The X-Files "Babylon" Review: Babble On (PHOTO RECAP)

The X-Files S10E05: "Babylon"

Aaand with "Babylon," The X-Files officially moves into the Las Vegas Buffet phase of its existence. Sometimes cheap, sometimes rich, and offering a wild array of options that leave everyone at least partially satisfied, The X-Files revival is still a good deal for your dollar. But man do you have to walk by some sketchy soup stations to get to the good stuff. To draw out this buffet comparison even further, it would be like finding out that Mario Batali is the guest chef at the Bellagio buffet, but then his main contribution is blue box macaroni and cheese. Chris Carter, you are definitely George Lucas'ing up this franchise and it's a bummer to watch.

Which is an impolite way of saying that "Babylon" was pretty bad. Except for a few scattered moments, concepts, and conversations, this was an undercooked, deeply unfunny, and tonally incompetent exercise that Fox should have nixed lest it ruin the entire revival. It was almost as bad as the previous Chris Carter-penned episode, "My Struggle." And yes, it included some of the hoariest, most stereotypical terrorism imagery of the past 15 years. Followed by some wacky clarinet music. Sorry, everyone. What a disappointment. BUT there were some great things (Lauren Ambrose!) and it's all still worth talking about. So let's do that!

I mean, look. The X-Files opening with a young man mid-prayer... That's imagery we only really get to see in entertainment when it precedes terrorism. Surely The X-Files was going to add some mysterious curveball or twist to the proceedings, right?

Nope! We just followed that young man as he ate a sandwich, interacted with a few trashy Texans, and then met up with a friend to go suicide bomb an art gallery. No twist. No overt reason why this should be on an episode of The X-Files, or even require the involvement of The X-Files department of the FBI. Sure, the explosion was visually surprising and the people running around on fire were horrifying, but there was no further brainstorming done here. Chris Carter wrote this episode on the back of a napkin and forgot to come up with any further ideas. "Terrorism" "God" "Uh, mushrooms." 

ANYWAY, when we first met up with Mulder and Scully, Mulder was showing Scully footage of people reacting to trumpets sounding from the heavens. Which was honestly a cool idea for an actual episode, except in this case it was mere foreshadowing to a religious discussion that would come later, which, uh oh. Luckily they were interrupted by these two:

Now, it was amusing that these young FBI agents were almost direct doppelgangers of Mulder and Scully... Meet Miller and Einstein. (Again... Einstein? That was the best brainstorm?). He's a believer and she's a skeptic, and they're working on the terrorism beat. 

But as much as I really like Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell, I couldn't help but wonder if they'd been introduced simply to provide alternative candidates should Fox decide to proceed with further seasons and Duchovny and Anderson can't commit. You know? But for at least this episode they were presented as a sort of old school B-Team. I was into it! 

So, their main dilemma was that one of the suicide bombers had survived (LOL sure) and was in a coma, and these young agents wondered whether Mulder and Scully knew how to read his mind so that they could prevent a second bombing (or something). But the joke was, Mulder and Scully were each so starved for new blood that they personally reached out to the younger versions of each other. Like, Scully reached out to the hot guy: 

And Mulder reached out to the hot girl:

Yeah, it was weird and kinda unmotivated, but now there were two teams racing for answers! Because, again, yeah:

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Mar 05, 2016
i w8sh they wudda told us wat he allegedly sed in 2raby i betcha bottom dolla tho it wudda been in the garbage masre accent, though they try to make most terrorist stereotypes falasteeni :-P
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Mar 05, 2016
well i found it offensive in how poorly represented the arab characters were. Cmon the guy was eating with his left hand, drinking with his right. totally ass backwards haha GROSS! And the way he got up from salaat was wrong and jusr a buncha other shit that we dont do loool suckaz
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Mar 05, 2016
I really enjoyed this one. Maybe not all of it. But the new agents, Mulder tripping, the nice sequence with Mulder and Scully at the end were entertaining.
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Feb 29, 2016
This whole season 10 is a BIG BIG BIG failure... Never should have happened.
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Feb 27, 2016
Really? people liked this?
The whole "trying to communicate with the dead through science" plot was way better done by Fringe! And I lost count of all the times I felt I've seen some of the stories of the revival told before by a show that follow The X-Files' footsteps. This new season is full of rehashes of episodes of shows that wanted to be The X-Files. They're copying their copies!
I agree with you, Price, this was very bad. And I disliked it even more than you , because I hated the new agents! Why make them such obvious copies? The only reason is the one you pointed out, and that came across my mind when I saw them, to continue the show without the original actors. Ugh! And the guy is hot, but has no charisma. Pass!
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Feb 26, 2016
Sorry, I liked this one. I thought the stoned Mulder was hilarious, and a nice break from the heavy thoughts this episode brought. We are all, right now, dealing with terror, and God, and questioning. That's deep, heavy stuff. Watching Mulder do back flips and his Mush Room knuckle rings was some needed levity. I loved seeing the Lone Gunmen in such tacky clothes. Sure, there was some things that made me go "hmmmm" but overall, I enjoyed it.
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Feb 24, 2016
Price I'm really sorry but think you "missed" something that was really great.
While it didn't cover the "Conspiracy and William " story arc I could have handled this being the finale.
The X-Files has always polarized fans as indicated by so many 1 and 10 ratings at various boards regarding Babylon.

Love it soo much
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Feb 19, 2016
I love you.
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Feb 19, 2016
Loved the episode. Again as I've been saying for weeks in various reviews: You are taking it too seriously!

This is a TV show/ It's goal is to entertain and it did, having too high expectations only makes you disappointed and makes the review not fun to read because it can become too critical. It wasn't the worst Xfiles episode, nor the best, it was good and fun. And yeah it kinda sucks the Lone Gunmen where there for only that scene, but whatever at least we saw them.
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Feb 19, 2016
Loved the episode, things are starting to feel homey again - unfortunately, one episode before "the new end". Yes, it was stereotypical, yes, they are mushing faaaar too much emotion from Scully into these 6 eps, but again, things are starting to click again, and I loved the humour in eps 3 and 5. Like any junkie, I suspect I'll be very disappointed when the last ep's credits roll around... Thanks for coming back, X-Files!
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Feb 19, 2016
This episode was a racist perpetuation of Muslim stereotyping!
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Feb 19, 2016
If it waddles like a Duck, quacks like a duck has webbed feet like a duck and looks like a duck???

Oh well!
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Feb 19, 2016
I'm not sure "racist" means what you think it means...
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Feb 19, 2016
yeah.. a lot of us had a problem with that..
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Feb 18, 2016
Totally disagree. This episode was awesome. It had loads of fun moments AND a deep philosofical discussion as an undertone. Plus, you could just see how much fun the cast and crew are having with this. All in all, its a 10 out of 10.
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Feb 18, 2016
Sorry, Price Peterson, but you entirely missed the point of the episode. The two young Arabic men did NOT blow up the art gallery. Go back and look - there are no bulges under their coats as there would be if they were wearing bomb harnesses like those worn by the terrorists in the motel. In fact, the young man (Shiraz) who "survived" the explosion is a Christ-like innocent, as in Mulder's hallucination he is posed in the arms of his mother, exactly as Michaelangelo posed Christ in the arms of his mother Mary in the Pieta statue. You have fallen into Chris Carter's trap, as you assumed the worst of him when you saw him worshipping in the opening scene.
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Feb 18, 2016
The best part of this episode was trying to identify all the ex-Continuum actors with guest spots. If I didn't know they filmed this in Vancouver I would have sworn they were filming in Vancouver...
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Feb 18, 2016
I hated hated hated hated hated hated hated this episode.

And the only thing that can make me retroactively hate it even more would be if Miller and Einstein (sigh) are really supposed to be protagonists of X-files 2.0.

Honestly, I don't know how awesome the finale should be to save this trainwreck of a reboot. Not sure if it's even possible after this last pile of rubbish pretending to be an X-episode.
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Feb 18, 2016
This has just started in the UK on Channel 5 (2 episodes to date).

Not just well received but the highest viewing figures for the channel since it began.

Methinks you protest toooooo much!

Nostalgia has nothing to do with it. Good TV is good TV.

Not my fault that you're wrong :)

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Feb 18, 2016
Spot on - every word of the review.
Terrible, terrible, terrible...
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Feb 18, 2016
This was THE WORST!
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Feb 17, 2016
Price, I am normally in agreement with you, including Teen Wolf and other shows, but not here.

Was it an instant classic? No, It wasn't a bummer to watch either.
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Feb 17, 2016
That 24 j/k pic is spot on. This felt more like a trippy ep of 24 than The X-Files.. just waiting for Mulder to yell, "Damnit Scully" and then start torturing someone... 0.o
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Feb 17, 2016
Geez, Price, I don't know who to feel worse for in that opening salvo, Carter or George Lucas. IGN gave this episode an 8.3 and I honestly can't see why, I'm glad you're not pulling your punches just because you're a fan of the series.

Price, you forgot that Carter also wanted to show that "words have weight" on that napkin, so every single Texan in the episode was shooting daggers and spitting venom at the brown people. Was that a suggestion that the hate they spit ultimate turned the boy to terrorism? It's pretty lazy if so.

Mulder didn't even do shrooms, he thought he did shrooms (there's that "words have weight!" crap again that never delivers on its idea here) and tripped out in the silliest thing ever. Also, how are those "Mush" and "Room" rings useful separately?

The mom, whose role was ???????? and also "good brown people's words have weight too".

I liked Miller a lot more than I expected, and thought Robbie Amell finally played a role well, something I'm not used to being possible. I loathed Einstein though, she gave nothing and seemed as a character to not exist outside this script, she had no personality beyond the mean woman who says no except when she said yes but meant no.
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Feb 18, 2016
IGN's 8.3 score made me laugh out loud. I honestly expected to see something below 3, realistically probably 5-6 (it's IGN after all) but... 8.3?

In any case, one less review site to bother myself with in the future.
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Feb 17, 2016
You all didn't complain during the '80s and '90s when all the terrorists were Russian or Eastern European, so kindly stop complaining now, when 95% of the terrorists are muslim. Shit happens, mostly in the real world, and then art imitates life. Deal with it.

Next. If you don't get sarcasm and irony, perhaps watching shows like the X-Files is not for you. Imagining that Chris Carter supports the gibberish spouted on Fox News just because he portrays it on his show is a huge leap. Especially because we've only had it twice in two different episodes.

Admittedly, this was not a great episode, but, sheesh. Perspective.
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Feb 18, 2016
I would like to know where you are getting your facts that 95% of terrorists are Muslims? As that just seems to be made up data you are using to prove some ignorant point. Just to let you know that both in the US and Europe terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims only account for a small percentage. The next time you try to make some sort of ignorant point please get your facts correct. Also might be helpful to understand that Muslims are targets for hurtful stereotypes and hate crimes, so saying to just "deal with it" is not an option for these individuals.
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Feb 18, 2016
The world is what it is, and world events are what they are. It is unfortunate, but things are what they are.

Getting offended at accurate and nuanced depictions of the world around us is meaningless.
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Feb 18, 2016
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Feb 17, 2016
Strange, the one thing I really didn't like in this episode was Agent Einstein, She was just annoying. Overall not a great episode but entertaining. Mulder on shroom was worth the watch. :-)
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Feb 17, 2016
I thought she was spot on.

A Dana Scully clone from Series one, to a "T".

Even down to the red hair. :)
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Feb 17, 2016
Scully was never condecending towards Mulder. I found Einstein condecending towards Scully, Miller and Mulder. Scully always treated Mulder with respect but Einstein came across as a complete know-it-all.
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Feb 18, 2016
Actually, I remember quite a few episodes across the first 8 series where Scully looked on Mulder as a total imbecile and wasn't slow at saying so.

As for Einstein being a complete know-it-all, with three degrees maybe she has a right to be???
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Feb 17, 2016
I wouldn't usually dare to disagree with a professional reviewer but here, I'm afraid, your review was the biggest load of tosh I've read in many a year.

This was classic X-Files from start to finish with science battling belief and a huge helping of humour thrown in for good measure.

Seriously, you didn't find "stoned Mulder" funny?

You need help, buddy.
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Feb 18, 2016
Nostalgia glasses seem to be perma-glued on this one.
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Feb 17, 2016
I belong to the rare subspecies of human kind who has missed the X-files completely during the nineties. I thought I'd give this reboot a shot to see if it was interesting enough. Not very convinced so far. A lot of inside jokes that I recognize as insode jokes, but nothing more.

I will watch next episode, but I think there are better series that deserve my time.
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Mar 05, 2016
Maybe to really appreciate this tenth season you need to be familiar with the others that came before. It's like if you start a book by reading the last chapter, you are not invested in the characters and their story.
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Feb 17, 2016
This is not a good take on The X-Files, don't judge the series by this dreck.
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Feb 17, 2016
The Gunmen deserved better.
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Feb 18, 2016
Even though I only saw 30 or so seconds of themI was happy, but I also agree. Those guys gave up their lives to save a building of people and deserve better.
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Feb 17, 2016
Have we hit all the checklists yet?

Government conspiracy. Check.
Alien conspiracy. Check.
Monster episode. Check.
Funny/wacky episode. Check.
Drug use episode. Check.
Religious episode. Check.
Afterlife episode. Check.

I think we've hit almost everything The X-Files normally covers. This was pretty decent episode. A little all over the place and preachy. The writing could have brought the plot together a little tighter. 30 seconds of Lone Gunman though, am I right? Worth it. Miss those guys. Mulder tripping balls and meeting young versions of themselves was interesting. Overall, pretty average episode just like you would on any season of the show.

I'm running through the comments here and it's very disappointing as the only thing many are focused on is what religion the bomber is. Everyone is so focused on this detail, they lost sight of the overall message. The episode wasn't condoning hate but unabashedly trumpeting against hate and calling for love and understanding. Yet, everyone would rather discuss why the bomber is muslim. How does that saying go, forest for the trees.

Okay, let's do this instead. All the commentors complaining of the terrorists being muslims, I'll ask one question. Who would you prefer as the bombers instead? This is a storyline of a bombing in Texas by a group where one person survives which moves the story along for our protagonists, all four of them, to figure out how to extract information. Now, tell me, who will replace the role of the party of bombers in this episode?
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Feb 17, 2016
The focus on the commenters' lambasting of the show's portrayal of the bomber's religion is due to the episode's extreme yet utterly shallow focus on the bombers' religion. It was grotesque and without thought or consideration or even the barest exploration. If the point of the episode is to explore religion, the weight of words, the metaphysical, the hatred creating the monster, all that stuff it seemed to be trying to get at, then the episode failed miserably.

It painted nobody in a good light either, the locals apparently created the atmosphere of hatred that drove the terrorists to their bombs, the good guys won because they got a tip based on unusable non-evidence and stopped suicide bombers from a nebulous non-goal. This episode got nowhere with the metaphysical, nowhere with the societal premise, nowhere with the young vs old setup, nowhere with the love vs hate payoff.

As I mentioned below, there have been no suicide bomb vest attacks on US soil, yet lots of shootings. It surely wouldn't be hard to change the role from one hate to another, but that wouldn't be as exploitative now would it? This episode was so deeply flawed that changing the bomber from one extremist to the next wouldn't solve anything, the script itself is the failure.
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Feb 18, 2016
Thank you for the thought out response. I have to disagree about how much depth the terrorists had. I think they had just enough to get the bigger points across of this whole love hate metaphysical woo woo. Unfortunately, everyone wants to focus on the terrorist's religion. Why? They're missing the point.

Your second paragraph is correct, this paints no one in a good light and that's how it really is. The point of this story is there are terrible people everywhere, on all sides. That's the other lesson no one is grasping throughout the episode. But what does it all mean? If there are terrible people on both sides, they just feed off of each other and a perpetual cycle of animosity goes on and on. What the writers want to push is that we're all one, of a great consciousness. When Fox trips on shrooms, he bridges that link that the show alludes to that all humans share, a great consciousness of each other. If we are of one consciousness, why hate each other when we could possibly end up in the same place when it's our time, just as Fox saw the terrorist in the boat.

I think the show delivered the message adequately but it appears viewers are having a problem grasping it because they can't let go of the antagonists' religion. You're asking for something deeper, more, to the terrorists but when a simple explanation of religious fanaticism is given here, it's not enough, cause apparently that's never enough for these nut jobs. We know they're looked upon peculiarity and in the end gave up their terror group. It's a 1 hour show, what else do you want to know?

I though the messages were too heavy handed for my taste but it was all there yet everyone's failing to put it together. I guess on that note, we can agree to blame the writers for not putting it all together smoothly. However, focus on the script failing is correct but accusing it of exploitation is little laughable. The truth is many things on the screen is exploitative, the difference is we don't hear so much indignation about it.
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Feb 18, 2016
I'm sorry for not returning a more thoughtful response right now, opened this and found myself immediately busy, but I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

IMO, if the audience isn't able to look past the religion aspect, it's a failure of the script because it put too much weight into that aspect. It's so singular and negative that it becomes exploitative by the nature of using that as shorthand for "terrorist!" and saying nothing else.
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Feb 18, 2016
I thought it wasn't singular and completely negative. If the complaint is the writing creating a stereotype of what is seen as a modern day terrorist, then we really should indict them for their depiction of Texans in the beginning or what a young FBI agent looks like, etc. Many of these characters we see on any show are sometimes shorthanded with an end purpose of storytelling. The truth is a lot of things gets shorthanded and we just can't make everyone happy. As for negativity, I think the show infused some positives like Scully pointing out not all muslims are the same, muslim parents are just like any regular parent who cares about their, and in the end, if they know they're wrong, they can reform like the guy giving up the rest of his group.

As for saying nothing else, I think they said enough as I stated above. Although, not as smoothly as we both agree was the issue with this episode.
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Feb 18, 2016
I do recall that at least Scully pointed out that not all Muslims are terrorist and the guy who she was arguing with about it came off as a jerk. I thought the point of the episode was to show that the hate that some people feel (Muslim or otherwise) is intense and can incite others to violence. The mother came in a said that her son saw the victims and could not go through with it (which is probably a round about way of explaining how he might have survived-not triggering his own vest or perhaps running away at the last second) He was coerced into doing this horrible thing and realized too late that it was not right. Today this is a real fear. There are people in the world who use the Muslim religion as a way to justify their violence-others have done it with different religions, political beliefs and the idea of eugenics. Hollywood has made movies and shows and plays the feature Nazi's and Soviets as being the guys going around killing people. Does that mean they believed all Russians or Germans were evil murderers? No, but it was a reality of the times and something people feared.
That being said, I wasn't a big fan of the episode- relgious issues have come up in the past and I think that it was partly a set up for next weeks finale when it appears the world is coming to an end or at least facing a really big problem. (alien invaders? World-wide hallucinations? IDK but ppl looked pretty nasty)
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Feb 18, 2016
If she did, it was lip service, not a significant point of the story itself.

The X-Files shouldn't aim as low as the normal Hollywood garbage.
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Feb 19, 2016
I thought it was significant. It also connected well to the point the mother was making and that words have weight. I don't think that the writers were trying to portray all muslims as terrorists at all.
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Feb 17, 2016
I agree with the reviewer. It was disappointing, childish and trite.
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Feb 17, 2016
SUCK they have to be ashamed that they use the name "X-Files" to this lunatic, idiotic, retarded mini-series!!!!!!
Where are the aliens or the EDO from pilot, NO problem they said "Fuck them" Lets go in Vegas for some of Californication, a little sex some terrorists, a trumpet and thats it
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Feb 17, 2016
Yes I agree the lone gunmen stunt wasn't satisfying, but like our favorite believer you need to keep an open mind watching this revival. And now Mulder himself is questioning his own beliefs spiritually, as he always had in the original series. He's not a skeptic to the only matter he's ever been skeptical about anymore.

If you're a fan like you claim you'd know this series has always had episodes that challenge religion, often times centered around Scully. We've seen this progression in the final seasons of the original run and the 2008 film. If anything, it expanded the X files universe. Each season no matter how many episodes are listed need this mix with the ongoing mythology.

So, before I go to read the "politically correct" comments and reviews I must say you should think before you write a negative view influencing millions the show is doomed. I want to believe there's hope for my and many others favorite show. The truth is out there, not in these negative reviews.
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Feb 17, 2016
Amazing how many are protesting the use of current extremism in this episode... Especially when the response to it was as much a critique as the act itself. And hate to break it to some, but this extremism is still sadly prevalent in the workd right now.

But I'm sure if this was a Christian fanatic bombing an abortion clinic these same people would be just as upset at the stereotypical portrayal of extremism... Right?
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Feb 17, 2016
I didn't like this episode.
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Feb 17, 2016
Honestly, this episode may have been bad, but last week's was worse, so I'll take it. Also I loved the end scene between Mulder and Scully no matter what they were talking about. Regardless, I still think this revival was worth it solely because of "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster". That episode was an instant classic, and if it is the only good episode to come out of this run, then I will be satisfied.
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Feb 18, 2016
Saying that this episode was at least better than the last week's one is like saying that eating sh*t with powdered sugar on it is at least slightly more tasty than eating sh*t without extra condiments.

I would agree though that the "were-monster" was at least somewhat enjoyable. But then again, if I wanted to enjoy Rhys Darby's shennanigans I would probably be better of simply rewatching the first season of Flight of the Conchords or that What We Do in the Shadows movie.
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Feb 18, 2016
That is exactly what I was saying. Would I have liked every single episode to have been brilliant and exciting and witty and awe-inspiring? Yes. However, that's not what happened, and honestly I'll take what I can get because I never thought I'd get to watch new episodes of X-Files ever again.

Also, the were-monster episode was excellent. It was way better than "somewhat enjoyable" and no one can convince me otherwise.
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Feb 17, 2016
This was certainly my least favorite episode of the new season. I did appreciate the new "Mulder and Scully lite" agents Miller and Einstein, though I don't think I'd watch a new ongoing X-files with them in place of Mulder and Scully. Chris Carter penned episodes USED to be good in the old seasons, but something went wrong right around the time of the travesty that was the second film. He seems to be falling into a George Lucas vortex of ineffectiveness with his own creation or something. Creative input from other writers is what makes this (or any) series good. Though I have to admit if Vince Gilligan had done the entire thing himself I don't think we'd have many complaints. Hopefully if new seasons are in the works, Gilligan will have time away from Better Call Saul to penn a few X-Files eps. This episode was awkward in terms of content and tone. As much as I loved the Mulder shroom trip it felt inappropriate for an episode that started off with such a serious topic. In terms of Islamaphobia, I don't think that it was as notable as the potential transphobia that we saw in Were monster. I think Carter humanized the bomber and made for a really touching scene between son and mother (again, not in tone with the rest of the episode). I also agree that it's not clear on how this is an X-File. I think Carter placed too much emphasis on the limited run being "with the times" and socially conscious to the point that it sacrificed quality of story and good sense. This last episode didn't feel like X-Files as much as the others had (and I appreciated My Struggle, issues and all). I didn't mind how he included the Lone Gunmen -- I was more bothered by how he chose to bring back Sheila Larken (Scully's mother) last episode only to kill her off. It just wasn't necessary to have her back at all then, it was upsetting! It also wasn't in tone with the rest of the episode, not as well done as Scully's Father's passing intertwined with the case in Season I's 'Beyond the Sea'. They also touched upon Scully wanting unanswered questions of her mother from beyond the grave as well in 'Babylon', but that never even materialized in the episode. Let's hope My Struggle II doesn't disappoint (How they're going to undo the previous nine seasons of mythology here is beyond me though haha).
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Feb 17, 2016
Who's the idiot who wrote this episode and even more interesting, who gave the thumbs up for this? now the x-files are officially propaganda trash TV
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Feb 17, 2016
The answer to both questions is the same - Chris Carter. It explains a lot.
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Feb 17, 2016
When I first saw the young man praying, I was hoping the episode, whatever it was about, might just include a religious guy. Really, it's a shame that all the media does is portray Muslims as terrorists, even if it is one of my favorite shows. I was a huge fan of 24 also. But I have friends who are Muslim and they're just like everybody else. If anything, they're nicer. And when you hear what really goes on in the Middle East, how the Jewish people there are so land hungry, they bomb people out of their houses, I wonder why that's never on the news or in the paper.
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Feb 17, 2016
Let's not forget the history of the Jewish people though -- Being booted around all of the Middle East and Europe for the last few thousand years.. God forbid they should lay claim to the tiny scrap of land that is their ancestral home. Meanwhile any Muslim may find inclusion in the great swaths of land that constitute Islamic Middle East yet it's so important for them to deprive the Jews of even the tiniest plot of land for themselves. Not that I'm condoning terroristic acts on either side, however...
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Feb 17, 2016
You see the Jewish people forcibly evicting the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. That's not Jews being deprived of their land, they have the rest of Israel. Palestinians deserve a homeland too - every Western leader supports a two-party solution.
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Feb 17, 2016
I love X-files and the new episodes... But not this one. I'm going to be honest with you even if my opinion is unpopular: I don't ever want to see any more "Islamic terrorist" stereotype characters or "Muslim suicide bomber" situations on TV ever again, for any reason. It's racist, it brings up painful memories of 9/11, it's not at all funny or entertaining, and it basically glorifies the worst possible kind of human behavior you could think of by showing it to millions of people. This is not making the world a better place. Please, no more episodes like this. Thank-you.
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Feb 17, 2016
Loved it!
I thought the humor was very well done. As a long time X-Files fan I was always far less interested in the weekly who dunnit's (fillers) than the arc episodes. However I thought this episode really showed how the characters have devolped from the young believer and sceptic as played by the 2 young FBI agents.
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Feb 17, 2016
Sorry, but this episode was just effing terrible.. Sure, Einstein n Miller were cute lil doppelgangers & Mulder's trip was mildly funny, other then that.. garbage. Didn't even feel like an X-files episode. If we were going to be getting 12 or more episodes this season I could maybe look past this HUGE TURD of an episode a bit easier, but with six total and only one more to go...damn... As a penultimate episode this is what we get?? This episode??
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Feb 17, 2016
Chris Carter needs to lay off the Muslim haterade, this episode was such a let down for me. It was really disappointing, especially since he was given 6 episodes and wasted one with this storyline.

I would have much preferred the trumpet storyline - I actually heard the trumpet sound a few hours years ago. My city was one of the places that had several reported stories about it. So that would have been an interesting show for me personally.
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Feb 17, 2016
I thought the episode was supposed to be about the trumpet sounds so I was really excited, and I hoped initially that the bombing had nothing to do with the 2 guys at the beginning, that it would lead to something else entirely and that they were "assumed terrorists" but were really just regular civilians and were innocent and something more 'divine' was at work. THAT would have been interesting. IDK what this confusing mess was, but I could have penned a better episode half asleep. But hey, it is on FOX so maybe Chris Carter was only able to get these 6 eps if he threw some Trump support and muslim bashing into the mix. I mean, how old is this muslim terrorist stereotype becoming? It's tired. Now, tell me more about these trumpets....
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Feb 17, 2016
Can we all just take a minute to appreciate the Tom Waits playing in the Boat scene?!?! This was a garbage episode, but that was by far the best part. Hell, listening to Tom Waits is the best part of any day. But I digress, This episode was definitely the worst of the lot. It got way too weird and preachy for me. That better not be the only appearance of the lone gunmen that we get!!! I didn't hate the B-team agents. Mulder and Scully lite. They are getting a lot of hate on Facebook but I didn't think they were that bad. I am still super excited about this revival and this crappy episode didn't ruin that for me. I will still be stoked if they get another run.
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Feb 17, 2016
"But I can't lie, The X-Files' recent interest in spiritual matters is not what I want from this show." -- Totally agree Price, it's not what I expected, nor what I wanted. While not anywhere near the huge letdown that was Heroes: Reborn, these eps have not really been reflective of The X-Files we all know and love - other than perhaps the werewolf/lizard man ep. I would LOVE to see Chris Carter hand the headwriting and showrunner duties off to Morgan or Wong, but that will probably never happen. As more of these half-assed eps keep popping up - I'm less and less excited for any more X-Files after this - unless we can get rid of Chris Carter - I'm prolly done after next week regardless if it comes back next year. Chris Carter is doing a great Tim Kring impersonation isn't he thought folks? Ugh...
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Feb 17, 2016
I liked some of religious stories in the original run where Scully's faith was an interesting counterpoint to Mulder's supernatural obsessions. But those stories are very hard to do and this didn't cut it.
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Feb 17, 2016
though-t (this is why WE NEED AN EDIT BUTTON!)
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Feb 17, 2016
Damn this thing not letting me edit!! OK, hopefully everyone knows what I actually meant in the mispelled words. I don't feel like deleting and re-doing it.
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Feb 17, 2016
-Loved Miller & Einstein, surpised by the name "Einstein" though as well TBH
-Probably
-It's been so long I don't remember
-Definitely

Am I the only one who found Country/Western Mulder kinda sexy? I know it's weird, but he was kinda hot while trippin'. So wrong and bad I know, but well there may be fan fiction afoot...LOL

And I think that the ingongruous & seemingly anachronistic episodes of late are perhaps an attempt on the part of Chris Carter to get new fans to see The X-Files in a new way and also to not have to watch any old eps. I don't know. I see what you mean about the non-X-Files-esque nature of this ep. and yet, it didn't bother me that much.

I will clarify, it wasn't just about Muslim extremists. It was about extremists in all forms: from their extremism that makes them want to blow things up (not all Muslims, if you live in any big city in the US, you know that most most people of most religions just want to live in peace and worship and be left alone), but then they showed the extremism of the hatred that he experienced from the cute girls crossing in from of his car to the racist nurse, which honestly made me wonder why the hell would he choose to live in TX, but maybe that's just me, as a person of color who grew up on WV, but that's a discussion for a different day.

Anyway, then there's the extreme dichotomy of the agents: now & then. Agents Scully & Mulder who believe so much more similarly now (after all they've been through together) than they did at first, when she was so much more sketpical and he was so much a believer, contrasted with younger versions of themeselves, faced with another believer and skeptic. This episode in essence was about extremes. Extremes of faith. Extremes of view. Extremes of choice. And what those extremes will drive you to do. The choices that you will make. The words that have weight for you will be much different than the words that have weight for another individual. And they will make you make much different choices than your neighbor right next door.
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Feb 19, 2016
I'm glad I wasn't the only person in the shallow end! One of the few things I liked about this ep was finding out how damn good DD looks in a cowboy hat. I am 100% ready to watch him in some Harlequin/Lifetime movie where he's a Western boy.
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Feb 19, 2016
I know right? Christian Kane is the only other hot guy out there that I like in a cowboy hat, but Mulder was looking damn fine.

I don't care for those sorts of movies, but if DD was in one I'd find a way to watch.
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Feb 17, 2016
I think the 2 Carter-written shows were the weakest. Too preachy, and loaded with excessive dialogue. He also wrote the teleplay for the finale, which I had hoped would have a great end to this "season". It would have been nice to see this go on a little longer, with a Spotnitz and Gilligan written show in there. SO what does FOX (the network) do with the X-Files going forward? The ratings have been good, and FOX (the network) can certainly use some hits, even if it comes from their reboots. Do we get to see more X-Files? With Miller and Einstein perhaps?
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Feb 17, 2016
Chris Carter is by farrrr the weakest writer on the show - which sucks cause he's the guy in charge. No wonder Amazon halted production and refused to go forward on his show there - it was prolly a huge mess like the eps he writes for X-Files.
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Feb 17, 2016
I thought this was another fun episode. I admit, I'm not used to laughing so much during the X-Files, but Mulder's mushroom (placebo) trip was priceless! If you were hoping for the hardcore, mythos-heavy X-Files, maybe next season (I see no reason why it shouldn't be picked up). For now it's just a fun jaunt down memory lane. I mean, there's only so much conspiracy theory, supernatural story arc you can cram into 6 episodes. Personally, I'm quite enjoying it!
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Feb 17, 2016
I also enjoyed the hand-holding denouement between Mulder and Scully. Is this a harbinger of romantic things to come? I know I'd like to get prone with Scully! I think she's sexier now than when the series first started. She was cold back then.

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Feb 17, 2016
I wanna know if that was really Duchovny line dancing? Love the Travolta reference. I didn't really enjoy the ep. Had a couple of chuckles from it though. Einstein should be more aware of what her face is doing when she's emoting. It doesn't do her any favours in the beauty department. C'mon Mr. Carter let's get back on track.
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Feb 17, 2016
I'm pretty sure it's Duchovny dancing but not him doing the back flip.
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Feb 17, 2016
I agree that it was pretty bad ep. Otherwise I can tolerate a bad ep once in a while because I know that with full season some eps are bound to be misses.

The problem here is that this is billed as limited event which means they are blowing precious time on crap like this. the ep with werehuman was at least funny but here jokes fell flat. Mulder tripping was facepalmingly bad and blew guest appearances on nothing.

Hell, if show had guts it'd flip characters of juniors, making Einstein the conspiracy theorist and Miller the sceptic. But instead we only got Mulder & Scully 2.0. Or this this jsut old clliche about wackybut lovable guy who needs a strong, solid woman by his side who will channel his enthusiasm and curb his worts excesses?
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Feb 17, 2016
I love the X-files and although this episode had flaws and I really hate it when shows get so stereo typical about terrorists. I did find it interesting and amusing. I am hoping that they decide to bring the show fully back and if that means with passing the torch on to the other two in this episode well I would still watch it though it would take a bit getting used to. I watched Robbie Amell in The Tommorow People ( still sad that got cancelled ) and on The Flash. I could deffinetly go with him as new Mulder. No issues with Lauren Ambrose though I can't say I have seen her in anything off the top of my head.
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Feb 17, 2016
I do remember her fondly from one of my personal favorites Six feet Under where she played Claire Fisher. But that was 10 years ago or so...
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Feb 17, 2016
What I like about religion/the spiritual is that...it has a way to get in: if the drug-trip was Placebo Effect induced then something just gave Mulder the answer. The right answer I may add.

If that isn't spooky enough for a non-believer such as him. Trumpets blast from Heavens after he heard a song and held hands with the one person that makes him feel he is in the right place on this world.

It works at so many levels: the road not taken, a younger version of your life partner, friends and places you have lost along the way...this episode is filled with a spark that I can only describe as divine.
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Feb 17, 2016
Yeah but that just means that they can write a story with a huge plot hole and just say God did it every time. That's just lazy. On a show as supernatural as this you really can't do full on divine intervention, it doesn't fit with the fabric of the show.
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Feb 17, 2016
The whole point of the Trumpets blasting from Heavens was that something more powerful intervened, or the students thought something more powerful did, according to Mulder at the beginning of the episode.

He didn't hear trumpets until the very end, after he admitted to have been in under the influence of something powerful, something that watched over him from the Heavens. And made him listen the same music he refused to believe in at the beginning of the episode.
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Feb 17, 2016
I re watched it and he puts 2 things in his mouth, but when he sticks his tongue out you only see 1 pill. I assumed he took the shrooms first and then the placebo.
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Feb 17, 2016
The whole point of the episode is: Einstein never gave him the drugs.

Whatever answer Mulder came up with - from the mother to tha actual place where the terrorists were hiding - he got it from something/someone else.
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Feb 17, 2016
gimmie a break - she gave him shrooms and just said it was placebo to cover her ass...
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