The X-Files “Founder’s Mutation” Review

Welcome back, The X-Files. Welcome back unexplained phenomena, welcome back Skinner with his awful poker face, welcome back Mulder jumping to conclusions. Welcome back, The X-Files. We’d really, really missed you.

Episode Two couldn’t have been more different from the mythology-heavy episode one they tried. But, in this case, that’s a good thing. Mythology can bog you down after a while. We need some time to breathe! We need Monsters-of-the-Week episode. And, apparently, if this episode is to be believed, we need to get our heart broken…

The good

  • William mentions. We’ve spent too long NOT talking about William, and it’s about time to show delved into the emotions that come with giving up a child, not only for Scully, but for Mulder.
  • Mulder putting the moves on Scully, albeit subtly. This is clearly a man trying to get his girlfriend back, dang it. Because I saw nine seasons of this show, and let me tell you, he didn’t go around spouting lines like “You’re never JUST anything to me, Scully” every day.
  • Skinner’s lousy poker face. I get the sense Mitch Pileggi is only back to sit/stand there and try to look disapproving, and I can’t even feel bad about it, because he does it so well.
  • Mulder NOT gazing at Scully. (He gazes at Scully)
  • The William hallucinations/dreams. I put them in the good category, even though they broke my heart, because they say so much about Mulder and Scully’s mindset.
  • Mulder’s hallucination/dream, in particular, speaks to a desire/love that he’s yet to fully articulate, and that I think Scully needs to hear.
  • Gupta’s whole “The truth is in here” thing had me in stitches. It’s good to know you can still make me laugh, X-Files.
  • James Wong, the writer/director of this episode is usually remembered for the horror-masterpiece “Home,” but he also wrote episodes like “Beyond the Sea” and “One Breath,” so he’s no stranger to stories that hit us RIGHT IN THE FEELS.

The Bad

  • I expected a little more gore than what I got, but I don’t even know if I should be complaining about that. They might just give it to me next episode.
  • Scully saying MY baby instead of OUR baby.
  • The fact that both Mulder and Scully’s daydreams ended bad.
  • The fact that we still don’t know anything of what really happened to William. It’s crazy to think he’s fifteen. Wow.
  • Mulder and Scully should be hard at work on a baby they can keep. I

The weird

  • For a second there, this felt like an episode of Heroes Reborn. Except for Mulder and Scully. This, of course, means that it was about fifty times better than Heroes Reborn.
  • Scully’s driving. Not that I’m complaining, but it’s not like he used to let her drive all that often. Also, does he even own a car? How does he get to-and-from his little house in the middle of nowhere?
  • You mean NO ONE noticed that Mulder stole the cell phone from the dead body? Cell phone is the first thing I’d look for.
  • That scene with Jackie Goldman cutting her belly open reminded me of the good old days of wanting to throw up while watching The X-Files. Apparently I’m immune now.
  • I really hope half of the diseases the kids that Goldman was keeping locked up had are made up. I really, really do.
  • So that woman just found a kid in the middle of the road and went, uh, present, and kept it?
  • I sort of need Skinner to comment on the whole Mulder/Scully thing. Or, like, someone from the FBI, but I’d really like it if it were Skinner. How come no one has said ANYTHING?


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The X-Files airs Monday’s at 8/7c on FOX.

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