The X-Files : Season 10

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 1993
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
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  • Summary: Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) are reunited as they look into possible aliens and government conspiracy in six new episodes.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. 91
    The X-Files is at its best when dealing with government conspiracies, and that's exactly what you'll get in the premiere episode.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Jan 19, 2016
    75
    Duchovny and Anderson both seem more relaxed, finally rediscovering their old zip-zap chemistry. Guest stars Kumail Nanjiani and Rhys Darby are delightful. It’s scary, then funny, then existential, then shockingly moving.
  3. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 25, 2016
    75
    “My Struggle” is, at best, clunky.... Anyone who loved the original has much better news coming on Monday, when the second of the six new episodes airs.... Better still is Episode 3.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 22, 2016
    60
    By episode two, Mulder and Scully are, jarringly, back on the job and once again investigating an X-Files case that may or may not involve alien-human hybrids.... [The third episode is] the best of the first three episodes but also the weirdest.
  5. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Jan 22, 2016
    50
    The new run of The X-Files may well, in time, encompass some more up-to-date conspiracies. If so, they’ll be welcome. Nobody is likely to grieve long over the absence of the latest on Roswell and invading aliens from space.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Bell
    Jan 20, 2016
    50
    Duchovny and Anderson slip easily into their old roles. But character chemistry and nostalgia are not enough to carry a new season, even (or especially) such a short one.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 12, 2016
    30
    Most of the time The X-Files is both trying too hard and skating superficially across the show’s convoluted mythology, an unsatisfying combination that doesn’t leave Duchovny and Anderson much of substance to dig into.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Jan 24, 2016
    10
    A wonderful return of the X Files to the small screen. Although there were some slight hiccups with Fox's transfer of programming from the NFCA wonderful return of the X Files to the small screen. Although there were some slight hiccups with Fox's transfer of programming from the NFC Championship game in my area, overall, the show was a breath of fresh air concerning FOX. Fox has certainly struggled through the latest television season, and the X Files is still definitely their heavy hitter. Looking forward to a lot more from Mulder and Scully, who stepped right back into their roles with little effort and superb chemistry. This FBI duo STILL HAVE IT!!!!! Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2016
    10
    First episode was a huge disappointment. But wait! Things got way better in the second episode. You can in fact just safely skip the firstFirst episode was a huge disappointment. But wait! Things got way better in the second episode. You can in fact just safely skip the first one. The second episode I would give a 7/10 rating. But I did not expect it to get much better, after all it is x-files and old actors and stuff. But then came episode 3 which was truly amazing and deserves 10/10 points. It may be not your usual x-files episode. But everything in it is just perfect. I hope they can keep up with the quality in the forthcoming episodes. Expand
  3. Jan 25, 2016
    9
    Successful reboot. I am seeing a lot of negative critic's reviews on the Internet but I think they are undeserved. I sincerely hope there isSuccessful reboot. I am seeing a lot of negative critic's reviews on the Internet but I think they are undeserved. I sincerely hope there is going to be more than 6 episodes in the future. They managed to revive everything this show is about - dark suspense, curiosity, conspiracy and fictional science. The characters hold strong and are even more realistic as they aged a bit. Expand
  4. Jan 29, 2016
    8
    Assessment relay 10:
    They are there after more than 10 years again and obviously aged. However, this does not interfere and one is glad them
    Assessment relay 10:
    They are there after more than 10 years again and obviously aged. However, this does not interfere and one is glad them returns.
    The tenth relay begins with the mediocre first episode. Mulder and Scully are not fetched back and, otherwise, passed a lot. 70%
    Result 2: Act X like one it loves. It delivers a good story and Mulder and Scully deliver like once a good achievement. The case is more realistic and does not act, fortunately, too much from aliens. 85%
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  5. Mar 22, 2016
    6
    Well, I thought, upon completing the first episode of the rebooted The X-Files, it was inevitable. The desperate gambit to revive any showWell, I thought, upon completing the first episode of the rebooted The X-Files, it was inevitable. The desperate gambit to revive any show that can be revived, from Twin Peaks to Full House, was destined to ruin something—if not everything—and The X-Files just happens to be the first beloved TV show to come back to life as a flaming dud. With the eerie shimmy of the credit sequence still sounding in my ears, I wondered if this was not a merciless kind of justice. Reboots are a shameless and cynical attempt to grab ratings and attention. If they succeed, we get more of a thing we already had enough of, which we get excited about because it is the human condition to not grok the concept of “enough.” If they fail, they undermine the integrity of the original and our fond memories of it. (Assuming those fond memories had survived The X-Files’ long, incoherent final years in the first place.) Look, the truth is out there and it is hot garbage. It seemed to me there was something so definitive about this that even perpetual searcher Fox Mulder—jolted out of the deep cryosleep of fictional beings because that other Fox, the network, needed some buzz—could appreciate it.

    Then, feeling diligent, I watched the other two available episodes. The third one was pretty cute and funny. What had I been saying? Yay! The X-Files is back!!

    But about that painful first episode. The X-Files picks up in the present day, some 13 years after the FBI shut down the X-Files, the department investigating paranormal activity run by true believer Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and part-time skeptic Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). In voiceover, Mulder swiftly asserts that he is still a broken record stuck on the song “UFO Crackpot.” He’s still asking questions like “Are [UFO sightings] really a hoax?” and “Are we truly alone?” It seems that nothing has changed—except everything has. It all has all gotten unbelievably janky.

    The X-Files, like all great conspiracies, drew much of its power from the way it fractured and reset real events, using bits and pieces of accepted history to bulwark a dark, alternate reality. Like all great conspiracies, its power was not so much in being perfectly explanatory, but in being perfectly paranoid: It had a great, contagious style. The first episode of the new season updates and recasts The X-Files conspiracy as one of class warfare—What if the 0.001 percent had alien technology?—which has a certain timely ideological swag to it.

    Even Mulder and Scully’s much vaunted chemistry, all barely suppressed fizz, has gone inert. “The X-Files is closed. We’ve moved on, for better or worse,” Scully tells Tad. “Yes, we have,” Mulder says, before taking a meaningful pause and looking at Scully with shameless puppy dog eyes while repeating, “for better or worse.” The coyness around their relationship, once so provocative and thrilling, now feels like a contrived put-on. Mulder and Scully are middle-aged soul mates who lived together for years: It is not plausible that they wouldn’t speak to each other more openly. Their entendre-filled conversations seem to be strictly dummied up for the audience. I’d rather see them kiss.

    But as most devoted X-philes would tell you, the mythology episodes of the series were never the best ones anyway. After the catastrophe of the first episode come two self-contained installments, each improving on the one that came before. In the first, Mulder and Scully investigate a creepy tech-genius, known as “the founder,” working with children who have rare genetic conditions and/or exposure to alien DNA. It’s less stilted than the first episode, but still weighed down by extraterrestrial baggage.
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  6. Mar 19, 2016
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The miniseries (aka season 10) can be described in 1 word: slapdash. No consistent storyline, zero tone, and zero defined purpose. Joel McHale was miscast as a serious role and never for a second seemed genuinely concerned about the situation at hand. Some are praising the finale for its cliff hanger element but the reality is that it left a great amount to be desired for true fans. The prior episode was a tonal mess and a travesty of storytelling. On paper, an episode about Isis mixed with Mulder taking shrooms sounds fantastic - on paper. The result was so embarassing it's amazing it made it to national television. Overall, not very dissapointing. Did we really think Carter was going to give us something good? He has officially 'George Lucased' the X-Files. Expand
  7. Feb 12, 2016
    0
    Why in gods name would they recreate the same stupid conspiratorial story line that never ends? Both actors must have been in dire straitsWhy in gods name would they recreate the same stupid conspiratorial story line that never ends? Both actors must have been in dire straits financially or career wise to agree to coming back to this mess. Even the opening is using the exact same stupid font "the truth is 'never' out there." Chris Carters story is bunk. It's old. It's dumb. And I'm sure they're going to bring back Dumb, Dumber, and Dumberer otherwise known as The Lone Gunmen. I just can't. Watching the same thing for 1 more season is not worth my time. If they'd done 22 episodes of non-conspiracy, stories...I'd gladly watch. Expand

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