In 1993, Chris Carter frightened and entertained the world with The X-Files.
Led by the handsome, wise-ass Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and the stunning, level-headed Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), the series centered around two FBI special agents that investigate unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. You knew from the get-go that Agent Mulder was the "believer" out of the two, always trying to find a paranormal connection to each X-file case, while Agent Scully seemed to constantly be in search of the rational explanation.
The series had an extraterrestrial core, yet there was also a string of other "worldly monsters" tracked down throughout the show's ten year span (ghosts, werewolves, vampires, etc).
Last night's episode, 'Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-Monster', was a blatant homage to the original series and the cult monster classics (anyone catch the Kim Manners head stone?) yet it was a complete change in tone from the first two episodes.
As I watched the first two episodes, I started to forget that I was watching The X-Files and began to think I was watching a show from the mind of someone like Stan Lee.
Chris Carter seems to be heading in a different direction with the revived season. Instead of each episode tackling its own case and monster, the episodes seem to be tied to one another in an expanded and dark government conspiracy plot.
The route that the writers are taking in the newly rebooted X-Files is all too reminiscent of The X-Men. Mulder discovers early on that his entire career with the FBI was a smoking gun. It wasn't the fact that aliens didn't exist, it was the fact that after one alien crash (Roswell) the government has been harnessing technology and DNA from said wreckage and has been developing new aircraft and performing a multitude of tests on humans. The FBI was keeping Mulder and Scully busy all those years with fraudulent alien abductions and lights in the sky, so they wouldn't realize what the government was truly up to.
Interesting idea. So, over the years the American government has been quietly abducting individuals and performing tests on them using alien DNA which was left behind after Roswell. After nearly 60 years, the government has created a specialized group of subhumans with slightly peculiar traits and powers... Like, mutants, maybe?
Episode 1 opens with a young woman named Sveta, who claims to have been abducted by aliens on numerous occasions. Eventually she admits that it was men, not aliens, who were taking her and artificially impregnating her.
In Episode 2, we begin to come to grips with where or what the government is bringing/doing with these babies. We meet Dr. Goldman who works in a hospital for children with odd mutations (funded by the government).
Traits of the Children in Goldman's Hospital
- The power to move objects with their mind
- Being able to breathe underwater
- Telepathically communicating with others around them
- Shattering glass by using high-pitched sound
Professor Charles Xavier was the world's most powerful telepath and could access mind control.
Jean Grey could possess telekinesis and telepathy.
Magneto can generate and control magnetic fields for manipulating.
Banshee has sonic screaming and enhanced hearing.
Psylocke could possess telekinesis and telepathy.
Gambit charges inanimate objects with explosive kinetic energy.
With three episodes left, there is no telling where Chris Carter will take us. Has the government produced a group of young adults with special "alien-enhanced" abilities? Is Mulder and Scully's missing son, William, one of these mutants? Only time will tell...