The X-Files changed American television to The Paranoid Style

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By Dan Bart | February 4, 2016 2:48 pm

The X-Files is back! And it’s … well, not exactly better than ever. Last night’s “My Struggle” at least brought Mulder and Scully back to us, but the episode still left us with a lot of questions. Namely: Can we get Scully some better surgical gear?

More than most, the latest episode of The X-Files (“Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” written and directed by Darin Morgan) is filled to the brim with Easter eggs, callback characters, and other assorted references. We’ve attempted to gather as many of these as possible; fellow Philes, call out any we missed in the comments.

Every Lingering Question From the New X-Files

Every Lingering Question From the New X-Files

On Sunday, Jan. 24, while more than 16 million viewers were getting their first look at Walter Skinner in more than seven years, the actor who’s played that redoubtable FBI assistant director since The X-Files’ first season back in 1994 was languishing in the ninth circle of theatre hell. When he could have been in front of some huge flat-screen somewhere on one of the coasts, basking in the glory of the much-ballyhooed relaunch of Fox TV’s Nineties hit, Mitch Pileggi was instead on a stage deep in the heart of Texas, trudging the last mile of that week-before-opening marathon known as tech, when the director, stage manager, designers, crew members, actors, and every other soul bound to a show spend two consecutive 12-hour days inside the theatre hashing out every single technical detail.

The brilliance of The X-Files, then, comes from these moments where  patterns, hunches and synchronicities aren’t just used as plot devices, but themes, that look at the very personal histories shaping what we believe and what we discount, of where we let our imagination shape our convictions and where we hold-on to logic.

A new episode written by Darin Morgan. Yes, the mad genius behind fan favorites “Humbug,” “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” (this writer’s pick for the series’ finest episode), “War of the Coprophages” and “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” has a new contribution to X-Files lore in the form of the third episode of this new mini-season, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster.” Having seen the episode in advance, I can assure you all that it is wholly up to Morgan’s previous high standards, a riot of uproarious gags and fiendishly clever one-liners, all in the service of a sensibility that miraculously manages to locate pathos even in misanthropy.”The X-Files” next episode, “Home Again,” airs on Monday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. on Fox. Check out the synopsis below:
“Mulder [Duchovny] and Scully [Gillian Anderson] investigate the murder of a city official, a crime that doesn’t appear to have been committed by human hands. Meanwhile, Scully faces deeply emotional feelings about the child she gave up for adoption.”

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