was one of those women who were implanted with a baby having alien DNA. Mulder and Scully eventually gave that baby named William up for adoption.
Carter's 10th season, which is only going to be six-episodes total, wants to revisit all that. The insidiousness of how the baby came to be and the guilt and love that both Mulder and Scully feel for the baby are all stirred up. It's an obvious route for Carter to go. Some complaints though are that with only six episodes, Carter doesn't have enough time to fully explore that insidiousness or guilt and love. His attempts to do so, basically by cramming it all into two episodes, are clunky and a bit awkward.
Aside from doing episodes dealing with the complicated and convoluted mythology, the show was famous for doing standalone adventures that were dubbed "monster-of-the-week" episodes. Where Carter and his team of writers and directors excelled was in these monsters of the week. In addition to being great sci-fi, the show also was a stunningly dark and often very scary, horror series.
Yet, the show wasn't depressing. It was exciting and had such a great sense of humor, sometimes satirical or often ironic or meta. As a result, the show became a master of horror-comedy, drifting occasionally into the ridiculous, but it kept the show entertaining. The third episode of Season 10, entitled "Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster" is a perfect example of that. Penned by Darin Morgan, the writer of The X-Files who excelled in horror-comedy by embracing the absurdities of the show and quite frankly mocking them, the third episode of Season 10 puts on display all of his best tendencies.
Three Stars out of Five.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Mondays at 8PM on FOX.