The X-Files Season 10 Blu-ray Review
“The X-Files” makes a welcome return to television.
After the critical disaster that was “The X-Files: I Want To Believe,” it seemed as if the “The X-Files” franchise might be over. 8 years later, however, the beloved sci-fi-horror property returned to where it rightfully belonged on the Fox TV network for a 6 episode “event” series (AKA season 10). So, how does this new season fare? Let me break it down for you episode by episode.
The season kicks off with “My Struggle” which is an engaging albeit flawed premiere. This episode involves Mulder and Scully being reinstated into the FBI, an alien conspiracy, and new characters. It might be a tad overly ambitious as it is crammed with exposition and ideas. It also feels a bit off from what we have seen before. This is due in part to writer Chris Carter whose episodes are easily the weakest of the season due to some clearly rusty writing. Personally, I always felt the show was at its best with monster of the week episodes written by other famed writers.
Speaking of which, episode two (“Founder’s Mutation”) is one such freak of the week episode. This one concerns someone with nasty powers (I’m being purposefully vague here). This episode isn’t likely to blow anyone away, but it is a solid effort.
The third episode “Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-Monster” is an absolute delight. It’s a very clever and funny episode about a possible murderer, a possible creature and Mulder’s faith in the unknown. To say anything more would be spoiling the fun, but suffice to say, you’re going to have a blast with this one.
Episode four (“Home Again”) is my personal favorite of the season. No, it’s not a sequel to fan favorite episode “Home,” but it is a supremely creepy episode about mysterious deaths and a heartfelt subplot involving Mulder and Scully’s child. Again, I’m going to be vague here, but I will say the Band-Aid Nose Man is one of the grossest and freakiest monsters this show has ever produced. It’s worth seeing just for him.
As you may have heard, episode 5 (“Babylon”) is the weak link of this season. The story about a bomber in a coma is completely misguided, stereotypical, and arguably even racist. There is a silver lining here as the two new characters (Agent Miller and Agent Einstein) are nice additions (even if they parallel Mulder and Scully). The cameos by a certain trio of characters was also a pleasant surprise.
Last, but not least is the epic “My Struggle 2.” While intense and action packed, the finale left me wondering how the show can recover from the epidemic seen in this story. It feels too big and Carter might have written himself into a corner here. Time will tell.
Overall Thoughts: As an X-Files fan, I was more than happy to see this beloved show return. This event series did indeed feel like an event as it garnered numerous discussions and big ratings. Now, granted, the tenth season certainly had its highs and lows, but at the end of the day, I was left wanting more. Hopefully, there will indeed be more to come.
Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? A crisp transfer that looks even better than the HD broadcasts.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? In a word, effective.
* A rather stiff commentary on “Founder’s Mutation” by Chris Carter and James Wong.
* Commentary on “Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-Monster” by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Kumail Nanjiani and Darin Morgan. Unfortunately, not all 4 are in the same room together, but this track is much more humorous and laidback.
* Commentary on “My Struggle 2” by Chris Carter and Gabe Rotter. Similar to the “Founder’s Mutation” commentary in that it’s not very exciting.
* 2 deleted scenes.
* An amusing 9 1/2 minute gag reel.
* “Monsters Of The Week: A Recap Of the Wildest And Scariest From The Original Series”- Kumail Nanjiani hosts this fun retrospective about 9 of the best monsters from the first 9 seasons.
* ‘The X-Files: Green Production”- A short featurette about this production being an environmentally green production.
* “Grace”- A visually stunning post-apoc short film by script coordinator Karen Nielsen.
* “43:45- The Makings Of A Struggle”- A lengthy 5 part making of extra that is loaded with info, set footage, interviews, and more.
* “Season X”- A whopping 13 part bonus feature that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the entire season. Segments include “A 13 Year Commercial Break,” “Getting The Band Back Together,” “Platonic Activity,” “Art Comes To Life,” “The Little Uber-Scullys,” “Man Bites Lizard,” “The Meta-Files,” “Homegrown Terror,” “Mulder’s Wild Ride,” “Signal To Noise,” “The Last Temptation Of Mulder and Scully,” “Scully Likes Science,” and “This Is The End.”
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