The X-Files returned to television last week with another event series, and this time we get ten episodes! The story picks up right where we left off at the end of the last mini-season… well, sort of, but we’ll get to that in a minute. The episode took a little while to find its footing, but after it did, it set-up what appears to be a very interesting with a major revelation dropped in this first episode about Mulder and Scully’s son. Spoilers will follow the photo…
So… apparently the whole trip that Mulder took down to see The Cigarette Smoking Man in last season’s finale never happened. Remember the mass virus that was breaking out among the population as Scully raced to developed a vaccine? Well, that never happened either. What did happen was that Scully had a seizure in Mulder’s office last season and never got up. While she was out with the seizure, she had a vision of the whole thing.
I admit that I had to go back and watch the end of last season again before I really understood what was going on. After rewatching it and paying more attention to the start of the premiere, I finally got it. Scully wakes up to Mulder leaning over her and she is taken to the hospital. At the hospital she tells him about her vision and tells him that he needs to find CSM in Spartanburg (where he went at the end of last season) because there is a cure.
Surprisingly, Mulder doesn’t believe her because he is sure CSM is dead. He thinks it just a symptom of the seizure, and brings her doctor in. The doctor actually supports Scully’s feeling of having a true vision due to some previous CIA/NSA/TIA/DARPA ex-patients that she has had contact with in the past. Mulder leaves to track the cure as he sees a missed call and voicemail from Jeffrey Spender. CSM hears the message from Spender as he listens it. It is about men that came after him looking for their son.
Mulder is followed as soon as he leaves the hospital. He speeds up and eventually loses the man, but then turns around and follows him to a house where he expects to find CSM. Instead he finds Mr. Y who tells him that he must stop CSM’s plan to annihilate most of the human race. Mr. Y and his associate inform him that they have a plan to save humanity by building spheres in space for humanity to colonize. He knows they have their own selfish reasons, refuses to help them, and leaves.
Spender visits Scully in the hospital to tell her that a man came looking for William. Scully makes him break a promise that he made to help hide William by telling her the name of the adoptive parents. She leaves the hospital, has another seizure in Mulder’s office, but gets up and drives off only to have a wreck because she is experiencing blurry vision. Luckily, she is found by Miller and Einstein who take her back to the hospital.
Reyes and CSM sneak up on Skinner in a car and hold him at gunpoint so that he can try to convince Skinner to help him. Skinner steals Reyes gun from her and holds it on CSM as he describes his proposal. He offers Skinner a cure to the impending virus if he helps him.
As Mulder is heading back to the hospital to see Scully, the man that followed him earlier sneaks in Scully’s room and starts strangling her. Mulder arrives at the last second and gruesomely slices his throat with a scalpel.
Scully tells Mulder that her visions are from William to protect them. She says that he will find them, and in the meantime, they should do their work (which likely means more fun episodes until the finale). Skinner arrives and Mulder accuses him of meeting with CSM, and they start to fight… briefly. Mulder asks whose side he is on, and he leaves.
We then find out what CSM told Skinner in private when Reyes left the car. He tells Skinner that he is the father of William. We learn that Scully was drugged on a trip with him in an earlier episode and was impregnated by him while she was passed out with a hybrid of his DNA and alien DNA. That is why he is so determined to save Scully. It’s interesting that he wouldn’t save his other sons, Mulder and Spender, as well though.
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