ello and welcome to the fourth instalment of The X Files Season 11. I feel that this season has taken off much better than last season, but then in my own opinion, the writing seems to be a lot better this season.
That’s not to say I didn’t like last season, but I found that I only particularly liked half of the season. It seems like it’s naturally found it’s feet again this time around and I’m excited each week to see what new stories will unfold.
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty business and get the review of ‘The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat’ moving in a forward direction.
Mulder receives a signal to meet someone and turns Scully down for dinner plans that she’s made. In the parking lot of the FBI, he meets a man named Reggie (Brian Huskey) who claims to know him. He says that someone is trying to erase him from society and proves this by referring to Mulder’s childhood memory of watching ‘The Lost Martian,’ an episode of The Twilight Zone (which doesn’t exist in reality), much to Mulder’s surprise.
Scully matches his disbelief later when Reggie – now going by the name ‘Something’ - hands her a container of a cherry flavoured Jell-O rip off brand, called Goop-O A-B-C, which is nostalgic from her childhood. Mulder, Scully and Reggie argue whether these events are an example of the Mandela Effect, however Reggie calls it the Mengele Effect.
The agents are shocked when they remember Reggie Something was formerly a member of the X Files team, who started working on them with Mulder and was there the day Dr. Dana Scully arrived at the office back in 1993.
After reminiscing over their past cases – with the inclusion of Reggie, who appears to be part of many iconic moments throughout the series – they learn that the ‘they’ Reggie is referring to is in fact a Dr. They (Stuart Margolin).
He meets with Mulder in a public place explaining that, the age of people covering up their sins is over and that Mulder should, “Believe what you want to believe, that’s what everybody does now anyway.” Dr. They threatens Mulder when he says, “You’re dead,” but then grins and says that he means his purpose in regards to the X Files, trying to expose conspiracies is dead.
Reggie is revealed to be a former government employee, turned mental ward patient named, Reginald Murgatroid, whose past included being a lethal drone pilot, waterboarding terrorists, working IRS forms longhand and sleeping through a stint as a fraud detection officer.
The three of them come to their last case together – an encounter with a Trump-like alien who brings the remnants of the Voyager spacecraft and says that humanity is horrible and the rest of the universe has banded together to build a wall in outer space, that will prevent mankind from getting near them.
The alien says that despite some good people, human beings are unique in the singular negative sense that they constantly lie. He gives Mulder a book with all the answers then bids them all a farewell and good riddance. Mulder has a tantrum at the idea of no more answers to seek while Scully and Reggie embrace.
Reggie is then taken back to the mental institution. As Skinner witnesses this, he recognises Reggie and asks why he's being taken away, much to Mulder and Scully's surprise.
Back at Mulder's house, they watch ‘The Lost Martian’ after Mulder figures out it was a real episode from a cheap sci-fi knockoff show, just as Scully begins to eat some Goop-O, she stops and she says, "I want to remember how it all was".
I quite liked this episode and give it a 7 out of 10. Stay tuned for next weeks episode, ‘Ghouli’ as we’ll be halfway through the season.