ello and wlcome to the eleventh season of The X Files, which aired last night on Channel 5. I’ll be writing a review of each episode as I did for the last season and last night episode was one to watch.
In true X Files fashion, the show opens up like past seasons of old, with a voiceover and a montage, this time from the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), in which his full name is revealed to be Carl Gerhard Busch Spender.
The voiceover introduced the show and we learned a little more about the character in the opening scene, which juxtaposed with the stills and footage of world leaders and world atrocities throughout history, I think worked really well.
So it begins. The opening credits have gone back to the credits from the original run of the show (Seasons 1-7, 1993-2000). This was evident with season 10 also. I liked that little nod of nostalgia.
Anyhow, following on from last season, Dana Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) hospitalised after having a seizure brought on by visions of the future involving William. This is something which happens throughout the episode. She now begins to realise the events from the previous episode were a vision and haven’t yet happened. When she comes to, she tells Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) of her visions but he dismisses it as a product of her seizure, but investigates regardless and suspects he’s being followed.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Spender (Chris Owens) is hit by a car in a parking garage, but as it’s the first episode, it’s not yet known if this is where he in fact lives. He manages to escape and hide behind a door to the building that reads “The 209,” all the while his attacker is demanding the whereabouts of a boy. He calls Mulder and leaves a voicemail, and the call has been the Smoking Man, revealing that he’s in a room with Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish). Her character has progressed quite a bit and she’s just as good on the fringes of good and bad, as Marita Covarrubias and Alex Krycek before her.
The only significance that I can muster about what 'The 209' can mean is that ‘My Struggle -Part 3’ is the 209th episode of the show. Unless there is actually something within the episode that I have overlooked. Spender visits Scully in hospital telling her that people are looking for her son. When probed to give information he clams up only telling her the name of the family that adopted him, Van De Kamp.
Mulder manages to turn things round and is now following the henchman who he believes will lead him to the Smoking Man. Upon arrival he meets Mr. Y (A. C. Peterson) and Erika Price (Barbara Hershey). They both acknowledge they were once a part of the Syndicate, but have their own agenda. They try to bargain with Mulder but he refuses to comply.
Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) fails to find Scully but finds her phone in the X Files office. He goes to car and after entering, is held at gunpoint by Reyes who is sat in the seat behind. The Smoking Mand then enters. He asks Skinner to turn his back on humanity for immunity from the Spartan Virus. Skinner is hesitant and acts cagey throughout the rest of the episode.
Back at hospital, Scully attemps to leave, but her seizures return causing her to crash her car. After being rescued and readmitted to hospital by Agents Einstein (Lauren Ambrose) and Miller (Robbie Amell), they leave her room momentarily unattended. An assassin sent by Mr. Y and Erika enters and tries to suffocate Scully, but Mulder manages to kill him first. Scully tells Mulder she doesn’t think the Smoking Man sent the assassin revealing, that her visions are from William. When Skinner enters, Mulder confronts him as he smells like smoke. In a flashback to when Skinner was in the car with the Smoking Man, the latter reveals (in a further flashback to the season 7 episode, ‘En Ami’ seventeen years earlier) that he, not Mulder, artificially impregnated Scully. The closing scene of this episode, shows an out of focus teen thought to be William.
This episode in my own opinion was fantastic and very well executed. It wasn’t a perfect episode by any stretch of the imagination, but it was one of my favourites of all time. It kept me interested and on the edge of my seat the entire episode, so for that I give it an 8 out of 10. Next week’s episode will be ‘This’.