This is a rant. A rant about The X-Files. A rant about Chris Carter. A rant about everything that went wrong.
|This script right here says that Chris Carter|
and Fox want to cram six episodes worth
of story into one finale. It also says
you're suddenly psychic, Scully.
As an avid long time X-Files fanboy, the idea of our favorite characters Mulder and Scully coming back was a breath of fresh air in a time when television continues to break new ground. Thinking that somehow they'd come back and make this fit in with all the awesome new things that hit tv on a regular basis, I was immediately sold on the premise. Sadly for me, this was a massive letdown.
Knowing that they'd been gone for a decade and that Chris Carter was at the helm again, most of us were excited at the thought of a new, refreshed take on the mythology. At the onset of episode 1 of the event series, the conspiracy was given a hard reset that seemed like we would go in a new direction; one where Mulder became more skeptical and Scully was on the opposing side of her inherent traits as the one questioning her partner's typical belief system. The first two parts gave us a real shot at seeing The X-Files take on modern theories and the Alex Jones world we live in. At best, we got two parts quality, one part meta comedy, two parts awful, and a finale that compressed too much into one night.
|Me and Hank Moody are here|
for your daughters.
Much like George Lucas or Michael Bay, Mr. Carter is not always the best person at handling his own product. Over thinking what the fans might desire and a higher budget are not always a good combination. In the case of The X-Files revisit, Carter didn't recapture the dynamics or the long lost mysticism of my all time favorite show. In fact, he glossed over almost everything that made it so good to begin with. Again, having only six episodes to work with put this relaunch in a tight spot. Yes, I'm sure they wanted to see if the viewership would come back. And they did. But (and there's always a but), when you're on a limited schedule, trying to fit in alternate one-off storylines just doesn't work. Knowing that this was a special series with only six parts, the new alien conspiracy should have remained the central focus.
|Dude. Herpes blows.|
I won't lie. I'll continue to watch but I'm not saying I won't bail at some point. Last night felt like the failed Dexter conclusion mixed with a dash of The Sopranos ending. I love you Chris Carter. I love your creation. I love your characters. I love what you gave us. As a fan, I beg of you. Do better.
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